Nursing and Health Occupations

Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa

Dean: Silvia Cornejo, M.A.

Department Chair: TBD

Director: Zaydie Feria-Battaller, M.S.N. (Interim)

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/hecomlocation

Office: 4118D, (619) 216-6755

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UCBAKVDmhz82

General Description

Nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. The nurse assists the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that the individual would perform unaided if possessing the necessary strength, will, or knowledge. The nurse practices in many settings including hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, extended care facilities, and homes in the community.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the nursing major. Some of these require an associate degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and a few require a graduate-level degree: licensed vocational nurse, registered nurse, nurse clinician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. Nurses practice in many settings such as hospitals, extended care facilities, homes and clinics, and in the military. They may specialize in caring for specific age groups such as children or the aged. They may also specialize in certain areas such as medical, surgical, psychiatric, critical or emergency room care, obstetrics, pediatrics, and operating room.

Associate in Science Degree

Southwestern College Mission Statement

Southwestern Community College District, the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, provides services to a diverse community of students by providing a wide range of dynamic and high quality academic programs and comprehensive student services, including those offered through distance education. The College District also stimulates the development and growth of the region through its educational, economic and workforce opportunities, community partnerships and services.

Southwestern Community College District promotes student learning and success and prepares students to become engaged global citizens by committing to continuous improvement that includes planning, implementation and evaluation. The College District provides educational opportunities in the following areas: associate degree and certificate programs; transfer; professional, technical, and career advancement; basic skills; personal enrichment and continuing education.

Southwestern College Associate Degree Nursing Mission Statement

Southwestern Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program serves a diverse community of students and provides educational preparation for the graduate in the role of a Registered Nurse and as professional member of the healthcare community.

The Nursing Program provides educational opportunities that enable our students to progress from a novice level of expertise to a graduate level of expertise in nursing skills, clinical reasoning, and theoretical preparation. The program promotes personal enrichment, community service and transfer for advanced nursing educational opportunities.

The Nursing Program promotes student learning and success by committing to a continuous improvement plan utilizing evidence-based practice which includes assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The program celebrates successes as our students’ progress in the program, in their advanced degrees and as key members of the Nursing profession.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program Philosophy

The associate degree nursing faculty advocates the mission and goals of Southwestern College and the ADN program; furthermore, the faculty is committed to the following beliefs, which guide the nursing curriculum:

Beliefs About Man, Health, and Illness

  • Man is a unique individual with inseparable bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs.
  • Man’s culture and ability to communicate needs are an integral component in health and wellness throughout the life span.
  • Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
  • Health is on a continuum of maximum wellness to maximum illness throughout the life span.

Beliefs About Nursing

  • Nursing is both an art and a science. The science of nursing is the knowledge base for the care that is given; the art of nursing is the skilled application of that knowledge to help others reach maximum function and quality of life throughout the life span.
  • Nursing is a profession that utilizes special skills and knowledge to provide safe care to the whole person in health and illness and in a variety of practice settings.
  • Nursing requires critical reasoning skills that focus on health promotion, illness prevention, restoring health, and facilitating coping while utilizing therapeutic communication methods.
  • Nursing care is determined by man’s human responses resulting from changes in the structure and/or function of all body systems.

Beliefs About Students, Faculty, and Education

  • Students are individuals with unique combinations of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, learning abilities, and support systems.
  • Optimal student learning takes place in a safe environment that is supportive, provides frequent feedback, as well as strategies for success.
  • Nursing faculty believe that learning is a lifelong process involving external changes in behavior and internal changes in thought process and attitudes. Nursing faculty are committed to their own lifelong learning and maintain currency in theory and skills through course work, CE opportunities, conferences and through their own experiential learning as a practitioner in the clinical setting.
  • Nursing faculty believe that the role of the faculty is to facilitate student learning by providing instruction, clinical experiences, resources, counseling, and guidance.
  • Nursing education incorporates knowledge from the humanities and the behavioral, physical, and natural sciences.
  • Nursing education remains current and incorporates such resources as The National Patient Safety Goals and Institute of Medicine Reports (as it relates to nursing) as references for both the faculty and the students.
  • Nursing faculty are committed to program core values that are reflected in each course: communication, clinical reasoning, cultural diversity, health promotion/illness prevention, life span development, nursing theory/skills, roles of the nurse, safety, evidence-based practice and quality improvement.

The Associate Degree Nursing program serves as the beginning preparation for the registered nurse with identified competencies, critical thinking, supervision, leadership, and delegation. Various nursing roles are also emphasized as the student nurse prepares for state licensure.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000

How to Apply

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the College. In addition to the College application, a special application for the program is required. Program information and application forms are available on the College website at www.swccd.edu, Quick Links to Nursing or in the nursing department office at the Higher Education Center - Otay Mesa. Applications for each program will be accepted after prerequisite courses and other requirements are met. Students accepted into the nursing programs are subject to further screening to determine eligibility to be admitted into the programs.

An individual evaluation will be made for students wishing to transfer from a nursing program or to receive credit for previous nursing education.

Special Instructions

Students enrolled in the nursing programs are required to provide their own transportation to off-campus clinical agencies and for home visits. A fee for malpractice insurance and for other requirements are charged for each year of the program, as well as a minimal fee for supplies. Students are also responsible for purchasing certain equipment such as a stethoscope.

CPR certification: students are required to be certified prior to admission and to maintain certification throughout the program. American Heart Association (AHA) certification, or a healthcare provider course is required.

To obtain optimal admission points, basic nursing skills: students must be certified nursing assistants or provide evidence of equivalent skills to be admitted to the nursing programs.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all nursing courses for progression and satisfactory completion. Progress in the nursing programs is dependent upon completion of nursing courses in the prescribed sequence as outlined for each program. Students will not be permitted to progress to the next semester until previous semester nursing courses are completed. Nursing courses may be repeated only once.

Associate in Science Degree
Registered Nursing

Applicants will be accepted under the multi-criteria point system as mandated by the State Chancellor’s Office. In order to apply and be placed on the priority list for the ADN program, applicants must document the following:

  • Basic science prerequisites Option 1 (BIOL 260, BIOL 261, and BIOL 265) must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Foreign transcripts not submitted at time of application may not be used to meet program or graduation requirements. Required science courses taken at Southwestern College have prerequisites including college-level biology, chemistry, and algebra courses or credit for the appropriate college-level examination (CLEP)
  • Recency: science prerequisite courses must be completed within 7 to 10 years of beginning the program (anatomy - ten years, physiology and microbiology - seven years)
  • Basic nursing skills: students must be CNAs or provide evidence of equivalent skills to attain maximum points.
  • Graduation from a U.S. high school or satisfactory score on the GED or evidence of other high school equivalency certificate or a degree from a U.S. accredited institution.
  • College-level reading ability as evidenced by a satisfactory result on the Southwestern College Reading Assessment process, earning a “C” or better in RDG 158, ADN 140, ENGL 115 or equivalent reading course; equivalency documented by approved petition; or college transcript showing an earned associate or bachelor’s degree from a U.S. accredited institution.
  • Math proficiency as evidenced by eligibility for MATH 70 or higher as demonstrated on the college math assessment process, earning a “C” or better in MATH 62 or higher-numbered math course, or equivalent as documented by an approved petition.
  • Passing the TEAS test with a result of 62 or higher; the test may be repeated. Refer to Nursing website.
  • Other criteria i.e. working/volunteering in healthcare, receiving financial aid, being a veteran, holding a previous bachelor’s degree, etc.
  • Refer to nursing website for information regarding military credit for course work. 
     

Note: MATH 60 or equivalent and ADN 140 or ENGL 115 is required for graduation from Southwestern College.

Before a space in the nursing program can be offered, applicants must verify completion of the series of vaccinations for Hepatitis B or immunity to Hepatitis B or sign a form declining to be vaccinated for a variety of communicable diseases.

Students who have been accepted into the program must meet the following conditions: attend a scheduled class orientation, submit a completed physical examination form with evidence of required immunizations, tuberculosis screening, CPR certification, and provide evidence of payment of malpractice insurance premium and ATI testing fees. Accepted students are required to complete an online background check and drug screening prior to enrollment into the program. The background check and drug screening are mandated by the policies of the hospitals/clinical sites for all health occupation programs faculty and students. Anyone with background check issues (includes misdemeanors and felony’s) may not be eligible for the program. Many of the hospital systems are now refusing to take students with any background check issues. Each student situation will be evaluated as they complete the background check. The student must provide a urine sample for drug testing per hospital request. If the urine sample is dilute, the student WILL NOT be eligible for acceptance into the program.

All ADN, LVN-ADN and VN students must past the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This is a diagnostic test that covers basic math, reading and science. Students may prepare for this test by going to the ATI testing site (www.atitesting.com/), then go to Assessments; go to Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS test is offered by the College once a month, and may be repeated only once. Under the multi-criteria point system, a student will earn points for the first attempt only but may remediate. Refer to Nursing website.

In addition to the above costs, students are required to pay for testing services provided by Kaplan Testing. These diagnostic tests are administered periodically throughout the nursing program beginning with an entrance test given during the first two weeks of classes. The test identifies weaknesses for the student to enable them to seek appropriate assistance during the program. Periodic additional tests must be passed before the student progresses in the program. Remediation is available for every student. A summer noncredit “Success in Nursing” course is encouraged for all students entering nursing.

Some financial assistance is available through Financial Aid. Application for assistance should be made early (preferably by April or May for new students) in the Financial Aid office. It is recommended that the student not work more than 20 hours per week.

Upon completion of degree requirements, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) may refuse licensure to individuals who have been convicted of crimes and/or certain misdemeanors. Further information may be obtained from the BRN at 1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 150; Sacramento, CA 95834-1924 or the Program Director may be consulted. Program information regarding national accreditation may also be obtained from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Preparation for Allied Health Programs A1330
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Nursing (*Registered Nurse) 02360
Surgical Technology 02345
Vocational Nursing 02390
Certificates of Achievement
Surgical Technology 02346
Vocational Nursing 02392
Certificates of Proficiency
Central Service Technology 02347
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 02371
Operating Room Nursing A2361

Entrance into the any of the above Nursing programs have special application requirements and deadlines. For more information, please visit www.swccd.edu/nursing.

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Note: In the ADN, VN, ST, and ORN programs, a minimum grade of “C” is required in each course for progression and satisfactory completion. Nursing courses may be repeated no more than one time with a maximum of one re-entry to the program.

Courses must be completed in sequence as stated.

Faculty

ADN

Honorene Brown, R.N., M.S.N.
hbrown@swccd.edu

Zaydie Feria-Bataller, M.S.N.
zferia@swccd.edu

Evangeline Howard, M.S.N.
ehoward@swccd.edu

Jason Hums, M.P.H.
jhums@swccd.edu

Mary Livingston, M.S.N.
mlivingston@swccd.edu

Linda McDonald, M.S.N.
lmcdonald@swccd.edu

Angelia Monroy, M.S.N.
amonroy@swccd.edu

Sandra Peppard, M.S.N.
speppard@swccd.edu

Arlin Ramira, M.N.
aramira@swccd.edu

Rodriguez, M.S.N.
erodriguez@swccd.edu

Teresa Russell, M.S.N.
trussell2@swccd.edu

CNA

Rosemarie Cruz, M.S.N.
rcruz@swccd.edu

Jamie O'Connor-Florez, B.S.N.
jflorez@swccd.edu

 ST

Evangeline Fulgencio, A.D.N.
efulgencio@swccd.edu

John Hammersla, B.A., CST
jhammersla@swccd.edu

VN

Alana Lozada, M.S.N.
alozada@swccd.edu

ADN 26

NATIONAL COUNCIL LICENSURE EXAMINATION

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Preparation: ADN 225 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Nursing students in their fourth semester and or nursing school graduates.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the nursing student with concepts and techniques necessary to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Focuses on the application of critical thinking. Emphasizes theory and skills necessary for the new registered nurse to provide competent safe care. [ND]

ADN 106

DOSAGE CALCULATIONS FOR NURSES

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Focuses on math review for dosage calculations, conversion between different systems of measurement, dosage calculation and measurement, drug orders and labels, and intravenous calculations. Emphasizes techniques of safe medication administration. Examines special considerations for administration of medications to elderly and pediatric patients. [D; CSU]

ADN 111A

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY I

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: Biol 260, 261, and 265, or equivalent.

Corequisite: ADN 112 and 112L.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: FALL

Provides pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of the neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and urinary systems. Also includes fluids, electrolytes ,and acid-base disturbances. Focuses on specific diseases and disorders with selected drugs, their mechanism of action, dosage, effects, route of administration, side effects, contraindications, and classification. Emphasizes medications as they relate to disease pathology. [D; CSU]

ADN 111B

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY II

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ADN 111A or equivalent.

Corequisite: ADN 113 and 113L.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: SPRING

Covers the pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of diseases of the reproductive, neurosensory, ENT, integumentary, immune systems, gastrointestinal systems, and nutrition. Includes mental disorders and their pharmacological treatment, and illicit drugs. Reviews cultural and age specific aspects of the medications and emphasizes critical thinking. [D; CSU]

ADN 112

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Corequisite: ADN 111A and 112L.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: FALL

Introduction to nursing practice. Includes nursing process, physical assessment, documentation, legal and ethical considerations, therapeutic communication techniques, healthcare delivery systems, teaching and learning, and cultural considerations. [D; CSU]

ADN 112L

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING CLINICAL LABORA TORY

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $40

Corequisite: ADN 111A and 112.

Limitation on Enrollment: Nurse Assistant Certification.

Laboratory 15 hours

Offered: FALL

Provides companion laboratory class for ADN 112. Emphasizes hospital experiences in medical-surgical nursing settings with a variety of acute and chronic health conditions. Utilizes the nursing process to assist patients in restoring optimal health functions and illness prevention. [D; CSU]

ADN 113

MATERNAL AND CHILD NURSING

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ADN 112 or equivalent.

Corequisite: ADN 111B and 113L.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Presents factors which may influence growth and development in the family and community. Includes alterations and diseases in the child-bearing family that can occur and impede normal growth and development. Emphasizes conditions affecting the individual and family, including pregnancy, violence, surgery, and pediatric issues are presented. [D; CSU]

ADN 113L

MATERNAL AND CHILD NURSING LABORATORY

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $40

Corequisite: ADN 111B and 113.

Laboratory 15 hours

Offered: SPRING

Introduces specialty nursing in a clinical course that focuses on and provides clinical experiences in maternal-child, pediatric, and surgical nursing care. [D; CSU]

ADN 114

NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP I

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ADN 223.

Prerequisite: ADN 112 and ADN 221 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: FALL

Introduces basic nursing concepts of leadership and management skills. Emphasizes key concepts related to leadership and management, including delegation, strategic planning, staffing and scheduling, conflict resolution, team building, legal and ethical issues, managing personal/personnel problems and leading change. [D; CSU]

ADN 115

TRANSITION TO ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $40

Corequisite: ADN 115L.

Limitation on Enrollment: LVN License.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Facilitates transition of LVN into the ADN program. Includes an orientation to ADN policies, procedures, and curriculum. Emphasizes role change, nursing process, evidence-based practice, supervision and delegation, professional communication, and group dynamics. [D; CSU]

ADN 115L

TRANSITION TO AS LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Corequisite: ADN 115.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces a clinical course that facilitates transition of the LVN to the RN role. Provides clinical experience that emphasizes the nursing process, management of care, and working as part of a multidisciplinary team. [D; CSU]

ADN 116

ADN PRACTICUM

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: ADN 112L and ADN 113L or equivalent.

Laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Laboratory course providing hospital experiences with variety of acute and chronic health conditions. Students will utilize the nursing process to assist patients in restoring optimal health functions and illness prevention. [D; CSU]

ADN 117

ADVANCED CRITICAL THINKING IN NURSING

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Limitation on Enrollment: Currently enrolled in nursing program (VN or ADN).

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Designed for nursing students to improve their critical thinking skills. Includes concepts related to critical thinking, needs analysis, case study analysis, critical thinking applications, and test-taking strategies for nursing. [D; CSU]

ADN 140

READING AND COMPOSITION FOR NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ENGL 99 or ENGL 114 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College English Assessment or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction and practice in reading and writing expository and argumentative essays with a focus on healthcare topics. Emphasizes principles of organization, critical thinking, essay development, as well as library, database and Internet research techniques with an emphasis on evidence-based data. Includes drafting, revising, and editing written work using APA format. Uses reading selections for discussions, topics for writing assignments, and examples of effective writing with an emphasis on healthcare topics. [D; CSU; UC]

ADN 150

PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Limitation on Enrollment: Registered nurses or student nurses.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Prepares the student to apply the nursing process while conducting a physical assessment of all body systems on an adult patient. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ADN 50)

ADN 212

ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF THE CRITICALLY ILL PATIENT

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Limitation on Enrollment: Registered nurses or student nurses.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces nursing students and registered nurses to the concepts of nursing care of the critically ill patient. Describes principles of care for patients in the emergency room, intensive care unit, and telemetry units. Covers advanced assessment, electrocardiogram interpretation, and hemodynamic monitoring. [D]

ADN 221

ADULT NURSING

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Corequisite: ADN 221L.

Lecture 5 hours

Offered: FALL

Emphasizes the use of the nursing process to assist adult patient/clients in the promotion of wellness and treatment of illnesses. Includes nursing care of body systems and psychiatric conditions. [D; CSU]

ADN 221L

ADULT NURSING LABORATORY

5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $30

Corequisite: ADN 221.

Laboratory 15 hours

Offered: FALL

Introduces a clinical course that focuses on adult nursing care. Provides clinical experiences that include psychiatric, acute medical and surgical settings, home health, ambulatory clinics, and community facilities. [D; CSU]

ADN 223

GERONTOLOGY

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ADN 221 or equivalent.

Corequisite: ADN 223L.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: SPRING

Introduces the normal aging process, health problems common in aging and nursing practices and interventions for the aging client in a variety of settings. Includes demographics, legal/ethical issues, effects of multiple chronic illness, and socio-economic status as it effects the elderly. [D; CSU]

ADN 223L

GERONTOLOGY LABORATORY

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $25

Corequisite: ADN 223.

Laboratory 12 hours

Offered: SPRING

Provides a companion laboratory class for ADN 223. Focuses on leadership and gerontology. The laboratory class is at a variety of clinical facilities. [D; CSU]

ADN 225

NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP II: PRECEPTORSHIP

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: ADN 221 and ADN 221L or equivalent.

Laboratory 6 hours

Offered: SPRING

Introduces role transition from student to graduate nurse via a clinical course that includes patient care assignments utilizing all nursing skills and demonstrates graduate level clinical judgment. [D; CSU]

ADN 290

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE I

2-4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Associate Degree Nursing major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Associate Degree Nursing major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies principles and skills acquired in Associate Degree Nursing occupational majors to on-the-job assignments. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. The job supervisor and the instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU]

ADN 291

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE II

2-4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Associate Degree Nursing major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Prerequisite: ADN 290 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Associate Degree Nursing major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies principles and skills acquired in Associate Degree Nursing occupational majors to on-the-job assignments. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. The job supervisor and the instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU]

ADN 292

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE III

2-4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Associate Degree Nursing major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Prerequisite: ADN 291 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Associate Degree Nursing major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Applies principles and skills acquired in Associate Degree Nursing occupational majors to on-the-job assignments. In addition to the one unit weekly class activity, one unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. The job supervisor and the instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU]

ADN 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study and/or clinical laboratory experience in some area of nursing of particular interest to the student. [D; CSU]

CNA 20

CERTIFIED NURING ASSISTANT (CNA)

5.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: CNA 20L.

Lecture 5.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides entry-level skills for bedside patient care, enhances awareness of career opportunities in healthcare, and promotes quality of patient care. Provides theory and practical application of skills needed to function as a CNA in a long-term care facility. [ND]

CNA 20L

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT LAB

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $15

Corequisite: CNA 20.

Laboratory 9 hours

Offered: ALL

Functions as the companion laboratory class for CNA 20. Emphasizes long-term care nursing experiences in clinical settings. [ND]

CNA 21

ACUTE CARE NURSING ASSISTANT

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CNA 20 or equivalent.

Corequisite: CNA 21L.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Prepares the long-term care nursing assistant to function in the acute care setting. Follows the California state approved Acute Care Nurse Assistant model curriculum. Includes disease processes of various body systems, surgical procedures, related treatments, and responsibilities of the acute care CNA. [ND]

CNA 21L

ACUTE CARE NURSING ASSISTANT LAB

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $12

Corequisite: CNA 21.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides companion clinical experience for CNA 21. Emphasizes care of the patient in acute care medical-surgical, orthopedic, rehab, cardiac, and pediatric settings. [ND]

ORN 209

BASIC PERIOPERATIVE NURSING

9 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $140

Corequisite: ORN 211L.

Limitation on Enrollment: Registered Nurse License or graduate nurse.

Lecture 8 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides opportunities for the Registered Nurse seeking employment in the operating room. Introduces the guidelines from the Association of Operating Room Nurses that includes: aseptic technique, staff and patient safety, surgical management, consent, surgical high risk factors, sentinel events, and professional issues. [D]

ORN 211L

PERIOPERATIVE NURSES TRAINING LABORATORY

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $184

Corequisite: ORN 209.

Limitation on Enrollment: Registered Nurse License or graduate nurse.

Laboratory 12 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes setting priorities, care of the perioperative patient, and adapting to emerging technology in the surgical setting. Provides information about the ORN functioning independently in the perioperative setting. Enhances skill and knowledge base that is required in the surgical setting. [D; CSU]

ST 10A

CENTRAL SERVICE TECHNOLOGY

4.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 4 hours, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces basic functions of a Central Service Department and includes microbiology, aseptic technique, disinfecting equipment, decontamination and sterilization as well as wrapping and packaging of surgical instruments. Provides a review of body systems and identification of instruments used in surgery. Emphasizes medical terminology, safety precautions, risk management, regulations, inventory management, ethical responsibilities, and communication skills. [D]

ST 10B

CENTRAL SERVICE TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

3.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ST 10A or equivalent.

Laboratory 11 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides laboratory experience to support the initial theory course for the Central Service Technology (CST) certificate program. Emphasizes training in aseptic technique, cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization in the hospital setting. Includes the practice of wrapping, packing, and inspecting surgical instruments. [D]

ST 10C

CENTRAL SERVICE TECHNOLOGY PRACTICUM

3.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ST 10B or equivalent.

Laboratory 11 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides an advanced laboratory experience for the role of the Central Service Technician and includes various scopes, power equipment, and camera's used in the operative environment. [D]

ST 110

INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

8 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $152

Prerequisite: BIOL 190 or BIOL 260 or equivalent; and MEDOP 230 or equivalent.

Corequisite: ST 120.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Surgical Technology program.

Lecture 8 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces operating room nursing, aseptic techniques, disinfection, sterilization, instruments, and equipment. Includes supplies needed for general, gynecologic, thoracic, cardiovascular, and orthopedic surgery. Emphasizes moral, ethical, legal responsibilities, basics of patient care, communication, professional behavior, stress management, and medications used in the surgical process. . [D; CSU] (Formerly: ORN 110)

ST 120

SURGICAL LABORATORY

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $172

Corequisite: ST 110.

Laboratory 12 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides laboratory practice in basic surgical technique, asepsis, instrumentation, and surgical procedures in the major specialties. Includes a simulated operating room, and operating room scenarios. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ORN 120)

ST 130

ADVANCED OPERATING ROOM TECHNIQUES

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: ST 110 and 120, or equivalent.

Corequisite: ST 140 and 150.

Lecture 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Presents advanced concepts of patient care, aseptic technique, and microbiology. Examines the subspecialties of ear, nose, throat, eye, neurosurgery, urology, pediatric, and plastic surgery. Reviews the varied hospital models, as well as the role of each member of the healthcare team. (Not open to students with credit in ORN 130.) [D, CSU] (Formerly: ORN 130)

ST 140

PRACTICUM: MAJOR SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

8 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: ST 110 and 120, or equivalent.

Corequisite: ST 130 and 150.

Laboratory 24 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides clinical experience in the intraoperative setting. Emphasizes first or second scrub role. Includes augmented clinical hours in the campus laboratory, focusing on instrumentation, equipment, and supplies in the specialties of neurology, urology, ENT, eye, plastics, laparoscopic, orthopedic, and pediatric surgery. [D; CSU]

ST 150

CURRENT CONCEPTS IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: ST 130 and 140.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Presents current topics and concepts encountered in the surgical setting, with emphasis on developing awareness of moral, ethical responsibilities, and surgical conscience. Includes resume writing and required job skills. [D; CSU]

ST 160

PRACTICUM: SUBSPECIALTIES

6 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: ST 130, 140, and 150, or equivalent.

Laboratory 18 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides clinical intraoperative experience under both instructor and preceptor supervision. Clinical experience focuses on functioning as first scrub, and solo scrub in all specialties. Emphasizes independent clinical experience in the major specialties of general, gynecological, orthopedic, thoracic, and vascular surgery. [D; CSU]

ST 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in surgical technology of particular interest to the student. [D; CSU]

VN 30

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: VN 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: CNA Certification and Acceptance into Vocational Nursing Program.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides math review for dosage calculations, conversions between different systems of measurement, dosage calculation and measurement, drug orders and labels, and intravenous calculations. Includes instruction in the technique of safe medication administration. (Not open to students with credit in ADN 106.) [D]

VN 31

BASIC CONCEPTS IN PHARMACOLOGY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Prerequisite: VN 30 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into Vocational Nursing program.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Introduces basic concepts of pharmacology for Vocational Nursing (VN) students. Includes content organized according to drug administration as well as issues related to drug education, management, and enforcement of drug laws. Emphasizes knowledge of pharmacology necessary to properly educate and advise patients regarding their healthcare needs. [D]

VN 101

INTRODUCTION TO VOCATIONAL NURSING I

2.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 30 and 101L.

Limitation on Enrollment: CNA Certification or equivalent.

Lecture 2.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces vocational nursing and human functioning framework. Includes healthcare system, therapeutic communication, professional communication, and relationships. Emphasizes the nursing process, stress and coping, psychosocial and cultural issues, critical thinking, physical assessment, documentation, infection control, and sterile procedures. [D; CSU]

VN 101L

INTRODUCTION TO VOCATIONAL NURSING I LABORATORY

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $40

Corequisite: VN 101.

Laboratory 6.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Companion laboratory to VN 101 including patient care experiences in selected clinical settings. Includes application of therapeutic and professional communication, nursing process, charting, and fundamental patient care skills. [D; CSU]

VN 102

INTRODUCTION TO VOCATIONAL NURSING II

2.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: VN 101 or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 31 and VN 102L.

Lecture 2.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides concepts of vocational nursing with an emphasis on geriatrics, death, dying, and rehabilitation. Includes fluids, electrolytes, urinary disorders, comfort care, nutrition, enteral feedings, gastrointestinal disorders, visual and auditory disorders, as well as care of the surgical patient. [D; CSU]

VN 102L

INTRODUCTION TO VOCATIONAL NURSING II LABORATORY

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: VN 101 or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 31 and VN 102.

Laboratory 6.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Supports theory from VN 102 by offering clinical practice in the medical-surgical clinical setting. Provides nursing care for patients with a variety of illnesses including geriatric nursing. [D; CSU]

VN 103

VOCATIONAL NURSING I

6 UNITS

Grade Only

Corequisite: VN 30, VN 103L.

Limitation on Enrollment: CNA certification or equivalent.

Lecture 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Examines the evolution of nursing and current trends, and provides the student with knowledge and skills basic to nursing. Includes core components of Vocational Nursing such as skills for success, nursing process, physical assessment, documentation, legal and ethical considerations, therapeutic communication techniques, healthcare delivery systems, teaching and learning, cultural considerations, care of the surgical client, nursing care of body systems, and death and dying. [D; CSU]

VN 103L

VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY I

6 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Corequisite: VN 103.

Laboratory 18.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Supports theory from VN 103 by offering clinical practice experiences in selected clinical settings. Emphasizes prioritization, decision-making, time management, and critical thinking appropriate to the LVN's scope of practice. Includes application of therapeutic communication, data collection, documentation, and identification of appropriate interventions and evaluation of nursing care of clients. [D; CSU]

VN 130

PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: VN 30 and VN 31 or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 201.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces pharmacology and medication administration skills, as well as skills needed for safe and effective medication administration. Covers pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular, neurosensory, endocrine, hematological, and immune systems; ears, nose, and throat (ENT); neurological systems and illicit drugs, urinary and reproductive systems; and nutrition. Reviews cultural and age specific aspects of medication administration. [D; CSU] (Formerly: ADN 130;PME 130)

VN 201

VOCATIONAL NURSING II

6 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: VN 103 or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 201L and 130.

Lecture 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes common health management and maintenance, prevention of illness, and community health. Covers hematological, cardiovascular, endocrine, sensory, neurology, immune, mental health, and urinary systems as well as neoplastic conditions. Includes concepts of client care, treatments, pharmacology, and diet therapy within each system. [D; CSU]

VN 201L

VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY II

6 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $40

Prerequisite: VN 103L or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 201.

Laboratory 18.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Companion laboratory course for VN 201. Supports theory from VN 201 by focusing on nursing performance in the clinical settings. Utilizes critical thinking and the nursing process in learning about fundamental disease processes and the LPN's role in prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and the restoration of health in the adult client. [D; CSU]

VN 250

MATERNAL-CHILD-ADULT HEALTH

4.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: VN 201 or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 250L.

Lecture 4.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces concepts of maternal-child nursing and adult health. Presents factors which may influence growth and development in the family. Includes alterations and diseases in the child-bearing family that can occur and impede normal growth and development. Emphasizes the use of the nursing process to assist adult clients and child-bearing families in the promotion of wellness and treatment of illnesses. [D; CSU]

VN 250L

MATERNAL-CHILD-ADULT HEALTH - VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY III

4 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $35

Prerequisite: VN 201L or equivalent.

Corequisite: VN 250.

Laboratory 12.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Focuses on nursing performance in specialty clinical areas, including maternal-child, pediatric, acute, and ambulatory care. [D; CSU]

VN 251

TRANSITION TO PRACTICE

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Corequisite: VN 250 and VN 250L.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Prepares the practical/vocational nursing (LPN/LVN) student to independently assume the role of the LPN/LVN in professional practice. Provides nursing concepts of leadership, management, organizational, and time management skills; a preceptor rotation assists in the completion of this transition. [D; CSU]

VN 251L

TRANSITION TO PRACTICE - VOCATIONAL NURSING LABORATORY IV

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Corequisite: VN 251.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces role transition from vocational nursing student to nurse graduate. Includes client care assignments utilizing all nursing skills and demonstration of graduate-level clinical judgment. [D; CSU]

VN 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in vocational nursing of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]