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Nursing-Registered Nurse, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 2_AS_NUR2

Control Number: 03928

Financial Aid Eligible


Completion of this program will award the graduate with the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and prepare the graduate for a
seamless transition to a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program. The graduate is eligible to apply for the National Licensing
Examination for Registered Nurses (RN-NCLEX).

Program Admissions

Applications are accepted twice a year. Admissions are offered for in the Fall and Spring semesters. Visit our website for the application filing period dates. The application is available online.

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at time of admission.
  2. Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better. Science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years.
    1. ENGL G100 Freshman Composition /ENGL G100S Freshman Composition with Support
    2. PSYC G118 Life Span Developmental Psychology
    3. CMST G110 Public Speaking
    4. BIOL G220 Human Anatomy
    5. BIOL G225 Human Physiology
    6. BIOL G210 General Microbiology
  3. Pass the ATI TEAS with a score of 62% or higher on the first attempt to be eligible to apply.
  4.  Apply to GWC and obtain a student ID number.
  5. Complete an online nursing orientation. Upload to the online application, the orientation attestation page.
  6.  Be in adequate health to perform the duties of a Registered Nurse. These requirements are detailed in the current college catalog. 
  7.  Be in adequate health to perform the duties of a Registered Nurse. These requirements are detailed in the current college catalog.

*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.

More detailed information is available in the Student Handbook on the GWC Nursing website (www.goldenwestcollege.edu/nursing)

Program Requirements

Applicants who are selected must successfully meet the following requirements and are responsible for any costs incurred. Specific information will be provided to the selected applicants once admission is confirmed by the applicant.

  1. Physical Examination, Titers, and Immunizations: The results of the required physical examination must indicate appropriate physical and emotional health standards for the program.
  2. Clear background check and urine drug testing.
  3. A current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS CPR card.
  4. “Registered Student Nurse” Malpractice Insurance.
  5. Uniforms and professional supplies/equipment.
  6. Transportation: Adequate, reliable transportation is required. 

Students should consult a GWC Nursing counselor 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.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Patient-centered care/safety/Quality Improvement: 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. Evidence-based practice/nursing judgment: Use information from evidence-based sources to make nursing clinical judgments and provide patient care within a family and community context.
  3. Teamwork/Collaboration and Informatics/Technology: Utilize information technology in collaboration with nursing and healthcare teams to facilitate communication and coordinate patient care.
  4. Professional Identity: Demonstrate professional behavior and adhere to legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Review Graduation Requirements and General Education

Course Title Units
Prerequisites to Apply
ENGL G100Freshman Composition4
or ENGL G100S Freshman Composition with Support
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
BIOL G220Human Anatomy 14
CMST G110Public Speaking3
BIOL G225Human Physiology 14
BIOL G210General Microbiology 15
Semester 1
NURS G131Professional Nursing 11
NURS G160Fundamentals of Nursing4
NURS G160CFundamentals of Nursing Clinical Practicum5
Semester 2
NURS G170Medical Surgical Nursing I3
NURS G170CMedical Surgical Nursing I Clinical Practicum3
NURS G295Mental Health Nursing2
NURS G295CMental Health Nursing Clinical Practicum1.5
Semester 3
NURS G175Women's Health and Newborn Nursing2
NURS G175CWomen's Health and Newborn Nursing Clinical2
NURS G285Pediatric Nursing2
NURS G285CPediatric Nursing Clinical Practicum1.5
Semester 4
NURS G271Professional Nursing 21
NURS G290Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing3
NURS G290CAdvanced Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Practicum5
Nursing Graduation Requirements (may be completed prior or during the nursing program)
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature 24
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics 24
or ECON G160 Statistics for Business and Economics
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
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
CMST G110Public Speaking3
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
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
CMST 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