LVN to Associate Degree Nursing Program
|Updated June 2011|
The study of
nursing is the application of knowledge from the arts and sciences.
The purpose of the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Program is to
provide the foundation for students to become competent registered nurses.
The LVN-ADN Program respects the individuality of students and
recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential,
cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds and a unique support
system. The aim of the Program
is to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the
development of critical thinking and problem solving skills so that the
graduate nurse is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse
population in a variety of healthcare settings.
The mission of the Bakersfield College LVN-Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare entry-level registered nurses as providers and managers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession. Graduate nurses will collaborate with members of the health care team, be effective communicators, be politically aware, and demonstrate a commitment to life long learning.
Health office must receive all application forms and transcripts during the
following filing periods (see Application Procedures).
Forms received prior to or after these dates will not be accepted.
is the student’s responsibility to do the following procedures listed below:
If you have taken courses from any college other than Bakersfield College:
Apply for Admission to Bakersfield College either in person at the Admissions and Records office or by going on-line www.bakersfieldcollege.edu, click on Admissions and Records and follow the directions under Enrolling.
ENGL B1A (Expository
Composition) 4 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another
· MATH BD (Intermediate Algebra) or higher, 3 units at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college
· CHEM B11 or B2A or B1A (Chemistry) a minimum of 3-4 units is required at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college. (CSUB requires Chem B11)
B16 (General Microbiology) 5 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent
course at another accredited college.
BIOL B33 (Anatomy &
Physiology II) 4 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at
another accredited college.
IV Certification is required.
Students may meet this requirement by taking Meds B66 prior to
entering the LVN-RN Program.
One year experience
working as an LVN
Possession of current
California Vocational Nurse License.
Provider CPR card current within one year.
Overall GPA of 2.5.
· Graduation from high school or an equivalent education.
education courses are required to graduate from
A.1 Oral Communication (3 units)
COMM B1* or COMM B2* (“C” grade or higher)
A.2 Written Communication (3 units)
ENGL B1A* (“C” grade or higher) – prerequisite course
B.1 Natural Sciences (3 units)
BIOL 32, 33 and 16, CHEM B1A, B2A or 11– prerequisite courses
B.2 Mathematics and Logic (3 units)
Any course listed in Area B.2 of the of the General Education Pattern in the Bakersfield College Catalog (“C” grade or higher) - prerequisite course
· D. Social, Political, Legal and Economic Institution and Behavior, Historical Background (9 units)
D.1 Foundations in the Behavioral Sciences (ADN must take 6 units)
ANTH B2* or SOC B1*- (“C” grade or higher) and
PSYC B1A* (“C” grade or higher)
D.2 ADN Students are not required to take a course from this Area
D.3 American (U.S. Institutions) (3 units)
Any course listed in Area D.3 of the General Education Pattern in the Bakersfield College Catalog
In the event the number of qualified students for
the ADN Program exceeds space available, the following selection process is
utilized. Students who are
qualified for enrollment enter in the order in which their names appear on
the Program Waiting List. The
student’s position on this list is determined by random drawing of names by
the Director, Assistant Director, and one assistant. Students
will be admitted to the program based on their scholastic eligibility and
placement on a nursing assessment test as per SB 1309. If the program is
receiving Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding, in accordance with the
Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA), priority will be given to applicants with proof
of military, naval, or air service and discharge under conditions other than
dishonorable. An eligible spouse or widow(er) will also be extended this
To remain current on the waiting list, enrollment forms must be submitted
each semester until Program is entered.
Nursing students must meet the following essential
technical standards to ensure the safety and welfare of the patients, the
healthcare team, and themselves.
A physical examination performed by a medical doctor determines whether a
student meets the technical standards or any accommodations that may be
· Standing and/or walking most of a shift.
· Bending or crouching several times per hour.
· Lifting and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times an hour.
· Lifting and moving up to 300 lbs. with the assistance of 2-3 persons.
· Reaching overhead above the shoulder 90 degrees.
· Utilizing eyesight to observe clients and manipulate equipment under various illumination levels.
· Hearing to communicate with the patient and healthcare team.
· Manipulating medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, keyboards, patient lines, and tubes, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.
· Performing the assigned job responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional functions necessary to ensure patient safety and exercise independent judgment and discretion.
· Utilizing sufficient verbal and written skills to efficiently communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.
Utilizing the above
standards/functions to respond promptly to the patient’s needs and/or
A physical examination completed by a physician of
the student's choice is required when entering the Program to demonstrate
that a student meets the following technical standards necessary to meet the
Program objectives. Appropriate
immunizations and/or vaccinations are also required and are performed at the
As a condition of application in any Nursing/Allied Health Program with a clinical laboratory component, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening.
Every student offered space in the program will be required to submit to a background screening (at the student’s expense) as part of his or her clinical requirements for admission. Please note the following:
· A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
· If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program.
· In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited.
Students who are found to be
ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to
the nursing program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they
will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
Prior to the beginning
of the nursing program, and then throughout the program, students are
required to show proof of a valid
American Heart Association BLS – Healthcare Provider.
This BLS card must be valid until the end of the 1-year ADN
Program. It is your
responsibility to provide a copy of the current BLS card to the nursing
department and to carry a copy of this card while attending clinical in the
healthcare facilities, preferably in your portfolio.
Students will be required to purchase uniforms,
textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus
clinical education sites and pay current college fees.
An estimated cost for books, uniforms, fees and required equipment
for the first term of the Program is approximately $900.00.
In addition to registration fees and books, the ADN fourth semester’s
expenses will include Program Completion activities, Program pin, ATI test,
and State Board application fees.
The following courses are taken after the student enters the Program.
Students who plan to obtain their Bachelor’s Degree
in Nursing at Cal State University Bakersfield after completing the
Bakersfield College ADN Program will need to take MEDS B35 (Lifespan
Development), NUTR B10 (Elementary Nutrition), MATH 22 or PSYCH 5
(Statistics) and COMM B1 (Speech Communication) at Bakersfield College prior
to transfer. In addition, there
may be other general education courses required.
The California Board of Registered Nursing
accredits the BC Associate Degree Nursing Program.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits
Conviction of any offenses other than minor traffic
violations must be reported to the Board of Registered Nursing at the time
of application for licensure.
For clarification contact the ADN Program Director or the Board of
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION /EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
In accordance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act, Bakersfield College provides services and benefits to students regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, religion, marital status, medical condition or disability. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to administration and participation in vocational education programs. (Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.)