Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, California 92252
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Nursing Programs OfferedADN Programs
ADN Program Details
The Associate Degree Nursing - Registered Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The Program is comprised of 37 units of nursing theory and clinical experience plus 36-40 units of science and general education courses. Clinical experience is concurrently provided in hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the community. Theory and clinical experience are supported by time spent in the Health Sciences Nursing Resources Lab which provides opportunities for supervised learning and skills practice utilizing simulation mannequins, healthcare equipment and supplies, videos, DVDs, computerized instruction and other tools.
The Program is designed to prepare graduates to function as Registered Nurses in an entry level position. All facilities utilized for the clinical training portions of the Program are located in Federally designated undeserved areas. The facilities also serve a large medically underinsured and uninsured population. This means that more nurses are needed than have been available in the past to fill Registered Nursing positions in these facilities. Most of our Program graduates are offered employment by one or more of the clinical training facilities. it is our hope that graduates of the Program will consider remaining in the region to work as Registered Nurses after achieving licensure.
Most students admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program have completed all coursework except the nursing courses prior to admission. Use the “BRN Approved Program Prerequisites” form to access the list of courses which must be completed prior to applying to the RN Program and which courses may be taken while waiting to get into the Program or during completion of the Program. A new class is admitted each year.
LPN Program Details
The Program is three (3) semesters long in addition to prerequisite coursework. A new cohort of students begins each June and finishes the following May. Upon successful completion of the Program, a certificate in Vocational Nursing is awarded and the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Vocational Nursing in California.
The Program consists of a theory course and a lab course in each semester. Both courses (theory and lab) must be successfully completed each semester before the student may progress to the next semester. A failing grade for any reason (e.g. performance, grades, safety etc.) results in the failure of both theory and lab.
The Vocational Nursing Program requires attendance at classes five days out of every seven. Some portion of these days may occur on weekends, evening and/or weekend hours.
There are four (4) required prerequisite courses in addition to the Vocational Nursing courses which must be completed to satisfy the Program requirements. Refer to the Application Instructions and FAQs and Vocational Nursing Program Prerequisite Courses documents posted on the Vocational Nursing page of the Copper Mountain College website.
If the student wishes to pursue an Associate Degree in Vocational Nursing, additional coursework is required by the College and the student should meet with a counselor to develop and education plan