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CLINICAL PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

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Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete clinically-based courses held in health care facilities.These facilities require immunizations, background checks, and urine drug screening as a condition of placement.

Refusal of immunizations, refusal to submit to a background check, and/or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the healthcare facility may prevent placement in the clinical setting, and thus affect progress in the program.

Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility's standards of safety, health, and ethical behavior. Failure to adhere to standards may be cause for dismissal from the program.


PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Apply concepts and skills to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  2. Make clinical judgements and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe client care. 
  3. Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nursing practice.
  4. Use standards of nursing practice to perform and evaluate client care in entry-level practice.
  5. Participate in life-long learning.

CURRICULUM THREADS

  • Caring
  • Communication/Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity
  • Health Promotion
  • Informatics
  • Leadership
  • Legal/Ethical Issues
  • Lifespan/Age-Appropriate Care
  • Nursing Process
  • Nutrition
  • Pathophysiology
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Professionalism
  • Research/Evidence Based Practice
  • Safety
  • Teaching/Learning Priniciples

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The following student learning outcomes have been identified as a requirement for students completing the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) Generic-RN/LVN to RN Curriculum. The graduate will:

  1. Communication Skills
    • Utilize appropriate communication styles and basic leadership skills in patient care management.
    • Use therapeutic communication techniques to establish a therapeutic environment.
    • Communicate relevant, accurate and complete information in a concise and clear manner.
  2. Critical Thinking
    • Utilize nursing process to develop and implement an individualized plan of care for assigned patients.
    • Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe care.
    • Use evidenced based data to support clinical decision making.

PROGRAM EMPHASIS

Curriculum and course sequence progress from simple to complex knowledge and skills with emphasis on nursing process, caring, problem solving and critical thinking. The Nursing Program graduate is prepared as a clinician to think critically using the nursing process, safely perform nursing care, teach individuals, families, communities and members of the health care team, function as a client advocate, provide leadership, manage resources, delegate tasks, and supervise unlicensed personnel within the legal scope of practice of the Registered Nurse. The student who completes the Nursing Education program will meet the standards of competency delineated by the Board of Registered Nursing for the State of California.


PROGRAM OUTCOMES DATA

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Policy #29 Advertising and Recruitment of Students requires that student achievement outcome data be publicly accessible.  The following student achievement data from the SD City College Nursing Program are as follows:

 

NCLEX-RN First Attempt Pass-Rates

GRADUATION YEAR PASSED ON FIRST
ATTEMPT
PASSED 
NATIONALLY
3-YEAR MEAN
SDCC NURSING
3-YEAR MEAN OF
ALL PROGRAMS 
NATIONALLY
2021 PENDING
2020 100.00% 80.81% 98.85% 84.12%
2019 98.46% 86.46% 96.14% 87.82%
2018 98.08% 85.11% 92.25% 84.34%

 

Program Completion Rates

GRADUATION YEAR # STARTED GENERIC (ADN) LVN-RN # COMPLETED RATE
2021 67 48 19  61 91.04%
2020 72 60 12 53 73.61%
2019 71 57 14 56 77.78%
2018 83 66  17 61 73.49%

 

Graduate Employment Rates

GRADUATION YEAR SIX-MONTH SURVEY RESPONDENTS /
# OF GRADUATES 

RESPONDENTS EMPLOYED AS RN WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF GRADUATION

2020  9/53  89%
2019  14/56  79%