Build Your Future as a Nurse
Nursing is a respected profession that requires physical stamina, a solid scientific knowledge base, psychological health, keen assessment skills, manual dexterity, and the ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.
The Registered Nursing Program is a two-year associate in science degree program. Upon completion of this program of study, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, students are eligible for licensure as registered nurses. Registered nurses care for patients and clients in hospitals, schools, clinics, homes, and a variety of health care settings. Nursing students take classes with both theory and clinical experience in medical surgical, geriatric, maternal-child, mental health, and child-family nursing. Nursing students have classes in pharmacology, psychology, sociology, and human communication. The program has accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing; has licensure from Registered Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN); and program approval from the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Program options include the Career Mobility Program for Licensed Vocational Nurses and the Licensed Psychiatric Technicians to become Registered Nurses. Students are admitted to the RN Program after completing prerequisites, completion of proficiency exams and skills testing on a space-available basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Upon completion of this program, students will be awarded an AS degree. The Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) is transferrable for BSN, MSN, DNP or PhD in Nursing.
Depending on the program and the number of units taken each semester, completing the program can take from two semesters to about two years. However, there may be additional requirements to get into the program. It is strongly recommended that students attend a workshop for more detailed information. The Health Science Workshop Schedule and Reservations link is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cypress-college-health-science-division-1128417011.
The program is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is three units per course. The unit cost for the associate degree will vary depending upon the number of prerequisites needed. Most students also qualify for some form of financial aid.
Licensed Vocational Nurse and Registered Nurses care for patients and clients in hospitals, schools, clinics, homes, and a variety of health care settings. Median pay for an LVN is $45,030 and for an RN it is $102,728 annually.
Graduates are qualified to work in any hospital or clinic.
- Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse = 20.5 units (2 semesters) (after admittance into the program and without general education and prerequisites)
- Psychiatric Technician to Registered Nurse = 25.5 units (3 semesters) (after admittance into the program and without general education and prerequisites)
- Career Mobility: Licensed Vocational Nurse to Non-Degree Registered Nurse = 29 units (3-4 semesters) (after admittance into the program and without general education and prerequisites)
- Nursing Associate in Science Degree = 60 units (2 years) (after prerequisites and admittance into the program)
- Registered Nursing Associate in Science Degree = 73-77 units (2 years) (after prerequisites and admittance into the program)
Prerequisites in English and biological sciences (anatomy, physiology, microbiology) are required for application to the RN Program.
Nurses are bound by a duty to patients that would make them required to stay at work in a natural disaster or emergency situations. An arrest record for some crimes may prevent your becoming licensed. You will be fingerprinted for licensure. Hospitals have special requirements for students: a clear background check, drug screening, immunizations, to be free of disease, negative TB test, no criminal record, and to have malpractice insurance, personal health insurance, and CPR certification.
The RN license must be renewed every two years with proof of 30 hours of continuing education after the first renewal.
Please consider attending an information workshop about the Cypress College Registered Nursing Program.” The Health Science Workshop Schedule and Reservations link is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cypress-college-health-science-division-1128417011.
Here is the link to our Nursing program brochure: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/health-science/Nursing_Brochure_2017.pdf.
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