Associate of Science in Registered Nursing (AS)

Division: Nursing & Allied Health

RN & LVN-RN Bridge Program Admission Requirements (prior to application):

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or GED equivalency

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher for all courses at or above collegiate levels

  • Must pass Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English 1 with a minimum ‘C’ grade

  • Accumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on combined Biology prerequisite courses

  • Must complete 4 semester units including a lab component in each Biology prerequisite course

  • No more than one (1) repetition in each Biology prerequisite coursework is allowed, W’s count as a repeat

  • All Additional Graduation Requirements must be passed with a minimum ‘C’ grade and can be taken either before entry into the program or during completion of nursing courses

  • ATI TEAS exam must be taken and passed with a score of 62% or higher

    • You must achieve this score in your first two attempts at the TEAS. If you cannot achieve a score of at least 62% in your first two attempts, you will not be considered for the COS Nursing Program. A minimum of 45 days between test taking is required. 

Additional LVN-RN Bridge Program Admission Requirements (prior to application):

  • LVN Program Certificate

  • LVN License

  • IV Certification*

    • *If you are interested in becoming certified in IV Therapy through Central Valley Medical click: IV Therapy Certification

*Local area hospitals require background checks and urine drug screen prior to clinical placement


This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Registered Nursing through the study of biological, behavioral, and physical sciences. Students will acquire critical thinking, effective communication, physical assessment, and cultural competence skills and abilities.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a caring approach that validates the worth and dignity of the client through the effective use of interpersonal processes.
  • Safely perform nursing care to assist the client to promote, maintain, or restore an optimal level of well-being.
  • Satisfactorily perform the psychomotor skills necessary in the delivery of nursing care to clients across the life span.
  • Employ critical thinking in applying the nursing process to manage client care.
  • Effectively integrate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication modalities in complex client and health team interaction.
  • Implement principles of health teaching when promoting wellness.
  • Apply principles of growth, development, and adaptation that will result in optimal well-being.
  • Apply legal, ethical, and professional practices while acting as client advocate in providing nursing care to a diverse population.

Transfer & Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: acute care, home care, long-term care, physicians’ offices, public and private facilities. Bachelor of Science in Nursing collaborative programs and transfer opportunities available.

High school preparation for Nursing should include a good foundation in math, science and English.

Note

This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

GENERAL EDUCATION AND SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS22
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
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RN PROGRAM PREREQUISITES16
All courses and the TEAS Exam must be completed PRIOR to application to the RN Program.
BIOL 030Human Anatomy *4
BIOL 031Human Physiology4
BIOL 040General Microbiology4
ENGL 001College Reading & Composition *4
TEAS Exam score of 62% or higher
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CO-REQUISITE COURSES9
Recommended for completion prior to entering RN Program
COMM 001Fundamentals/Public Speaking *3
or COMM 004 Interpersonal Communication
or COMM 008 Group Communication
PSY 001General Psychology *3
SOC 001Introduction to Sociology3
or ANTH 010 Cultural Anthropology
or NURS 106 Cultural Comptcy in Healthcare
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TRADITIONAL STUDENTS - REQUIRED COURSES43
Traditional students must complete the following 4 semesters of nursing courses after admission into the program:
REQUIRED COURSES: 1ST SEMESTER
NURS 161Maintaining Optimal Wellness11
REQUIRED COURSES: 2ND SEMESTER
NURS 151Intro Promote&Restore Wellness3
NURS 152Promoting Perinatal Wellness4
NURS 154Promoting Mental Wellness4
REQUIRED COURSES: 3RD SEMESTER
NURS 153Promoting Pediatric Wellness4
NURS 163Promote and Restore Wellness 16
REQUIRED COURSES: 4TH SEMESTER
NURS 164Promote and Restore Wellness 28
NURS 166Nursing Leadership3
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TOTAL (TRADITIONAL RN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS)77
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ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDENTS (LVN TO RN PROGRAM)** - REQUIRED COURSES24
Advanced placements students must complete the following 3 semesters of nursing courses after admission into the program:
REQUIRED COURSES - 1ST SEMESTER
NURS 151Intro Promote&Restore Wellness3
NURS 154Promoting Mental Wellness4
REQUIRED COURSES - 2ND SEMESTER
NURS 163Promote and Restore Wellness 16
REQUIRED COURSES - 3RD SEMESTER
NURS 164Promote and Restore Wellness 28
NURS 166Nursing Leadership3
=
TOTAL (LVN TO RN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS)58

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including *PE, *Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).

Students who anticipate continuing their education for a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 020 and MATH 021.

Students should be advised that this program requires 77 units or more for traditional student and 58 units or more for LVN to RN students. Applicants will be required to complete background checks and drug screenings.