As defined by the American Nurses Association, professional nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual and high-risk health problems.
The Associate Degree Registered Nursing Programs at Grossmont College prepare individuals for national licensure to practice professional nursing in critical, acute, chronic, ambulatory, and home health care settings. For students without previous nursing education, the nursing courses cover four semesters plus the prerequisite science courses. Nursing science didactic is coordinated with laboratory experience in local hospitals and health agencies under the guidance of nursing faculty members. In addition to the nursing courses, the major requires selected general education courses from the natural, behavioral, and social sciences.
California Licensed Vocational Nurses are eligible to apply for a three-semester LVN-RN Transition Program. California LVN's also may take the "30-unit option" but will not be graduates of the Nursing Program or the college unless all other requirements are met. An individual evaluation will be made for students wishing to transfer into the Nursing Program or to receive credit for previous education.
Upon completion of the degree requirements, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
In addition to the college application, a special application for this major is required. Applications to the Nursing Program will be accepted for both programs after prerequisite requirements are met. Contact the Counseling Center or the Nursing Office.