Nursing & Allied Health

Associate Degrees

A.S. in LVN to RN Career Mobility

Nursing is a health care profession that draws on nursing science, natural physical and biological sciences, as well as the social sciences and humanities. The Nursing Program consists of general education and nursing courses designed to prepare an entry-level registered nurse, who can function effectively in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Simulated and actual patient centered learning experiences provide for application of concepts. Each semester of education builds upon previous learning.

This degree is designed for the California Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) who is admitted for advanced placement into the second year of the Registered Nursing (Associate Degree) Program. The graduate of the Associate Degree Nursing program at American River College demonstrates entry-level competencies and meets the educational requirements necessary to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse and eligible for employment.

A grade of "C" or better is required in each nursing course for progression in the program. Clinical experiences may change with limited notice and occur morning, afternoon, evening, and weekends. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students are required to pay for uniforms, necessary equipment, malpractice insurance, background checks, drug testing, and health requirements.

Note: The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) 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 violation. (Business and Professions Code §480 and Nurse Practice Act ARTICLE 3 §2761)

Note: Providing a Social Security Number (SSN) OR Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN): Pursuant to Business and Professions Code §30(c) the BRN will not process any application for licensure unless the applicant provides a SSN or ITIN. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a SSN/ITIN.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Prerequistes for LVN to RN Mobility Program:
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3) 3
   or ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
   or SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
   or SOC 480 Introductory Sociology - Honors (3)
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology 51
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 440 General Microbiology (4) 4 - 5
   or BIOL 442 General Microbiology and Public Health (5)
ENGWR 300 College Composition (3) 3
   or ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking (3) 3
Positive Credit after LVN Transcript Evaluation:
NURSE 400 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts I 10.52
NURSE 410 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts II 10.53
1st Semester - Summer Session:
NURSE 305 Transition to Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts for the Associate Degree Nurse 5
2nd Semester:
NURSE 420 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts III 10.5
3rd Semester:
NURSE 430 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts IV 10.5
Total Units: 76 - 77

1BIOL 430, 440, and 442 have prerequisites. Please check catalog course descriptions.

2Credit for NURSE 400 will be given after evaluation of LVN program transcripts.

3Credit for NURSE 410 will be given after evaluation of LVN program transcripts.

The LVN to RN Career Mobility Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of a current clear and active California Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) license at the time of application and through program completion.
  • A grade of "C" or better and a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 in the following science prerequisites: BIOL 430, BIOL 431, and BIOL 440 or 442.
  • A grade of “C” or better and a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 in the following prerequisite courses: ANTH 310, ANTH 481, SOC 300, or SOC 480; ENGWR 300 or ENGWR 480; NUTRI 300; PSYC 300 or PSYC 480; and SPEECH 301.
  • Completion of the latest edition of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI). A minimum composite score is necessary to be eligible for application to the program. Additional information is available from the ARC Nursing website: http://www.arc.losrios.edu/~nursing/
  • Note: In-progress grades are not accepted for prerequisite courses.
  • Note: The Nursing Admissions Committee will determine acceptance of pre-nursing courses taken outside the Los Rios Community College District.
  • Note: The American River College Nursing Program reserves the right to make changes in the enrollment criteria, academic requirements, grading standards and other processes without notice at any time.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Applicants must obtain a Los Rios Community College District student identification number in order to access the online application.
  • Detailed information about program requirements, enrollment criteria, enrollment applications and deadlines are available on the ARC Nursing website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ARC_Majors/Health_And_Education/Nursing.htm.
  • Applications for enrollment, transcripts, and all other supporting documents must be submitted by the posted due date for the candidate's application to be reviewed, and potentially placed into the pool for random selection. Only students who meet the educational and pre-nursing requirements and follow the enrollment procedures will be considered for the program. Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
  • Only students who meet the educational and pre-nursing requirements and follow the pre-enrollment procedures will be considered for the program. Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures as the basis for decision-making and delivery of comprehensive, safe, patient centered care.
  • use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and mitigate error.
  • participate in quality improvement activities to measure patient outcomes, identify hazards and errors, and to improve care.
  • coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care that promotes quality of life.
  • demonstrate delegation, management, and leadership skills that integrate systems thinking, communication, and change processes.
  • demonstrate behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, leadership, ethical comportment, effective communication, clinical judgment and competence, and mentorship.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

Career Information

"Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives" (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dec. 2015. Job Outlook Registered Nurse. Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm).


A.S. in Registered Nursing

Nursing is a health care profession that draws on nursing science, natural physical and biological sciences, as well as the social sciences and humanities. The Nursing Program consists of general education and nursing courses designed to prepare an entry-level registered nurse, who can function effectively in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Simulated and actual patient centered learning experiences provide for application of concepts. Each semester of education builds upon previous learning. The graduate of the Associate Degree Nursing program at American River College demonstrates entry-level competencies and meets the educational requirements necessary to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse and eligible for employment.

A grade of "C" or better is required in each nursing course for progression in the program. Clinical experiences may change with limited notice and occur morning, afternoon, evening, and weekends. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students are required to pay for uniforms, necessary equipment, malpractice insurance, background checks, drug testing, and health requirements.

Note: The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) 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 violation. (Business and Professions Code §480 and Nurse Practice Act ARTICLE 3 §2761)

Note: Providing a Social Security Number (SSN) OR Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN): Pursuant to Business and Professions Code §30(c) the BRN will not process any application for licensure unless the applicant provides a SSN or ITIN. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a SSN/ITIN.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Prerequisites for Nursing:
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology 51
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL 440 General Microbiology (4) 4 - 5
   or BIOL 442 General Microbiology and Public Health (5)
ENGWR 300 College Composition (3) 3
   or ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
1st Semester:
NURSE 400 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts I 10.5
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking (3) 32
2nd Semester:
NURSE 410 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts II 10.5
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3) 33
   or ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
   or SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
   or SOC 480 Introductory Sociology - Honors (3)
3rd Semester:
NURSE 420 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts III 10.5
4th Semester:
NURSE 430 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts IV 10.5
Total Units: 71 - 72

1BIOL 430, 440, and 442 have prerequisites. Please check catalog course descriptions.

2SPEECH 301 must be taken either prior to or concurrently with NURSE 400.

3ANTH or SOC must be taken either prior to or concurrently with NURSE 410.

The Registered Nursing Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of General Education Development (GED) or California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). Graduates from outside the United States must have transcripts evaluated by an approved independent agency. These requirements are defined by the Nurse Practice Act, California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 14, ARTICLE 1, §1412.
  • A grade of "C" or better and a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 in the following science prerequisites: BIOL 430, BIOL 431, and BIOL 440 or BIOL 442.
  • A grade of "C" or better and a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 in the following courses: ENGWR 300 or ENGWR 480, NUTRI 300, and PSYC 300 or PSYC 480.
  • Completion of the latest edition of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI). A minimum composite score is necessary to be eligible for application to the program.
  • Note: In-progress grades are not accepted for prerequisite courses.
  • Note: The Nursing Admissions Committee will determine acceptance of pre-nursing courses taken outside the Los Rios Community College District.
  • Note: The American River College Nursing Program reserves the right to make changes in the enrollment criteria, academic requirements, grading standards and other processes without notice at any time.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • The Associate in Science Degree Registered Nursing Program at American River College uses a multi-criteria enrollment process. Students must reapply each semester. There is no waiting list.
  • Detailed information about program requirements, enrollment criteria, enrollment applications and deadlines are available on the ARC Nursing website at www.arc.losrios.edu/ARC_Majors/Health_And_Education/Nursing.htm
  • Applicants must obtain a Los Rios Community College District student identification number in order to access the online application.
  • Applications for enrollment, OFFICIAL transcripts, and all other supporting documents must be submitted by the posted due date for the candidate's application to be reviewed, and potentially placed into the pool for random selection. Only students who meet the educational and pre-nursing requirements and follow the enrollment procedures will be considered for the program. Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
  • Students wishing to transfer into the second, third, or fourth semester of the nursing program must contact the department office at (916) 484-8254. The office will provide a transfer packet and current information on space availability.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures as the basis for decision-making and delivery of comprehensive, safe, patient centered care.
  • use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and mitigate error.
  • participate in quality improvement activities to measure patient outcomes, identify hazards and errors, and to improve care.
  • coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care that promotes quality of life.
  • demonstrate delegation, management, and leadership skills that integrate systems thinking, communication, and change processes.
  • demonstrate behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, leadership, ethical comportment, effective communication, clinical judgment and competence, and mentorship.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

Career Information

"Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives" (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dec. 2015. Job Outlook Registered Nurse. Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm).

Certificate of Achievement

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 30-unit option Certificate

The LVN 30-unit option program, which is required by the Board of Registered Nursing (California Code of Regulations §1429), provides the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) the opportunity to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) once the registered nursing course requirements have been met and without meeting the degree requirements for the Associate in Science Degree. This option does not satisfy American River College's Nursing Program requirements nor lead to an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.

A grade of "C" or better is required in each nursing course for progression in the program. Clinical experiences may change with limited notice and occur morning, afternoon, evening, and weekends. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Students are required to pay for uniforms, necessary equipment, malpractice insurance, background checks, drug testing, and health requirements.

Note: The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) 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 violation. (Business and Professions Code §480 and Nurse Practice Act ARTICLE 3 §2761).

Note: Providing a Social Security Number (SSN) OR Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN): Pursuant to Business and Professions Code §30(c) the BRN will not process any application for licensure unless the applicant provides a SSN or ITIN. The Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure without a SSN/ITIN.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology 51
BIOL 440 General Microbiology 4
NURSE 420 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts III 10.5
NURSE 430 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts IV 10.5
Total Units: 30

1BIOL 430, 440, and 442 have prerequisites. Please check catalog course descriptions.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of a current clear and active California Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) license at the time of application and through program completion.
  • Completion of a minimum of six months recent LVN work experience.
  • A grade of "C" or better and a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 in the following science prerequisites: BIOL 430, BIOL 431, and BIOL 440 or BIOL 442.
  • Note: In-progress grades are not accepted for prerequisite courses.
  • Note: The Nursing Admissions Committee will determine acceptance of pre-nursing courses taken outside the Los Rios Community College District.
  • Note: The American River College Nursing Program reserves the right to make changes in the enrollment criteria, academic requirements, grading standards and other processes without notice at any time.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Contact the Nursing Department at 916-484-8254 for an appointment with the Program Director. Objective counseling of this option and individual evaluation will occur at the appointment.
  • Provide unofficial transcripts and course descriptions of physiology, microbiology, and previous LVN program at the appointment.
  • Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Entry is subject to space availability.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures as the basis for decision-making and delivery of comprehensive, safe, patient centered care.
  • use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and mitigate error.
  • participate in quality improvement activities to measure patient outcomes, identify hazards and errors, and to improve care.
  • coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care that promotes quality of life.
  • demonstrate delegation, management, and leadership skills that integrate systems thinking, communication, and change processes.
  • demonstrate behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, leadership, ethical comportment, effective communication, clinical judgment and competence, and mentorship.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 30-unit option Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

The State of California provides the LVN with an option to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) after completing 30 college semester units. The LVN seeking this path to RN licensure will not receive a degree and this may impact employment opportunities. Additionally, reciprocal RN licensure in other states may be affected. LVNs considering moving out-of-state are encouraged to consult with that state's board of nursing for RN licensure requirements before committing to the 30-unit option.

Certificates

Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate

The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certificate program provides instruction in the holistic care and health needs of people over 65 years of age, who live in long-term care facilities. Students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of course completion and become eligible to take the California state exam to become a certified nurse assistant.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
NURSE 100 Nurse Assistant 7
Total Units: 7

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • The program reserves the right to make changes in the enrollment criteria, academic requirements, grading standards, and other processes without notice at any time.
  • Student must go to the ARC Nursing website to read the NURSE 100 application process and follow the directions.
  • Student will be required to submit a negative TB skin test completed within six months prior to class entrance or a negative chest x-ray completed within one year prior to class entrance.
  • Spring semester student must submit proof of having a current influenza vaccine to participate in clinical experiences. Fall semester student must obtain an influenza vaccine when the vaccine becomes available.
  • Student must submit a completed health history and physical exam completed within 90-days prior to class entrance. Physical exam must clear student to fully participate in clinical labs. Student must use and submit the ARC Nurse Assistant Medical Form.
  • Student must have successfully completed the English prerequisite. Required English classes: ESLW 50, ESLR 50, and ESLL 50; or ENGWR 50 or 51 and ENGRD 15; or ENGWR/ENGRD 56; or English assessment to the equivalent by ARC Assessment Center. Or, provide proof of A.A. degree or higher degree from an accredited college in the United States.
  • Student must meet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regulation that requires the student be able to listen, comprehend, and respond appropriately, both verbally and in action, to the English language at a minimum sixth grade level.
  • CNA student-applicants must pass a criminal screening prior to acceptance into the course. Certain Penal Codes violations may automatically disqualify an individual for certification through the CDPH. A list of these Penal Codes can be found on the CDPH website.
  • Student cannot apply and be admitted to NURSE 100 more than twice.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Read the application process located at the ARC Nursing Department website and follow the directions.
  • Admission to the course is by department consent only and determined after review of the applications.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • explain the California Administrative Code, Title XXII, Section 72527, as it relates to the role and responsibilities of the Certified Nursing Assistant regarding professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality.
  • discuss resident rights, appropriate interaction with residents, families, and other members of the health care team.
  • discuss and demonstrate rehabilitation and restorative care with proper and safe body mechanics.
  • explain what constitutes an emergency and the basics of emergency care required of a Certified Nurse Assistant.
  • discuss and practice basic restraint use and associated safety measures and alternatives to restraints.
  • differentiate common therapeutic diets.
  • discuss and demonstrate basic care procedures required of a Certified Nurse Assistant.
  • state and demonstrate protective measures to prevent the spread of infection.

Career Information

Certified Nurse Assistants have a wide variety of work opportunities. The most common work placement is in long-term care facilities. Additionally, the work may be found in acute care settings, assisted care facilities, and rehabilitation care centers.


Baby Friendly Hospital Staff Certificate

This program fulfills the criteria for staff education as set by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. It focuses on the physiology of attachment, bonding, and breastfeeding and the short- and long-term impacts of perinatal care practices on the mother-baby dyad. It grapples with the challenges of applying best-practice guidelines and model hospital policies to alleviate barriers for mothers choosing exclusive breastfeeding and to create environments that support maternal-infant biology and the newborn's natural capabilities, allowing improved outcomes with less time and effort.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HLACT 301 Supporting the Mother-Baby Connection: Evidence-Based Practices for Perinatal Care (1) 1
   or NURSE 391 Supporting the Mother-Baby Connection: Evidence-Based Practices for Perinatal Care (1)
Total Units: 1

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • examine and explain the rationale for professional, national, and international policies that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as a public health goal.
  • create through collaboration a new standard of perinatal care based on best practice guidelines as defined in the following documents: a) The Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, b) American Academy of Pediatrics Workgroup on Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, c) Providing Breastfeeding Support: Model Hospital Policy Recommendations, and d) U.S. Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.
  • identify human species-specific norms for growth and development and disease resistance based on the exclusively breastfeeding mother-baby dyad and explain the risks to the mother and infant of early introduction of artificial milk.
  • communicate effectively about infant feeding, identifying teaching points appropriate for prenatal and postpartum women regarding breastfeeding and when educating or counseling parents who are using bottles and/or formula.
  • evaluate current hospital practices in terms of barriers to maintaining mother-baby connectedness.
  • devise solutions to alleviate common barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the hospital setting, integrating concepts of system change.
  • create an environment that supports the newborn's natural capabilities.
  • integrate concepts of the neurobiology of breastfeeding to address initiation and problem remediation and to support milk-supply maintenance issues.
  • demonstrate techniques and skills to transition the newborn from one state of alertness to another and to help families perceive and understand the language and patterns of the newborn.
  • describe essential components of community support for mothers to sustain breastfeeding beyond the early weeks.
  • discuss contraindications to breastfeeding in the United States and identify acceptable medical reasons for supplementation of breastfed babies based on national and international authorities.
  • uncover and explore personal values and attitudes related to the birthing and breastfeeding experience.

Career Information

Hospital staff require upgraded education to meet Joint Commission accreditation standards for lactation competency and support services. SB 402, signed into law in 2013, requirs all perinatal hospitals in California to implement all Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as adopted by Baby Friendly USA, or an equivalent evidence-based process recognized by the California Department of Public Health, by January 1, 2025. An expanding number of local hospitals, including all those within Sacramento County, have signed letters of intent and are in the process of meeting, or have already met, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative standards, requiring all staff to obtain this level of preparation. This means that registered nurses, particularly those in the perinatal field, will require this preparation to maintain their career. This preparation will be of significant benefit to the new nursing graduate when competing for jobs in this field.


Home Health Aide Certificate

This certificate expands on previously learned Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) theory to incorporate the holistic care and health needs of the elderly homebound person. This program introduces the student to the roles and responsibilities of the home health aide. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from the instructor. The State of California will certify the CNA as a Home Health Aide after successful course completion and without further testing.

Note: More information is available about NURSE 101 at the ARC nursing website in the NURSE 101 course information packet.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
NURSE 101 Home Health Aide 2
Total Units: 2

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must submit one of the following items prior to the start of class: (A.) A copy of Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) course completion certificate from a California Department of Public Health approved CNA program. Certificate must be signed and dated by the course instructor; OR (B.) A copy of unofficial program or college transcript denoting CNA course and date of completion; OR (C.) A copy of active status, California CNA certificate.
  • Student must meet the English prerequisite: (A.) A student who received a CA state CNA certificate prior to 2005 must complete and submit the NURSE 101 English prerequisite. The English prerequisite is ESLW 50, ESLR 50, and ESLL 50; OR ENGWR 51 and ENGRD 15; OR evaluation through assessment at the ARC assessment center. Further information about the English prerequisite and the ARC assessment center can be found at the ARC Nursing website in the NURSE 101 course information packet; OR (B.) A student who received a CA state certified nurse assistant certificate in 2005, or after 2005, has already met the California state English requirement. It was required prior to entering a CNA program. Therefore, no English prerequisite submission is needed for NURSE 101.
  • Student must submit completed health history and physical exam done within the last one year prior to the start of class. The health history and physical exam must be signed by the student and the health care provider. Physical exam must clear student to fully participate in clinical labs. Student must use the ARC Nurse Assistant Medical form provided in the NURSE 101 online information packet.
  • Student must submit Tuberculin [TB] skin clearance test within the past six months prior to start of class. Or student must submit a TB clearance chest x-ray within one year prior to start of class.
  • Student must submit proof of current influenza vaccine.
  • Student must review the list of penal codes that determine automatic HHA certification denial. If student has been convicted of any crime on the list that student can not be enrolled in the NURSE 101 class. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) automatic denial penal code list can be found at the ARC Nursing website in the NURSE 101 course information packet. If student has been convicted of any crime that is not listed on the automatic denial penal code list, the student must submit to CDPH the required forms for criminal clearance review. The student must have proof of criminal clearance before entering the NURSE 101 class. Information about conviction review and required review forms can be found at the ARC Nursing web site in the NURSE 101 information packet.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Student must submit completed, time-sensitive prerequisites. Student must refer to the the ARC Nursing website, NURSE 101 information packet, for complete information about course prerequisites and prerequisite submission deadline.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • explain and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Home Health Aide (HHA).
  • discuss and demonstrate documentation requirements of the HHA.
  • describe how culture, religious/spiritual needs, lifestyle, and life experiences of the client and family can influence care provided by the HHA.
  • describe and discuss the signs and symptoms of common diseases and disorders of the homebound client.
  • provide basic personal care needs and a clean, safe, and healthy environment for the homebound client.

Career Information

The Home Health Aide may expand on the CNA work experiences and settings to include the homebound client.

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