The study of nursing is the application of knowledge from the arts and sciences. The purpose of the Bakersfield College LVN to Associate Degree Program is to provide the foundation for students to become competent registered nurses. The LVN-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.
The mission of the Bakersfield College LVN-Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare entry-level registered nurses as providers and managers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession. Graduate nurses will collaborate with members of the health care team, be effective communicators, be politically aware, and demonstrate a commitment to life long learning.
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Nursing Associate in Science degree.
A minimum of 20 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.
The following courses are taken after the student enters the Program.
||Mental Health - Psychiatric Nursing
||Medical Surgical Nursing 3
||Role Transition: Bridging Nursing Theory to Practice
||Medical Surgical Nursing 4
||Gerontology - Community Nursing
Total Units: 20 (after entering program)
All prerequisites must be completed with a C grade or higher.
- ENGL B1A (Expository Composition), 3 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
- MATH B70 or MATH BD (Intermediate Algebra) or higher, 3 units at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
- CHEM B11 (Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry) or CHEM B1A (General Chemistry) at Bakersfield College or an equivalent Chemistry course (3-5 units) from another accredited college.
- BIOL B16 (General Microbiology) 5 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
- BIOL B32 (Anatomy & Physiology I) 4 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
- BIOL B33 (Anatomy & Physiology II) 4 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
- (Anatomy and Physiology requirement can also be met with Human Anatomy (min. of 4 units) AND Human Physiology (min. of 4 units) of equivalent courses from another accredited college.)
- Proof of IV Certification is required. Students may meet this requirement by taking Meds B66 prior to entering the LVNADN Program.
- One year experience working as an LVN.
- Possession of current California Vocational Nurse License.
- American Heart Association BLS - Healthcare Provider card - current within one year. (MEDS B52 fulfills this requirement)
- Overall GPA of 2.5.
- Graduation from high school or an equivalent education.
General education courses are required to graduate from Bakersfield College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. It is suggested that most of these courses be completed prior to beginning the Nursing
- Social Science (3 units) – any course listed in Area D3 of the Bakersfield College General Education Pattern
- Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Foreign Language (3 units)–any course as listed in Area C of the Bakersfield College General Education Pattern.
- COMM B1* or COMM B2*
- ANTHB2* or SOC B1*
- PSYC B1A*
- Physical Education (1 unit) required from PHED courses numbered from B2-B33 or B49.
- HLED-Health Education (3 units) is waived for RN students
- NURS B100 - Educational Planning - recommended or any course listed under Bakersfield College General requirements for graduation. (A student development course is recommended to be taken during the first semester of courses at Bakersfield College to assure priority registration.)
* Board of Registered Nursing required course. Courses must be completed with a C grade or better.
Note: All graduation requirements of the college must be met to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing and to take the NCLEX RN – Licensure Exam.
Application & Enrollment
The Allied Health office must receive all application forms and transcripts during the designated filing periods. For detailed information on the application period and procedures, please refer to the Allied Health web site at www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/alliedhealth/ or come to the Bakersfield College Allied Health Office in MS 178.
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 a 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.
- More information can be found on the Allied Health web site at www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/alliedhealth/ or in the Bakersfield College Allied Health Office, MS 178.
An estimated cost for the program is approximately $3,200.
Transfer and Challenge by Exam Policy
For transfer and challenge by exam policies, contact the Nursing Department for further information.
Record of any misdemeanor and/or felony is subject to review by the Board of Registered Nursing before a RN license may be granted. Anyone who wishes clarification may contact the Board of Registered Nursing, PO Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244. Applicants for RN Licensure must submit a valid Social Security number at the time of application.
Career Opportunities in Registered Nursing
Employment in a variety of healthcare facilities and settings.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:
- demonstrate the standards of competent performance as defined by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The successful graduate will be considered competent when he/she consistently demonstrates the ability to transfer knowledge scientific knowledge from social, biological, and physical sciences in applying the nursing process as follows:
- formulates a nursing diagnosis through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior, and through interpretation of information obtained from the client and others, including the health team.
- formulates a care plan, in collaboration with the client, which ensures that direct and indirect nursing care services provide for the client’s safety, comfort, hygiene, and protection, and for disease prevention and restorative measures.
- performs skills essential to the kind of nursing action to be taken, explains the health treatment to the client and family and teaches the client and family how to care for the client’s health needs.
- delegates tasks to subordinates based on the legal scopes of practice of the subordinates and on the preparation and capability needed in the tasks to be delegated, and effectively supervises nursing care being given by subordinates.
- evaluates the effectiveness of the care plan through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior, signs and symptoms of illness, and reactions to treatment and through communication with the client and health team members, and modifies the plan as needed.
- acts as the client’s advocate, as circumstances require, by initiating action to improve health care or to change decisions or activities which are against the interests or wishes of the client, and by giving the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided. (Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Division 14 – Board of Registered Nursing, Article 4, Section 1443.5)
- perform Nursing practice, which includes those functions, including basic health care, that help people cope with difficulties in daily living that are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems or the treatment thereof, including all of the following:
- direct and indirect patient care services that ensure the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients; and the performance of disease prevention and restorative measures. (Business and Professions Code, Division 2, Chapter 6, Section 2725)
- direct and indirect patient care services, including, but not limited to, the administration of medications and therapeutic agents, necessary to implement a treatment, disease prevention, or rehabilitative regimen ordered by and within the scope of licensure of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or clinical psychologist, as defined by Section 1316.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
- the performance of skin tests, immunization techniques, and the withdrawal of human blood from veins and arteries.
- observation of signs and symptoms of illness, reactions to treatment, general behavior, or general physical condition, and:
- determination of whether the signs, symptoms, reactions, behavior, or general appearance exhibit abnormal characteristics.
- implementation, based on observed abnormalities, of appropriate reporting, or referral, or standardized procedures, or changes in treatment regimen in accordance with standardized procedures, or the initiation of emergency procedures.
The California Board of Registered Nursing approves the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College.
The California Board of Registered Nursing accredits the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College.