Nursing

The program below is undergoing modification and the modification will be placed into an addendum upon Chancellor’s Office approval - see your counselor for further information and visit the college website under www.swccd.edu/catalog link for the latest addenda updates.

Associate in Science
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02360)

Prepares students for careers in nursing through the study of the humanities, natural/social sciences, and the field of nursing. Emphasis is on nursing theory and clinical practice. Graduates are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to actively participate and contribute to patient report meetings and patient/family conferences and analyze as well as prioritize the information obtained.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to articulate professionally and competently in the healthcare setting on issues regarding patient care.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will analyze, compute and correctly provide medications to the patient in the healthcare setting.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate collegiality and appropriate communication techniques when working with diverse healthcare providers, patients and family members.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate critical thinking skills and differentiation in plan of care for patients from various cultural backgrounds.
Prerequisites
BIOL 260HUMAN ANATOMY4
BIOL 261PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4
BIOL 265GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
ADN 140READING AND COMPOSITION FOR NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS3
Total Units15
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ADN 111A PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY I 2
ADN 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 2
ADN 112L FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING CLINICAL LABORA TORY 5
 Units9
Second Semester
ADN 111B PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY II 2
ADN 113 MATERNAL AND CHILD NURSING 3
ADN 113L MATERNAL AND CHILD NURSING LABORATORY 5
 Units10
Third Semester
ADN 221 ADULT NURSING 5
ADN 221L ADULT NURSING LABORATORY 5
 Units10
Fourth Semester
ADN 114 NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP I 2
ADN 223 GERONTOLOGY 2
ADN 223L GERONTOLOGY LABORATORY 4
ADN 225 NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP II: PRECEPTORSHIP 2
 Units10
 Total Units39

Some courses within this program may require additional coursework that must be completed prior to enrollment in these courses. Please consult the individual course listings for prerequisites and any other limitations on enrollment.

The following courses can be taken at any time as part of the General Education (GE) requirement for nursing. Per the Nursing program application, additional points will be given for completion of all GE courses prior to application. Nursing students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. intuition may have their general education courses credited, but according to the California Board of Nursing, will still need to meet nursing curriculum requirements including anatomy, physiology, microbiology, psychology, oral communication, English writing course, and a child development or developmental psychology course.

COMM 103ORAL COMMUNICATION3
or COMM 174 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
PSYC 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY3
CD 170PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT3
or PSYC 230 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 units from Area C in Group 1: Fine Arts or Group 2: Cultural Studies3
MATH 60INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA I4
Total Units16

Proficiencies required for department acceptance into this program include college-level reading (RDG 158), and Intermediate Algebra I (MATH 60). To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.

1

Or four semester units of equivalent courses from an accredited institution. Required science courses taken at Southwestern College have prerequisite courses of BIOL 100, BIOL 101, and CHEM 100 or CHEM 170 or equivalent.

LVN to ADN Transition Program

California licensed vocational nurses are eligible to apply for a one-year LVN-ADN transition program. Credit toward first year ADN courses is granted upon evidence of licensure. Students take a transition course before joining the ADN class in the third semester.

Completion of prerequisites required.

Prerequisites
BIOL 260HUMAN ANATOMY *4
BIOL 261PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4
BIOL 265GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY *4
Total Units12
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ADN 221 ADULT NURSING 5
ADN 221L ADULT NURSING LABORATORY 5
 Units10
Second Semester
ADN 114 NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP I 2
ADN 223 GERONTOLOGY 2
ADN 223L GERONTOLOGY LABORATORY 4
ADN 225 NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP II: PRECEPTORSHIP 2
 Units10
Summer Semester
ADN 115 TRANSITION TO ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING 2
 Units2
 Total Units22
*

Or four semester units of equivalent courses from an accredited institution. Required science courses taken at Southwestern College have prerequisite courses of BIOL 100, BIOL 101, and CHEM 100 or CHEM 170 or equivalent.

Some courses within this program may require additional coursework that must be completed prior to enrollment in these courses. Please consult the individual course listings for prerequisites and any other limitations on enrollment.

30 Unit Option

California LVNs may take the “30 unit option” but will not be graduates from the nursing program or the College unless all other requirements are met. Please contact the director of the program for an explanation of the advantages and limitations of this option. Vocational nurses completing this option may be graduates of the Southwestern College nursing program and of the College only if they complete other graduation requirements prior to taking the licensure examination. Only those completing the requirements in the major are eligible to wear the Southwestern College nursing pin.

Completion of prerequisites required.

Prerequisites
BIOL 260HUMAN ANATOMY *4
BIOL 261PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4
BIOL 265GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY *4
Total Units12
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ADN 221 ADULT NURSING 5
ADN 221L ADULT NURSING LABORATORY 5
 Units10
Second Semester
ADN 114 NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP I 2
ADN 223 GERONTOLOGY 2
ADN 223L GERONTOLOGY LABORATORY 4
ADN 225 NURSING SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP II: PRECEPTORSHIP 2
 Units10
Summer Semester
ADN 115 TRANSITION TO ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING 2
 Units2
 Total Units22
*

Or four semester units of equivalent courses from an accredited institution. Required science courses taken at Southwestern College have prerequisite courses of BIOL 100, BIOL 101, and CHEM 100 or CHEM 170 or equivalent.

Some courses within this program may require additional coursework that must be completed prior to enrollment in these courses. Please consult the individual course listings for prerequisites and any other limitations on enrollment.