Generic Registered Nursing Curriculum

Course Sequence by Semester

The following sequence of courses represents the program of the generic nursing student who is enrolled in the four-semester program leading an associate degree. Applicants who are interested in Registered Nurse licensure and who are already licensed as Vocational Nurses in California should refer to the course sequence description for the Career Ladder Program.

Students are admitted to the standard schedule every semester.  This schedule offers classes and clinical experiences primarily during the daytime and week days.  However, because of classroom availability and clinical space, late afternoon, evening, and weekend experiences are included at times during the sequence of classes and students must be able to accommodate these times. 

Weekend/evening schedules are also available (along with the standard schedule) for students who begin their studies in the winter/spring of each year.  This option begins classroom hours at 4:00 or 4:30 and may begin clinical rotations as early as 3:00 p.m. for weekday hospital hours.

The structure of some courses varies in length. For a more complete description of course scheduling, please click on "Course Descriptions" at the bottom of this page.

Winter Intersession or Summer Session (6 week):

Course Title Units
NS 200 Nursing Perspectives 1.5
NS 205 Essentials of Medication Administration 0.5

First Semester
Course

Title

Units
NS 201 Nursing Seminar I 1.0
NS 208 Nursing Pharmacology  2.5
NS 210 Fundamentals of Nursing 3.5
NS 211 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 3.5

Second Semester
Course

Title

Units
NS 202* Nursing Seminar II 1.5
NS 212 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 4.5
NS 222 Psychiatric Nursing 3.5

Winter Intersession or Summer Session (6 week):

Course Title Units
  General Education Class        (as needed)  

Third Semester
Course

Title

Units
NS 203* Nursing Seminar III 1.5
NS 213 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 4.5
NS 223 Maternal Child Health 5.5

Winter Intersession or Summer Session (6 week):

Course Title Units
NS 216 Intermediate Clinical Experience 2.0

Fourth Semester
Course

Title

Units
NS 204* Nursing Seminar IV 1.0
NS 214 Medical-Surgical Nursing IV 6.0
NS 215 Nursing Practice in Contemporary Settings 2.5

* Optional, but highly recommended.

Last updated: 2/6/2013 3:17:53 PM