The Path to Become an RN
California Career College (CCC) is delighted that you are interested in its nursing programs to launch your career in the health care field. California Career College offers a 24-month program leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).
A total of 90? semester credits are required to earn the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). The RN Program includes, courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Sociology, English, Oral and Written Communication, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, Nursing skills and procedures, Gerontology, Maternal-Child Health, Pharmacology, Basic Client Care, Intermediate Client Care, Child/Adolescent, Family Nursing, Acute and Psychiatric Nursing, Advance Client Care and Complex Client Care, and Transition to the Role of Registered Nurse. Health promotion concepts will be integrated throughout the courses.
Nursing is a profession filled with opportunities and rewards, with virtually no boundaries. Working as a nurse, you will be helping to make the world a little healthier, a little safer and a little better. Nurses are in great demand and have many career options. Demand for Registered Nurses is expected to grow as the population ages.
Nurses can choose to work in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, community and public health agencies, classrooms, laboratories, independent practice, ambulatory care centers, U.S. Public Health Service, military services (Army, Navy and Air Force), Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers, and in any setting where people need health care services.
Nurses incorporate a variety of roles in order to provide professional nursing care. For example, nurses are patient educators, responsible for explaining procedures and treatments; nurses also empower patients, guiding them toward healthy behaviors and support them in time of need. When patients are able, nurses encourage and teach them how to care for themselves by adapting to their conditions and working towards recovery. Nurses, especially those working in community settings, work to prevent illness through education and community programs designed to decrease transmittable illnesses, violence, obesity and tobacco use, and provide maternal-child education to prevent some of the leading health problems of our time. Some nurses are independent scholars whose work is at the forefront of health care research, working as scholars, educators, health care policy makers, managers, advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists, and they may sit on Boards of Directors in a variety of health practice environments.
ADN Course Material
Human Anatomy- The course provides an introduction to the structure of human anatomy with emphasis on the organ and systems levels. The study of anatomy is presented with lecture and a laboratory component that emphasizes the concepts presented during class lecture.
Human Physiology- This course is an overview of human physiology .The foundations of physiology are explored utilizing the basic principles of physics, chemistry, cell biology and biochemistry. The laboratory component of the course emphasizes the concepts presented during class lecture.
Microbiology- This course is an overview of microbiology. The foundations of microbiology are presented beginning with the relationship of microbes and daily life, through the pathologic disease processes. Environmental and Industrial applications for microbiology are explored as new areas of development. The laboratory component of the course emphasizes the concepts presented during class lecture.
Oral Communication- Oral Communication is a survey course designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts and theories in the field of communication. The course combines theoretical approaches with applied activities to provide the student with communication skills that are required in the job market. Active participation in class discussions, group and individual activities, and oral presentations are required for successful completion of this course.
Written Communication- This course is includes composition and revision of essays, critical thinking, critical reading and documentation. Proper spelling, grammar and form will be reinforced. Research methods and library skills are introduced and a research paper using the APA format is required.
Introduction to Psychology- This course provides the student with a general overview of the field of psychology including the scientific approach to basic principles of human behaviour. Emphasis is placed on such topics as learning motivation, perception, feeling and emotion, intelligence, and personality.
Developmental Psychology- This course explores the psychological developments throughout the entire lifespan from prenatal development through the end of life. Emphasis is placed on the physical, cognitive, emotional and social developments that occur in each phase of the lifespan. The course introduces both classic and current modalities of research.
Introduction to Sociology- This course introduces contemporary sociology as a science and explores the relationships between individuals and recognized intuitions. Research methodology is explored as well as established scientific methods. Globalization and multiculturalism are introduced as newer perspectives in sociology.
Foundations of Client Care- This course provides an introduction to nursing and the roles of the nurse, the nursing process using the Functional Health Patterns as foundation, critical thinking, knowledge and basic skills necessary to administer beginning level assessment and interventions (procedures) for adults. The emphasis is on health promotion in wellness settings. The six competencies of Quality and Safety Education (QSEN) for pre-licensure Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs) will be introduced in both the classroom and clinical experiences. The student will provide opportunities to participate in therapeutic activities in a variety of health settings that focus on health maintenance and promotion.
Basic Client Care- Introduction to concepts and practices as they relate to the non-critical young adult through older adult in the medical surgical environment. Through utilization of the nursing process, the student will begin to recognize alterations in functioning or illness and formulate age-appropriate nursing interventions. Selected psychomotor skills associated with the basic needs, medication administration and intravenous therapy will be studied and practiced. Basic Client Care introduces the nursing student to concepts and practices as they relate to the adult patient in the Medical Surgical environment.
Pharmacology- The course will focus on drug classifications, actions, interactions and on the safe administration of medications, the nursing process, patient care and teaching associated with medication administration. Emphasis will be placed on nursing responsibilities with medication administration including communication with the patient/family for safe quality care.
Intermediate Client Care- This course focuses on the nursing care of the adult experiencing selected pathophysiological processes affecting body regulatory mechanisms and functional health patterns. These mechanisms are related to endocrine, sensory-perceptual, gynecological, and genitourinary functions. Emphasis is placed on health restoration, maintenance and support as well as the continued development of the nurse-client relationship, critical thinking processes, and research/evidenced-based nursing practice. Students will develop their knowledge of scientific methods, clinical expertise while addressing patient and family values while delivering care.
Maternal, Infant and Women’s Health Nursing- This course focuses on the childbearing family and women's reproductive health, pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum care and fetal development and care of the neonate, including family dynamics. Health promotion, protection, maintenance and restoration are covered in experiences that include hospital and community settings. Health care policy and systems as relevant to these populations are included. Knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care will be addressed in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Child/Adolescent/Family Nursing- This course focuses on integration and application of the nursing process as it relates to the nursing care of children and their families. Emphasis is on the concepts and skills related to age-appropriate family centered care to include family dynamics, growth and development and communication with children and their families. Health promotion, protection, restoration, maintenance and support concepts are covered in experiences that include hospital and community settings. Health care policy and systems are studied as relevant to this population. Knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary minimize risk of harm to patients in the health care facility; community and home will be addressed.
Community Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing- The course provides an introduction to Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing using the nursing process to promote psychosocial integrity within the context of the health illness continuum across the life span. This course emphasizes topics of stress and coping, mood and affect, addiction behaviors, cognition, self, violence, and grief and loss. Within these areas, students will develop knowledge; skills and attitudes promote health/wellness, use professional behaviors, and provide caring interventions safely across the lifespan. Clinical experience will be achieved in acute psychiatric facilities, private and or public; and in the community. Emphasis is on therapeutic interactions and communication, bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and therapeutic use of self.
Advanced Client- Advanced Nursing Care, the student will synthesize and correlate nursing knowledge and skills in providing care to multiple patients who have complex, multi-system illnesses. Utilizing the nursing process, the student will focus on patient needs and priorities, to deliver safe appropriate care and evaluate outcomes of care. Associated psychomotor skills will be integrated and practiced.
Complex Client Care- This course focuses on advanced application of the nursing process in the care of critically ill adult patients noting Functional Health Patterns with this population. Care of patients, families, groups, and communities undergoing multiple stressors such as cardiopulmonary surgery, neurosurgery, multiple trauma, and complex health problems emphasizing bio-psycho-social adaptation. Students will use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. Clinical experiences involve care of acute and critically ill patients and their families in Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, and Intermediate Coronary Care Unit. 9
Transition to Professional Practice- This course will use problem-based clinical case studies to critically analyze approaches to selected problems in nursing practice. Includes application of test-taking strategies, the nursing process, use of evidence-based practice concepts, and analysis of clinical practice issues. A focused review of all content areas will be presented with a goal to assist the students to be better prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN©).
ADN at CCC
The mission of CCC is to facilitate student learning and achievement by providing knowledge, skills, and professionalism required in today’s workplace. CCC provides a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages personal and intellectual exploration, and challenges and supports students in achieving their education goals. Students learn to contribute to the global community as they develop and understanding of their relationship to diverse social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and natural environments. CCC recognizes the critical importance of each individual’s contribution to the achievement of this mission.
Our cutting-edge school is open to all, and our students come from a variety of foreign countries, ethnic, cultural, religious and educational backgrounds. CCC is an equal opportunity educational institution in all of its activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, medical condition, because an individual is a disabled veteran or veteran, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in any of its policies, procedures, or practices.
Our school's state-of-the-art facility at 7003 Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park consists of two large lecture rooms and laboratory facilities where students receive hands-on training prior to their clinical rotations. Students have access to a network of computers and a library facility with access to databases, where they may obtain additional educational resources and tools to prepare for their courses or licensing/certification examinations. CCC has numerous lab equipment, High Fidelity Sim Man Mannequin, standard mannequin, nursing beds, microscopes, dissecting tables and all nursing equipment.
In addition to CCC’s Main Campus Facility in Canoga Park, CCC has an Extended Facility located at Warner Center, Woodland Hills. The Extended Facility is within a mile of the Main Campus, and is a convenient location that is easily accessible by the Orange Line and within walking distance from many restaurants. The Extended Facility provides high-tech and highly customizable classrooms to enhance active and collaborative learning.
At CCC many of the faculty have advanced degrees, hold industry certification or have excelled in their particular field of accomplishments. CCC faculty demonstrate leadership and assume responsibility for instruction, supervision, counseling, control, discipline and evaluation of all students. Our faculty are role models for students; effective communicators and teachers; creative and innovative; and continually strive for excellence in the curriculum. Faculty at CCC exemplify an educational commitment to the nursing profession and the community it serves.
Our faculty consist of experienced teachers, instructors and nurses with years of experience in their given fields, and many hold advanced degrees. The curriculum is based on the guidelines set by the Board of Registered Nursing for the ADN Program and Vocational Nurse Practice Act for the VN Program, our own career-focused course objectives, and interviews with local employers, ensuring that students receive training on the skills they'll need in the healthcare field.