Associate Degree Nursing Program
The philosophy of the Associate of Science Degree, Registered Nursing Program focuses on the individual needs of the students and patients (persons), within the context of families, communities and environments who exist on a health continuum. Learning occurs via a dynamic engaged process that prepares the learner to function effectively as an entry level registered nurse within nursing and inter-professional teams.
The Mission of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare entry level registered nurses to function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams. These graduates will deliver evidence based patient centered care to culturally diverse populations across the life span in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates will be effective communicators and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning utilizing informatics resources.
We respect the individuality of students and recognize that each student has different learning styles, diverse backgrounds, and unique support systems. The goal of the program is to promote student success in a positive, innovative learning environment that promotes continuous quality improvement, empowers students to develop critical thinking skills, professional attitudes to ensure safe practice, clinical reasoning, and decision making that result in positive patient outcomes.
Nursing is a career in which trained healthcare professionals provide compassionate care to individuals of all ages. Nurses treat patients by establishing a care plan that fits each individual patient's needs. Nurses also educate their patients and the public about how to manage their health by discussing with their patient proper nutrition and exercise and about their prescribed medications. They also provide emotional support and advice to the patient and their family. Additionally, nurses promote the general health and well-being of the public by educating their communities.
Mt. San Jacinto College's Associate Degree in Nursing Program (ADN) prepares students for a successful career as a Registered Nurse (RN). Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to sit for the national licensing examination, known as the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX- RN. The ADN program requires four semesters of study after the completion of prerequisite courses and admission requirements. The program is 78 units and requires that students participate in clinical practice at multiple health care facilities. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the ADN program are listed in the current MSJC catalog.
Admission to the program is based on a Multi-Criteria Selection after successful completion of program prerequisites. Please click on the Application Process and/or Selection Process tabs to the left for more information on admission.
The Mt. San Jacinto College ADN program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Inquiries regarding program approval may be made by contacting the BRN at 400 R Street, Suite 4030, Sacramento, CA 94244, (916) 322-3350.
Clinical Practice Requirement
Every student will be assigned a clinical facility each semester in order to meet the clinical objectives required for their nursing courses. All facilities require a background check, drug screening, professional student nurse liability insurance and health coverage as a condition of clinical placement. Refusal to complete a background check, other required screens, and/or failure to meet all other clearance standards established by the health care facility could result in disenrollment from the program or make the student ineligible to participate.
Students who may not be able to pass a background check are referred to contact the BRN for more information about licensing requirements. There are possible convictions that may exclude students from being licensed in the State of California. For more information on Clinical Background checks, please CLICK HERE.
Most health care facilities also require strict standards of conduct that all students are expected and required to follow at all times. Facilities may refuse educational access to any student who does not adhere to the facility's standards of health and safety and could result in disenrollment from the program.
Program Learning Objectives
Upon completion the ADN program graduate will be able to:
Incorporate ethical, legal and safety standards and professionalism (Nurse Practice Act).
Develop leadership skills and promote research/evidence based practice
Design a plan of care using the nursing process to direct and manage care of clients.
Develop and utilize effective verbal and written communication methods that can be used with clients, family and health care professionals to promote optimum wellness and patient advocacy.
Incorporate principles of environmental, informatics, client and personal safety when using the nursing process to provide care for clients.
Integrate knowledge of drug classifications used to promote, maintain, and restore optimum wellness.
Synthesize growth and development concepts for the care of clients of various ages.
Compare and contrasts the various physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual environments using the nursing process to promote, maintain and restore optimum wellness
Analysis of holistic needs for clients to promote, maintain and restore optimum wellness
Prepare the student for candidacy to take the National Council Licensure by Examination (NCLEX) and continue lifelong learning.