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ADN Program Details
Registered Nursing (ADN)
Southwestern College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program was re-accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission on Nov. 4, 2005 and received the full eight years of accreditation with no non-compliances. We would like to invite public comments about our nursing program in writing or per e-mail to the College or directly to the NLNAC in New York. Contact information is provided below. Current students and previous ones are also asked to comment about their experience going through Southwestern College’s nursing program.
Upon completion of degree requirements, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The Board of Registered Nursing(BRN) may refuse licensure to individuals who have been convicted of crimes and/or certain misdemeanors. Further information may be obtained from the BRN at 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite N-217, Sacramento, CA 95834 or the Program Director may be consulted. Program information may also be obtained from the National League for Nursing, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.
LPN Program Details
The Southwestern College Vocational Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicans. Any student has the right to contact the BVNPT at any time throughout the Vocational Nursing Program.
Licensed Vocational Nurses are men and women who give direct patient care under the supervision of physicians, dentists, and registered nurses in a variety of health care settings such as clinics, long-term care, home health and in some cases acute care. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
A new class is enrolled every year and a half. Thirty qualified applicants are accepted in the order in which their file is completed until the class is filled. Spaces are offered only to those applicants who have verified completion of the program pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better, verified nursing assistant certification and the Hepatitis B series of vaccinations. If qualified applicants can not be accepted for the current class due to space limitations, they will receive priority for admission to the next class. This program requires the physical ability to lift approximately 30 pounds.
This certificate program is three semesters in length and includes supervised clinical experience in local health care facilities. Students should be prepared to be in class or clinical as early as 6:30am. Some classes may be scheduled in the evening hours and/or on weekends. In addition to the nursing courses each students must satisfactorily complete required general education courses which may be taken prior to or concurrently with nursing courses (CL 120 during the first semester, and Psych 101 during the third semester). We strongly recommend that the general education courses be taken prior to the nursing courses. Basic computer skills are strongly recommended.
Vocational nursing courses must be taken in sequence. A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for classroom (theory) classes and “CR” (credit) in laboratory/clinical courses in each nursing course to continue in the program.
The Southwestern College Vocational Nursing program does not discriminate because of mental or physical disability or in the recruitment, selection and admission of students. College policy supports the provision of reasonable accommodations to assist disabled students in the program.