ADN Student Handbook

Associate Degree Nursing Program

NURSING is a blend of science, technology, and compassion that allows the practitioner to provide health care in a variety of settings. California is expected to undergo a nursing shortage which is predicted to last well into the 21st century. As a result, job opportunities are available and salaries are very competitive. Upon licensure, Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) graduates can expect to earn $70,000 a year or more.

The ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM (ADN) leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse, following successful completion of the national NCLEX examination. RN's work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They are health advocates and educators for patients, families and communities.

In hospitals, RN's observe, assess and evaluate patient progress and determine nursing care needs. They may provide basic bedside care, give medications and perform needed procedures. RN's often supervise LVN's, Nurses Aides and other members of the health care team. Hospitals RN's may be assigned to specialty areas such as the emergency room, surgery, pediatrics, maternity, or intensive care. RN's can also work in a variety of health care settings, including offices, clinics, corporations, schools, home health and serve in the military.

YUBA COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAMS offer clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, offices and clinics. Lectures are broadcast via interactive TV from Yuba College in Marysville to Woodland Community College campus. Some classes are available online and many are web enhanced. Skills labs in Marysville and Woodland are also staffed with part-time RN instructional assistants to provide additional support to students. Media, including videotapes, computer-assisted instructional programs, resource books and professional journals are available at all campuses. 


An integral part of nursing is the use of technology. Technology is integrated throughout the nursing program curriculum, therefore, computer literacy is an essential competency of the nursing student. Access to technology is essential for the nursing student in coursework and preparation. Yuba College Nursing has a computer lab available for student use. All courses in the ADN program also have some degree of online instruction.

Drug/Background Screening:

​All students enrolled in nursing and allied health programs are subject to the district drug policy and procedure for background screening. Additional information can also be found in the ADN Nursing Student Handbook. Violation of this policy can result in denial of admission or permanent dismissal from the program.

​Course Repeats:

Yuba College Nursing students are only allowed one repeat, or readmission into, any core nursing course throughout the progression of the program. ​If a student withdraws or fails to complete a course with an acceptable passing grade (75% or above) a second time, the student will be permanently suspended from the program. Students will not be allowed to repeat more than one course, and cannot enroll in any same course a third time (75% or higher is required for N26 & N36 at Yuba). This policy applies to Nursing 26 Pharmacology, Nursing 36 Pathophysiology, all nursing core coursework (semesters I through IV) which lead to the Associate Degree in Nursing. 

Recommended Courses:

​The following courses are not required, but may facilitate learning if taken prior to formal admission into the nursing program.

NURS 20 - Introduction to Nursing............... 1 unit

NURS 51 - Medical Terminology.................. 3 units

ECE 3 - Child Growth and Development............... 3 units

BCA 15 - Business Computer Applications................. 3 units or

COMSC 10L - Computer Literacy .........................3 units 

MCOMM 40 - Introduction to Online Learning................1 unit



Unless otherwise noted, prerequisite, co-requisite, and support courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher (2.5 or higher is required for core biologies, English & Pharm/Patho). Additionally, the following prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to applying to the ADN program.

Prerequisite Coursework



BIOL 4, Human Anatomy


BIOL 5, Human Physiology


BIOL 6, Introductory Microbiology



Above courses require cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher


ENGL 1A, Reading and Composition



Above course requires a GPA of 2.50 or higher


NURS 36, Pathophysiology: Understanding Disease


NURS 26, Pharmacology


Above courses require cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher


CHEM 2A, Introductory Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry)


CHEM 2B, Introductory Chemistry (Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry)



MATH 52, Intermediate Algebra



General Education and Support Courses

It is highly recommended that students plan ahead and take the following courses prior to beginning the Yuba College Nursing program. As noted below, Nutrition and Psychology are requirements that must be completed before students can proceed in the nursing program in second and third semesters. Students must meet with an academic counselor to ensure that all graduation requirements are met.



FCS 10, Nutrition (prerequisite for 2nd semester)


PSYCH 1A, General Psychology (prerequisite for 3rd semester)




SPECH 1, Public Speaking or SPECH 6, Group Discussion


Area C. Humanities Elective (see College Catalog)


Sequence of Nursing Core Courses

1st Semester

9 Units

2nd Semester

10.5 Units

3rd Semester

8.5 Units

4th Semester

10.5 units

  • NURS 1 - Fund of Med/Surg Nursing (9 units)


  • NURS 2  - Med/Surg Nursing II (7 units)

  • NURS 22 - OB Nursing (3.5 units)

  • NURS 3 - Med/Surg Nursing III (5 units)

  • NURS 21 - Peds Nursing (3.5 units)

  • NURS 4A - Med/Surg Nursing IV (3.5 units)

  • NURS 4B​ - Leadership & Preceptorship (3 units)

  • NURS 33 - Psych/Mental Health Nursing (4 Units)

Nursing Core Courses*:

All courses are a full semester in length unless otherwise noted.

NURS 1 - Fundamentals of Medical/Surgical Nursing (9 units) - Includes 4 units of theory (classroom instruction) and 5 units of lab (nursing lab practice). Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

NURS 2 - Medical/Surgical Nursing II (7 units) - Includes 3 units of theory and 4 units of clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 1.

NURS 22 - Obstetrical Nursing (3.5 units) - Includes 1.5 units of theory and 2 units of clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 1.

NURS 3 - Medical/Surgical Nursing III (5 units) - Includes 2 units of theory and 3 units of clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 2.

NURS 21 - Pediatric Nursing (3.5 units) - Includes 1.5 units of theory and 2 units of clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 2.

Nursing 4A - Medical/Surgical Nursing IV (3.5 units) - Runs 9 weeks. Includes 1.5 units of theory and 2 units of clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 3.

NURS 4B - Leadership & Preceptorship (3 units) - Runs 9 weeks. Includes 1.5 units of theory and 1.5 units of lab, as well as preceptoring in local hospitals. Prerequisite: NURS 4A

NURS 33 - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (4 units) - Includes 2 units of theory and 2 units of clinical. Prequisites: NURS 1.


*Per program policy, all nursing core courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' (75%) or better in order to progress through the curriculum. As a standard, Yuba College Nursing does not round off percentages.

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