ADN Programs Fresno, CA

The Associate Degree in Nursing program prepares adults to join an in-demand career in the growing healthcare field. Registered nurses are a vital part of the healthcare team as they assess, manage, and coordinate patient care plans, advocate for patients, administer medications, counsel patients and their families, and perform physical exams and health histories. Nurses’ responsibilities are varied and essential to patient care and recovery, yet they form only a small part of their role on the health care team. Nurses must be critical thinkers to gauge the patient’s physical and mental state and perform specific task to achieve a positive outcome.

Gurnick Academy

Gurnick Academy offers two pathways to becoming a registered nurse. The first option is open to non-nursing applicants to prepare to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. The second LVN to RN pathway is available for licensed vocational nurses who have complete the general education courses to complete the core nursing courses in just two semesters plus a three-week LVN to RN transition course. Program graduates should be able to use critical thinking and the nursing program in clinical decision making, implement strategies to promote adaptation to health, communicate effectively with clients, families, and members of the health care team, function and accountable members of the profession, and recognize the responsibility for maintaining competence as a registered nurse through continuing education and self-evaluation.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 80
Duration: 90 weeks (6 semesters)
Clock hours: 1,785

Method of instruction: Traditional
Course titles:N
General Education Courses – Human Body in Health & Disease I w/Lab, General Microbiology with Lab, English Reading and Composition, Algebra I, General Psychology, Human Body in Health and Disease II with Lab, Nutrition in Health and Disease, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Sociology, Public Speaking, Basics of Effective Communication

Core Courses – Fundamentals of Nursing Theory, Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical and Lab, Health Assessment Theory, Health Assessment Skills Lab, Fundaments of Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Medical/Surgical I Theory – Introduction to Med/Surgical, Medical Surgical I Clinical – Introduction to Med/Surgical, Medical Surgical II Theory – Intermediate to Med/Surgical, Medical Surgical II Clinical – Intermediate to Med/Surgical, Maternal Newborn Theory, Maternal Newborn Clinical, Care of Children Theory, Care of Children Clinical, Medical/Surgical III Theory – Advanced Med/Surgical, Medical/Surgical III Clinical – Advanced Med/Surgical, Mental Health Theory, Mental Health Clinical, Medical/Surgical IV Theory – Complex/Critical Care, Medical/Surgical IV Clinical – Complex/Critical Care Med/Surgical & Leadership

Admission criteria:

  • Meet with the program’s Admission Advisor to discuss requirements before enrolling
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to review required disclosures
  • Must possess a high school diploma from an approved accredited high school or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete the entrance exam with the minimum score required – TEAS with a minimum composite score of 62%
  • Complete the requirements for immunizations, health screening, background check, and CPR/First Aid
  • Submit an application essay to the Nursing Program stating purpose for enrolling into the nursing program, the essential functions and role of a nursing, accountability and integrity in the nursing profession
  • Attend a personal interview
  • Must meet the program’s general performance requirements

Program Cost:
Tuition and fees cost $16,525 per academic year.  Books cost an additional $175 per year.  Expenses for the entrance exam, background check, clinical supplies, screening, immunization, and CPR are not included.

Address: 2121 South El Camino Real, Building B-200, San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: 1-877-GURNICK
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 79.31%

San Joaquin Valley College

The Registered Nursing program offered by SJVC prepares students for entry-level employment as a registered nurse. Theory and practical instruction will cover medical surgical nursing, geriatric nursing, pediatric care, obstetric and neonatal nursing, and mental health care. The program offers two pathways to entry – one for non-nursing students and the other for licensed vocational nurses to prepare to become a registered nurse. Graduates will be prepared to assume the role as managers of care, communicators and collaborators, and client advocates and educators.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 85
Duration: 20 months (4 terms)
Method of instruction: Traditional

Course titles:
General Education Courses – Human Anatomy with Lab, Microbiology with lab, Human Physiology with Lab, General Chemistry with Lab, Writing and Composition, Intermediate Algebra or higher, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Public Speaking /Oral Communication

Core Courses – Fundamentals of Nursing Theory, Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical and Lab, Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing – Theory, Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing – Clinical, Nursing Seminar I: Pathophysiology, Beginning Medical/Surgical Nursing – Theory, Beginning Medical/Surgical Nursing – Clinical, Intermediate Medical/Surgical Nursing – Theory, Intermediate Medical/Surgical Nursing – Clinical, Nursing Seminar 2: Pharmacology, Maternal Newborn Nursing – Theory, Maternal Newborn Nursing – Clinical, Pediatrics – Theory, Pediatrics – Clinical, Gerontology/Community Health Nursing Theory, Gerontology/Community Health Nursing – Clinical, Health Appraisal, Advanced Medical/Surgical – Theory, Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing – Clinical, Leadership, Work Study

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Attend an interview with an admissions advisor
  • Take and pass the TEAS
  • Meet with an Enrollment Services Director for an acceptance interview
  • Complete a satisfactory criminal background check
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete the requirements for immunizations, health screening, and CPR/First Aid
  • Must meet the program’s general performance requirements

Program Cost:
The cost of completing the program Is $60,232 for generic entry and $35,966 for LVN to RN bridge students. Financial aid is available for eligible students.

Address: 8344 West Mineral King Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 651-2500
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 86.32%


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