Health Science & Nursing Division has various career path options for you to choose.
3 Entry Level courses
Nurse Assistant Pre-Certification - 16 week Training Course, when completed allows the student to sit for the CNA competency California state exam.
Certified Nurse Assistant Acute Care - 8 week Training Course which allows the previously certified CNA to apply for a job in an acute hospital.
Home Health Aide – 8 week Training Course which allows the previously certified CNA to provide personal care in the home care setting.
These courses are approved by the Department of Health Services in the State of California.
LVN – Licensed Vocational Nurse program is a one year program. When completed the students is able to sit for the National NCLX-PN (Practical Nurse) Exam and become licensed in the State of California as an LVN. This program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians in the State of California.
ADN – Associate Degree Nursing program is 2 years and 1 semester. When completed the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (Registered Nurse) Exam and become a Registered Nurse in the State of California. This program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.
There are various places to start the RN program.
Generic Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - Is for the student that does not have any other nursing courses, you are starting from the beginning although you may be a CNA.
LVN-ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) – Is for the currently licensed LVN wanting to continue their education into the RN program. These students would start in the spring with a transition course and then join the 2 year ADN students in the fall, then graduate at the end of the spring semester.
30 Unit Option - RN Program is for students wanting to complete their RN program faster. This does not lead to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The student is not a graduate but is able to sit for the NCLEX-RN state boards. The RN license is recognized in California, but may not be recognized in other states. Once obtained, you will not be allowed to complete your ADN, and will have difficulty going on to obtain an Bachelors in Nursing (BSN).
Psychiatric Technician to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) – Is for the currently licensed psychiatric technician who wants to complete the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. These students may challenge the Fundamentals course (but is not recommended) and are given credit for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Course (ADN 252).