New Students

Program Options

Resources

Contact
Karla M. Lima
(818) 719-6477
limakm@piercecollege.edu

Fall 2017
Monday - Thursday
• 8:30am - 12:30pm
• 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Friday Closed


Pierce College, Nursing Dept.

Center for the Sciences, 9000
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
 

Nursing Program

Los Angeles Pierce College offers an Associate in Science Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. The Registered Nurse Program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing*. Students must first be admitted into the nursing program before they may register for nursing courses. Students are admitted for both Fall and Spring Semesters.

The mission of the Department of Nursing at Los Angeles Pierce College is to educate students to become entry level practitioners of nursing. Completion of the prescribed curriculum qualifies the graduate to apply for licensure by examination as a registered nurse in the State of California.

Nursing students receive clinical experience concurrently with classroom instruction for approximately 25 to 30 hours per week. Local hospital and other health agencies provide the clinical facilities where students administer direct nursing care to patients under the supervision of nursing faculty.

LVN-to-RN, 30 unit option, Foreign Nurse Graduate and Transfer programs are available for eligible students. Contact the Nursing Department for details.

( The Board of Registered Nursing may deny a license, regulated by the Business & Professional Code Section 480, on such grounds as: being convicted of a crime, acts of dishonesty, fraud or deceit, etc. Applicants who have questions regarding limitations related to licensure should contact the board of Registered Nursing.)

*State of California Board of Registered Nursing: 400 R. Street, Suite 4030, Sacramento, CA 95814-(916)322-335- www.rn.ca.gov

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New Students

APPLICATION REQUIRMENTS

New student applications will be accepted after all prerequisite course work has been completed. Remeber to submit one set of official transcripts of required academic course work from all colleges attended, including LAPC. These must be submitted to the Nursing Department along with your application. Please take a second to review both, Nursing Programs and RN Path tabs.


PROGRAM SELECTION

Eligible applicants are selected for the program by random lottery and will be notified by email. All applicants must provide a valid EMAIL address.  

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: All programs and activities of the L.A. Community College District shall be operated in a manner which is free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, handicap or veterans status. Reference Board Rule 1202


ONCE ACCEPTED

You will receive a program information packet and be required to complete the Los Angeles Pierce College student application obtained from the Admissions and Records Office. Complete details can be found in the application package listed above.

NURSING CURRICULUM

Students must first be admitted into the Nursing Program before they may take nursing courses. Here are the nursing program curriculum listed by General Catalogs ADN 2014-2016, ADN 2012-2014, ADN 2011-2012, ADN 2010-2011, ADN 2009-2010, ADN 2008-2009, ADN 2007-2008,

GRADUATION REQUIRMENTS

Pierce College offers an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. The Nursing Program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Upon completion of the prescribed curriculum, the graduate is qualified to apply for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of California.

Additional programs may be available for qualified individuals seeking career mobility: LV N-to-R N, LV N 30 Unit Option, Transfer and Challenge options, and Foreign Nurse Graduate placement. These programs provide a certificate of completion or an Associate in Arts degree with a major in Nursing. Complete details can be found in the application package listed above.

COST OF PROGRAM

There is a tuition charge for all students as determined by the Los Angeles Community College District. Students are responsible for their own living accommodations and transportation to and from clinical facilities. There are additional costs for uniforms, books, supplies, pre-entrance health/hospital requirements, and liability insurance. The cost is approximately $6000*, distributed over the two year program period. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Financial Aid: (818) 719-6428. Complete details can be found in the application package listed above.

*Costs are subject to change.
 

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Program Options

OPTION I: ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (ADN) W/BSN Option

Students who choose to complete an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) program must  also complete general education requirements. Completion of the prescribed curriculum qualifies the graduate to apply for licensure by examination as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. This will also meet requirments to apply for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program with most CSU BSN Programs. For information concerning course planning, schedule a Counseling appointment.

Associate Degree requirements must be completed with a cumulative GPA 2.0 (C) or better. To apply for the Nursing program you MUST have a cumulative GPA 2.5 or better; along with an overall GPA of 2.5 in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology  and Microbiology prerequisite courses.

OPTION II: ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (ADN)

Students who choose to complete an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) program must  also complete general education requirements. **Graduate must also complete Speech, Math, and Anthropology/Sociology to apply for licensure by examination as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. For information concerning course planning, schedule a Counseling appointment.

Associate Degree requirements must be completed with a cumulative GPA 2.0 (C) or better. To apply for the Nursing program you MUST have a cumulative GPA 2.5 or better; along with an overall GPA of 2.5 in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology  and Microbiology prerequisite courses.

OPTION III: ADVANCED PLACEMENT LVN TO RN PROGRAM

Los Angeles Pierce College seeks to provide both access and flexibility in the pursuit of career goals. In keeping with this statement, the Department of Nursing, within the guidelines of the Los Angeles Community College District and the Board of Registered Nursing, offers career mobility for Licensed Vocational Nurses. Admission is dependent on space availability and eligible applicants are selected by lottery.

OPTION IV: LVN-30-UNIT OPTION PROGRAM

The alternative LVN to RN program is available to individuals licensed as LVNs in California. Successful completion of prescribed courses provides eligibility to apply for licensure by examination as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. However, completion of this program does not meet the requirements for the Associate Arts degree in Nursing. Students completing this program will not be a graduate of the college’s nursing program and cannot receive the program’s nursing pin. Additionally, several states in the United States will not recognize persons completing this option as being a Registered Nurse, even though they have successfully completed the NCLEX-RN examination. The licensure resulting from completion of this option cannot be changed at a later date.

POLICY: TRANSFER STUDENT

The Department of Nursing attempts to accommodate transfer requests of generic nursing students from other accredited nursing programs. This effort is consistent with the philosophy of the college and the Department of Nursing. Transfer students must petition the department's Admissions/Graduation/Retention Sub-Committee to evaluate equivalency of all previous nursing course work and to determine appropriate placement within the program. (Petitions are available in the Nursing Department Office).

POLICY: FOREIGN NURSE GRADUATE

The Department of Nursing offers foreign nurse graduates the opportunity to correct a noted deficiency in an area of nursing education permitting eligibility for the NCLEX-RN examination. This program is offered by the college in cooperation with the California Board of Registered Nursing.  

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RN License Pathways

Interested in a professional career in nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN) what should your academic schooling be?

There are several academic ways to complete the requirements what will allow an individual to take the RN exam. Pierce College Nursing department offers 3 programs depending on the academic path you choose to follow.

  • Pathway l  - Associate of Science in Nursing Program with eligibility to sit for Register Nurse Exam plus option to continue with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (ADN with RN + Transfer to BSN)
    • ASN + General Education Requirements (CSU GE-Breath): Plan C
    • CSU Northridge ADN to BSN Collaborative Program
    • This option allows transfer to most CSU BSN Programs
       
  • Pathway ll  - Associate of Science in Nursing Program with eligibility to sit for Register Nurse Exam (ADN with RN)
    • ASN +General Education Requirements:Plan B +Speech +Math +Anthropology/Sociology
       
  • Pathway lll - LVN to RN Nursing Program with eligibility to sit for Register Nurse Exam (NON-DEGREE)
    • Licensed Vocational Nurses wishing to acquire RN license ONLY.

Certifications

Schooling Duration Degrees Careers
Non - Degree
Not Offered at Pierce College
Weeks Courses Certified Nurse Assistant - CNA
Non - Degree
Not Offered at Pierce College
1 year Certificate +Exam Licensed Vocational Nurse - LVN
Associate of Science in Nursing  (ASN/ADN) RN's have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently, although they also collaborate with all members of the health  care team to provide the care needed by each patient as an individual. 2 years ADN + Exam Registered Nurse - RN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (BSN) RN's with BSN are required for some nursing specialties as well as leadership positions in administration or management typically require at least a BSN degree.* 4 years BSN + Exam Registered Nurse - RN
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 6 years MSN +RN + Exam Nurse Practitioner - NP

*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs can advance to management positions through work experience, regardless of degree level (www.bls.gov).

Health Careers

If you are unsure whether Nursing is the right career for you, we encourage you to visit http://explorehealthcareers.org hosted by American Dental Education Association. The site does a wonderful job of providing details information of various jobs in the medical field.

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FAQ's

1. When are you taking new applications?

  • Fall Semester  -  January through February
    Check in December for application form.

  • Spring Semester - July through  August  
    Check in June for application form.

2. What are the prerequisites?
Please refer to requirements tab on the web page.

3. Do you have a waiting list?
Yes, the waiting time is for the semester applied.  If not selected, student may reapply next application period.

4. Do you have a lottery?
Yes, you receive a waiting list number if you qualify for acceptance. Applications are kept for two semesters.

5. What math class do you require?
Usually Math 125 – please refer to the graduation requirements of the college and those under math specifically.

6. When are first semester students started?
Twice a year, Spring and Fall.

7. How many students do you take each semester?
Only 30 students.

8. Is your program full-time?
Yes, but hours vary between classroom lecture, lab/clinical, and homework obligation.

9. What G.P.A. do I need?
2.5 or higher (Refer to Nursing requirments)


10. What does ADN, LVN, RN, BSN, MSN stand for?

  • Academic: ADN - Associate of Art/Science Degree in Nursing; BSN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing; MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

  • Professional: CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant; LVN - Licensed Vocational Nurse; LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse; RN - Registerd Nurse; NP - Nurse Practitioner

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CSUN Collaboration

CSUN ADN to BSN Collaborative Program

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN)  to Bachlor of Sience in Nursing (BSN) Collaborative Program is a collaborative model for academic progression in Nursing that links CSUN with designated CA Community College (CC) partners. This collaborative enables the ADN student to earn a BSN degree in just over 2 1/2 years from starting the program. This enables the Nursing program to significantly increase access and capacity to advance more BSN prepared RNs into the nursing workforce.

First you must be accepted into an ADN program at one of the participating Community Colleges. Once accepted, be sure to tell your CC counselor you are interested in being a part of the collaborative. You must be eligible for admission into CSUN and complete the CSU Mentor application by November 30th and have completed all of the pre-requisites by the start of classes.

Start by contacting your Community College ADN Program. CSUN Nursing representatives will also host information sessions at your CC. Find the contact information for each of ADN-BSN Collaborative Program staff below:

Daryl L. N. Sutton, EdD,
RN, BSN, MSN,
Professor of Nursing
suttondn@piercecollege.edu
818-710-2969

Joanne Moreno
Student Advisor
joanne.moreno@csun.edu
818-677-5785

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