Nursing

http://www.miracosta.edu/NURS

The Registered Nursing (ADN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) Programs prepare students to care for patients in hospitals and other healthcare agencies through course work in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the nursing discipline. These programs emphasize nursing theory and clinical practice for direct patient care.

Licensure

Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Upon successful performance on the examination, they are licensed as registered nurses (RNs).

Students completing the Certificate of Achievement in Licensed Vocational Nursing Program may take additional courses in general education to receive their Associate in Arts in Licensed Vocational Nursing (see Associate Degrees). Upon completion of the LVN associate degree program, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational Nurses; if successful, they are licensed as vocational nurses (LVNs).

Point System

A point system using multi-criteria developed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is used to accept students into the RN program, both generic and LVN-RN. A list of this criteria is located on the nursing website (www.miracosta.edu/instruction/nursing/). Beginning fall 2011, 90 percent of student admission will be based on the point system, and 10 percent of admitted students will come from the established wait list.

TEAS Test

Students accepted into the RN program must take the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) and receive a composite score of 62 percent in order to begin the program. Students who do not receive at least a 62 percent will be counseled and have a remediation plan designed. They will have one year to complete the remediation plan before retesting for admittance. This program has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, PO Box 499210, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100.

Contact Information

Chair: Julie Vignato

Dean: Sandy Comstock

www.miracosta.edu/NURS

Department: Nursing and Allied Health

Office: Building OCT420, 760.757.2121 x 6466

Full-Time Faculty

Rita Barden
Karin Cohick
Yvette Duncan
Margaret Essman
Roland Estrella
Joan L. Moore
Susan Roberts
Susan Simpson
Julie Vignato

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

The degree programs include the completion of a general education (GE) pattern of courses. The knowledge, skills, and abilities gained as a result of completing general education, referred to as GE outcomes, can be viewed here.

Licensed Vocational Nursing Associate in Arts Degree and Certificate of Achievement

PSLO: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to promote and maintain a safe environment by integrating nursing process and skill competency to intervene therapeutically for the health of the patient.

Registered Nursing Associate in Science Degree

PSLO: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to manage and promote effective care while maintaining a safe environment by integrating nursing process, clinical reasoning, and skill competency to intervene therapeutically for the health of the patient.

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degree

Licensed Vocational Nursing

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Associate in Science Degree

Registered Nursing

Track I - Generic ADN
Track II - LVN-to-RN (ADN)

The Registered Nursing program offers two tracks for students: Track I and Track II. Track II is for California Licensed Vocation Nurses only. Students must possess a valid Licensed Vocational Nursing license to complete Track II.

Applications for admission are available in the Nursing and Allied Health Occupations Administrative Office (Building T420) on the Oceanside campus. Requirements include an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 for Human Anatomy (BIO 210), Human Physiology (BIO 220), and Microbiology (BIO 230) with no grade less than "C" for each course and no more than one repetition of any of these courses. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all college course work taken. These selection criteria have been justified in an advisory memo from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office dated July 1, 2005 regarding the Statewide Alignment of Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) prerequisites.

Students accepted into the program must take the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) Version V and receive a composite score of 62 percent in order to begin the program. Students who do not receive at least a 62 percent will be counseled and have a remediation plan designed. They will have one year to complete the remediation plan before retesting for admittance. This program has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, PO Box 499210, Sacramento, CA 94244-2100.

Students must have completed the following courses before applying to the ADN program:

Prerequisite courses:

BIO 100General Biology (Lecture and Lab) *3-4
or BIO 101 General Biology
BIO 210Human Anatomy *4
BIO 220Human Physiology *4
BIO 230Fundamentals of Microbiology5
ENGL 100Composition and Reading *4
MATH 64Intermediate Algebra ****0-4
Total Units20-25

Track I: Generic ADN

Required courses: 
Prerequisite Units:20-25
NURS 180Fundamentals of Nursing4
NURS 181Medical Surgical Nursing I4
NURS 182Maternal-Child Nursing5
NURS 183Medical Surgical Nursing II4
NURS 281Medical Surgical Nursing III6.5
NURS 282Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing3.5
NURS 283Medical Surgical Nursing IV *6
NURS 284Contemporary Nursing Practice and Leadership1.5
NURS 284LPreceptorship Lab2
PHAR 150Pathopharmacology I2
PHAR 151Pathopharmacology II2
COMM 101Public Speaking *3
or COMM 106 Group Communication
or COMM 207 Interpersonal Communication
Select at least three units from the following: *3
Psychology of Personal Growth
General Psychology
Social Psychology
Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
Introduction to Aging
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
Contemporary Social Problems
Comparative Cultures
Additional associate degree requirements:
GE Area C (Plan A) ***3
Total Units69.5-74.5

Note: Students completing Track I Generic ADN will not be required to satisfy the American Institutions requirement (GE Area G) due to the Board of Registered Nursing's licensing requirements.

Track II: LVN-to-RN (ADN)

California Licensed Vocational Nurses are eligible to apply for a one-year LVN-RN transition program, also known as the Registered Nursing (LVN-to-RN) program in pursuit of the Associate Degree in Nursing. First-year nursing course work credit is granted with evidence of a California LVN license in good standing. Students complete a transition course offered during summer and two subsequent semesters for eligibility to apply to take the National Council License Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX).

Required courses: 
Prerequisite units:20-25
NURS 280Transition from LVN to RN2
NURS 281Medical Surgical Nursing III6.5
NURS 282Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing3.5
NURS 283Medical Surgical Nursing IV *6
NURS 284Contemporary Nursing Practice and Leadership1.5
NURS 284LPreceptorship Lab2
PHAR 201Pharmacology Review & Update2
COMM 101Public Speaking *3
or COMM 106 Group Communication
or COMM 207 Interpersonal Communication
Select at least three units from the following: *3
Psychology of Personal Growth
General Psychology
Social Psychology
Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
Introduction to Aging
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
Contemporary Social Problems
Comparative Cultures
Additional associate degree requirements:
GE Area C (Plan A) ***3
GE Area G (Plan A) ***0-4
Total Units52.5-61.5

Note:  The lower unit total of 52.5 units for Track II is applicable for students who test out of MATH 64 by receiving a passing score on the MiraCosta College Mathematics Competency Examination. At least 60 units are required for an A.S. degree.

*

These courses may also satisfy a General Education (GE) requirement and apply to GE Areas A, B, D and E. Cultural Diversity, which is a required GE category (Area F), is embedded throughout the Nursing program curriculum. Each course has a component that promotes sensitivity to cultural diversity and fosters an understanding of the student's role in the global community. Students completing this degree will substantially meet this requirement.

**

Students who have demonstrated Mathematics competency through a qualifying score on the MiraCosta College Mathematics Competency Examination are not required to complete MATH 64. Students with a bachelor degree from a United States regionally accredited college or university will also meet this competency/prerequisite associate degree requirement.

***

Students with a bachelor's degree from a United States regionally accredited college in a non-nursing field are required to complete only the course work necessary for the Registered Nursing program, including prerequisites and nursing course work. These students are not required to complete any other courses required by the college for an associate degree.

****

MATH 64 applies to all of the footnotes listed above.

Note: Any LVN licensed in the state of California is eligible to apply for the Non-Degree 30-Unit Option LVN-RN program, for which MiraCosta College acts as a facilitator. This program is prescribed by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and provides an RN license for California only. Other states do not recognize this option. A maximum of 30 units of nursing and support courses is required to fulfill the unit requirement for licensure by the BRN. A score of 62 percent must be achieved on the TEAS Version V before acceptance into the program. Students must also have a 2.0 GPA. This program is offered as space allows. Please contact the Nursing and Allied Health Department for course requirements. Students must possess a valid California LVN license and complete the Registered Nursing prerequisite courses before applying to the program.

Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

Licensed Vocational Nursing

The MiraCosta College Licensed Vocational Nursing program is a six-quarter program leading to a certificate as a vocational nurse. Those who qualify for enrollment receive intensive training and in-class work as well as clinical practice in direct patient care. The clinical practice is constantly supervised by licensed or registered nurse specialists who guide and teach students. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Licensure Examination for Vocational Nurses to achieve licensure. The licensed vocational nurse may seek employment in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, physicians' offices, or various government agencies, as well as serve as a private-duty nurse in hospitals or homes.

NURS 151, NURS 160, and PHAR 100 are prerequisites and must be completed prior to applying for enrollment in the LVN program. Once prerequisites are completed, students may submit an application packet for admission into the program. For admission requirements, go to www.miracosta.edu/Instruction/Nursing/lvnprogram.htm.

Required courses: 
NURS 151Body Systems Survey for Health Professions3-4
or BIO 100 General Biology (Lecture and Lab)
or BIO 101 General Biology
NURS 160Certified Nursing Assistant6.5
NURS 170Licensed Vocational Nursing I7.5
NURS 171Licensed Vocational Nursing II7.5
NURS 172Licensed Vocational Nursing III7.5
NURS 173Licensed Vocational Nursing IV7.5
NURS 274Licensed Vocational Nursing V7.5
NURS 275Licensed Vocational Nursing VI7.5
PHAR 100Basic Pharmacology--Dosages and Calculations3
Total Units57.5-58.5

Note: Clinical instruction is conducted in area hospitals.

Certificate of Proficiency

Certified Nursing Assistant

The Certified Nursing Assistant certificate introduces students to the basic information and nursing skills needed to pass the state exam required for Nurse Aide Certification, which enables students to work in acute care, long-term care facilities, and home nursing.

Required courses: 
NURS 160Certified Nursing Assistant6.5
Total Units6.5

Certificate of Proficiency

Home Health Aide

The Home Health Aide (HHA) certificate prepares students who are licensed as nursing assistants to care for elderly, recovering, or disabled persons in their own homes or in licensed residential care facilities. Topics covered include basic nursing services, food preparation, and household services. Federal guidelines do not require a competency exam prior to certification as an HHA. Certification is based upon verification of successful completion of an approved HHA training program.

Required courses: 
NURS 160Certified Nursing Assistant6.5
NURS 163Home Health Aide2
Total Units8.5

Courses

NURS 151: Body Systems Survey for Health Professions

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (1230.20)

This basic anatomy and physiology course is intended for students who are preparing for a career in health professions. The content is presented from simple to complex, beginning with cellular functioning and progressing through the various organ systems. Students learn how an organ is anatomically designed to perform a specific physiological task and how each organ system plays a role in maintaining homeostasis.

NURS 155: Basic Medical Terminology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (1230.20)

A study of the origin, correct spelling, pronunciation, meaning, and correct usage of common medical terms and their application to clinical records and reports. Emphasis is on the roots, prefixes, suffixes, medical abbreviations, symbols, and terms commonly used in medical records.

NURS 160: Certified Nursing Assistant

Units: 6.5
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 100; American Heart Association HealthCare Provider CPR Card (Valid SSN, MCC Physical and TB clearance must be submitted on the first day of class).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4 hours, laboratory 7.50 hours. (1230.30)

This course covers basic nursing skills, including fundamentals of nursing, nutrition, gerontology, and home nursing. It is a prerequisite for MiraCosta's Licensed Vocational Nursing program and has been approved by the State of California Public Health Department for the Certified Nursing Assistant certification. Upon successful completion of the course, students may seek employment in long-term and skilled nursing facilities, acute care, and in-home care.

NURS 163: Home Health Aide

Units: 2
Prerequisites: Current California Certified Nursing Assistant certificate; and current physical and TB test (done within a year) on MiraCosta physical form; and current American Heart Association Basic Healthcare Provider CPR card.
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1230.80)

This 48-hour course is designed for the certified nursing assistant to meet the state requirement of 40 hours to obtain a Home Health Aide Certificate. Topics include the role of the home health aide, federal and state requirements for the home health aide, interpretation of medical and social needs of people being served, personal care services, nutrition and cleaning, and care tasks in the home.

NURS 166: American Medical Corps Transition to Vocational Nurse

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces American Military Medical Corps members to therapeutic communication, medical/surgical nursing, basic nursing skills, basic pharmacology, and the nursing process. Topics include adult growth and development, gerontology, obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology, and hematology. The course integrates related anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and psychosocial considerations of patients with their respective units.

NURS 170: Licensed Vocational Nursing I

Units: 7.5
Prerequisites: NURS 160 or a current California CNA license; and PHAR 100; and NURS 151 or BIO 210 or BIO 220; and admission to the LVN program.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4.50 hours, laboratory 9 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces the beginning vocational nursing student to therapeutic communication, the nursing profession, basic nursing skills, basic pharmacology, and the nursing process.

NURS 171: Licensed Vocational Nursing II

Units: 7.5
Prerequisites: NURS 170.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4.50 hours, laboratory 9 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces the vocational nursing student to nutrition, medication administration, gerontology, adult growth and development, the diabetic patient, and the integumentary system. Each unit integrates related anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychosocial, and nutrition considerations of the patients.

NURS 172: Licensed Vocational Nursing III

Units: 7.5
Prerequisites: NURS 171.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4.50 hours, laboratory 9 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces the vocational nursing student to perioperative and medical-surgical nursing, the genitourinary and gastrointestinal systems, and communicable diseases. Each unit integrates related anatomy, pathophysiology, psychosocial, pharmacology, and nutrition considerations.

NURS 173: Licensed Vocational Nursing IV

Units: 7.5
Prerequisites: NURS 172.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4.50 hours, laboratory 9 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces vocational nursing students to the nursing care of the neurological, endocrine, oncology, orthopedic, and rehabilitation patient as well as the patient with a hematological and lymphatic disease. Each unit integrates related anatomy, pathophysiology, psychosocial, pharmacology, and nutrition considerations.

NURS 180: Fundamentals of Nursing

Units: 4
Prerequisites: BIO 210; BIO 220; BIO 230; ENGL 100; and admission to the RN program (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (1230.10)

This entry-level nursing course introduces students to the core concepts, principles, and clinical skills common to all areas and levels of the nursing practice. It integrates nursing knowledge and skill, care attributes, and ethical conduct to present the nursing process as foundational to the nursing practice. Course content emphasizes the delivery of nursing care based on a hierarchy of universal human needs and the relationship between need fulfillment and patient integrity. This course provides the platform upon which all subsequent nursing courses build. Its integration of clinical experiences may include acute, long-term, and perioperative/ambulatory care settings as well as college nursing laboratory simulations. Non-clinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 181: Medical Surgical Nursing I

Units: 4
Prerequisites: NURS 180 (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (1230.10)

This course introduces the basic concepts required to care for adult patients with stable and/or less complex medical-surgical health problems, and it emphasizes problems experienced by older adults. The course stresses management of unmet needs and the nursing process as organizing frameworks for providing nursing care. Clinical simulations and experiences provide students opportunities to integrate and apply theoretical concepts and clinical skills in acute, long-term, perioperative/ambulatory, and/or college nursing lab settings. Non-clinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 182: Maternal-Child Nursing

Units: 5
Prerequisites: NURS 181 (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (1230.10)

This course relates the nursing process to the needs of maternity and pediatric patients and their families. Students adapt previously learned skills and knowledge to the observation and direct care of normal- and high-risk populations. They apply theory, simulations, and clinical experiences to the clinical practice, decision making, and prioritization of care that are unique to these specialties. The integration of students' clinical experiences may include acute, chronic, long-term, and clinic/ambulatory care settings as well as college nursing skills laboratory simulations. Non-clinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 183: Medical Surgical Nursing II

Units: 4
Prerequisites: NURS 181 (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 6 hours. (1230.10)

This course continues the study of caring for adult patients with unmet medical needs. It emphasizes perioperative health care needs across the adult life span and respective nursing interventions. Students build on skills gained from the previous semester in the application of the nursing process. Clinical simulations and experiences provide students with opportunities to apply theoretical concepts, improve clinical judgment, and broaden clinical skills in acute, long-term, perioperative/ambulatory, and/or college nursing lab care settings. Non-clinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 274: Licensed Vocational Nursing V

Units: 7.5
Prerequisites: NURS 173.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4.50 hours, laboratory 9 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces the advanced vocational nursing student to the nursing care of patients with circulatory and respiratory diseases and disorders as well as home health/hospice and leadership. Each unit integrates related anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychosocial, and nutrition considerations. The course also covers leadership, supervision skills, and interpersonal relationships.

NURS 275: Licensed Vocational Nursing VI

Units: 7.5
Prerequisites: NURS 274.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 4.50 hours, laboratory 9 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces the advanced vocational nursing student to the nursing care of obstetric, gynecologic, pediatric, and mentally ill patients as well as growth and development of the child and adolescent. Each unit integrates related anatomy, pathophysiology, psycho-social, pharmacology, and nutrition considerations. The course includes professional adjustment to prepare the nursing student for employment.

NURS 280: Transition from LVN to RN

Units: 2
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LVN to RN program.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1230.00)

This course facilitates the transition of the LVN student into the RN curriculum. It introduces the philosophy and conceptual framework of the program and the roles of the registered nurse. The course content focuses on competencies expected of the graduate ADN (Associate Degree Nurse), critical thinking skills, role development, clinical skills, and the nursing process.

NURS 281: Medical Surgical Nursing III

Units: 6.5
Prerequisites: NURS 280 (LVN to RN) or NURS 183 (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 10.50 hours. (1230.00)

This course continues the study of caring for adult patients with unmet medical needs. It examines the effect of complex and chronic health problems on the physiologic and psychosocial integrity of the adult and elderly patient. Students build on skills gained from the previous semester in the application of the nursing process as well as the perioperative health care needs across the adult life span and respective nursing interventions. Clinical simulations and experiences provide students with opportunities to apply theoretical concepts, improve clinical judgment, and broaden clinical skills in acute, long-term, perioperative/ambulatory, and/or college nursing lab settings. Non-clinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 282: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Units: 3.5
Prerequisites: NURS 280 (LVN to RN) or NURS 183 (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours. (1230.00)

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of nursing as related to mental health and illness. It examines how mental healthcare problems impact client integrity in various healthcare settings, and it emphasizes how therapeutic communication establishes and maintains effective nurse-client relationships. Non-clinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 283: Medical Surgical Nursing IV

Units: 6
Prerequisites: NURS 281 and NURS 282.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 9 hours. (1230.00)

This course focuses on the theory and practice of nursing necessary to assist the acute and critically ill across the lifespan in achieving client integrity. It emphasizes refining use of the nursing process to provide nursing care for individuals with complex and acute health problems. The clinical experience affords students the opportunity to apply advanced theoretical knowledge, critical thinking, and psychomotor skills in a practical situation. Non-clinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 284: Contemporary Nursing Practice and Leadership

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: NURS 281 and NURS 282
Corequisite: NURS 284L
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours. (1230.00)

This course facilitates the student's transition to entry-level registered nursing practice. It presents management and leadership concepts that are applicable to a variety of health care settings. Topics include transitioning from student to registered nurse, decision-making, organization, values clarification, resource allocation, and health care trends. Integrated clinical experiences and simulations may occur in acute, long-term, perioperative/ambulatory, and/or college nursing laboratory care settings. Nonclinical activities in this course may be presented in an online format.

NURS 284L: Preceptorship Lab

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 6 hours. (1230.10)

This clinical preceptorship for NURS 284 facilitates the successful transition from student-nurse to entry-level graduate RN. It enables the student to apply the nursing process to multiple patient assignments using prioritization, delegation, and supervision as well as essential nursing skills. Each student works with his/her preceptor for 96 hours utilizing a variable time schedule.

NURS 288: Nurse Externship

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: RS 183 (Generic RN) or Nursing 280 (LVN-RN Bridge).
Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Nursing Program.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 12 hours. (1230.00)

This course provides registered nursing (RN) students an opportunity to obtain clinical experience in the application of all previously learned knowledge and skills. Students work collaboratively with a faculty mentor, RN supervisor, and members the health care team to meet job-oriented learning objectives. Under an RN's supervision, students are provided opportunities to increase their nursing judgment and enhance their nursing skills as preparation for their role as professional graduate nurses. Students may receive G.I. bill benefits for this course.

NURS 290: Critical Care

Units: 1.5
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours. (1230.00)

This course introduces students to critical care concepts and care of patients experiencing cardiopulmonary disorders. It discusses the relationship of pathophysiology to clinical manifestations that patients experience and the interventions the registered nurse needs to implement to improve patient outcomes. Topics include rhythm and 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis and treatment, cardiovascular medications used to maintain hemodynamic stability and perfusion, maintenance of artificial airways, and mechanical ventilation.

NURS 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

NURS 296: Topics in Nursing

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1230.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Nursing that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

NURS 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.