Bakersfield College


Registered Nursing Associate of Science Degree

The study of nursing is the application of knowledge from the arts and sciences. The purpose of the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Program is to provide the foundation for students to become competent registered nurses. The ADN Program respects the individuality of students and recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds and a unique support system. The aim of the program is to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that the graduate nurse is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • utilize the nursing process and evidenced based practice to facilitate optimal client outcomes for diverse cultures across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.
  • demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the professional nurse as defined by the California Nursing Practice Act, standards of nursing practice, considering legal, moral and ethical principles.
  • communicate and collaborate effectively, in both oral and written formats, employing patient care technologies and information systems, with individuals, families, populations, communities, and the interdisciplinary team across the health care continuum.
  • collaborate with healthcare professionals to enhance quality improvement and safety initiatives at individual and systems levels of care.
  • assume the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession as an entry level nurse

Career Opportunities:

Employment in a variety of healthcare facilities and settings

Estimated Program Costs (Gainful Employment):

The estimated cost for the entire program is approximately $7,435. This includes tuition for Nursing courses only.) For information on Estimated Program Costs, please visit our Registered Nursing web page.

To Achieve the Associate of Science Degree

Upon completion of graduation requirements and the required degree courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Registered Nursing Associate of Science Degree.

Requirements for the Registered Nursing (AS) program:

Conditional Enrollment: As a condition of enrollment in any Nursing/Allied Health Program, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening, a background screening, and physical examination clearance (at the student’s expense). Please note the following:

  • A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
  • If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program. In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited. Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
  • A physical examination completed by a physician of the student’s choice is required after acceptance to the Program to demonstrate that a student meets the technical standards necessary to meet the Program objectives. Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations and mask fit testing are also required and are performed at the student’s expense.

Prerequisite Coursework (Total Units: 42-45)

The following course work must be completed at Bakersfield College or equivalent course work at another accredited college.

Course # Name Units
ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3.0
MATH B70 Intermediate Algebra or higher 3.0
CHEM B11 Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry 5.0
BIOL B16 General Microbiology 5.0
BIOL B32 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.0
BIOL B33 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4.0
PSYC B1A General Psychology 3.0
NURS B100* Strategies for Success in a Nursing Program 2.0
STDV B1 Educational Planning 1.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
PHIL B12 Ethics of Lifing and Dying (Recommended)
Any course in BC GE Area C.1 or C.2
PHED Physical Education (B2-B22) 1.0
HIST B17A History of the United States 3.0
HIST B17B History of the United States (Since 1870) 3.0
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local
Any course in BC area D.3
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
ANTH B2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0

*NURS B100 is now NURS B99.

Total Units: 38

Required Courses

Semester 1 (11.5 units)

Course # Name Units
NURS B40 Foundations of Nursing Practice 4.5
NURS B41 Nursing Care of the Medical Surgical Patient 1 4.0
NURS B42 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3.0

Semester 2 (8.5 units)

Course # Name Units
NURS B43 Nursing Care of the Medical Surgical Patient 2 5.5
NURS B44 Nursing Care of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Client 3.0

Semester 3 (11 units)

Course # Name Units
NURS B46 Nursing Care of the Medical Surgical Patient 3 5.0
NURS B47 Nursing Care of Maternal Newborn Patients 3.0
NURS B48 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents 3.0

Semester 4 (7 units)

Course # Name Units
NURS B49 Nursing Care of the Medical Surgical Patient 4 7.0
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 38 38
Possible double counting of GE’s 0 0
General Education 42-45 42-45
Electives (CSU Transferrable) 0 0
Degree Total 80-83 80-83

More information can be found on the Registered Nursing web page or in the Bakersfield College Nursing/Allied Health Office, MS 178.

Pursuant to SB 1393, a student of a registered nursing program with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution is not required to complete any coursework other than that which is unique and exclusively required to earn a nursing degree from that institution. All course work must meet the graduation requirements and licensure eligibility requirements as set forth by the Board of Registered Nursing.