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The American Nurses Association defines Nursing as the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. IVC offers an exciting and rigorous Nursing Program for men and women who are 18 years of age or older, in good health, and can lift over 35lbs minimum.  Meeting eligibility requires completion of the program's admission criteria and passing a pre-entrance test.  Students must apply to the program and if selected, are invited to join a nursing class.  The IVC Nursing Program adheres to the same rules, regulations, and philosophy as stated in the College catalog and the program's nursing student handbook.  Additional policies are required to meet both the standards by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the clinical training facilities.

The very first RN class started in 1971 graduating 30 students.  The RN Program continues to be the only nursing program in the Valley, graduating students every semester.  The curriculums are continually modified to keep up with the standards of the Board of Nursing, the nursing industry, and healthcare community.  This is a two-year, four-semester program whereby students are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Registered Nursing from IVC and eligible to take the national licensure exam called the NCLEX-RN.

 

Updates

  • New:  NURS 100 Medication Mathematics will now be required effective Fall 2018.  Students applying during March 2018 and after must have completed the course.  Contact the IVC Nursing Counselor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-355-6259 if any questions.

 

Preparation

 

The Nursing Department is located in the 2100 Health Sciences Building and consists of the Department Office 2155, Nursing Computer Lab 2156, Nursing Tutorial Center 2137, and four State-of-the-art simulated Nursing Labs.  Students who are ready to pursue nursing at IVC should begin by:

 

  • Reviewing the College catalog for all nursing requirements and the for RN pathway. 
  • Making an appointment with the IVC Nursing Counselor located in Counseling Office Building 100 
  • Attending a Nursing Session to get the most up-to-date program information and how to apply.  Students will need to verify they have attended a session on the nursing application.
  • Taking the prerequisite courses
  • Preparing for the TEAS Pre-entrance Test 
  • Applying to the Nursing Program

 

 

Information Sessions Dates

 

Information sessions for the nursing program are the student’s first step in the preparation process toward nursing at IVC.  These are extremely valuable in guiding and preparing the student to apply for RN and LVN. 


 

 

Day

Date

Time & Room

Program

Tuesday

1/23/2018

4:00pm, 2139

RN

Thursday

2/22/2018

4:00pm, 2139

RN

Wednesday

2/28/2018

4:00pm, 2139

LVN

Tuesday

3/13/2018

4:00pm, 2139

RN

Tuesday

4/24/2018

4:00pm, 2139

RN

Thursday

5/17/2018

4:00pm, 2139

LVN

Thursday

5/24/2018

4:00pm, 2139

RN

 

 

Nursing Information Flyer

 

Admission Criteria

The following criteria is required to apply – students should refer to the College catalog to make sure of course descriptions and requirements of each course.  The Multi-Criteria Grid outlines the point values that will determine ranking for the Nursing Program:

  • Sciences:  BIOL 220 General Microbiology, BIOL 200 or BIOL 204 Human Anatomy, and BIOL 202 or BIOL 206 Human Physiology – no less than a 2.5 overall GPA.  (BIOL courses have prerequisites, refer to course descriptions)
  • General Education 'Fixed Set':  PSY 204 Developmental Psychology, ENG 110 Composition & Reading, MATH 091 Intermediate Algebra, SOC 101 Introductory Sociology or ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology, COMM 100 Oral Communication, and NURS 100 Medication Mathematics – no less than a 2.5 overall GPA
    • Recommended courses considered for points:  READ 111 Analytical & Critical Reading, ENG 201 Advanced Composition, and MATH 110 or an advanced MATH Course
  • ATI TEAS Pre-entrance Test score of 62% or higher

 

Application Period/Deadlines

 

The Nursing Program application is accepted during the periods below.  All admission criteria must be met in order to apply. 

 
September 1-29, 2017 Spring 2018
March 1-29, 2018 Fall 2018
September 3-28, 2018 Spring 2019
March 1-29, 2019 Fall 2019
September 3-30, 2019 Spring 2020

 

 

Applying to the Program

When ready to apply, the nursing application must include the following documentation to be considered: 

  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from all colleges, universities, and/or technical schools attended, including copies already filed with Admissions and Records at IVC.
  • Copy of TEAS Results showing 62% or higher if taken at IVC – official TEAS transcript required if taken at other institutions
  • IVC DegreeWorks Audit (refer to IVC Homepage under 'For Students' tab)
    • Students who have not taken classes at IVC and have not established an audit should contact Admissions & Records for assistance.
    • Optional Criteria – documentation may be submitted that includes any of the following categories – refer to the Multi-Criteria Grid for format:
      • Life Experiences and/or Special Circumstances:
        • Veteran/Active Military
        • Spouse of Veteran/Active Military
        • Declared Disability
        • Difficulty – Personal and Family Situations
        • Disadvantaged, Social or Educational Environment
        • Low Income
        • First Generation
        • Need to Work
        • Refugee Status
    • Language Proficiency:
      • Documented proficiency or advanced level coursework in languages other than English.  At IVC, coursework includes successful completion of AMSL 200, 202 or 204, FREN 201 or 211, SPAN 200, 210 220 or 221.  High school AP results in advance level language courses accepted, or
      • Letter from employer verifying 'ability to communicate (speak, read, and write) in a healthcare setting' in any other language other than English.
    • Relevant Degrees and Certificates:
      • AA/AS/BS/BA/MS/MA Degree or LVN or Paramedic License
      • Allied Health Certification (must be State certified and current)
      • Relevant Work (in healthcare) or Volunteer Experience (volunteer 100 or more hours)

 

RN Information Packet/Brochure

Multi-Criteria Grid and Points

Application

Prerequisite Equivalencies Grid

Eligibility Worksheet(for student use)

GPA Calculator

Previous Convictions/Misdemeanors

FAQs

Transfer Students

Military Veterans

Curriculum and Description

 

Cost

 

Estimated costs include all costs associated with 4 semesters of the Nursing Program - tuition, parking, student fees, textbooks, materials, supplies, health requirements, graduation, and licensing fees – that approximate to $6,200.  The 'Estimated Costs' sheet breaks down these fees by semester.

Estimated Costs

 

 

Selection to the Program

 

All applications received during the open periods will be considered for admission. A point system is used following the Multi-Criteria Grid to determine status.  Applicants are ranked and the top ranking will be invited to join a nursing class, up to 30 slots may be available per class. Applications missing any of the required documentation or have not met the required GPA will not be considered.  Applicants will be notified of their status by email 30 to 45 days after the last day of the deadline period. IVC does not place applications on a wait list. 

If admitted, the clearances below will be required.  Students must be compliant in all required clearances before attending the clinical areas.  The IVC Student Health Center can assist students in fulfilling their health requirements.  Refer to 'Clearances Requirements' for guidance.

  • Background Check & Drug Screen
  • Current BLS card for healthcare providers from the American Heart Association
  • Basic physical examination
  • TB/PPD skin test 

 

Clearance Requirements

If admitted, students must enroll and attend NURS 080 Introduction to Nursing.  This is an orientation course designed to prepare the nursing student for the next 2 years of the Nursing Program.  Course materials are purchased at the Campus Bookstore.

 

Scholarships

Nursing Student Handbook

 

Nursing Learning Center

 

The Nursing Learning Center (NLC) is an integral part of the Nursing Program where nursing students can obtain the necessary resources to complete assignments and obtain tutorial assistance. The NLC is staffed by RN faculty, and use of the Center requires signing in.  If admitted to the program, enrollment in Independent Studies courses below are strongly recommended.   

 

Career Pathways

The pathway for the Associate of Science degree in Registered Nursing is outlined in the IVC catalog .  RN to BSN pathways for IVC nursing students include:

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