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Pacific College offers an ADN program with the option to concurrently enroll in the BSN program.

 

There is no waitlist and plenty of seats available. The Prelicensure Associate Degree RN Program can be completed in as little as 2 years.

 

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Pacific College offers an ADN program with the option to concurrently enroll in the BSN program.

 

There is no waitlist and plenty of seats available. The Prelicensure Associate Degree RN Program can be completed in as little as 2 years.

 

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Prelicensure Associate Degree RN Program

The Pacific College Registered Nursing Program will prepare you to become a Registered Nurse. Our program offers instruction in the classroom, along with clinical experience in hospitals, simulation labs and community agencies. This is a four semester program leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing with a BSN Collaborative Pathway. This pathway allows ADN students to take BSN classes’ third and fourth semester. Upon completion of the nursing program you will be eligible to take the California RN Licensure Exam, NCLEX. Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

After passing the NCLEX, as a Registered Nurse, you will have many employment opportunities to include:

  • Urgent Care/Clinics
  • Home health care agencies
  • Acute Hospitals
  • Mental Health facilities

 

Nursing Requirements for Prelicensure Associate Degree RN Program

  • Meet with an Admission representative.
  • Submit your application along with your unofficial transcripts, resume and personal statement about the profession of nursing (2 pages only typed)
  • Take the TEAS test with a cumulative score of 70% is desired.
  • Interview with the Director of Nursling.
  • All six prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the nursing program. These six classes may be transferred in from a regionally accredited school and will be evaluated to make sure they meet Pacific College requirements. These prerequisites include:

LIFE SCIENCE: All accepted science courses may not be older than five (5) years, must have a lab, and meet the requirement of a “B” grade or higher.

        1. Anatomy
        2. Physiology
        3. Microbiology

GENERAL EDUCATION: Must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.

        1. English
        2. Speech
        3. Intermediate Algebra or higher (or Statistics)

 

BSN Collaborative Pathway

Associate Degree nursing students will also be eligible to participate in the RN-BSN programs to further their nursing education. Pacific college has a BSN pathway which allows third and fourth semester, Associate Degree RN students who qualify, to take BSN classes, alongside of their associate degree coursework. Students who are interested in this option, will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine eligibility.

 

LIFE SCIENCE: All accepted science courses may not be older than five years, must have a lab, and meet the requirement of a “B” grade or higher.

        1. Anatomy
        2. Physiology
        3. Microbiology

GENERAL EDUCATION: Must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.

        1. English
        2. Speech
        3. Intermediate Algebra or higher (or Statistics)

Military Policy

Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military Personnel

This is open to candidates with experience in Military Health Care Occupations, specifically:

  • Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP)
  • Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic)
  • Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4NOXIC)

May be able to obtain advance placement into the nursing program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of all challenge exams, dosage calculation exams, and skills competency exams. Each candidate must have been discharged under “honorable” status.

Specific Policies

  • Individuals who have documented military education and experience in health care occupation may be eligible for advanced placement into Pacific College RN Program.
  • Documentation of education and clinical experience for military health care occupation must demonstrate satisfactory completion of education and experience. Official transcript(s) and documentation of experience (on official letterhead) must be submitted.
  • Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, including completion of prerequisite courses and general education courses for the Nursing Major and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) obtaining a 70% or higher.
  • Acceptance of Military Challenge students into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is contingent upon space availability, and successful passing of all challenge exams and skills competency exam. Each candidate must achieve a minimum of a 75% or above on all Challenge and competency based exams. In addition, each candidate must score an 85% on a dosage calculation exam for each course being challenged to receive credit.
  • Military Challenge students who have earned a grade C- or lower, or W in a previous nursing program will not be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Petitioning for Credit

  • A student may petition for credit by examination for any course which the student can demonstrate competence.
  • The student must be enrolled and pay all college tuition and fee
  • The current established theory and clinical course outline, objectives learning activities and recommended readings in the course/s being challenged will be used.
  • The examination criteria, theory and clinical, will be the same criteria currently for all courses.
  • The theory challenged examination must be passed at 75% or higher before the clinical portion can be challenged.
  • The clinical portion must be passed. If the clinical portion results in an unsatisfactory” the whole course being challenged must be taken.
  • Theory, clinical and skills lab must be passed to receive a grade for the course.

PROCESS

Interested candidates must request an appointment with the Nursing Director at least 10 to 12 weeks prior to the start of the ADN application period to discuss eligibility requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing Program

  1. Candidates eligible for advanced placement will include those individuals who have satisfactorily completed, within the last three years, education and experience for the following:
    • Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP)
    • Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic)
    • Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C)
  2. Candidates applying for transfer credit must submit the following materials verifying education and experience:
    • Unofficial transcripts from appropriate education program(s), demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience.
  3. Documentation of experience.
  4. After a review of the applicant’s documentation and upon determination that the applicant has the met the educational and experience requirements as well as the additional nursing program admission requirements,  the student will be required to take a written challenge examination for that specific nursing course, a competency skills exam, and a dosage calculation exam.
  5. The following materials will be available to the applicant once challenge confirmation is made:
    • Course syllabus, including course objectives
    • Textbook lists
  6. Written and skills competency examinations for advanced placement or challenge must be completed 10 to 12 weeks prior to admission to the program.
  7. Advanced Placement will be granted if the candidate meets minimum requirements equivalent to those required of students enrolled in the actual course.

Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

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Pacific College is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

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Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) through May 10, 2022

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