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Graduation Requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing

Graduation Requirements:

The California Community College Chancellor's Office, California Board of Registered Nursing, and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, have approved a Concept-Based Curriculum that will be implemented in Spring 2017 for first semester and phased into subsequent semesters. Consequently, the Major Nursing requirements are displayed in two different tables.

The first table lists the current Nursing Program courses and sequencing (for students who entered Fall 2016 and before). The second table lists the Concept Based Curriculum courses and sequencing (for students who will enter Spring 2017 and after). The third table indicates the remaining general education course requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing. 

Table 1: Nursing Program courses and sequencing (Fall 2016 and before)

Nursing Program Courses and Sequencing ​
First Year​​
First Semester
Nursing-Registered 101Nursing Process: Non-Critical Adults4.5​
Nursing-Registered 101L​
Nursing Actions: Non-Critical Adults
​Nursing-Registered 103​Pharmacological Concepts for Nursing​3.0
​Nursing-Registered 112​Nursing Concepts​1.5
Second Semester​
Nursing-Registered 102​
 Nursing Process: Women, Parents and Children​
Nursing-Registered 102L​Nursing Actions: Women, Parents and Children​4.6​
Second Year
Third Semester​
Nursing-Registered 201Nursing Process: Critical Biological and Psychosocial System Needs I4.0​
Nursing-Registered 201LNursing Actions: Critical Biological and Psychosocial System Needs I​​5.0​​
​Fourth Semester
Nursing-Registered 202Nursing Process: Critical Biological and Psychosocial System Needs II​4.0​​
Nursing-Registered 202LNursing Actions: Critical Biological and Psychosocial System Needs II​​5.4​
​Total:  41.0​​


Table 2: Nursing Program Concept-Based Curriculum courses and sequencing (Spring 2017 and after)

Nursing Program Concept-Based Curriculum Courses and Sequencing
First Year​
First Semester
First these courses for 8 weeks: ​
​Nursing-Registered 160 ​Introduction to Pharmacology ​1.0
​Nursing-Registered 161​Principles of Nursing Practice​2.0
​Nursing-Registered 161L​Principles of Nursing Practice Lab​2.5
Then these courses for 8 weeks: ​
​Nursing-Registered 162​Pharmacology​1.5
​Nursing-Registered 163​Simple Concepts​3.0
​Nursing-Registered 163L​Simple Concepts Lab​2.5
Second Semester
First these courses ​for 7 weeks:
​Nursing-Registered 164​Family Health Concepts​2.0
​Nursing-Registered 164L​Family Health Concepts Lab​2.0
Then these courses for 9 weeks: ​
​Nursing-Registered 165​Health & Illness Concepts ​2.5
​Nursing-Registered 165LHealth & Illness Concepts Lab​​2.5
Second Year​
​Third Semester
First these courses for 6 weeks: ​
​Nursing-Registered 261​Mental Health Concepts ​1.5
​Nursing-Registered 261L​Mental Health Concepts Lab​1.5
​Then these courses for 10 weeks:
​Nursing-Registered 262​Acute Concepts ​3.0
​Nursing-Registered 262L​Acute Concepts Lab​3.0
​Fourth Semester
First these courses for 12 weeks: ​
​Nursing-Registered 263​Complex Concepts​3.5
​Nursing-Registered 263L​Complex Concepts Lab​2.5
Then this course for 4 weeks: ​
​Nursing-Registered 264L​Preceptorship ​2.5
​Total: ​ 39.0


​The following course must be taken by all advanced placement students:
Nursing-Registered 200
Role Transition

Table 3: Nursing Program's Graduation Requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing:  

Total Nursing Program units required​ (Concept Based Curriculum)​41 (39)
Biology 239, General Human Anatomy​4​
**Biology 249, Human Physiology ​4​
**Biology 139, Health Microbiology​4​
English 101/101H ​4​
Speech Communication 102 or 145/145H (at SAC) OR Communication 110 or 101 (at SCC)​3​
Sociology 100/100H ​3​
Psychology 100/100H ​3​
Select one course from the Associate Degree Plan A, Social and Behavioral Science category: American Institutions​3​
Select one course from the Associate Degree Plan A, Humanities category​3​
Total:  ​72 (70)

 **The asterisks before courses indicate they are required for Option III - 30 unit option students.

Cultural Breadth and Lifelong Understanding/Self-Development requirements are met for nursing students by completion of the major.

Math proficiency for graduation: Successful completion of the Santa Ana College Math Proficiency Exam or completion of Intermediate Algebra 080/081.

The California BRN stipulates that RN students must complete sixteen (16) units of natural, behavioral, and social sciences as well as six (6) units of communications skills, to qualify for examination and licensure.

Please note: Science courses must have been completed within seven (7) years prior to the student applying to the nursing program.​​

Webpage Updated 06/09/2016

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