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Degrees & Certificates

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This program is designed to prepare students for beginning positions in Registered Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the state licensing examination for registered nurses. The course of study includes instruction in applied nursing sciences, related natural and social/behavioral sciences, and clinical nursing experience in hospitals and healthcare facilities located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The AS degree in Nursing will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Group A Pre-requisite requirements, the Group B General Education/ Graduation requirements, and the Group C Major course requirements.

Applications are accepted each year from December 1 – March 1 for the class admitted the following Fall semester. All applications with supporting data (all transcripts, etc.) must be received no later than March 1. Applications may be hand-delivered or mailed to the Merritt College Associate Degree Nursing Program. Nonresident foreign students must first be cleared for admission through the International Student Advisor’s Office. It is highly recommended that all students interested in the Nursing program see a counselor for guidance in preparation for the program and evaluation of pre-requisites prior to applying.

NO MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE APPLICATION DEADLINE DATES. LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE EVALUATED.

Students may apply for admission only once per year.

In order to apply for admission into the ADN Program, students must complete the admission pre- requisites (Group A courses). After completion of the Group A courses, students may apply to the ADN Program. Applications are evaluated to determine if the student is eligible to continue in the application process based upon the Chancellor’s Advisory Model Pre-requisites.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have passed the GED test or equivalent.
  2. All pre-requisite courses in Group A must be completed before applying for admission into the program.
  3. Foreign transcripts must be submitted to an international education service for evaluation and official sealed results submitted with the application. Forms may be obtained from the Counseling Office.
  4. Nonresident foreign students must see the International Student Advisor before applying.

 

Admission Criteria Effective as of Fall 2008:

The process by which students are admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) changed for students applying for admission into the Program in Fall 2008 and subsequent terms. The Program adopted the Chancellor’s Advisory Model Pre-requisites for Enrollment in Associate Degree Nursing Program admission criteria. Students must complete all Group A pre-requisites prior to applying to the ADN Program for admission. While it is highly recommended that students complete both Group A and Group B courses prior to entry into the ADN Program, admission into the ADN Program will be based upon the Chancellor’s Advisory Model Pre- requisites for Enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing Program (Group A courses).

 

Application and Admission Process:

The application and admission process consists of the following criteria:

  1. All English coursework: 2.0 GPA or above is required.
  2. Biology Core (anatomy, physiology, and microbiology): 2.5 GPA or above is required.
  3. A formula approved by the State Chancellor’s Office computes each student’s cut score. A cut score of 80% or higher is required to meet eligibility requirements. Biology core repetitions adversely affect the overall score. All repeats, regardless of the grade (including a withdrawal “W” grade), are counted as a repetition.
  4. Students who have met the minimum cut score (80%) must also pass a diagnostic assessment test, the TEAS Exam. Students who fail to achieve a passing score will be required to complete additional Pre-Nursing coursework prior to admission and enrollment in the Nursing program. Pre-Nursing coursework and clearance of diagnostic assessment deficiencies must be completed to become eligible for admission to the program.
  5. A lottery is conducted that includes all students who show academic readiness by having received a passing score on the TEAS Exam. This lottery is used for selecting the students who will be admitted to and enrolled in the Nursing Program.

 

Prior to Admission:

All students selected for admission to the program must meet the following additional requirements:

  1. A recent (within 6 months) physical examination certifying good physical health must be satisfactorily completed, at the student’s own expense. This includes proof of negative results of annual tuberculosis (TB) screening.
  2. CPR (Basic Life Support) certification must be current within one year at the time of application and must remain current throughout the length of the program.
  3. Criminal background check and drug screening.

Upon admission to the college, students should obtain an Initial Evaluation Request Form from the college’s Admissions and Records Office for courses completed at other colleges or universities.

 

Course Requirements: 

Group A – Pre-requisite Requirements: 

Dept/No. Title Units 
BIOL 20A Human Anatomy and Physiology (5)
and
BIOL 20B Human Anatomy and Physiology (5)
OR
BIOL 2 Human Anatomy (5)
BIOL 4 Human Physiology (5) 10
BIOL 3 Microbiology 5
ENGL 1A Composition and Reading    4
Total Required Pre-requisite 19
Units: 

 

Group B – General Education/Graduation Requirements:

Although Group B courses meet General Education (GE)/Graduation Requirements and can be completed prior to or after admission into the ADN Program, it is highly recommended that these courses be completed prior to admission into the program. Each Group B course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (letter grade only) except for Ethnic Studies and Computer Literacy. “C-” is not acceptable.

Dept/No. Title Units 
MATH 203 Intermediate Algebra 4
ENGL 1B Composition and Reading (4)
or
ENGL 5* Critical Thinking in Reading and Writing (3) 3-4
PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology 3
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3)
or
ANTHR 3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (3) 3
COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills 3
Plus: Computer Literacy requirement 1 1
And: Ethnic Studies requirement 3
Total Required GE/ Graduation Units: 20-21

*If Engl 5 is selected instead of Engl 1B, an additional Humanities area 3 course is required to satisfy GE requirements. The minimum GE-unit requirement for the Associate degree is 19 units; some of these requirements can be met by the Group A pre-requisite courses. Computer Literacy and Ethnic Studies are degree requirements that are not required by the BRN for licensure.

 

Group C – Degree Major Requirements:

The following courses are to be completed after admission into the ADN program. These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a 75% passing grade) in lecture and satisfactory clinical performance in each section of a course (“C-” is not acceptable):

Dept/No. Title Units 
NURS 1 Fundamentals in Nursing:Beginning Principles of Health Care
NURS 3A Perinatal Nursing 4
NURS 3B Pediatric Nursing 4
NURS 4A Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing 4
NURS 4B Psychiatric Nursing 4
NURS 5 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing: Disruption in Homeostasis 9
NURS 10 Leadership and Management 1
NURS 11 Ethics and Law 1
NURS 12 Calculation of Drug Dosages for Health Professionals 1
NURS 13 Pharmacology in Nursing 3
NURS 14 Nutrition and Diet Therapy in Nursing 2
Total Required Major Units: 42
Total Required Program Units:  81-82