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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Registered Nurse. The Associate Degree Nursing Program provides pre-licensure education. Students completing the two year full-time program are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Program Requirements

Essential Functions Required of All Nursing Students

Motor Capability

  1. Move from room to room and maneuver in small places.
  2. Transfer patients who may require physical assistance.
  3. Guard and assist patients with ambulation.
  4. Lift and carry up to 50 pounds and exert up to 100 pounds force for push/pull.
  5. Squat, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, kneel, use standing balance, and climb stairs.
  6. Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity.
  7. Adjust, apply, and clean therapeutic equipment.
  8. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  9. Travel to and from academic and clinical sites.
  10. In the average clinical day, students sit 1-2 hours; stand 6-7 hours, travel 1-2 hours.

Sensory Capability:

  1. Coordinate verbal and manual instruction.
  2. Assess a client 10 feet away to observe client's posture and respond to treatment.
  3. Respond to a timer, alarm, or cries for help.
  4. Monitor vital signs.
  5. Auditory, visual, and tactile ability sufficient to assess patient status and perform treatments (Example: color changes in skin, hear heart and lung sounds).

Communication Ability:

  1. Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing (Example: explain treatment procedures, teach patient and families, document in medical records).
  2. Effectively adapt communication for intended audience.
  3. Interact, establish rapport with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  4. Assume the role of a health care team member.
  5. Function effectively under supervision.

Problem Solving Ability:

  1. Function effectively under stress.
  2. Test taking within predefined time constraints.
  3. Respond appropriately to emergencies.
  4. Adhere to infection control procedures.
  5. Demonstrate problem solving skills in client care (measure, calculate, reason, prioritize, synthesize data).
  6. Use sound judgment and safety precautions.
  7. Address problems or questions to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
  8. Organize and prioritize tasks.
  9. Follow policies and procedures required by clinical and academic settings.

Prerequisites

The Nursing Program office cannot complete prerequisite course evaluations. If you have taken a prerequisite course outside of Sierra College and it is not listed on the Equivalency Grid - accessed below and under the Application and Selection accordion - you may wish to contact a Sierra College academic counselor. The Counseling Center can be reached at: (916) 660-7400. Additionally, online counseling is available through the Sierra College website.

All prerequisites must be completed, with a grade “C” or better, and posted to the appropriate Official College Transcript before submitting an application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Prerequisites “in progress” are not accepted.

Some prerequisite courses must be completed within seven (7) years of application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Required Course Name Units
English 1A Composition and Literature 3
Psychology 100 [formerly Psych 1] Introduction to Psychology 3
Human Development 1 Human Development 3
Bio Science 4 or 8A/B Microbiology** 5
Bio Science 5 or 7A/7B Anatomy** 4
Bio Science 6 Physiology** 5
Nutrition 10 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition** 3

** Indicates courses which must be completed within seven (7) years of application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. FOR FALL 2018 APPLICATIONS: Courses must have been taken Spring 2011 or later.

Required - One of the Following Course Name Units
Math A Elementary Algebra
Meets program prerequisite but does not meet college graduation requirement.
4-5
Math D Intermediate Algebra 4-5
Math E Practical Math 6
Math 12 College Algebra 4
Math 13 Statistics 4
Math 16A or 16B Calculus Life and Social Sciences 4
Math 29 Pre-Calculus 4
Math 30 Calculus I 4
Math 31 Calculus II 4
Math 42 Business Calculus 4
Completion of one year (or block schedule equivalent) of Algebra I or higher level mathematics in high school with grades of “C” or better) Meets program prerequisite but does not meet college graduation requirement. 0

NON SIERRA COURSES: Please refer to the Equivalency Grid to determine if a course taken outside of Sierra College meets our program requirement.

Equivalency grid (Updated as of 1/30/17)

Required - TEAS

The TEAS exam must be completed prior to applying in our program, as it will factor into the multi-criteria points.  An unofficial copy must accompany your application and your score must be reflected on the multi-criteria form. An official copy of the test results must be sent electronically to the nursing office website. Only the latest edition of the TEAS exam will be accepted by Sierra College; TEAS V and earlier will not.

This link may be helpful for locating testing sites/dates and resource materials: atitesting.com

Advisory: Co-requisites must be completed prior to beginning the final semester of the program in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. It is highly encouraged that you complete your co-requisites BEFORE entrance into the nursing program. This is due to possible impaction of classes, as well as the overall difficulty of the nursing program.

If completed, Co-Requisites may be listed; however, course descriptions are not required. Courses must be completed with a grade “C” or better.

Co-Requisite Courses Course Name Units
Communication 1 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Sociology 1 or
Anthropology 2
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Anthropology
3
3

Application and Selection

The Sierra College Associate Degree Nursing Program enrolls 40 students every Fall semester.

Applications are ACCEPTED ONCE A YEAR, during the Spring semester.

The Acceptance Period is: FEBRUARY 1 until 4:00 p.m. APRIL 15 (or the last business day prior).

Applications may be mailed or delivered to:

Sierra College Nursing Department
Bldg RN-1
5100 Sierra College Blvd.
Rocklin, CA 95677

Do not drop off applications outside of normal business hours, please.

Normal business hours are:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Only one submission will be accepted per applicant; multiple applications will result in disqualification.

Only complete application packets are evaluated for potential admission. A complete application packet consists of the following:

Complete Application Checklist

1 Official College Transcripts for all prerequisite courses, INCLUDING SIERRA COLLEGE.
  Official Transcripts for all courses referenced in the Program Application (reading competency, etc.).
  • Official High School transcript ONLY if using high school math to meet math prerequisite.
2 Official course descriptions for all prerequisite or qualifying courses referenced in the application that are not listed on the Equivalency grid and were completed at colleges OTHER THAN SIERRA COLLEGE. (See Advisory below for explanation of official course description.)
3 The multi-criteria entrance form, completed and printed.
4 TEAS Results - electronic copy sent to the Nursing office and a printed copy included with the application. A minimum cumulative score of 62% is required.
5 Active, legible email address. This is the means by which SELECTED applicants will be notified. Only Selected applicants will be contacted.
6 Signature and printed name.

Course descriptions are not required for courses found on the Equivalency Grid below. If not listed on the Equivalency Grid, official course descriptions must be provided for all courses referenced in the application - prerequisite courses and any course documented on the application to meet the qualifying requirements (reading competency, etc.).

Co-requisites, if completed, may be listed; however, course descriptions are not required.

Equivalency grid (Updated as of 2/17/16.)

Advisory - Official Course Descriptions must be from the College Catalog. The course descriptions must state the name of the college, the year, and the semester in which the course was completed as documented on the Official Transcript. Course descriptions submitted without the above “official” information are not accepted. College schedules, counseling notes, and/or course information typed on a sheet of paper by the applicant are not accepted.

Official course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online on the college's catalog web page.

Selection

Once the application acceptance period has ended, all applications will be evaluated, with multi-criteria scores confirmed. All qualified applications will be randomized and a cohort will be chosen. A full cohort consists of 40 enrollees and 10 alternates. Alternates who are not admitted in the class for which they were chosen as an alternate, automatically receive placement in the next class.

Once 40 qualified applicants and 10 alternates have been selected, the evaluation process ends; therefore, not all applications will be chosen.

Qualification is based on the following criteria:

  • A score of 70 points or higher on the multi-criteria enrollment form.
  • Submission of a complete application.
  • Completion of all program prerequisites.

SUCCESSFFULLY SELECTED applicants ONLY will be contacted via the email address provided on the application within 4 weeks of the close of the acceptance period (April 15). Please be sure the email address is legible.

Admission into the nursing program is contingent upon a clear background check, drug screening, health screening, and CPR certification (American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers).

NON-SELECTED applicants will not be contacted. No telephone verification is provided by the Nursing Department or the Counseling Center. If not selected, all submitted materials will be destroyed.

Sierra College does not retain the applications of non-selected applicants. A new, complete application must be submitted each application cycle.

Sierra College does not maintain a waitlist for nursing.

APPLICATION

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the CPR course before applying to the program?

Applicants do not have to provide a copy of their CPR card to apply; however, selected students must complete the American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers prior to enrolling in the class.

I have one pre-requisite course left to take. Can I still apply to the program?
No. All prerequisite courses must be completed and posted to the appropriate transcript prior to applying for the program.

Do I have to have my Communication Studies and Sociology/Anthropology courses completed before I apply?
No; however, Co-requisites must be completed before completion of the final semester of the program in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. It is highly encouraged that you complete your co-requisites BEFORE entrance into the nursing program. This is due to possible impaction of classes, as well as the overall difficulty of the nursing program.

I took my pre-requisites at another college. You are asking for course descriptions for those courses. How do I obtain the course descriptions?
Official college course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online through the institution’s website.

I am confused about Math D being required. Can you explain this?
We recommend you see an academic counselor for all graduation requirements.

I see that the science courses and Nutrition cannot be more than seven years old when I begin the program. One of my courses is older than seven years. Do I need to retake the course?
We recommend that you see an academic counselor regarding course repetition and/or course challenge process.

I took my Anatomy and Physiology at a school where the courses were combined for two semesters. At Sierra they are offered separately. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. We accept equivalent course work. Two semesters of combined Anatomy and Physiology is equivalent to two semesters of separate course work.

Some of my pre-requisites are upper division from a four-year university. Is this okay?
We will accept upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites. Students using upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites will not receive units for the upper division courses and they may need to complete coursework to satisfy graduation requirements. We recommend that these students see an Academic Counselor for guidance.

Is it okay if I turn my application in late? I have a really good reason.
No. All applications must be received by the due date/time. Postmarks are not acceptable.

I was not accepted into the nursing program. Will my application materials be returned to me?
If not selected, all submitted materials will be destroyed; transcripts of selected students only will become property of the District and posted.

My employer wants to write a letter of recommendation for me to get into the nursing program. Should I enclose that with my application?
Letters of recommendation are not considered. We request that you not enclose any in your application packet.

I attended several colleges. Do you need all the transcripts or just those where I took pre-requisites? How do I get them to you?
You must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended in the completion of your pre-requisite courses and all colleges referenced in your application. All official transcripts must be submitted in the application packet. Official transcripts sent directly to the nursing department are not accepted.

When should I expect to hear the results of the selection process and how will I be notified?
Only selected students are notified via e-mail using the e-mail address clearly documented on their application. It takes approximately 4 weeks after the close of application acceptance to complete the selection and notification process.

If I have committed a previous legal infraction, or have ended employment in a negative fashion with any clinical site used by Sierra College, can I still be in the program?
All clinical sites have final right of approval regarding who may participate in clinical rotations in their facility.

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