Nursing and Allied Health Program

Registered Nursing (RN) Program

Goal of the Nursing Program

The goal of the American River College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare a graduate who is eligible for licensure to practice as a registered nurse. In addition, graduates are prepared to utilize the nursing process effectively with patients of all ages and within a variety of healthcare settings. The graduate will have a solid foundation in providing competent nursing care at the entry level of registered nursing practice.

General Information

The Nursing program consists of a combination of general education and nursing courses with related laboratory experience in local health agencies. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student to take the National Licensing Examination to become registered as a nurse and eligible for employment. A grade of "C" or better is required in each nursing course for progression in the program and for an Associate Degree in Nursing. The nursing curriculum is a two-year program offered in four sequential semesters. There are two application periods per year and students are accepted for the spring and fall semesters. There are morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend clinical experiences required which may change with limited notice.

The nursing program at American River College is impacted; there are more students who apply than can be accepted into the program. All applicants with 70 points or more are put into the selection pool (see Prescreening Criteria Form for details). Please see the Nursing Program Applicant Statistics tab for more information. If an applicant is not chosen, the student may reapply the next semester.

Startup program costs are approximately $2,800. The student is responsible for providing uniforms, laboratory fees, malpractice insurance, necessary equipment, and transportation to off-campus laboratory locations. Nursing program students should expect fees of approximately $475.00 to take the R.N. licensure exam. All costs/fees are subject to change.

Why Do You Want to Become a Nurse?

The demand for nursing program enrollment far exceeds supply. Selection is competitive and there is no guarantee of enrollment. Students who enter the program do so having knowledge of the nursing role and a sound desire to be a nurse. Given enrollment limitations, it is critical. “Nursing is something you need to do for yourself.” These were words spoken by one of our first semester nursing students. The student completed all prerequisites, applied multiple times to the nursing program and was finally selected. The student chose nursing for sound reasons: recession proof career, good wages, flexible work hours, and family advice. After a few weeks in the nursing program, the student realized that nursing was not the right career choice. As the student put it at an exit interview from the program, “I have the heart and smarts for nursing,” but not the passion and desire for nursing. The scenario above is not an isolated one. When considering program reapplication, please consider fully investigating the nursing profession.
You can start by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a nurse? 
  2. Have you ever worked in a hospital setting and observed the role of registered nurses? 
  3. Would you be willing to take on that role and its significant responsibilities?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, it is important that you seek the answers to determine if a nursing career is for you. Students are encouraged to attend the ARC Nursing Information Session offered multiple times throughout the academic year (see nursing website for details). Many students also find it valuable to interview a working nurse and ask the following questions. If you had to do it over again, would you choose nursing as a career? What do you like best about nursing? What do you like least about nursing? Answers to these questions will give you a sense of whether nursing is a long-term career fit.
Best wishes and good luck in your career selection,
ARC Nursing Department

Information Sessions -  Spring 2019 dates  - What does it mean to be a Nurse? What can you do to prepare for Nursing school? Learn more about the multi-criteria selection process and how to maximize your points. Students do not need to register, just show up.

Male Nurse watching patient monitor

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LVN-to-RN Career Mobility Program

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs)

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) accepted into the career mobility phase of the Associate Degree Nursing program are required to complete a combination of general education and nursing courses with related laboratory experience in local health agencies. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student to take the National Licensing Examination to become registered as a nurse and eligible for employment. A grade of "C" or better is required in each nursing course for progression in the program and for an Associate Degree in Nursing. There are morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend clinical experiences that may change with limited notice.

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

 Length of Program

The LVN to RN program is 1 year. Students complete a summer bridge course, and then enter the RN program in the 3rd semester.

 Prerequisites

Students must complete the same prerequisites as the RN program, as well as Speech and Sociology or Cultural Anthropology. See the Nursing General Information Sheet on the Nursing website for details.

Requirements

 Students must have the following to qualify for the LVN to RN Program:

·       Active California LVN license

·       6 months recent full time equivalent LVN work experience

 Application

The application is available on the nursing website from October to February.

 Grant Funding

The LVN to RN program is grant funded, which means that it is not guaranteed to run every year. Students should check the Nursing website to stay up to date on program details.

 Questions?

Please send all questions to ARCNursingApplication@losrios.edu

Start-up costs

Start-up costs are approximately $2,000. The student is responsible for providing uniforms, books, laboratory fees, malpractice insurance, physical exam, immunizations, drug screen, current CPR, background check, equipment, transportation and parking to off-campus laboratory locations. Upon completion of the Nursing program, students should expect fees of approximately $450.00 to take the R.N. licensure exam. All costs/fees are subject to change.

NOTE: The California Board of Registered Nursing

NOTE: The California Board of Registered Nursing protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, functions or duties. At time of licensure application, all convictions must be reported except for minor traffic violations. (Business and Professions Code 480 and Nurse Practice Act Article 3 Section 2761)

Nurse Assistant & Home Health Aide

Curriculum Overview

New Course! Nurse 299: Foundations of Caregiving (2 units)

 Foundations of Caregiving provides a clear description of several possible healthcare career choices that include, but are not limited to: Nursing, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Aide and Medical Transcriptionists. The bulk of the course will provide information and skills to be a caregiver in home health, assisted living and residential homes. Upon completion, the student will obtain the necessary skills to be confident in providing care to those needing assistance in their daily activities. The certificate of completion will enable the student to be employed immediately after the course.  Earning wage for this level of caregiving is between $12-16 per hour. It is an excellent level of training for those desiring immediate employment, knowledge of the health care system, and a work environment that is often flexible to accommodate other educational goals. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

 AH 110: Medical Terminology (3 units)

 This course is an orientation to medical language. It covers the basic structure of medical terms and their components: prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms with emphasis on meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. This course also builds a medical vocabulary applicable to the specialties of medicine, the systems of the body, names of major diseases, and terms used in physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment. This course is a prerequisite to Nurse 100 course (Certified Nurse Assistant). AH 110 can be taken simultaneously with Foundations of Caregiving. There are no prerequisites to take this course.

 Nurse 100: Certified Nurse Assistant (7 units)

 This course is accredited through the California Department of Public Health. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the licensing exam through the State of California, enabling work in a long-term care facility, rehabilitation facility and some subacute facility. There are 86 hours of classroom theory, 9 hours of skills lab practice, and over 100 hours of hands-on clinical experience with patients in a nursing facility.  To qualify for selection into the course, you must 1) complete an application with proof of completing a medical terminology course with a "C" or better; 2) complete the medical documentation 3) have a current negative TB test 4) an immunization record showing a current seasonal flu vaccine 5) Criminal Background Check.  Earning wage for CNAs in the Sacramento area are between $14-18 per hour.  Course Prerequisite: Medical Terminology with a "C" or better.

 Nurse 101: Home Health Aide (2 unit)

 Students must have either a current CNA license or have completed Nurse 100 to qualify for this course. The Home Health Aide course is a higher level of home health caregiving education and provides more employment possibilities. It is a two-unit course with 40 hours of classroom theory, and 40 hours of hands-on clinical experience. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate from the State of California enabling work in home health.  Earning wage for a Home Health Aide in the Sacramento area is between $15-20 per hour. The course is offered during the final 3 weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Nurse 100 -OR- a current California CNA license, along with all requirements for Nurse 100.

Enrollment

NEW REQUIREMENT FOR NURSE 100: Beginning Fall 2019, Medical Terminology (Allied Health 110 at ARC) will be a prerequisite for Nurse 100. All students must submit a transcript showing a medical terminology course with a grade of C or better with the Nurse 100 application. Students with a medical terminology course outside the Los Rios District will need to have the course evaluated by an ARC counselor - call 916-484-8572 for an appointment.

N100 Nurse Assistant: We are extending the deadline to apply

Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant Application Instructions - READ FIRST!!  Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant & Home Health Aide Dual Enrollment Application  Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant Only Application Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant Schedule

Fall 2019 Nurse Assistant Application Instructions 

 Questions regarding the Nurse Assistant application can be directed to Professor Blaney

Other Important Gainful Employment Information and Opportunities

Department of Labor Job Market for Certified Nurse Assistant, Job Titles in Healthcare

Department of Labor Job Market for Home Health Aide

California Department of Public Health

NOTE:  Certified Nurse Assistant Testing - American River College no longer does testing. Contact Info: Northern California Regional Testing Center, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., MS 19, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (408) 855-5203, 855-5216

Home Health Aide

In the State of California, there are two types of home health care agencies. The first one is a non-medical model in which there are no orders from a doctor or a licensed nurse supervising the care. This caregiver does not need a certificate or credentials to work for an agency.

The second type is a medical-model. In this case, there is a physician ordering care, therapists providing rehabilitation needs, and licensed nurses overseeing the home health care aide. To work in this type of home health, you must complete an accredited course and obtain a Home Health Aide certificate issued by the State of California. 

ARC offers an accredited Home Health Aide course for students that have completed a Certified Nurse Assistant course, or students that are already a CNA.  Students enrolled in the Home Health Aide course while in the CNA course do not need to repeat the physical exam, TB test, flu shot or fingerprinting. Students that enroll after the CNA course will repeat all health requirements and fingerprinting to qualify for enrollment.

Enrollment

Students must fill out the Dual Enrollment Application and complete all the requirements for the CNA course. The last 8 days of the course are Home Health Aide.

If you have specific questions, please email Professor Blaney at blaneyj@arc.losrios.edu 

For students who are interested in vocational training

If you are not necessarily seeking a college degree, we offer two classes:

NURSE 100 - Nurse Assistant

NURSE 101 - Home Health Aide

The Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide courses are designed for students who:

  • Are seeking employment as an entry level provider
  • Are interested in the direct patient care experience
  • Desire exposure to a health care environment to access their interest in health care as a career
  • Want to prepare for the State of California Department of Health Services Nurse Assistant and/or Home Health Aide Certification

Other Important Gainful Employment Information and Opportunities/Links:

Department of Labor Job Market for Certified Nurse Assistant, Job Titles in Healthcare

Department of Labor Job Market for Home Health Aide

California Department of Public Health

NOTE:  Certified Nurse Assistant Testing - American River College no longer does testing. Contact Info: Northern California Regional Testing Center, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., MS 19, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (408) 855-5203, 855-5216