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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
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.
Health Sciences Department, Building M
Sandy Zepeda, Program Technician
805-922-6966 ext. 3384
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
closed during the summer.
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