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General Information
Application Period
Enrollment Eligibility
Application Procedures
General Education
Enrollment Selection
Physical Exam Requirements
Technical Standards

Drug Screening

Background Screening

Basic Life Support Certification

Program Supply Information


Transfer to CSUB



General Information:

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 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 Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare entrylevel
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.

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Application Period

Application forms and all required documents must be received by the Radiologic Technology Program Office during the application month of February.  Late applications will not be accepted.

December 1– January 15 for the program scheduled to start in the Fall

Transcripts needing evaluation for this period must be submitted to the Records Office no later than September 1.

June 1– July 15 for the program scheduled to start in the Spring
Transcripts needing evaluation for this period must be submitted to the Records Office no later than March 1.

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Application Procedures:

It is the student’s responsibility to do the following procedures listed below:

  • Submit an application form to the Nursing Program during the appropriate application period – please note, applications must be filled out completely, all information requested must be provided
  • Submit either your unofficial or official Bakersfield College transcript showing all prerequisite courses posted
  • Bakersfield College transcripts must be received by the Nursing office prior the last day of the appropriate application period
  • Failure to meet all application requirements/procedures will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered for selection

If you have taken courses from any college other than Bakersfield College:

  1. 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.
  2. Have your college transcript(s) evaluated by:
    • Ordering an Official copy of your transcripts from your previous college(s);
    • Submit the Official copy of your transcripts along with a form “Request for Evaluation”. You can obtain this form from the Admissions and Records office or from the Admissions and Records web-page (see above) under Other Forms.
    • Once your transcripts have been evaluated and posted to your Bakersfield College transcripts, either order an official copy to be sent from the Admission and Records office or print your unofficial transcript and submit along with Application Form to the Nursing Program during the appropriate application periods.

Please note – transcript evaluation can take anywhere from 12-16 weeks and must be completed prior to the end of the application period. For the December application period your transcripts should be submitted no later than September 1. For the June application period, your transcripts should be submitted no later than
March 1.

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Prerequisite Requirements:

All prerequisites must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.

  • ENGL B1A (Expository Composition) 4 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • MATH B70 or MATH BD (Intermediate Algebra) or higher, 5 units at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • CHEM B11 or B1A (Chemistry) a minimum of 3-4 units is required at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • **BIOL B16 (General Microbiology) 5 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • BIOL B32 (Anatomy & Physiology I) 4 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.

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General education courses are required to graduate from Bakersfield College with an Associate
Degree in Nursing (ADN). It is suggested that most of these courses be completed prior to
beginning the Nursing Program.

A. Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking (6 units)

  • 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. Physical Universe and Life Forms (6 units)

  • B.1 Natural Sciences (3 units)
    BIOL 32, 33 and 16, CHEM B11 and B1A – 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

C. Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Foreign Language (3 units)

  • PHIL B12 recommended or any course as listed in Area C of the General
    Education Pattern in the Bakersfield College Catalog

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

E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development (1 unit)

  • Physical Education 1 unit required from PHED courses as listed in the college catalog.
  • ADN students are exempt from the 3 unit course in the psychological development category

Educational Planning -Nurs B100 recommended or any course listed in the General Requirements in the Bakersfield College Catalog (Recommended to be taken during the first semester of courses at Bakersfield College to assure priority registration.)

*Board of Registered Nursing requirement

Note: All graduation requirements of the college must be met to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing and to take the NCLEX RN - Licensure Exam.

Recommended Courses

  • Nurs B100, Strategies for Success in a Nursing Program (this course should be taken one or two semesters prior to entering the Program)
  • Nurse Assistant Certification (information available upon request)
  • MEDS B60 (Medical Terminology) – highly recommended, prior to taking BIOL B32.

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Application Selection Process:

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; students must work with Admissions and Records to determine eligibility. An
eligible spouse or widow(er) will also be extended this priority status.

SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY: Scholastic eligibility is determined through a statewide
approved formula (California Community College Chancellors Office Pre-requisite Validation)
which calculates the student’s probability of successfully completing the ADN program. The
formula uses the following criteria:

  1. Core Biology GPA – all Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology courses taken at the college level.
  2. Core Biology repetitions – the number of times a student has repeated a Core Biology course including withdrawals.
  3. English GPA – all credit English course grades regardless of the level of the course.
  4. Overall GPA– the college GPA as it appears on college transcripts.
  5. Students must have a minimum score of 75% designating the probability of successfully completing the ADN program, to be eligible for admission.

CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT: All qualified applicants will be placed in a random selection
which result in the conditional filling of the program enrollment seats plus selection of 20

ASSESSMENT TEST: All conditionally enrolled students and alternates will be required to take
a state approved nursing assessment test. Students must rank at or above the average composite
percentage (62%) on your first attempt to be eligible for admission into the program. Students
who do not meet this criteria will be offered a remediation program.

REMEDIATION PROGRAM: Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements (Prerequisite
Validation Cut-Score of 75% and/or Composite Score of 62% on the Assessment Test)
may successfully complete all of the following remediation requirements to be considered
eligible for enrollment into the ADN Program*:

  1. Completion of ACDV B70a-f – Study Skills with a “CR”
  2. Completion of BIOL B34 – Pathophysiology (or equivalent course) with a “B” or higher
  3. Completion of MED SCI B69 – CNA with a “C” or higher or Current CNA certification with proof of recent work experience
  4. Completion of NURS B100 – Strategies for Nursing Success with a “CR”

*Successful completion of the Remediation Program must be completed within 12-months
of initial application to the ADN Program to be considered eligible. Students wishing to be
re-considered must provide proof of successful completion of all remediation steps.
After successful completion of the Remediation Program students must repeat the assessment
testing and pass with a score of 62% or higher.

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Physical Examination Requirements:

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 student's expense.

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Essential Technical Standards

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 necessary.

  • 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 emergency situations.

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Drug Screening

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 at the student’s expense.

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Background Screening:

The Bakersfield College Registered Nursing Program maintains contractual agreements with clinical agencies used in the education of nursing students.

These agencies require criminal background checks for all employees, students and volunteers. Current and prospective nursing students must at all-time meet applicable hospital standards for placement in mandatory clinical rotations at selected hospitals.

  • 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.
  • Every student that has had a break in nursing education, for whatever reason, must resubmit to a new background screening.
  • 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.
  • In the event a student has a positive criminal background and is denied placement at a clinical agency, the Program will attempt to place the student in an alternate clinical agency. However, if an alternate clinical agency is unavailable or clearance cannot be granted, the student will not be able to meet the required clinical component of the Program/course and would be administratively dropped from 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.
  • The student is given an opportunity to receive a copy of the screening report and has the right to dispute the accuracy of the report.
  • Access to student background checks information is limited the Dean of the ADN Program, or an appointed designee. Background information will remain confidential..

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Basic Life Support Certification:

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 2-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.

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Program Supply Information

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 $3200.00.

Second and third semesters usually only require registration fees and books.

In addition to registration fees and books, the ADN fourth semester’s expenses will include Program Completion activities, Program pin, ATI test, Board or Registered Nursing application fees and NCLEX Licensure.

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Program Accreditation:

Bakersfield College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2225, Chicago, IL 60603-3182, 312-704-5300 or www.jrcert.org.  The Program is also approved by the State of California, Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch, PO Box 997414, MS-7610, Sacramento, CA 95899-7414, 916-327-5106 or www.cdph.ca.gov/rhb.

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Associate Degree Nurse Program Curriculum: 

The following courses are taken after the student enters the Program.

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS B20 Nursing Fundamental (2 Lec/2 Lab) 4.0
NURSE B21 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (2.5 Lec/2.5 Lab) 5.0
NURS B22 Basic Pharmacology 3.0

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS B23 Medical/Surgical Nursing 2 (2.5 Lec/2 Lab) 4.5
NURS B24 Obstetrics- Maternity Nursing (1.5 lec/1.5 Lab) 3.0
NURS B25 Mental Health - Psychiatric Nursing (2 Lec/1.5 Lab) 3.5

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS B26 Medical/Surgical Nursing 3 (2.5 Lec/3 Lab) 5.5
NURS B27 Pediatric Nursing (1.5 lec/2 Lab) 3.5

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS B28 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing (3 Lec/4 Lab) 7.0
NURS B29 Gerontology - Community Nursing (1 Lec/1 Lab) 2.0

Students Transferring to CSUB:

Students who plan to obtain their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Cal State University Bakersfield after completing the Bakersfield College ADN Program should consult the CSUB Nursing web-page at http://www.csub.edu/nursing/requirements/rnbsn/http://www.csub.edu/nursing/requirements/rnbsn/ for current requirements

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The California Board of Registered Nursing approves the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College.

Record of any misdemeanor and/or felony is subject to review by the Board of Registered
Nursing before a RN license may be granted. Anyone who wishes clarification may contact the
Board of Registered Nursing, PO Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244.

Effective Immediately: Please be advised that the Board of Registered Nursing will no longer
accept a Tax-Payer ID Number to apply for licensure. Applicants must provide a valid Social
Security Number upon application for licensure.

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            In accordance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act, Bakersfield College provides services and benefits to students regardless of race, color, national origin, 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.)

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