Moorpark College Curriculum Guide
Associate Degree in Nursing
THE CAREER: Registered nurses are concerned with the promotion of health through direct and indirect client care and client teaching. The
prevention of illness and client-centered care are the focus of nursing via independent and interdependent decision making in collaboration
with the client/patient and other members of the health care team. The professional nurse has an interest in helping people, communicates
effectively, possesses critical thinking and organizational skills, is flexible and has the ability to work collaboratively with other health care
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Moorpark Community College has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and
is accredited by the National League of Nursing. Students receive clinical experiences in a variety of clinical facilities and community
agencies. The Nursing program prepares the student for entry into the practice of professional nursing. The successful completion of this
program entitles the student to an Associate of Science Degree, and meets the eligibility requirements to take the professional licensing
examination to become a registered nurse.
Employment opportunities are available in multiple health care settings: surgical centers, doctors’ offices, clinics, acute care hospitals, skilled
nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health care, outpatient settings and volunteer service agencies such as Peace Corps just to
name a few. Salary for full-time Registered Nurses (A.S. Level) ranges from $28,000 to over $50,000 per year.
The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares the student for entry into the practice of professional registered nursing. Successful
completion of Science prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better (not for credit/no credit), an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or better and acceptance
into the ADN program, the student is eligible to enter into the two-year program. At the completion, the student earns an Associate of
Science Degree in Nursing Science.
This information is intended as a resource for prospective students considering a career in nursing and entering the Associate Degree
Nursing Program at Moorpark College. We hope that you will find it useful in preparing to enter the program. It is also our hope that every
student who enters the program will succeed. We know that you have given a good deal of thought and work in preparing this decision. We
want you to have a successful realistically prepare for participating in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
This packet provides information about the rigors of the curriculum, the time commitment required, program costs, along with the helpful
hints on survival techniques for students who have children, spouses, family and other responsibilities. This information is intended to provide
you with the guidelines so that when you apply to the program, you will be as ready as possible to enter.
ALL GLORY COMES FROM DARING TO BEGIN
Eugene Ware (1895)
As you begin your college at Moorpark Community College, you have already taken two crucial beginning steps: (1) You have decided to begin
and; (2) you have chosen an institution and Nursing Program which is committed to assisting you develop and achieve your career goal. As
part of this commitment, we have developed this educational guide, which is intended to assist you by introducing the college’s policies,
procedures and requirements. We hope this educational guide will be helpful but ultimately your success will begin and end with your
motivation, drive and planning.
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Steps to Student Success
1. Meeting English requirement before entry into the ADN program is needed for success in the program. Speaking, reading, and
writing in the English language fluently and proficiently at college level. English 1A is required to graduate. If English is not your first
language, we suggest course work and study classes offered by the ESL Department prior to entry into the program.
2. Meeting math competency requirement before entry into the ADN Program.
3. Taking guidance classes related to reading comprehension, note taking, study skills and test-taking skills prior to entry into the
program. Introduction to Health Science (HS20) and Medical Terminology HS19 is strongly recommended.
NS 16 – Study Skills for Nursing Students
LS M04 - Reading & Reasoning
LS M04L- Reading Skills Laboratory
NTS M05- Nutrition for the Health Professionals
HS M15 – Pharmacology
HS M19 – Medical Terminology (on-line)
HS M25 - Basic Pathophysiology (on-line)
4. Forming and working in study groups. Being prepared to spend approximately 3 hours of reading and studying for each unit of class.
5. Good organization, time management, and priority setting skills.
6. Having reliable transportation for class and for both early morning and pm clinical assignments. A reliable car or car pool with a
back-up plan is advised.
7. Having dependable childcare and back-up or sick childcare arranged for class and clinical days. Prior to program entry.
8. Planning to work no more than 2 shifts (20 hours per week) of outside work per week while in the program.
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MOORPARK COLLEGE CURRICULUM GUIDE
ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING
Preparation for admission to the Nursing Program in recommended order:
Self-Placement Assessment (with VCCCD)
Math M03 or above
Prerequisites to the required Science Course at Moorpark College:
Course Course Name Units
Math M03 or Intermediate Algebra (Math 5 is required for transfer to Cal State System) 5
CHEM 11 or Intro to Chemistry 4
Recent High CHEM 11 (preferred) Required for transfer to CSUCI
School CHEM* 1
yr grade C or
Bio 2A or Bio 1A General Biology 4
Prerequisite to Microbiology
Required prerequisite Science Courses for program Admission and Application:
Course Course Name Units
Micro 1 Principles of Microbiology (CHEM 2 or 1 yr. High School Chemistry & BIO 2A 4 or 5
ANAT M01 General Human Anatomy (Bio 01 or 2A) 4
PHSO M01 Human Physiology (Chem. 12 or 1 yr. Of High School Chem. & Bio 01 or 2A) 5
Eng 1A English Composition 4
**HS 16N Basic Skills for the Nurse or current Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate .5
**HS 16N May be completed after application to the program but before entrance into NS M01
All courses in the nursing must be completed with a Grade of “C” or better!
It is the students responsibility to check all prerequisites
For graduation a physical science is required if using a high school chemistry class
An active CPR for the Healthcare Provider and LA City Fire card must be presented before enrollment in NS1. A list of CPR Providers
is available in the Health Science Department Office at Ext.1433
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The remaining required general education courses must be taken prior to the last 2 semesters of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
Course Course Name Units
Psy 1A Introduction to Psychology 3
Spch 1 Introduction to Speech 3
Soc 1 or Anth 2 Introduction to Sociology or 3
Humanities Choice 2 Courses
US History or Political Science Choice 3
PE Choice 1 ½ units
NOTE: All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Upon meeting the qualifying requirements (Step 1) and the Prerequisite Science Courses (STEP 3) (with a “C” or better and an overall GPA of
2.5 or better) students may submit an application with a Nursing Counselor from September 1-October 15 and February 1-March 15 of each
year. To make an appointment with a Nursing Counselor, please call (805) 378 – 1428. All official college and high school transcripts
must be submitted when making application. Because the program is impacted there will be a random selection (lottery) of qualified
applicants and a number will be assigned and the student will be placed on a waiting list. Each student’s number will indicate his/her place on
wait list “LINE” to enter the program. Applicants are admitted to the nursing program by numerical order. All qualified students will be placed
on the waiting list.
There will be alternates selected for each admission class to server on standby for admission until the end of the first week of class. If not
admitted, these alternates will be first admissions into the next class. Those applicants not selected may retain their name (in order assigned
by random selection), on a waiting list. These applicants then have priority for admission to the next classes selected.
The Health Science Department will send a letter to qualified applicants regarding acceptance/admission. Admission may be denied to an
applicant who has failed or withdrew failing from a program and whose overall record makes program completion unlikely (example: two
program withdrawals); or who has health and/or safety deficits which place clients at risk.
Students who have previously applied and have been assigned a number will receive a letter of acceptance a semester prior to their
acceptance. Notify the Health Sciences Office of any address changes or questions regarding your entrance to the program (805)-
378-1433. It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the catalog requirements thoroughly. All information is subject to
change based on changing requirements.
There are different options for the advanced placement category. They are students who have left the program in good standing or otherwise
met standards for applicants; and vocational nurse applicants, 30 unit option applicant, transfer applicants or previous health care
credentials applicants. (For further information please contact a Nursing Counselor for appointment at (805) 378-1428).
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND/DRUG SCREENING
As per the requirements of our affiliating hospitals, students will be required to undergo a criminal background/drug screening. Moorpark
College Health Sciences department will be unable to place students in a clinical setting if they have a positive criminal background
check/drug screening, therefore the student will not be able to complete the program of required courses.
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Required Nursing Courses in the Associate Degree Nursing Program
Nursing Course Sequence
Required Courses Units
NS M01……………………..Beginning Nursing Science 1 4.0
NS M01L……………………Beginning Clinical Nursing Lab 1 4.5
NS M11……………………..Skills Lab (elective) (1)
NS M02……………………..Intermediate Nursing Science I 5
NS M02L……………………Intermediate Nursing Science I Lab 4.5
NS M12………………………Skills Lab (elective) (1)
NS M03……………………..Intermediate Nursing Science II 5
NS M03L……………………Intermediate Clinical Nursing Lab I 5
NS M13……………………..Skills Lab (elective) (1)
NS M04……………………..Advanced Nursing Science 4
NS M04L…………………….Advanced Clinical Nursing Lab 5
NS M14…………………….Skills Lab (Elective) (1)
APPROXIMATE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE:
Two Uniforms and One Lab Coat $ 150.00
Stethoscope and Supplies $ 50.00
1st Year $ 600.00
2nd Year $ 200.00
Hepatitis B Vaccine Series $ 90.00
Registration & Malpractice Insurance (2 years) $ 740.00
($20/unit x 37 units)
White Nursing Shoes $ 50.00
Misc. Supplies (2 years) $ 200.00
State Board Fee for Licensure Exam $ 75.00
Interim Permit Fee to Practice in California $ 30.00
Live Scan to State Board $ 45.00
Photo ID name tags ($2.50 each) $ 5.00
Invitations, school pin, and misc. Graduation Costs $ 48.00
Materials Lab Fee Nursing Part 1, 2, 3, & 4 $ 368.00
Criminal Background Check $ 60.00
The above represents approximate costs total: $2711.00
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SUMMARY OF PREREQUISITES
GRADUATION, AND STATE BOARD REQUIREMENTS- ADN
PREREQUISITES: Must be completed prior to entry into the ADN Program with a letter grade of “C” or better and not for credit/no credit
and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
**Chemistry 11 or equivalent. (One year of recent high school lab chemistry is acceptable). Must be completed before the application
period. (However for an A.S. Degree a physical science is required)
*Anatomy 1-(4units) prerequisite Biol 01 or Biol 2A
*Physiology 1-(5Units) prereq: Chem 12 and Biol 01 or 2A
*Microbiology (5units) prereq: Chem 12 and Biol 2A
*Basic skills for the Nurse – (1 unit) HS 16N
REQUIREMENTS: Suggested to be taken prior to entry into the program. However, must be completed by end of first semester in the
ADN Program with a letter grade of “C” or better (not for credit/no credit) and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
STATE BOARD ADN GENERAL EDUCATION GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
Must be completed prior to graduation from ADN PROGRAM:
ENGLISH COMPOSITION: (4 units) English 1A with “C” or better)
COMMUNICATION/ANALYTICAL THINKING: Speech 1 (3 units) with “C” or better
PSYCHOLOGY: (3 units) with “C” or better
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES: Sociology 1 or Antro 2 (3 units) with “C” or better (Soc 1 is needed to transfer to CSUN)
HUMANITIES: see college catalog under Graduation, Associate Degree General Education Pattern
AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS: Any 3 unit course in the College Catalog, Associate Degree Education Pattern under Section B, American
MATH COMPETENCY: All students must qualify in mathematics to graduate. See Schedule of Classes catalogue- AS Degree Requirements.
NOTE: All courses and prerequisites taken in association with the ADN program must be taken for credit with a letter grade of “C” or
better, and not taken for Credit/No credit, except Gen Ed. Humanities and American Institutions. To apply to the RN program your overall
GPA must be 2.5 or better.
Nursing is an art and an applied science based on principles taken from the biological, physical and behavioral sciences. It includes
interventions to promote health, prevent illness and provide care to individuals throughout the health wellness continuum. Nursing care
is provided to individuals using the nursing process, which includes systematic assessments, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention and
evaluation. Priorities for nursing care are dictated by a hierarchy of needs common to all individuals.
Nurses in today’s changing health care environment are practicing a variety of specialties in a variety of work environments. Here is a
list* of nearly 75 specialty areas in which nurses work:
Aids Care Emergency Room Neurosurgey Rural Outreach
Ambulatory Care/ Epidemiology Nurse Anesthetist Schools
Surgery Flight/Transport Nutritional Counseling Special Events
Blood Bank Gastoenterology Obstetrics/ Gynecology Special Procedures
Burn Care Gerontology Occupational Health (Radiology)
Camps Home Health Care Oncology Sports
Cardiac Cath Lab Hospice Operating Room Studio/Live aid
Clinical Specialist IV Therapy Ophthalmology Surgical
Community Health Infection Control Orthopedics Telemetry 6
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Corrections Information Systems Pediatrics Telephone Advice
Critical Care Intensive Care Nursery Psychiatry Transplant Care
Cruise Ships Labor and Delivery Political Lobbying Trauma Care
Dermatology Long-Term Care Public Health Traveling
Diabetes Management Recovery Room Utilization Review
Dialysis Medical Specialties Recruitment Urban Outreach
Disaster Midwifery Rehabilitation Urology
Discharge Planning Mobile Units Research Wound Care
Education Neurology Risk Management
*List from NURSE week, December 1990
Decisions to specialize generally take place after graduation from an RN education program and some on-the job experience. Most of the
above specialties are performed by nurses who have earned specialty certification through on-the-job training. Many have also continued
their education and earned master’s or educational requirement is a master’s degree, many schools prefer the doctoral degree. You may
also develop a clinical specialty area through on-the-job training and continuing education courses which are required for license renewal.
And the list of practice settings is growing almost daily: hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, urgent care centers, adult day-care centers,
schools, corporations, colleges of nursing, hospice care centers, government agencies and more. Nursing education and practice exist on
At the ADN level of registered nursing, the focus is on the application of basic nursing skills, and knowledge to assist individuals to meet their
health needs. The associate degree nurse is able to provide comprehensive nursing care. Emphasis is on integrating technical skills, nursing
judgment, and problem-solving and communication skills in providing patient care. Leadership skills are introduced.
At the BSN level, the focus of nursing practice is on care of individuals and families within acute care settings and in the community. Emphasis
is on a broader preparation in the basic sciences and on increased understanding of sociaculture, political and economic influences on
consumers and on the health care delivery system. Leadership, problem solving skills and interpersonal skills are strong components.
At the Master’s and Nurse Practitioner’s level, focus is placed on specialization. Collaboration with other disciplines, leadership,
understanding and development of nursing theories, research, administration, and development as independent practitioners, and publishing
Administrator* Nurse Researcher*
Clinic Nurse Nurse Anesthetist*
(Ambulatory Care) Nurse Midwife*
Critical Care Nurse Nurse Practitioner*
Emergency Room/ Office Nurse
Life flight Nurse Public Health Nurse*
Home Health Nurse School Nurse
Hospital Staff Nurse Teacher/Educator*
*Bachelor Degree or Higher Required
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