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Nursing-Registered Nurse, Associate in Science Degree

Banner code: 2_AS_NURS
Control number: 03928
Financial aid: Eligible 

Completion of this curriculum qualifies students to receive the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and prepares students for a smooth transition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) program. Graduates are eligible to take the National Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).

A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in each course required for this program. Unless taken prior to the semester in which they are listed below, courses must be taken in the ordered indicated.

Transfer Credit and Credit by Examination for Applicants with Previous Nursing Education

Applicants with previous nursing education in an approved school of nursing (RN) may apply for transfer credit and/or credit by examination.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide safe, quality, patient-centered care for individuals and families across the health-illness continuum in a variety of settings to promote positive patient outcomes.
  2. Utilize current knowledge from research and other credible sources to make nursing clinical judgments and provide patient care within a family and community context.
  3. Utilize information technology in collaboration with nursing and healthcare teams to facilitate communication and coordinate patient care.
  4. Demonstrate professional behavior and adhere to legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Prerequisites to Apply
ENGL G100Freshman Composition4
COMM G110Public Speaking3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
Semester 1
BIOL G220Human Anatomy 14
NURS G131Professional Nursing 11
NURS G130Health and Illness 19
Semester 2
NURS G140Health and Illness 28
BIOL G225Human Physiology 14
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Semester 3
NURS G240Health & Illness 38
NURS G241Professional Nursing 21
BIOL G210General Microbiology 15
Semester 4
NURS G270Health and Illness 48
NURS G271Professional Nursing 31
Nursing Graduation Requirements
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics 24
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature 24
Total Units70

The above curriculum does not satisfy all graduation and transfer requirements. All information Is subject to change.

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

4 Semester Program Sequence + RN Program

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
BIOL G221Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (prerequisite for BIOL G220)4
or BIOL G100 Introduction To Biology
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
Area C1: Arts course3
Units15
Course Title Units
Semester 2
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
COMM G110Public Speaking3
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
NURS G101Introduction to Nursing (recommended)2
Units16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Units13
Course Title Units
Semester 4 (summer-optional)
BIOL G200Pharmacology - Medications And Drugs (recommended)3
Units3
Course Title Units
Semester 5
BIOL G210General Microbiology5
CHEM G110Introduction To Chemistry (Area B2: Life Science course)5
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Units16
Total minimum units required60

5 Semester Program Sequence + RN Program

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
BIOL G221Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (prerequisite for BIOL G220)4
or BIOL G100 Introduction To Biology
Units12
Course Title Units
Semester 2
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
NURS G101Introduction to Nursing (recommended)2
Units13

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
COMM G110Public Speaking3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Area C1: Arts course3
Units13
Course Title Units
Semester 4 (summer-optional)
BIOL G200Pharmacology - Medications And Drugs *3
Units3
Course Title Units
Semester 5
BIOL G210General Microbiology5
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Units14

Year 3:  

Course Title Units
Semester 6
CHEM G110Introduction To Chemistry (Area B2: Life Science course)5
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
BIOL G160Physiology And Disease Mechanisms *3
Units11
Total minimum units required60