Nursing Program

Division: Health Science

Division Dean

Rebecca R. Gomez

Faculty

Beena Eapen
Michael Faraci
Jen Galich
Christine Hoang
Shinah Kim
Patricia "Rose" Kirby
Denise Medina-Bernstein
Sally McNay
Ryan Ortega
Thu Pham
Elizabeth Putman
Susie Smith
Jane Walker
Marredda Williams

Director of Nursing

Terri Wheeler

Counselors

Kelly Carter
Denise Vo
Doreen Villaseñor

Accredited by: (ACEN formerly NLNAC)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
Fax (404) 975-5020

Mission Statement

The Registered Nursing Program provides student-centered education , preparing graduates to practice as caring registered nurses providing safe, quality, patient-centered care with a foundation for lifelong learning.

Philosophy Statement

The Cypress College nursing faculty ascribes to the core competencies for nursing and nursing education identified by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project. While firmly based in science and the arts, the essence of nursing is caring and compassionate patient centered care. Ethical standards, respect for individual dignity, and consideration of cultural context are implicit in the practice of patient-centered care. The nurse advocates for patients and families in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, the family and members of the health care team. The nurse displays a spirit of inquiry by examining evidence to improve quality of care, promote safety and improve patient outcomes. Nursing judgment is integral to making competent decisions related to the provision of safe and effective nursing care. In order to make informed clinical decisions, the nurse must have a firm foundation in and understanding of the concepts of oxygenation, regulation and movement. Information essential to nursing care is communicated via a variety of technological and human means. The adoption of these key philosophical components fosters the development of the nurse’s professional identity.

Teaching/Learning

The nursing faculty believes that learning is a dynamic process which results in behavioral changes. Learning occurs throughout the life cycle and can aid in maximization of any individual’s potentials. The individual student’s potentials are developed through use of the nursing process, a professional proactive approach to problem-solving. The curriculum provides opportunities for facilitating learning based on individual styles of learning. Self-motivation and active participation are necessary components of the learning process for adult learners. Nursing students must also participate in the classroom and clinical settings.

The curriculum is organized from simple to complex concepts which are as identified in each course outline. Multiple methods of instruction are utilized to address the content being studied, to enhance learning, and to provide for individual differences in both teaching and learning styles. The structure and content of each course is designed to support the department’s philosophy of nursing education. The student is recognized as an individual who moves toward goals of self-realization and fulfillment.

Role of the Teacher and Student

The role of the teacher is to identify the learning needs of the student and to facilitate the student’s optimal level of learning achievement. A systematic approach is utilized to assist the student in assessment of learning needs, development of learning goals, selection and implementation of learning methods and strategies, and evaluation of outcomes. Differences in individual needs, learning styles, ethnicity and cultural background are essential considerations in effective teacher-student relationships.

Nursing and Personal Responsibility for Health Promotion Practices

The Cypress College nursing faculty recognizes the value of high-level wellness and supports the concept of the nurse being a positive role model for health practices. The entering student needs to be aware of his/her health-promoting behaviors in the area of general health (i.e., rest and sleep, nutrition, therapeutic recreation). The student should avoid behaviors detrimental to health.

Special Requirements, Equipment and Expenses Incurred By Nursing Students Upon Enrollment in the Nursing Program

This information is intended to assist those who are planning enrollment in the registered nursing program prepared for educational expenses. In addition to enrollment fees PAYABLE AT REGISTRATION, the nursing student incurs additional expenses. The nursing student should anticipate an expenditure of approximately $7,000 over the two years of enrollment in nursing program courses.

Clinical practice sites are located throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties. Clinical rotations may be scheduled for day and evening shifts in order to provide learning opportunities. The student will need reliable personal transportation in order to travel to assigned hospitals up to two days a week in each nursing course.

The nature of the learning experiences in the registered nursing program requires that students engage in direct patient care in assigned clinical facilities. All enrolled students are required to meet the same health and safety standards required of nurses in the contracted clinical facilities. For this reason each student enrolled in the nursing program must complete the following requirements at his/her own expense prior to the first day of attendance:

  1. Physical examination with health clearance indicating good physical and mental health status with no limitations to providing safe direct patient care.
  2. Proof of current immunizations or immunity by titer.
  3. Testing for communicable diseases including, but not limited to, the following: Tuberculosis, rubella, rubeola, varicella, hepatitis.
  4. Malpractice insurance and personal health insurance.
  5. Current CPR certification at the Professional Health Provider level.
  6. Criminal background checks and urine testing.

In addition, the student will need to purchase required uniforms, watch with sweep second hand, name badge, stethoscope, and other equipment required for clinical practice.

Information regarding the specific requirements in place at the time of initial enrollment into nursing clinical courses is provided at a mandatory orientation meeting scheduled for applicants selected each semester.

Associate in Science Degree Program Registered Nursing

Program Code: 1S03785

The program educates nursing students for patient/client services in a variety of health care settings. Clinical experience in hospitals and other health care agencies is correlated with classroom instruction. At the satisfactory completion of all courses and the specified general education requirements, the individual will receive an Associate in Science degree and will be eligible for the National Licensing Exam (NCLEX). (If  convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation may prevent students from attending clinical rotations where criminal background checks are required. Students will be required to declare offenses on their State application to write the licensing exam, which may delay the licensing application process and may affect their eligibility to become licensed.)

The Nursing Program is approved by California Board of Nursing and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Education (ACEN). For the requirements to complete the Associate in Science Degree, see the Graduation Requirements for the Associate Degree section of this catalog.

Minimum Standards for Applicants

  1. Eligibility for admission to Cypress College.
  2. High school graduation, or passing of the General Education Development Test (GED), or the High School Proficiency Test, or a graduate of an accredited college.
  3. Good physical and mental health as determined by a medical examination upon admission to the program. In compliance with the State Board of Registered Nursing Guidelines, no student with impaired health status (which includes use of legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or other chemicals) shall be admitted or allowed to remain enrolled in the Nursing Program. Students applying to the Nursing Program with a history of substance abuse, physical impairment, or mental/emotional impairment shall be required to provide proof of active participation in a recognized treatment program at the time of application. Evidence of continuing rehabilitation may be required if admitted or re-admitted to the Nursing Program. These standards are necessary for the Cypress College Registered Nursing Program to be in compliance with the Board of Registered Nursing Guidelines and maintain full approval status.
  4. Total college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 with a grade of C or better.
  5. Completion of ENGL 100 C with a grade of C or better as determined by a counselor from transcript.
  6. Completion of BIOL 231 C General Human Anatomy, BIOL 241 C General Human Physiology, (CHEM 101 C Chemistry for Health Science Majors l strongly recommended), and BIOL 220 C Medical Microbiology with a grade of C or better. All must have been completed within five years of application.

Application Procedures

See application on Health Science application website.

Applications must be completed online at the beginning of September. Please see the Health Science Application link on the Registered Nursing home page for specific dates.

Applicants must submit official transcripts (except Cypress and Fullerton Colleges) and signature page in person to the Health Science Applications office, Health Science Building, Room 217, Cypress College 9200 Valley View Street, Cypress, California 90630-5897 by October 1. Photo identification is required.

The Nursing Program admits students twice each year, fall and spring. Applicants will be notified of status via email.

All applicants who wish to remain on the applicant list must file an updated application every year during the application period in September. Applicants will be notified of updated status in writing.

Notify the Health Science Application Office in Writing:

  1. if you change your name, address or telephone number
  2. if you wish to withdraw your name as an applicant

Please Note: F-1 visa students will not be accepted for admission into any program when applications by qualified U.S. citizens exceed space available.

Contact Health Science Application Office for the specific final days of application, hours and last day to submit transcripts because of holidays or weekends, (714) 484-7270.

Registered Nursing Curriculum

Program Code: 1S03785

Nursing courses must be taken in specific sequence. For further information, see a Health Science Counselor. The student must attain a minimum grade of C in each required course to continue in the program.

All students will have to meet the prerequisites of ENGL 100 C, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. The nursing program also requires completion of Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Human Communication.

Per SB 139, section 66055.8 of the Education Code, California Community Colleges that operate a registered nursing program shall waive the general education requirements for the associate of science degree, in Nursing, for any student who has been admitted to the program and who has already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree. Cypress College will only accept degrees granted from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Required Courses are Listed in Required Sequence

Prerequisites
BIOL 231 CGeneral Human Anatomy 14
BIOL 241 CGeneral Human Physiology 14
BIOL 220 CMedical Microbiology 14
ENGL 100 CCollege Writing 24
Total Units16
First Year
Fall TermUnitsSpring TermUnitsSummer TermUnits
NURS 191 C1NURS 195 C1Art (Category C1) Requirement33
PSY 101 C1, 23SOC 101 C23 
NURS 192 C4.5Physical Education Requirement1 
NURS 193 C3.5NURS 196 C5 
 NURS 197 C3.5 
 12 13.5 3
Second Year
Fall TermUnitsSpring TermUnits 
COMM 100 C23NURS 295 C0.5 
NURS 291 C1MATH 040 C (or higher)4, 54 
NURS 292 C5NURS 296 C3.5 
NURS 293 C3.5NURS 297 C5 
NURS 294 C3Humanities (Category C2)33-5 
 15.5 16-18 
Total Units 60-62

All nursing courses are challengeable. See Nursing Program Director.

Graduation requirements: Cultural Diversity (beginning Fall 2000 catalog, the nursing program meets the requirement) and Reading Proficiency. See Counselor/Catalog.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit for nursing courses taken from another accredited institution may be granted provided the applicant meets the Cypress College Department of Nursing entrance requirements and space is available in the program. Contact the Health Science Application Office for written policy and procedure.

Credit will be granted on an individual basis after evaluation by the Department of Nursing. Transfer credit for equivalent general education courses required by the Department of Nursing will be granted if the course has been completed at an accredited college or challenge exam.

Any required course in the biological or Social Sciences listed below, completed over five years previous to the time the student applied to the program, must be repeated or the student may receive credit by challenge examination, or be evaluated on an individual basis.

BIOL 231 CGeneral Human Anatomy4
BIOL 241 CGeneral Human Physiology4
BIOL 220 CMedical Microbiology4

Career Mobility: Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse

Program Code: 1S00003

Licensed Psychiatric Technician to Registered Nurse

Program Code: 1S00004

The nursing program provides an opportunity for Licensed Vocational Nurses and Licensed Psychiatric Technicians to complete the Registered Nursing curriculum. The individual completing the registered nursing program and general education requirements is eligible to take the Registered Nursing State Licensing Examination. As a graduate of the Cypress College Registered Nursing Program, the student will receive an Associate in Science degree.

Minimum Standards for Applicants

  1. Eligibility for admission to Cypress College.
  2. High school graduation or passing of the General Education Development (GED) test or the High School Proficiency Test or a graduate of an accredited college.
  3. Good physical and mental health as determined by a medical examination upon admission to the program. In compliance with the State Board of Registered Nursing Guidelines, no student with impaired health status (which includes use of legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or other chemicals) shall be admitted or allowed to remain enrolled in the Nursing Program. Students applying to the Nursing Program with a history of substance abuse, physical impairment, or mental/emotional impairment shall be required to provide proof of active participation in a recognized treatment program at the time of application. Evidence of continuing rehabilitation may be required if admitted or re-admitted to the Nursing Program. These standards are necessary for the Cypress College Registered Nursing Program to be in compliance with the Board of Registered Nursing Guidelines, and maintain full accreditation.
  4. Verification of completion of a program or its equivalent preparing for a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Psychiatric Technician and 6 months experience at the time of application.
  5. Successful completion of the Career Mobility Proficiency Exams. (See Health Science Counselor for specific information on testing criteria and procedures.)
  6. Successful completion of the Career Mobility Clinical Skills Validation Performance Exam. (See Health Science Counselor for specific information on testing criteria and procedures.)
  7. Total college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (grade of C) or better.

Prerequisites

Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better:

BIOL 231 CGeneral Human Anatomy 14
BIOL 241 CGeneral Human Physiology 14
BIOL 220 CMedical Microbiology 14
ENGL 100 CCollege Writing 24
PSY 101 CIntroduction to Psychology 3, 43
NURS 090 CNursing Transitions 53.5
Total Units22.5

Application Deadlines

FALL OR SPRING CLASSES

Applications are accepted after successful completion of career mobility proficiencies and skills validation testing. A counseling appointment is mandatory to review program and application procedure.

Application Requirements

  1. Must have completed all prerequisites.
  2. Possess a current unencumbered California LVN or PT license.
  3. Must have completed application.
  4. Satisfactory completion of NURS 090 C, with a grade of C or better.

Career Mobility: LVN/PT to Registered Nursing Curriculum

General Education requirements — the following courses must be completed prior to expected date of graduation with a grade of C or better.

General Education
SOC 101 CIntroduction to Sociology3
COMM 100 CHuman Communication3
MATH 040 CIntermediate Algebra4
Art (C1 Course)3
Humanities (C2 Course)3
Physical Activity and Health1
Total Units17

Reading Proficiency

NOTE: All Cypress College graduates must meet the following two requirements: Cultural Diversity (beginning with the Fall 2000 catalog, the nursing program meets the requirement) and Reading Proficiency. See counselor/catalog.

Nineteen and one half units may be awarded for holders of a valid California Vocational Nursing license. Credits are posted to transcripts upon completion of all other graduation requirements. Students must provide a copy of their current California license with their application to the Director of Nursing to be eligible for this credit.

Fourteen and one half units may be awarded for holders of a valid California Psychiatric Technician license. Credits are posted to transcripts upon completion of all other graduation requirements. Students must provide a copy of their current California license with their application to be eligible for this credit.

Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse

Program Code: 1S00003

Required Courses Are Listed in Sequence

First Year
Fall TermUnitsSpring TermUnits
NURS 292 C5NURS 295 C.5
NURS 293 C3.5NURS 296 C3.5
NURS 294 C3NURS 297 C5
 11.5 9
Total Units 20.5

Psychiatric Technician to Registered Nurse

Program Code: 1S00004

First Year
Fall TermUnitsSpring TermUnits
NURS 196 C5NURS 292 C5
NURS 197 C3.5NURS 294 C3
 8.5 8
Second Year
Fall TermUnits 
NURS 295 C0.5 
NURS 296 C3.5 
NURS 297 C5 
 9 
Total Units 25.5

Career Mobility: Licensed Vocational Nurse to Non-Degree Registered Nurse

The LVN 30-Unit Option non-degree RN Program does not lead to an Associate Degree in Nursing. This non-graduate status entitles the candidate to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a registered nurse only in the State of California. This permanent non-graduate status may hinder employment and further educational opportunities and prohibit endorsement as a registered nurse in other states.

Minimum Standards For Applicants

  1. Applicants must meet Cypress College entrance requirements.
  2. Verification of completion of a program or its equivalent, preparing for a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
  3. Satisfactory completion of BIOL 210 C, with Lab, 5 Units (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.
  4. Satisfactory completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) BIOL 220 C, (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted after successful completion of career mobility proficiency and skills validation. A counseling appointment is mandatory to review program and application procedure.

Selection Procedure

Applications normally exceed capacity. Applicants should obtain specific information and counseling information sheets from the Health Science Counseling Office. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that documents, transcripts and records are on file.

29-Unit Non-Degree Option Career Mobility: Licensed Vocational Nurse to Non-Degree Registered Nurse

A Licensed Vocational Nurse may apply for admission to the Nursing Program to meet the requirements for licensure of the State Board of Registered Nursing in California. Thirty-Unit Option applicants shall have equal access to open space in the required nursing courses.

Curriculum

Courses MUST Be Taken in This Specified Sequence
Natural Science Requirement
BIOL 210 CAnatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 220 CMedical Microbiology4
Nursing Requirement
NURS 090 CNursing Transitions3.5
NURS 292 CMedical-Surgical Nursing II5
NURS 293 CMental Health Nursing3.5
NURS 294 CGeriatric Nursing3
NURS 297 C Medical-Surgical Nursing III5
Total Units29

Associate in Science Degree for Registered Nurses From a Diploma School of Nursing

This program is designed to enable a Registered Nurse from a diploma school of nursing to earn an Associate in Science Degree. Diploma Nursing School graduates with a current California license will receive 40 units of credit towards an Associate in Science Degree upon completion of general education and residency requirements at Cypress College. For the requirements to complete the Associate in Science Degree, see the Graduation Requirements for the Associate Degree section of this catalog. A petition is required for students requesting a waiver if 50% of their course work in the major was not completed at Cypress College. See your Health Science Counselor.

Nursing Four Year Transfer Program

Students should consult a counselor or www.assist.org for lower division major requirements for most California public universities. (See the Standard Definitions section of the catalog for a description of ASSIST.) Students transferring to an independent college/university should consult the catalog of the individual school and a counselor for lower division major requirements.

NURS 090 C Nursing Transitions 3.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT), with no less than six months documented work experience in their licensed capacity, and successful completion of career mobility proficiency exams and skills validation test.

This course is designated for the experienced (no less than six months documented work experience in their licensed capacity) LVN/LPT who is preparing to enter the Registered Nursing career ladder program. The course will enhance theoretical and technical nursing skills in areas such as communication, ethics, fluid and electrolytes, and pharmacology. Students will develop in-depth skill in utilization of the nursing process. Major emphasis is placed on assessment of patient's biopsychosocial needs and related interventions. This course promotes Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies that incorporate patient-centered care, safety teamwork, collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics. The course emphasizes specific knowledge and skills not included in LVN/PT curricula. $19.00 Laboratory Fee-Payable at Registration.

NURS 091 C Strategies-Success in Nursing 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This course is designed as a preparatory seminar for nursing students. The course will begin to develop the skills needed to succeed in a patient centered health care curriculum where students must be able to assimilate knowledge and apply it in a clinical practice setting. The course will provide students with behavioral and problem solving tools to develop personal and professional strategies for success in the health care field. Non Degree Credit. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

NURS 099 C Nursing Independent Study 0.5-2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Approved Independent Study Learning Contract

Term hours: 9-36 depending on units attempted. This course is designed for capable students enrolled in the Registered Nursing program or options of the program who wish to increase their knowledge and experience in applied areas of patient centered care. Students will participate in independent study on assigned areas under staff supervision. Variable Unit Class. May be taken for credit 4 times. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option.

NURS 103 C Basic Health Assessment 0.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 192 C with a grade of C or better; Licensed Psychiatric Technician; Licensed Vocational Nurse; Registered Nurse.

Term hours: 9 lecture. This elective course provides specialized nursing knowledge in assessing basic health status in the non-pregnant adult. Students will recall and build upon the curricular concepts learned in preceding nursing courses of patient centered care, safety, oxygenation, regulation and movement using teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics, to apply the nursing process and utilize techniques for performing both history and physical assessments. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

NURS 104 C Intro to ECG Interpretation 0.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 191 C and NURS 193 C with a grade of C or better; Licensed Vocational Nurse; Registered Nurse or permission of instructor

Term hours: 9 lecture. This elective course provides specialized nursing knowledge in providing patient centered care to patients experiencing oxygenation disorders; cardiac dysrhythmias, using teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics. Introductory course for nurses working with cardiac monitored patients. Cardiac dysrhythmias include sinus, atrial, AV heart blocks, junctional, and ventricular dysrhythmias. Initial patient monitoring, lead placement, techniques and equipment utilized to measure and identify cardiac arrhythmias are addressed in introductory terms. Basic therapies based on current ACLS standards and nursing implications for these dysrhythmias are discussed. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

NURS 107 C Pain Management for Nurses 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): NURS 192 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 18 lecture. This course introduces the student to safe patient centered care for pain assessment and management strategies for use in daily clinical practice, based on the California Board of Registered Nursing's Pain Management Policy. Physiologic, psychologic, sociologic, and cultural aspects of pain are examined within the context of the nursing process. The student will learn to effectively prevent and control patient pain and improve patient outcomes by pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic means. Ethical issues and barriers to effective pain management are considered. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

NURS 108 C Orthopaedic Patient Care 0.5 Units

Advisory: NURS 192 C

Term hours: 9 lecture. This course is an overview of the general concepts of orthopaedic nursing including assessment of patients with movement disorders and orthopaedic injuries requiring safe patient centered nursing care. Designed to give the participant an introduction to the specialty of orthopaedic nursing, this course includes review of evidence based care of patients experiencing immobilization treatment, total joint arthroplasty, spinal surgery, amputation, as well as orthopaedic complications. The content of the course is based on orthopaedic nursing practice standards and patient teaching implications as developed by the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option (CSU)

NURS 190 C  Introduction to Nursing Concepts 2 Units

Term hours: 36 lecture. This course introduces the health science student to the theoretical basis of nursing and patient centered care. Emphasis is placed on psychosocial concepts inherent to the development of professionalism, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics. Professional nursing roles and interaction skills are applied to the health care setting. The effects of regulation of stress and developmental patterns on individual health care needs are introduced. Major social and cultural issues in relation to health care are discussed. Teaching/learning strategies unique to health care, nursing, and clinical instruction are explored. (CSU)

NURS 191 C Pharmacology in Nursing I 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Nursing Program, LVN or PT

Term hours: 18 lecture. This pharmacology course correlates with the content in NURS 192 C and NURS 193 C. It introduces the concepts of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics to safely administer both enteral and topical medications to patients in basic medical-surgical areas with oxygenation, regulation and movement disorders. (CSU)

NURS 192 C Fundamentals of Nursing 4.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Nursing Program

Term hours: 45 lecture and 108 laboratory. This course is an introduction to the nursing process and applying quality and safety standards within a spirit of inquiry firmly based in the science and art of nursing. This course will prepare the student to provide safe, patient-centered care within an environment of interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration. The course is designed to provide the student with fundamental provider of care roles and critical thinking skills in order to develop and deliver a basic plan of care. Fundamental exemplars will be introduced with an emphasis on basic oxygenation, patient and nurse movement, and regulation of patient physiology and behavior. The course is designed to socialize the beginning nursing student to the professional role of nursing. Models of health care delivery systems and funding will be explored. Nursing issues regarding patient rights, ethical and legal standards, and the use of professional and therapeutic communication will be applied to nursing theory and practice. (CSU)

NURS 193 C  Introduction to Medical-Surgical/Gero Nursing 3.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 192 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 63 Lecture and 72 Laboratory. This course prepares the student to apply the nursing process and develop basic critical thinking within a spirit of inquiry firmly based in the science and art of nursing for safe patient centered care of the older adult in the medical-surgical setting. Students will recall and build upon course concepts (previous learning in NURS 192 C) of patient centered care, safety, oxygenation, regulation and movement with healthy aging concepts, basic age-associated changes and preventive health considerations for the older adult. Using interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration, this course socializes the beginning nursing student to the professional role of nursing as it relates to the care of the older adult and explores resources for evidence based practice. Models of health care delivery systems and quality improvement strategies will be introduced and explored. Professional nursing issues, ethical and legal standards, and professional communication related to older adult rights will be explored. (CSU)

NURS 195 C Pharmacology in Nursing II 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Nursing Program, LVN, PT or completion of NURS 191 C and NURS 193 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 18 lecture. This pharmacology course correlates with the content in NURS 196 C and NURS 197 C. Students will recall and build upon the curricular concepts previously learned in NURS 191 C and NURS 193 C of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics to safely administer both enteral and parenteral medications to patients in multiple settings with oxygenation, regulation and movement disorders. (CSU)

NURS 196 C  Medical-Surgical Nursing I 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 191 C and NURS 193 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 41 lecture and 148 laboratory. This course prepares the student to apply the nursing process and develop nursing judgment within a spirit of inquiry based on the science and art of nursing to prioritize care for the medical-surgical patient in multiple clinical settings. Students will recall and build upon previously learned curricular concepts of patient centered care, safety, oxygenation, regulation and movement using intra and interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics to provide effective care to achieve positive patient outcomes. (CSU)

NURS 197 C Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 196 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 32 lecture and 94 laboratory. This course prepares the student to apply the nursing process and develop nursing judgment to prioritize care for the perinatal, newborn and women's health patient in multiple clinical settings. Students will recall and build upon the curricular concepts (previously learned in N192 and N193 and 196) of patient centered care, safety, oxygenation, regulation and movement using teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics to provide effective care to achieve positive patient outcomes. (CSU)

NURS 209 C  Advanced RN Practicum and Career Development 1-4 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 292 C with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in the Registered Nursing Program or permission of the Director of Nursing. Term hours: 9 lecture and 27 laboratory. This course focuses upon exploring work related issues in an acute hospital setting. The course will provide opportunities enabling students to apply previously learned theory and clinical skills in patient centered care in which the student has demonstrated competence. The course may provide exposure to acute areas of complex care with the agreement of the facility and instructor and previous enrollment in nursing practicum. Requires a minimum eight hours employment per week in an approved acute care agency. As required by the Board of Registered Nursing regulations, no new skills will be taught. Variable Unit Class. May be taken for credit 4 times. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

NURS 291 C Pharmacology in Nursing III 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Nursing Program, LVN or PT or completion of NURS 195 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 18 lecture. This course correlates with the content in NURS 292 C, NURS 293 C, NURS 294 C. Students will recall and build upon the curricular concepts previously learned in NURS 195 of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics to safely administer medications to patients in multiple settings with oxygenation, regulation and movement disorders. (CSU)

NURS 292 C Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 195 C and NURS 197 C with a grade of C or better and completion of or concurrent enrollment in NURS 196 C and acceptance in the Nursing Program.

Term hours: 41 lecture and 148 laboratory. This course prepares the student to apply the nursing process, to develop nursing judgment and to prioritize patient centered care for multiple acute medical surgical patients in a variety of settings. Students will apply quality and safety standards within a spirit of inquiry firmly based in the science and art of nursing. Students will recall and build upon the curricular concepts (previously learned in NURS 192 C, NURS 193 C, NURS 196 C, and NURS 197 C) of patient-centered care, safety, oxygenation, regulation and movement using teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics to provide effective care to achieve positive patient outcomes. (CSU)

NURS 293 C Mental Health Nursing 3.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 292 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 28 lecture and 95 laboratory. This course presents historical, cultural and contemporary evidence based concepts related to the mental health-illness continuum. Will explore patient - centered interventions that are designed to promote safe return to mental stability and meet the emotional needs of the patient. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication through self-awareness, the safe use of self as a therapeutic agent and collaboration with the mental health team and community resources. The role of the nurse in providing quality care in the areas of ethics, legal, advocacy issues while providing patient centered care is explored in the Psychiatric unit. (CSU)

NURS 294 C Geriatric Nursing 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 292 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 27 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course prepares the student to apply quality and safety standards and the National League for Nursing's ACES framework to plan patient centered care for the community dwelling older adult. There will be an emphasis on the use of standardized assessment tools and application of evidenced based practice in various community settings. Students will learn to collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team and use nursing judgement to foster individualized aging in the senior population. (CSU)

NURS 295 C Pharmacology in Nursing IV 0.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Nursing Program, LVN, PT or completion of NURS 291 C, NURS 292 C, NURS 293 C, or NURS 294 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 9 lecture. This course correlates with the content in NURS 296 C and NURS 297 C. Students will recall and build upon the curricular concepts learned in preceding nursing courses of patient centered care, safety, oxygenation and regulation and movement using teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics, to safely administer medications to pediatric and adult patients in multiple clinical settings with oxygenation, regulation and movement disorders. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option (CSU)

NURS 296 C Child/Family Nursing 3.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 291 C, NURS 292 C, NURS 293 C, or NURS 294 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 32 lecture and 95 laboratory. This course prepares the student to apply quality and safety standards utilizing the nursing process based in the science and art of nursing. Students will develop nursing care strategies for complex family centered care of the pediatric population within multiple interdisciplinary settings. Evidence based nursing interventions encompassing a holistic and approach will be developed. The student will apply growth and development concepts to the care of multiple patients, utilizing informatics and effective therapeutic and professional communication. Nursing judgment and prioritization will be applied to achieve positive care outcomes within family centered care situations. The course promotes extensive inquiry through evidence based practice while developing teaching and quality improvement strategies. Emphasis will be placed on team accountability, delegation, collaboration and investment in professional development. (CSU)

NURS 297 C  Medical-Surgical Nursing III 5 Units

Prerequisite(s): NURS 292 C, NURS 295 C and NURS 296 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 41 lecture and 149 laboratory. This course prepares the student to apply nursing process, to develop nursing judgment, and to prioritize care for adults with acute unstable medical-surgical disorders in a variety of settings. Students will recall and build upon the curricular concepts (previously learned in NURS 192 C, NURS 193 C, NURS 196 C, NURS 197 C, NURS 292 C, NURS 293 C, NURS 294 C and NURS 296 C) of patient-centered care, safety, oxygenation and regulation and mobility using teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, evidence based practice, quality improvement and informatics to provide effective care to promote synthesis and competence necessary for entry into practice. $45 materials fee payable at registration. (CSU)

Nursing

The graduate of the Cypress College Nursing Program will be competent when he/she consistently provides safe, quality, patient centered care. The graduate uses sound nursing judgment and best practices to meet patient care needs for oxygenation, regulation and movement across the lifespan. The graduate nurse demonstrates advocacy for patients/families in a coordinated manner using open interprofessional communication while maintaining mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve safe quality patient outcomes. The graduate uses evidence to make decisions and promotes quality improvement. The professional nurse uses information and technology to support decision-making and effective communication while demonstrating professionalism.

Graduate Outcomes (Competencies)

  1. Employ practices to ensure safety of patients and improve outcomes of care. (Safety)
  2. Advocate for patients, recognizing the patient or designee as the source of control and as full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs. (Patient Centered Care)
  3. Collaborate effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared shy;decision-making to achieve safe, quality patient care in a variety of health care settings. (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  4. Use nursing judgment based on best current evidence to provide safe care for patients and families across the lifespan. (Evidence-Based Practice)
  5. Apply principles of quality improvement to monitor the outcomes of care and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers. (Quality Improvement)
  6. Use information and technology to communicate, document care, minimize error, and support decision making. (Informatics)
  7. Utilize best practices and sound nursing judgment to address oxygenation issues, maintain regulation, and guide movement in patients across the lifespan. (Oxygenation, Regulation, Movement)
  8. Demonstrate professionalism in the implementation of the role of the registered nurse. (Professionalism)