LVN 30-Unit Option non-degree RN Program (does not lead to an Associate Degree in Nursing)
Career Mobility (LVN/LPT/Military Healthcare Exp. to RN)
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 is accredited from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and program approval from the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Program options include the Career Mobility Program for Licensed Vocational Nurses, Licensed Psychiatric Technicians, and those with military healthcare experience 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.
Nursing Program Mission Statement:
The Registered Nursing Program provides student centered education designed to prepare graduates to practice as registered nurses and provides a foundation for lifelong learning. Cypress College registered nurse graduates provide safe, quality, patient centered care.
The Cypress College nursing faculty ascribes to the core competencies for nursing and nursing education identified by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project. While firmly based in science and the arts, the essence of nursing is caring and compassionate patient centered care. Ethical standards, respect for individual dignity, and consideration of cultural context are implicit in the practice of patient-centered care. The nurse advocates for patients and families in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, the family and members of the health care team. The nurse displays a spirit of inquiry by examining evidence to improve quality of care, promote safety and improve patient outcomes. Nursing judgment is integral to making competent decisions related to the provision of safe and effective nursing care. In order to make informed clinical decisions, the nurse must have a firm foundation in and understanding of the concepts of oxygenation, regulation and movement. Information essential to nursing care is communicated via a variety of technological and human means. The adoption of these key philosophical components fosters the development of the nurse’s professional identity.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Registered Nursing Application Checklist
Items to be completed before to applying to a Health Science program:
☐Review the program webpage for program information and the program brochure for prerequisite requirements and selection criteria prerequisite requirements and selection criteria.
☐Complete the sample application to prepare for the online application (see page 3 within this document).
☐Attend a Health Science Workshop (This is optional, but strongly recommended). Speak with a Health Science Counselor for any questions or concerns regarding application (This is optional).
☐Apply to Cypress College as a general student and obtain a myGateway Student ID #. Example @01234567. It can take up to 5 business days. Applying to a Health Science program is a separate application.
☐Complete the TEAS exam. www.atitesting.com Have a copy of the unofficial TEAS transcript ready to upload to the application when applying. Uploading an unofficial TEAS transcript is required when applying within the online Health Science application. An official TEAS transcript will be requested if selected.
☐Review the myGateway instructions on the Cypress College website. Once a myGateway Student ID # has been provided, log into myGateway account to do the next 3 items:
☐Obtain unofficial Cypress College and Fullerton College transcripts if any attempted/completed/in progress coursework. A current copy, in pdf format, will be required to be uploaded within the online Health Science application during each application period. Within myGateway, click on WebStar, open the Student Records folder, click on View Unofficial Web Transcript, and save the file as a PDF document.
☐Send all official transcripts from other colleges to Cypress College Admission and Records. Admission and Records will not accept transcripts opened prior to submission, PDF documents sent from a student, unofficial transcripts, or a Cypress College transcript. Allow 5 or more business days for transcripts to be processed. All transcripts must be submitted and processed by the official transcript due date.
To digitally send a transcript (directly from school to school) –
Use firstname.lastname@example.org or choose Cypress College (if the option is provided during the ordering process)
To mail official transcripts to Cypress College use this address –
Admission and Records – Transcripts
9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630
NOTE – If you sent official transcripts to Cypress College before being provided a Cypress College or Fullerton College student id# (same # is used for both colleges), you must contact Cypress College Admission and Records and request for your transcript to be uploaded to your id# in the transcript database.
☐It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the most current transcript when applying/reapplying to a program.
Applicants must submit a new and more current transcript if…
- had coursework in progress during the semester previously applied
- attempted and/or completed coursework after the last time applied
- have current coursework in progress (must list college on application, but can provide unofficial transcript for the in-progress coursework only. Any prior attempted and/or completed coursework must be on an official transcript.)
- did not provide an official transcript when previously applied (excluding Cypress and Fullerton College)
- Cypress and Fullerton unofficial transcripts must be uploaded within the online application each application period
Applicants do not need to submit a transcript again if…
- have already submitted an official transcript AND NO changes have occurred to that transcript. (See above list of changes that require a new transcript.)
Items to be completed during Health Science program application:
☐Log into the online Health Science Application using myGateway credentials (8-digit student I.D., also called a “banner I.D.,” and an accompanying password).
☐Fill in the Health Science online application for the program applying for. Only one application is allowed per application period. It is the applicant’s responsibility to fill in the application fully and correctly.
☐Be prepared to upload supporting documents, in pdf format, to the online application. Unofficial TEAS transcript will be required. Current unofficial transcript(s) for Cypress and/or Fullerton College will be required to be uploaded each application period if have attempted/completed/in-progress. Other possible items: in-progress transcripts, copy of High School diploma (not transcripts), supplemental documents, non-enrollment letter(s), etc.) See workshop handouts for supplemental options.
☐Once completed, click the submit button. A confirmation email will be sent containing the application number and further instructions.
☐Follow the instructions within the confirmation email to complete the application process. The transcripts listed on the confirmation email do not reflect the current status of the Admission and Records transcript office.
☐Failure to provide a complete application packet will result in an ineligible application.
☐An applicant’s account will be locked once an application is submitted online. Updates or changes can be completed during the program’s next application period.
☐The Health Science Applications Office will contact all applicants with a notification letter no later than May 1 for fall consideration and December 1 for spring consideration. Please do not contact the college for a status update before to the notification letter date unless instructed to do so by the Health Science staff or faculty.
☐It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Health Science Applications Office by December 2 if a notification letter email was not received. Deadline to respond is about 3 business days. Failure to respond to an Accepted and Alternate status notification letter email will result in the application being marked as declined and will be removed from the roster.
☐Ineligible applications – It is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire about the reason their application was ineligible and correct any errors during the next application period.
☐If an applicant would like to discuss the application once applicants have received the notification letter, please contact a Health Science Counselor during business hours: Health Science Express Counseling-Cranium Café Lobby, or call (714) 484-7015 for appointment (if available) or Counselor hours of availability for virtual “walk-ins.”
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 3-5 units per course. Estimated cost, in addition to the tuition, includes parking, health fees, materials fees, books, software, uniforms, clinical supplies, liability insurance, background check/drug test/document tracker and immunizations or titers. The total cost range can be estimated at $2,500- $5,250.
Graduates are qualified to work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and a variety of community sites such as outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military.
Teaching nursing has been my passion since 2004. I've been a full time faculty here at Cypress since 2012. I have experience as a simulation co-ordinator and a remediation specialist. My areas of expertise are med/surg and mental health. I graduated with an ADN from Mount St. Mary's College, BSN from Cal State LA and received my MSN, Ed. from Cal State Dominguez in 2009. My office hours are Monday & Tuesday 5:00pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday's 7:00pm-7:30pm (clinical students only) and Thursday's 8:00am - 11:00am. (hours very)
Thu Pham is a nursing faculty with experience working at community colleges and universities. Thu received her Doctorate of Nursing degree at the California State, Fullerton, and her master's and bachelor's degrees at the University of Utah School of Nursing. Thu started teaching at Cypress College in 2016, providing evidence-based practice instruction to a diverse student body. She used to work as a nurse practitioner in a university clinic setting and private clinic setting, which serve a diverse clientele population.
I am Dr. Michael Faraci and I am passionate about teaching nursing! I have been a Registered Nurse since 1999 specializing in Critical Care and Pediatrics. I remain current in the Nursing Practice by working Per-Diem at a large, academic medical institution in Los Angeles on a weekly basis. I have been teaching Nursing full-time at Cypress College since 2006. I currently teach Pediatrics, Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing, Pharmacology, as well as various electives.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cypress College Nursing Program and introduce myself to you. I have taught for several years as a nursing professor at Cypress College. My nursing experience includes being a Registered Nurse for over 25 years. I have developed my nursing practice in various areas including Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, Oncology, Gastrointestinal Lab, Step-Down Unit, however the majority of my current nursing practice has been in Critical Care.
It is my pleasure and privilege to be a professor of nursing. As a Cypress College Alumni it has always been important to strive for excellence.
Nursing requires both passion and compassion. Presently, I teach both medical-surgical nursing and maternal nursing.
My nursing experience has been mainly in the Perinatal area, primarily as a Labor and Delivery Nurse working in local hospitals.
My name is Rose Kirby and I started teaching full-time at Cypress College in 2019. I was a bedside nurse for 6 years and worked in Medical-Surgical Nursing. I specialized in Orthopedics, Trauma, Vascular, Plastics, and Epilepsy monitoring. I have a passion for training the next generation of nurses and to equip them to be safe and caring practitioners.
I am a professor teaching Medical-Surgical Nursing and Geriatric Nursing at Cypress College. My other specialty areas include Community Nursing and Public Health. In addition to teaching the nursing courses, I have worked with the ESL Department to help English Language Learner (ELL) students improve their communication competency. Please email me if you have any questions about my academic interest areas or nursing in general.
elcome to the Cypress College Nursing Program! I have been with Cypress College since 2019 and have had the opportunity of working with students in the community college and private college settings. I have RN experience in emergency room, medical-surgical, geriatric, psychiatric, home-health, and PACU settings. I stay up to date with patient care by working per-diem as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the urgent care setting. I currently teach Intro to Medical-Surgical/Gerontology Nursing, Medical-Surgical 1, Pharmacology, and a variety of elective courses.
The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”. Sciences must be completed within five years of filing the first eligible application.
# ENGL 100C College Writing…………………………………………………………. 4.0
or ENGL 101C
or ESL 110C
** BIOL 231C General Human Anatomy…………………………………………… 4.0
** BIOL 241C General Human Physiology………………………………………… 4.0
** BIOL 220C Medical Microbiology………………………………………………… 4.0
# A score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) meets this requirement.
** Must be taken within 5 years of application opening date.
- General Education and Graduation Requirements
The following courses must be taken prior to the expected date of graduation with a grade of “C” or better:
# PSY 101C Introduction to Psychology………………………………………… 3.0
SOC 101C Introduction to Sociology…………………………………………… 3.0
+ Physical Activity and Health Requirement (Category E)………………………… 1.0
+ Arts Requirement (Category C1*)………………………………………………………. 3.0
COMM 100C Human Communication………………………………………………… 3.0
+ Humanities Requirement (Category C2*)……………………………………………. 3.0
# + MATH 40C Intermediate Algebra or Higher…………………………………………. 4.0
+ Reading Proficiency Requirement (Category A2*)
+ May be waived based on completion of a bachelor degree or higher at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
# A score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) meets this requirement.
Beginning the Fall 2000 catalog, the Nursing program meets the Social Justice, Equity and Sustainability (formerly known as Cultural Diversity) requirement.