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Degree Requirements

Nursing Degree


Associate in Science Degree
To receive an Associate in Science degree from Compton College, a student must complete at least 60 units in degree applicable college courses which must include general education requirements and course work in an approved transfer major or associate degree program. Course work toward the degree must be completed with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher. A minimum of 12 of the required 60 degree applicable units must be successfully completed at Compton College. A notation of "Graduation with Honors" is earned with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Students must file Graduation Intent Form.  Forms will be available online and in the Admissions Office during the filing period or by the deadline date published in the schedule of classes.

Major Requirements:

 

Nursing 143 Introduction to Nursing

 (2 units)

Nursing 150A
and 150B 
Beginning Nursing Process and Fundamental Skills I and II

 (7.5 units combined)

Nursing 151 Human Development and Health

 (2 units)

Nursing 152 Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology

 (1 unit )

Nursing 153 Intermediate Nursing Process I

 (4.5 units)

Nursing 154 Intermediate Nursing Process and Mental Health

 (4 units)

Nursing 155 Health Assessment

 (1 unit )

Nursing 156 Advanced Nursing Pharmacology

 (1 unit )

Nursing 250 Intermediate Nursing Process and the Family

 (5.5 units)

Nursing 251 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Nursing

 (1 unit )

Nursing 253 Intermediate Nursing Process II

 (4.5 units)

Nursing 254 Advanced Nursing Process I

 ( 7 units)

Nursing 255 Advanced Nursing Process II - Clinical Preceptorship

 (2.5 units)

All general education courses and Nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
(Credit may be granted to transfer students for coursework completed at an accredited nursing program.)

Total Units 43.5

Advanced Standing
Prospective students who have had prior education in nursing or other health-related areas may request consideration for entry into the nursing program with advanced placement. Applicants would include licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses, Licensed Psychiatric Technicians, and transfer students from accredited nursing programs. Specific information regarding the advanced placement procedure is available through the Counseling Office or the Nursing Department. Advanced standing applicants are admitted to the program on a space available basis.

Upon request, transfer students' transcripts will be individually evaluated for granting credit.


Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) - Career Ladder - Two Options

 

Option 1:

Licensed Vocational Nurses are eligible to participate in the 30-Unit Option Non-Degree Track. Persons who desire to pursue the 30-Unit Non-Degree Track must complete a total of 30 units in Science and Nursing courses.

The following courses are required in the 30-Unit Non-Degree Track:

Microbiology 33 or equivalent General Microbiology  

 (5 units)

Nursing 149 Preparation for Advanced Placement in Nursing

 (2 units)

Nursing 154 Intermediate Nursing Process and Mental Health

 (4 units)

Nursing 251 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Nursing

 (1 unit )

Nursing 253 Intermediate Nursing Process II

 (4.5 units)

Nursing 254 Advanced Nursing Process I

 (7 units)

Nursing 255 Advanced Nursing Process II - Clinical Preceptorship

 (2.5 units)

Physiology 31 or equivalent Human Physiology

 (4 units)


All courses must be completed with a grade C or better.

Individuals completing the 30-Unit Option Track are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam but are not considered graduates of Compton College's Associate Degree Nursing Program. 

Option 2:

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to recognize previous educational preparation and an Advanced Placement Degree Option is available for Licensed Vocational Nurses. This enables LVNs to enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program at an advanced level and earn an Associate in Science Degree in a shorter period of time. The Advanced Placement Option requires that a student take the following courses:

All required general education courses for an A.S. Degree in Nursing

Nursing 149 Preparation for Advanced Placement in Nursing

 (2 units)

Nursing 150 Beginning Nursing Process and Fundamental Skills

 (7.5 units)

Nursing 151 Human Development and Health

 (2 units)

Nursing 152 Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology

 (1 unit )

Nursing 153 Intermediate Nursing Process I

 (4.5 units)

Nursing 154 Intermediate Nursing Process and Mental Health

 (4 units)

Nursing 155 Health Assessment

 (1 unit )

Nursing 156 Advanced Nursing Pharmacology

 (1 unit )

Nursing 250 Intermediate Nursing Process and the Family

 (5.5 units)

Nursing 251 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Nursing

 (1 unit )

Nursing 253 Intermediate Nursing Process II

 (4.5 units)

Nursing 254 Advanced Nursing Process I

 (7 units)

Nursing 255 Advanced Nursing Process II - Clinical Preceptorship

 (2.5 units)

All nursing courses may be challenged. Contact the Nursing Office for challenge procedures.

Specific information on either of the above two options (30-Unit Option Track and the Advanced Placement Degree Track) is available in the Counseling Center and the Nursing Office. Potential applicants are advised to seek counseling from a nursing counselor to examine both choices prior to deciding on the track to pursue. Entry into both career tracks is on a space-available basis.

Licensed Psychiatric Technicians will be granted credit for Nursing 154 by filing a petition in Admissions.

Associate Degree for the Diploma Graduate Option:
This option, required by the Board of Registered Nursing, is designed for licensed diploma RNs. The option allows a licensed diploma RN to earn credit for previous educational preparation. Specific general education or science courses, selected on a case-by-case basis, must be completed to fulfill the requirements for the Associate in Science degree with a major in Nursing. Transcript evaluation will allow up to a maximum of 34 units of credit.


 

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