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Nursing

Contact information: nursingoffice@gwc.cccd.edu

Nursing practice is dynamic, diverse and offers a wide variety of employment opportunities in health care. Graduates of the GWC School of Nursing are employed in all area hospitals and health care agencies. In addition, the curriculum prepares the student for a smooth transition into an RN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

The School of Nursing is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Admission Procedure – Basic Associate Degree Program

Applications are accepted twice a year. Admissions will be offered for both the fall and spring semesters from these application periods. Please visit our website for current filing period dates and to determine the appropriate filing status. The application is available online.

The following minimum academic and other requirements must be met by prescribed deadlines by all applicants to become eligible candidates (completed list is online):

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at time of admission
  2. Complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better: ENGL G100 Freshman Composition or equivalent (English AP score of 3 or higher), PSYC G118 Life Span Developmental Psychology  and COMM G110 Public Speaking.
  3. Complete BIOL G220 Human Anatomy, BIOL G225 Human Physiology, BIOL G210 General Microbiology  with a minimum 2.5 GPA for points on the Multi-Criteria Guidelines.
  4. (Please note that the science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years).
  5. Pass the ATI TEAS with a score of 62% or higher on the first attempt to be eligible to apply.
  6. Complete the current online nursing orientation and print the confirmation page. This must be attached to the  application. A current online orientation must be completed and signed.
  7. Be in adequate health to perform the duties of a Registered Nurse. These requirements are detailed in the current college catalog
  8. Submit official transcripts to Admissions and Records located in the Student Services building. prior to the last day of current application period.

Note: All foreign transcripts must be translated by an official agency prior to application to the Nursing Programs. This is required to evaluate equivalency of both high school education and college courses.

Application Processing

Once prospective students have met the minimum academics and other requirements, they are eligible to file an application.

Applications and all required documents must be submitted by the deadlines to be considered for admission.

Completed applications that have met the deadlines undergo an in-depth evaluation.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing. Selection is based on the points received for the multi-criteria as published on the School of Nursing website. As part of this multi-criteria, all students are required to take a readiness test. Currently, all students must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) ATI’s current version only.

Candidates, who meet the program requirements for admission, progress to the pool of qualified applicants.

Notification letters are sent to all applicants. Those selected for admission must accept their invitation, according to specific details and deadline dates outlined in their acceptance letter, or an alternate candidate will be offered the space.

Program Requirements

Applicants who are selected must successfully meet or complete the following requirements by specified deadlines and are responsible for any expenses incurred in meeting these requirements.

Specific information will be provided to selected applicants once they have accepted their place in the nursing program. Students are advised not to proceed with any requirements prior to being accepted.

  1. Physical Examination and immunizations: The results of this required physical examination must indicate appropriate physical and emotional health standards for the program.
  2. Proof of a current American Heart Association BLS CPR card.
  3. Registered Nurse student malpractice insurance.
  4. Uniforms and professional supplies and equipment.
  5. Transportation: Adequate, reliable transportation is required.
  6. Background Check and urine drug testing.

More requirements are outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook, located on the Nursing website.

Nursing Program Enrollment Information

To enroll in nursing coursework, all selected applicants must meet the academic, contractual and safety requirements.

No selected applicant who is presently under treatment for substance abuse, or who has been under such treatment within six months of the date of his or her application, may enroll in the Nursing Program.

All selected applicants must be able to perform specified manipulative and/or sensory functions, as follows:

  1. Be able to hear well enough to respond to calls for help from individuals remote from the location of the student. See Nursing Student Handbook, located on the Nursing website for specific details.
  2. Be able to safely maneuver the equipment used to administer medications orally and intramuscularly and be able to see and hear well enough to monitor indications on the instruments regarding the medications being administered.
  3. Be able to start effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  4. Be able to maneuver a totally helpless adult to the side of a bed and to turn and position the patient.
  5. Be able to physically maneuver and support a helpless adult.
  6. Be able to see well enough to observe critical symptomatology; have sufficient manipulative ability to record such symptomatology in writing.
  7. Be able to maneuver well enough to physically protect himself or herself from possible injury caused by emotionally disturbed or combative patients.
  8. Have sufficient physical mobility to respond rapidly to situations involving the health and safety of patients in compliance with the state Board RN Guidelines. 

To enroll in nursing coursework, the selected applicant needs to be free from any physical, behavioral, emotional or mental condition that would adversely affect his/her behavior so as to create an undue risk or harm to himself or herself, other students, instructors, or other persons. If an applicant disputes a determination that they are not free from such a physical, behavioral, emotional or mental condition, the applicant may be required, at their expense, to be examined by either a licensed physician and/or surgeon, or by a licensed clinical psychologist. If the health practitioner deems the applicant safe to participate in the nursing program, the information is shared with the Program Director to determine if the applicant is granted admission.

To attend coursework in the clinical setting, the student must speak conversational English so as to be understood easily by clinical agency staff and patients. Effective communication in spoken English is required to ensure the safety of the patients in the clinical setting.

To meet hospital contractual requirements, applicants will provide a copy of their Social Security card/ITIN upon enrollment.

The above conditions also apply to students who are currently enrolled in the Nursing Program. Maintenance of good health (physical, behavioral and emotional) is essential for continuation, and the criteria and conditions explained above are operative throughout the student’s time in the program.

Challenge Policy

In accordance with Board of Registered Nursing regulations, students who have experience or education in a specific area of nursing may challenge any Golden West College nursing course. In order to do so, the student must meet the following Nursing Program entrance requirements:

Acceptance as a regular student at Golden West College including meeting all program academic and other requirements.

  1. Completion of 12 college units with GPA of at least 2.0.
  2. Qualifying test scores on the college placement test in English and Math.
  3. Evidence of physical and emotional fitness by medical examination.
  4. Meet the specifics of the School of Nursing Challenge policy as delineated in the School of Nursing Student Handbook.

Transfer Credit

Credit for nursing courses taken at an accredited school of nursing (RN) will be granted upon the following conditions:

  1. Candidates must qualify for admission as listed above.
  2. Candidates must be recommended by the program director of the previous school of nursing (by submitting a completed application provided by former nursing program).
  3. Coursework must have been completed within the last two years.
  4. Credit will be given for nursing courses equivalent to those offered at Golden West College.
  5. Credit for general education courses will be granted according to the college policy.
  6. A minimum of one academic semester must be spent in the Golden West College Core Nursing Program and the student must complete at least 12 units at GWC.

Transfers are also based on space availability in the corresponding program semester. If there Is no space, transfer applications will not be accepted.

Students with an Earned Bachelor’s Degree

To obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing, students who have baccalaureate or higher degrees are only required to complete the coursework required for completion of the registered nursing program, including prerequisites and nursing coursework. These students are not required to complete any other courses required by the college for an associate degree.

Admission Procedure – Nursing Career Ladder (LVN-RN)

This one year option is designed specifically for California Licensed Vocational nurses. The following minimum requirements must be met by all applicants in order to become eligible candidates.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

  1. Complete applications to the Career Ladder Program that are submitted by the deadline are evaluated.
  2. Applicants who meet the criteria of this selection process will be classified as qualified applicants.
  3. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will be informed of this in writing.
  4. Qualified applicants often outnumber the available spaces in the class. The final selection of the qualified applicants accepted in to the program is accomplished by a random lottery selection process.
  5. Notification letters are sent to all applicants. Those selected for admission must accept their invitation, in writing, by the specified date or an alternate candidate will be offer the space.
  6. Upon acceptance, applicants will be given information to allow them to complete the program requirements.
  7. Accepted applicants will be required to meet the costs of the physical examination, uniforms and accessories in addition to the usual college fees. The startup costs are approximately $2500.

Thirty Unit Option

Licensed Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians

Applicants who hold a current California Vocational Nurse or Psychiatric Technician license, or the equivalent, may qualify for the California Registered Nurse licensure examination without completing the entire Associate Degree Nursing Program outlined above. LVNs may elect to take a non-degree program consisting of not more than 30 units in nursing and related science courses. Licensed PTs may challenge theory and clinical portions of the Nursing Program when they believe they already have the required knowledge and skills. For more information, please review information about this process in the Student Handbook available on the School of Nursing website (www.goldenwestcollege.edu/nursing)

Continuing Education Units

Golden West College offers California Board of Registered Nursing and Board of Vocational Nursing approved courses for Continuing Education Units in nursing credit. Golden West College is designated as a provider of Continuing Education Units for Registered Nurses by the Board of Registered Nursing. Instructors of approved courses will need to provide detailed information to the School of Nursing prior to awarding CEUs.

Credit Courses

NURS G0701 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
Beginning Arrhythmia And Electrocardiograms (EKG) Interpretation  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Not Transferable.

This course focuses on providing the learner with a basic knowledge of the interpretation of cardiac dysrhythmia and 12 lead electrocardiograms. The material focuses on the essential information needed to interpret basic dysrhythmia, define causes and analyze appropriate treatments. Rhythm strips and electrocardiograms are presented for practice in gaining the necessary skills to interpret dysrhythmia, myocardial infarctions, and other abnormalities. Graded.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G070

    NURS G0992 Units (36 lecture hours)  
    Introduction to Nursing  

    Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

    Not Transferable.

    Formerly: NURS G009. This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of nursing and to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for success in the educational setting and the clinical environment. Emphasis is on nursing process, learning style, study skills, medical terminology, and the professional nursing role. Pass/No Pass.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G099

      NURS G1309 Units (81 lecture hours; 243 lab hours)  
      Health and Illness 1  
      Prerequisite(s): PSYC G118 and COMM G110 and ENGL G100.
      Advisory: Both NURS G130 and NURS G131 during the first semester of the nursing program.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      This course focuses on care of the healthy individual across the lifespan to meet physical and psychosocial health needs. Students will learn how to safely perform foundational clinical skills, including physical assessment and medication administration. The nursing process will be utlized as the framework for patient-centered nursing care. Concept-based curriculum provides the structure of the curriculum and is threaded throughout the course. Concurrent practice in the college laboratory and clinical experience in health care or community facilities are required. Permission required. Graded.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G130

        NURS G1311 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
        Professional Nursing 1  
        Advisory: Both NURS G130 and NURS G131 during the first semester of the nursing program.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        Formerly: Professional Nursing Issues 1. This course introduces the students to the role of the professional nurse, therapeutic communication, healthcare delivery systems, and healthcare teams. The students will develop a beginning understanding of the nursing process and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies as the framework to clinical judgment. Graded.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G131

          NURS G1408 Units (72 lecture hours; 216 lab hours)  
          Health and Illness 2  
          Prerequisite(s): BIOL G220 and NURS G130 and NURS G131.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          This course focuses on the nursing care for adults of all ages with common acute/chronic problems. Students will be introduced to Women's Health and Newborn Care. The nursing process will be utilized as a tool to direct nursing care. Concept-based curriculum provides the structure of the curriculum and is threaded throughout the course. Concurrent practice in the nursing laboratory and clinical experience in healthcare (or community) facilities are required. Graded.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G140

            NURS G1904 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
            LVN to RN Transition  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            Formerly: Transition to Registered Nursing. This course is designed to assist the Licensed Vocational Nurse in bridging the gaps in theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills, thereby preparing them to join the third semester of the registered nursing program. Graded.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G190

              NURS G2408 Units (63 lecture hours; 243 lab hours)  
              Health & Illness 3  
              Prerequisite(s): BIOL G225 and NURS G140 and SOC G100.
              Advisory: NURS G241.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              This course focuses on the collaborative care of patients with complex health problems across the life span in a variety of settings. Students will also provide family-centered care for pediatric patients experiencing acute and chronic health problems. Students will utilize best evidence as a basis for clinical judgment and the establishment of priorities. Concept-based curriculum provides the structure of the curriculum and is threaded throughout the course. Concurrent practice in the nursing laboratory and clinical experience in healthcare (and community) facilities are required. Graded.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G240

                NURS G2411 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
                Professional Nursing 2  
                Prerequisite(s): BIOL G225 and NURS G140 and SOC G100.
                Co-requisite(s): NURS G240.

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                This course introduces students to the quality improvement process and analyzes sources of evidence to determine best practices. Students gain the knowledge of collaborative environments in order to apply team work, delegation, and supervision skills in a variety of health care settings. Concept-based curriculum provides the structure of the curriculum and is threaded throughout the course. Graded.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G241

                  NURS G2708 Units (54 lecture hours; 270 lab hours)  
                  Health and Illness 4  
                  Prerequisite(s): BIOL G210 and NURS G240.
                  Co-requisite(s): NURS G271.

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  This course focuses on the care of multi-system, critically ill patients as well as those with psychological health problems for adults of all ages in a variety of settings. Concept-based curriculum provides the structure of the curriculum and is threaded throughout the course. Concurrent practice in the nursing laboratory and clinical experience in healthcare (and community) facilities are required. Graded.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G270

                    NURS G2711 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
                    Professional Nursing 3  
                    Prerequisite(s): BIOL G210 and NURS G240 and NURS G241.
                    Co-requisite(s): NURS G270.

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    This course introduces students to professional and ethical dilemmas that impact the delivery of care. Students will prepare for licensure and employment opportunities/searches, explore professional organizations in nursing, and transition into practice with an emphasis on lifelong learning. Concept-based curriculum provides the structure of the curriculum and is threaded throughout the course. Graded.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing NURS G271