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SJVC’s Visalia and Ontario campuses offer a Registered Nursing (RN) Program that prepares students to work within the health care delivery system. Graduates are trained as providers and managers of care, communicators and collaborators, and client advocates and educators.
SJVC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC).
SJVC’s Registered Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN will be eligible for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in California.
Registered Nurses work in hospitals, private practices, clinics and home care agencies.
Job duties may include:
Students in the Registered Nursing program can earn an Associate Degree in Nursing. The curriculum is offered in four linear 20-week terms of nursing coursework. Classes scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays with weekend clinical*
*Due to the high demand for clinical placements in the hospital setting; clinical placements are scheduled for every weekend. Every effort is made to schedule clinical during these days. Students should be prepared for potential changes to the clinical schedule and placement based on hospital availability. Some course clinical may require the student to attend during the week day for that particular course.
LVN to RN Bridge Options (Visalia Only)
Licensed vocational nurses can often complete the core RN program in 12 months if earning an A.S. Degree, or 11 months if earning a Certificate of Completion. LVN to RN program length depends on if students have completed all prerequisite courses.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN), a requirement for practice as a registered nurse.
Courses* taken by our Registered Nursing students include:
Fundamentals of Nursing Theory This course is an introduction of the foundation of nursing theory and concepts to promote and maintain safe, effective health care with culturally diverse patients. Students will integrate the professional nursing roles of clinician, teacher, leader, and advocate while demonstrating critical thinking and utilizing the nursing process in the promotion of health and the foundational care of client response to physiological and psychosocial health conditions of the adult client. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Health Appraisal Health appraisal integrates psychosocial and pathophysiological processes, which includes techniques of history taking and health assessment in nursing practice and knowledge of normal findings and common deviations. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Pediatrics Theory This course provides an introduction to nursing care of the pediatric client and family, emphasizing wellness, illness, hospitalization and pediatric development. Students will examine nursing care of the pediatric client from birth through adolescence and their families. Concepts include disease process, medical treatments, nursing responsibilities, interventions and expected outcomes, as well as cultural, psychosocial, ethical and legal issues. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
*Students will take additional program courses on top of the three listed courses. Courses may vary by program, credential level and campus.
SJVC’s Registered Nursing program is available at the Visalia and Ontario campuses.
SJVC’s Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse Bridge program is available at the Visalia campus.
The following options for Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse are only offered at the Visalia Campus:
Associate Degree Option
This option covers curriculum designed to assist in the transition of LVNs to the Registered Nursing role. The curriculum is offered in one initial 5-week term to include transition/medical surgical content review and two additional 20-week terms of required nursing coursework. Classes scheduled Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (for first 5 weeks) and Wednesdays and Fridays with weekend clinical for remaining two 20-week terms*
30-Unit Certificate Option
Licensed Vocational Nurses may apply for the non-degree program. This program prepares the student to take the NCLEX-RN Examination, but does not award A.S. Degree. This option may not meet the criteria to practice as an RN in other states. Non-degree applicants will be considered on a space available basis only.
In order to be eligible for the RN and LVN to RN programs, applicants must have a high school diploma, current BLS certification from the American Heart Association and have completed the necessary prerequisites with a GPA of 2.5 or higher from an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
LVN to RN students must have a current LVN license. Prerequisites include English, Math, Speech, Sociology, Psychology and several life sciences.
In addition, students must complete 3 units within GE Breadth Area C2 (literature, philosophy, foreign language) to fulfill the general education associate degree requirements. If the student does not have units to transfer, the following course may be taken at SJVC: PHIL 1C: Ethics (3.0 Units) Ethics must be taken at SJVC if not transferred in at the time of enrollment.
To be considered for the program, applicants must also meet the technical standards. Technical standards provide a reference against which candidates for enrollment to the program are evaluated by the Admissions Committee in the selection of students for the RN program.
The RN and LVN to RN programs have a highly-selective application process in which only the most qualified candidates are chosen to fill available seats.
RN Application Process For RN, applicants are evaluated on several criteria, including GPA, assessment tests, work experience and a personal interview.
Admission is determined based on a point scale of the following categories:
LVN to RN Application Process For LVN to RN, prospective students are responsible for providing proof of admission requirements and submitting additional required documents related to the application process. During the process, prospects will earn points, and final selection is based on total points earned. When a complete application file is received, the applicant takes entrance assessment exams, writes a personal goal statement and meet with the Registered Nursing Program Director and faculty committee for a personal interview.
The final selection will be based on points earned in the following categories:
Only applicants with the highest point totals based on their GPA on their prerequisite courses and their LPN-STEP exam will be scheduled for interviews. You must be selected for an interview to be considered for enrollment into the LVN to RN program at SJVC.
When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the capacity of the class, applicants may apply for admission the following year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to reapply. No waiting list is maintained or priority given for previous applicants. Each class is selected of candidates with the highest points.
For both RN and LVN to RN, applicants with the highest number of points will be selected.
To begin the application process to SJVC’s Registered Nursing program, download the application and necessary admissions forms.
To begin the application process to SJVC’s LVN to RN program, download the application and necessary admissions forms.
Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions attended must be included in the application packet. The applicant must request transcripts of all completed prerequisite courses be sent to SJVC by the application deadline.
30-Unit Option In accordance with the Board of Registered Nursing Policy (Section 1435.5) California Licensed Vocational Nurses may apply for the non-degree program. This program is commonly referred to as the “30-Unit option” and prepares the student to take the NCLEX-RN Examination, but does not award an A.S. Degree. Completion of this option may not meet the criteria to practice in other states. Non-degree applicants will be considered on a space available basis only and if program resources allow. See the Program Director for more information.
Challenge/Advanced Placement Policy for Military Trained Healthcare Personnel Requesting Entrance into the RN Nursing Program
Effective August 2017: Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, specifically: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C), may achieve advanced placement into the nursing program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of the challenge exam(s), dosage calculation exam, and skills competency exam. Download full information.
Foreign Institutions & Transfer of Credit Applicants who have completed coursework outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) or equivalent organization. An official copy of the Academic Detailed Report from IERF or an equivalent organization must be included with the application. All applicants must include course descriptions of prerequisite coursework in the application packet.
SJVC accepts credits for the following courses or their equivalents from accredited Colleges and Universities upon evaluation of their transcripts:
*Intermediate Algebra must be equivalent to SJVC’s Math 121/122. **Ethics must be taken at SJVC if not transferred in at the time of enrollment.
A one-page written personal statement explaining why the applicant wants to become a registered nurse (to be done during the interview orientation meeting) must be submitted with the application packet, along with two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of and able to evaluate the applicant’s health care experience.
Qualified candidates will be considered for invitation to interview with the selection committee.
For additional information, please contact the RN Admissions Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Joaquin Valley College’s RN program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
Board of Registered Nursing 1747 North Market Blvd., Ste. 150 Sacramento, CA 95834 (916) 322-3350 | http://www.rn.ca.gov/
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.
CALIFORNIA SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.
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