The School of Nursing is a vital component of Riverside City College (RCC) and embraces the mission, values, and traditions of both the RCC District and the College. The School of Nursing prepares quality nursing healthcare providers using a student- centered approach through teaching excellence in an environment conducive to learning. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares individuals for professional generalist nursing roles and for collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of holistic healthcare.

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 Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Provide quality, safe, patient-centered nursing care using evidence-based practices as a competent, entry-level professional nurse generalist.

  • Function within the scope and standards of practice as a competent, entry-level professional nurse generalist while assimilating all ethical and legal principles.

  • Function as a leader, assimilating leadership principles in a variety of health care settings for diverse patient populations as a competent, entry-level professional nurse generalist.

  • Exemplify caring through behaviors that support relationship-centered care and demonstrate respect and sensitivity to others as a competent, entry-level professional nurse generalist.

  • Assimilate communication principles to foster collaborative relationships using effective communication with the interprofessional health care team for the purpose of providing and improving patient outcomes as a competent, entry-level professional nurse generalist.

  • Assimilate critical thinking principles using clinical reasoning to make sound clinical judgments necessary for providing safe patient care and promoting quality improvement as a competent, entry-level professional nurse generalist.

  • Integrate nursing informatics and competently demonstrate the use of technology to effectively communicate, enhance knowledge, manage and analyze data, prevent errors, and support decision-making as a competent, entry-level professional nurse generalist.

Required Courses (73-74 units) Units
BIO-50A Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-50B Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO-55 Microbiology 4
PSY-9 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC-1/1H Introduction to Sociology/Honors 3
ANT-2/2H Cultural Anthropology/Honors 3
ENG-1A/1AH English Composition 4
COM-1/1H Public Speaking/Honors 3
COM-9/9H Interpersonal Communication/Honors 3
MAT-12/12H Statistics/Honors 4
PYS/SOC-48 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
NRN-11 Foundations of Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan 8.5
NRN-11A Nursing Learning Laboratory 0.5
NRN-12 Acute and Chronic Medical-Surgical Nursing Across the Lifespan and Maternity Nursing 8.5
NRN-12A Nursing Learning Laboratory 0.5
NRN-21 Acute Adult Medical-Surgical and Mental Health Nursing 8.5
NRN-21A Nursing Learning Laboratory 0.5
NRN-22 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing Across the Lifespan and Acute Pediatrics 8.5
NRN-22A Nursing Learning Laboratory 0.5
American Institutions Choose from course list 3
Humanities Elective Choose from course list 3
Elective Courses - Choose one course from each area for a total of 6 units  
Area 1 American Institutions 3
Area 2 Humanities Elective 3
The following courses are prerequisites for two of the above required courses (8 units):   Units
BIO-1 General Biology (BIO-1 is the prerequisite for AMY-2A, but NOT a prerequisite for the RCC ADN program. If an A & P series has been completed previously at RCCD or at another college then BIO-1 is not required to enter the program.) 1
CHE-2A  Introductory Chemistry I 4
CHE-3 Fundamentals of Chemistry (Chemistry is a required prerequisite for the Microbiology 1 (MIC 1) course offered at RCC. To meet the RCC ADN Program’s requirement for eligibility, Chemistry may be satisfied by any of the following methods: completion of CHE-2A or CHE-3; a grade of “3” or higher on the Chemistry AP test) 4
Completion of the following course is required prior to enrollment for all advanced placement (AP/LVN-to RN)/transfer students: (2.5 units)     Units
NRN-18 Transition Course for Advanced Placement (AP) Students 2.5