CNI’S ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN NURSING (RN) ADVANTAGE:

Approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) Earn your Associates Degree in Nursing (RN) in 20 months
Prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse Job Outlook, 2012-2022 employment increasing 19% Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

CNI College – Associates Degree in Nursing (RN) Program

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Registered Nurses Occupation Profile

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Why Choose CNI College’s Associates Degree in Nursing (RN) Program?

The Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) Program is delivered in residence and on-line distance learning and is designed to prepare safe and competent registered nurses (RNs) who are able to provide quality and culturally appropriate nursing care to the patients, families, and community they serve within the context of an increasing complex healthcare environment. CNI Healthcare College strives to prepare future nurses to respond to the growing complexities of the healthcare delivery system and who are dedicated to the promotion of human flourishing through the provision of ethical, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based nursing practice. A societal vision of health and well- being for all people guides the CNI emphasis on preparing morally reflective graduates who are leaders and life- long learners.

The program has classroom instruction and required clinical experiences to prepare the student to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. Those that pass qualify for entry-level employment as Registered Nurses. Passage of the NCLEX-RN exam is required for licensure and employment as a Registered Nurse.

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements, permitting a greater number of health problems to be treated; an increased emphasis on preventive care; and the large, aging baby boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations. Faster than average growth is expected in traditional hospital settings, as well as in non-hospital settings, such as physician’s offices and home healthcare services.**

CNI College’s Associates Degree in Nursing (RN) Program is:

Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Approved by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)

Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

Join the Dynamic Field of Registered Nursing

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing aides, and home care aides. Registered nurses sometimes work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. They might also run general health screenings or immunization clinics, blood drives, or other outreach programs. Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some nurses have jobs in which they do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.
Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with.

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Give patients medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

They can focus on the following specialties:

  • A specific health condition, such as a diabetes management nurse who helps patients with diabetes or an oncology nurse who helps cancer patients.
  • A specific part of the body, such as a dermatology nurse working with patients who have skin problems.
  • A specific group of people, such as a geriatric nurse who works with the elderly or a pediatric nurse who works with children and teens.
  • A specific workplace, such as an emergency or trauma nurse who works in a hospital or stand-alone emergency department or a school nurse working in an elementary, middle, or high school rather than in a hospital or doctor’s office.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Passage of the NCLEX-RN exam is required for licensure as a Registered Nurse and for employment in California. See the Details >>

*CNI College does not guarantee employment

**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is a state governmental agency established by law to protect the public by regulating the practice of registered nurses. The BRN is responsible for implementation and enforcement of the Nursing Practice Act: the laws related to nursing education, licensure, practice, and discipline. The Nursing Practice Act created a nine-member Board which serves as the BRN decision-making body.
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Give patients medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment
Because patients in hospitals and nursing care facilities need round-the-clock care, nurses in these settings usually work in rotating shifts, covering all 24 hours. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays. They may also be on call.
Nurses who work in offices, schools, and other places that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work regular business hours.
In 2010, about 20 percent of registered nurses worked part time.

Benefits

Why Become a Registered Nurse?

The U.S. Department of Labor says that employment for registered nurses is projected to increase by 19 percent, or 526,800 new jobs, from 2012 to 2022. More nurses will be needed as the large baby boomer population ages and more technological advancements treat health problems and extend lives, adds the Department of Labor.

Some registered nurses combine one or more of these specialties. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer. Many possibilities for specializing exist. The following list includes just a few examples of ways that some registered nurses specialize.

Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Registered Nurses in California.

Registered Nurses Occupation Profile

*CNI College does not guarantee employment

**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics
MANY POSSIBILITIES FOR SPECIALIZING EXIST AS A REGISTERED NURSE.

  • Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other substances.
  • Cardiovascular nurses treat patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.
  • Critical care nurses work in intensive care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.
  • Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment of patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease.
  • Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.
  • Nephrology nurses treat patients who have kidney-related health issues that are attributable to diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.
  • Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.


Course Review

Title Course Number Theory Lab Clinical Total Hours Credit Hours
Quarter 1
Human Anatomy Bio 110 40 40 0 80 6
Microbiology Bio 115 40 40 0 80 6
Computer Application Nss 110 40 0 0 40 4
QUARTER 1 TOTALS 120 80 0 200 16
Quarter 2
Human Physiology Bio 120 40 40 0 80 6
College Algebra Mth 120 50 0 0 50 5
Nursing Success Strategies Nss 120 50 0 0 50 5
QUARTER 2 TOTALS 140 40 0 180 16
Quarter 3
Oral Communication Eng 130 40 0 0 40 4
Foundational Concepts of Nursing Nsg 230 60 60 0 120 8
Introduction to Psychology psy 130 40 0 0 40 4
QUARTER 3 TOTALS 140 60 0 200 16
Quarter 4
Written Communication Eng 140 40 0 0 40 4
Interpersonal Communication Eng 145 20 0 0 20 2
Pharmacology Nsg 240 30 30 0 60 4
Developmental Psychology Psy 140 40 0 0 40 4
QUARTER 4 TOTALS 130 30 0 160 14
Quarter 5
Basic Concepts of Health Alterations Nsg 250 40 0 120 160 8
Concepts of Aging Nsg 255 20 0 60 80 4
Introduction to Sociology Soc 150 40 0 0 40 4
QUARTER 5 TOTALS 100 0 180 280 16
Quarter 6
Intermediate Health Care Concepts Nsg 260 40 0 120 160 8
Holistic Health Concepts Nsg 265 30 0 90 120 6
QUARTER 6 TOTALS 70 0 210 180 14
Quarter 7
Complex Health Concepts Nsg 270 40 0 120 160 8
Family Health Concepts Nsg 275 40 0 120 160 8
QUARTER 7 TOTALS 80 0 240 320 16
Quarter 8
Leadership & Management Concepts Preceptorship Nsg 280 20 0 150 170 7
QUARTER 7 TOTALS 20 0 150 170 7
PROGRAM TOTALS 800 210 780 1790 115

Course Descriptions

BIO 110 – HUMAN ANATOMY
The course provides an introduction to the structure of the human body with emphasis on the organ and systems levels. The study of anatomy is presented with lecture and supportive clinical applications conducted in anatomy lab. This course consists of a total of 80 hours, 40 hours of theory and 40 hours of science lab.

BIO 115 – 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. This course consists of a total of 80 hours, 40 hours of theory and 40 hours of science lab.

NSS 110 – COMPUTER APPLICATION
This course is designed to introduce the student to the online learning environment and the use of technology (e.g. laptop computer, Microsoft programs, computer based learning resources (The Neighborhood, Myitlab, ATI, internet search, LIRN, academic honesty/plagiarism).Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate proficient computer application skills permitting academic success (online and in the classroom) through the use of electronic learning resources. This course consists of a total of 40 theory hours.

BIO 120 – HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
This course provides an introduction to 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. This course consists of a total of 80 hours, 40 hours of theory and 40 hours of science lab.

MTH 120 – COLLEGE ALGEBRA
This course will help students improve their math and algebra skills. Topics include linear and quadratic functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs, conic sections, sequence and series, solving system equations, matrices and determinants, counting and probability. This course consists of a total of 50 theory hours delivered on-line in distance education.

NSS 120 – NURSING SUCCESS STRATEGIES
This course introduces the student to study skills and innovative success strategies for an academic associate degree-nursing program. Students will also be introduced to the educational framework by which all nursing courses will be delivered (Concepts-Based Approach to Learning) as well as the vertical and horizontal threads that are woven throughout the curriculum. This course will prepare the pre-licensure nursing student for the challenge to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems using the six KSAs (client centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics). This course consists of a total of 50 theory hours.

ENG 130 – 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. This course consists of a total of 40 theory hours delivered on-line in distance education.

NSG 230 – FOUNDATIONAL CONCEPTS OF NURSING
This course provides the beginning student with the foundational and fundamental concepts upon which to build sound nursing practice. Topics include the nursing process, clinical decision making, law and ethics applicable to nursing, an overview of the healthcare system, health promotion and illness prevention, client safety, and an introduction to care of clients with system alterations. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating concepts of the individual, healthcare and nursing domains identified within this course. This course consists of a total of 120 hours, 60 hours of theory and 60 hours of clinical practice in the Simulation and Skills Lab.

PSY 130 – INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
This course provides student with a general overview of the field of psychology including the scientific approach to studying basic principles of human behavior. Emphasis is placed on such topics as learning motivation, perception, feeling and emotion, intelligence, and personality. Upon completion of this course students will have a better understanding of the complexities of human behavior. This course consists of a total of 40 theory hours delivered on-line in distance education.

ENG 140 – WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
This course is designed to improve writing skills by teaching students to compose and revise essays using proper spelling, grammar, and mechanics. Familiarity with APA formatting, research methods and library skills are improved as students develop a comprehensive and well written research paper. At course completion, students will find their writing skills have improved and they are better equipped to write professionally. This course consists of a total of 40 theory hours delivered on-line in distance education.

ENG 145 – INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
This course is the third required communication course and builds on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in Oral Communications (Eng 130). The focus will be on the interactive verbal/nonverbal process between the nurse-client, nurse–significant support person, and interdisciplinary team that assists the client to cope with change, develop more satisfying interpersonal relationships, and integrate new knowledge and skills. The course will prepares students for effective communication in a health professional role by providing the skills and strategies needed for the nurse to engage and better motivate clients. This course consists of a total of 20 theory hours delivered on-line in distance education.

NSG 240 – PHARMACOLOGY
The course focuses on drug classifications, actions and interactions as related to the delivery of nursing care for the biophysical and psychological concepts in the Individual Domain. The course also covers medication calculations and techniques for safe administration of medications and related patient care. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to safely administer medications incorporating concepts of the individual, healthcare and nursing domains identified within this course. This course consists of a total of 60 hours, 30 hours of theory and 30 hours of clinical practice in the Simulation and Skills Lab.

PSY 140 – DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
This course explores the psychological development of individuals across 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 and explores the concepts of death, dying, and bereavement. At the completion of this course students should have an understanding of the developmental needs of individuals of all ages and developmental levels. This course consists of a total of 40 theory hours delivered on-line in distance education.

NSG 250 – BASIC CONCEPTS OF HEALTH ALTERATIONS
This course builds upon the student’s knowledge gained in Nursing 230 and 240, challenging the student to apply what they have learned in the delivery of safe client care. Students will begin to develop care management skills, communicate effectively with clients, promote health, and provide caring interventions. Didactic topics will focus on the care needs of clients with alterations in acid-base balance, metabolism, oxygenation, infection, perfusion, comfort, elimination, fluid and electrolyte balance, mobility, cognition, and sensory perception. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating concepts of the individual, healthcare and nursing domains identified within this course. This course consists of a total of 160 hours, 40 hours of theory and 120 hours of clinical practice in long term and sub-acute nursing facilities with the elder client experiencing chronic illness.

NSG 255 – CONCEPTS OF AGING
This course provides an overview of specialized needs and health concerns related to aging. The older client will dominate nursing care as the population median age becomes older. This course makes use of unfolding case studies to introduce the student to older clients and to recognize health alterations in the older adult which vary from the young and middle aged adult client. Upon completion, students will be able to provide safe nursing care of the older client incorporating concepts of the individual, healthcare and nursing domains identified within this course. This course consists of a total of 80 hours, 20 hours of theory and 60 hours of clinical practice in a variety of community-based settings that support the health and wellness of the geriatric population.

SOC 150 – INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
This course introduces contemporary sociology as a science and explores the relationships between individuals and recognized institutions. Research methodology and scientific problem solving is explored. Globalization and multiculturalism are introduced as newer perspectives in sociology. At the completion of the course students will have a better understanding of the factors influencing modern society. This course consists of a total of 40 theory hours delivered on-line in distance education.

NSG 260 – INTERMEDIATE HEALTH CARE CONCEPTS
This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed in the classroom on intermediate concepts related to the surgical client including tissue integrity, comfort, mobility, cellular regulation, inflammation, and prevention of complications such as infection, oxygenation, or perfusion related problems. In the clinical component of this course, emphasis is placed on health-wellness-illness, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, managing care, and safety. Upon completion, students will be able to provide safe nursing care of the surgical client incorporating concepts of the individual, healthcare and nursing domains identified within this course. This course consists of a total of 160 hours, 40 hours of theory and 120 hours of clinical practice in acute care and ambulatory care settings that address health alterations in adult clients across the lifespan.

NSG 265 – HOLISTIC HEALTH CONCEPTS
This course is designed to further develop the concepts within the three domains of individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of self, stress and coping, mood and affect, addiction behaviors, cognition, grief and loss and violence. Within these concepts, students will promote health and wellness, use professional behaviors, and provide caring interventions safely across the lifespan. Upon completion, students will be able to provide safe holistic nursing care incorporating concepts of the individual, healthcare and nursing domains identified within this course. The course consists of a total of 120 hours, 30 hours of theory and 90 hours of clinical practice in psychiatric and mental health acute care, primary care and community-based settings that support the health and wellness of clients with alterations in mental health.

NSG 270 – COMPLEX HEALTH CONCEPTS
This course is designed to assimilate the concepts within the three domains (individual, healthcare, and nursing) and recognize the unique needs of the client with multiple system or critical health alterations. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of perfusion, mobility, oxygenation, violence, tissue integrity, and intracranial regulation while integrating the need for caring interventions, managing care, healthcare systems, and informatics. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skill, and attitudes necessary to provide quality, client-centered, value-driven nursing care as a graduate nurse. This course consists of a total of 160 hours, 40 hours of theory and 120 hours of clinical practice in critical care and step down units, rehabilitative care and community-based health facilities that address complex health alterations in adult clients across the lifespan.

NSG 275 – FAMILY HEALTH CONCEPTS
This course develops the concepts related to care of the family including reproductive health, obstetrics, and pediatrics within the three conceptual domains of individual, health care and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of oxygenation, sexuality, reproduction, grief/loss, mood/affect, addiction behaviors, infection, development, health-wellness-illness, communication, caring interventions, safety, and advocacy applied to care of the family both individually and as a group. Upon completion, students will be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course. This course consists of a total of 160 hours, 40 hours of theory and 120 hours of clinical practice that focuses on the care of the woman, mother, child, family and fetus/infant in a variety of hospital, primary care and community-based settings.

NSG 280 – LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS PRECEPTORSHIP
This capstone course is designed to synthesize the concepts within the three domains of individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of collaboration, managing care, safety, advocacy, legal issues, health policy, healthcare systems, ethics, accountability, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice in the provision of client-centered care. Upon completion, students will be able to provide safe, client centered, value-driven nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course. This course consists of a total of 170 hours, 20 hours of theory and 150 hours of clinical preceptorship that focus on mastering the care of a team of clients, providing direct client care proficiently, and learning the variety of leadership roles and responsibilities of the staff and charge RN.


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