Nursing

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Program Overview

The Registered Nursing program is  fully accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing. It is a two semester program offered every year starting spring semester.Graduates from accredited vocational nursing programs are eligible to apply.The LVN-RN program is specifically designed to provide the LVN with an opportunity for career advancement and prepares the LVN for the additional responsibilities required of the registered nurse.

The nursing program has been built upon the “ladder concept,” providing the opportunity for upward mobility, while continuing to work in a fulfilling career. At the completion of any step, you may continue or stop, go to work and return for more education later. Physical exam, TB test, and CPR required for all programs. In addition, the clinical agencies requires background checks and drug screening.

The Nursing program is separated into the three areas of education:

Why choose a career in nursing?

The demand for health care professionals is high in all areas. This need is projected to increase for at least the next 30 years and has resulted in higher wages and more diverse job opportunities. There is presently a major nursing shortage, and jobs are plentiful in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, research study programs, and more. Specialties include obstetrics, surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, intensive care, and emergency room/trauma.

  • Wages range from $9-$12/hr for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Certified Home Health Aides have reported earnings of $12-$16/hr. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered for most post-CNA courses. 
  • An entry level wage for an LVN is approximately $16-$18 per hour. Jobs are plentiful and may be found in acute hospitals, long term care facilities, physicians' offices, home health care and clinics. 
  • An entry level wage for a Registered Nurse (RN) is approximately $28-33 per hour, with veteran nurses earning $30 per hour and up. 

How do I know if nursing is right for me?

To be a nurse you need to enjoy working with people. Good communication and critical thinking skills are central to the nursing role. Nursing practice is based on scientific principles and a solid knowledge base of anatomy and physiology is important. Math skills are essential to safe medication administration. The ability to read and understand scientific literature and communicate effectively in writing are the fundamentals to success in nursing.

Contact

Health Sciences Department, Building M
Tawnya Karstrom, Program Technician
805-922-6966 ext. 3384
mailto:tawnya.karstrom@hancockcollege.edu

Hours

School Year Hours (September-May)

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Hours (June-August)

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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Evelyn Avalos

Evelyn Avalos
Nursing Student

"I chose to come to Allan Hancock College because I've heard so many great things about the nursing program here. We have a really high pass rate for the state boards compared to other schools. The instructors are extremely supportive here and want us to succeed; they go out of the way to see how students learn and cater to that even outside the classroom environment."
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Nursing student testimonial 
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RN student Melissa chooses Hancock for affordability and the ability to stay close to home.

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Last Modified Jul 2, 2014