SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
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Program & Course Information Resources
SLO - (805) 546-3119
NCC - (805) 591-6200 ext. 4426
Admissions and Records: (805) 546-3140 or Admissions and Records
Academic Counseling: (805) 546-3138 or Counseling
The CNA course is a 9 week course offered on our North County campus in Paso Robles, CA, during the first half of the spring and fall semesters. Successful completion of this course qualifies the student to apply to take the test for CNA certification. Upon passing the CNA certification test, the student is prepared for employment in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities or private duty nursing at the Nursing Assistant level.
CNA students complete more than 150 hours of lecture and clinical time in this course. NAST 148 is the lecture portion of the class, and covers techniques of communications, understanding behavior and identification of ethical issues in patient care. Basic patient care skills such as transferring, positioning, feeding, bathing, bed making and taking vital signs prepare students for clinical experiences in local extended care facilities.
NAST 148L is the skills portion of the class, where students apply principles of basic nursing care to patients and clients of all ages in skilled nursing and acute care facilities. This class gives the student an opportunity to determine if they enjoy working in healthcare. It can be the final step or the beginning of a career ladder in healthcare. The successful completion of this program entitles the student to take the CNA certification examination.
NAST 148 and NAST 148L are co-requisites and must be taken simultaneously
This course is offered at the Paso Robles Campus only
Clinical rotations may be scheduled in Paso Robles and/or San Luis Obispo (see class schedule)
The Registered Nursing Program at Cuesta College provides graduates with an Associate in Science Degree in Registered Nursing (ADN). The curriculum is based on caring. A variety of clinical settings and diverse faculty give students a well-rounded education. Students in the program participate in community based internships and preceptorships. Students are given the tools to become successful members of a healthcare team and are encouraged to continue their education after graduation.
The Cuesta College Registered Nursing program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Passing this exam is required to be employed as a Registered Nurse and must be taken at applicants’ expense, upon completion of all program requirements.
To View Cuesta College's NCLEX-RN Licensure Pass Rates click here
RN PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
The Cuesta College ADN Program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Cuesta College is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. All courses and curricula have been approved by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Click on the links below for answers to our most frequently asked questions:
RN PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
The following courses must be completed before applying to the RN Program at Cuesta College:
Prerequisite Courses: Semester credits: Cuesta equivalent:
- Grades of C- or lower are not accepted
- A combined GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in the science courses
- Online and Distance Ed science labs are not accepted
- Repeats in science or English course requirements will subtract points in your criteria score.
- Repeats include grades of C-, D, F, I, U, W. Three or more repeats makes an applicant ineligible* to apply.
Applicants who have completed any of the above prerequisite courses at colleges other than Cuesta are STRONGLY ADVISED to have their courses evaluated for equivalency by a Cuesta College Counselor. To ensure you have met the above prerequisite requirements and are eligible to apply to the RN program, make no assumptions about course equivalencies.
You may begin the course equivalency process by contacting a counselor at 805-546-3138, and completing and submitting a Pre-RN Course Equivalency form, along with required documentation to the Counseling office (address is provided on the form). Contact the Counseling office with any questions.
PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR PRE-RN MAJORS
Pre-Nursing majors currently enrolled at Cuesta College may qualify for Priority Registration in Bio 204 (Microbiology) and Bio 206 (Human Physiology). Contact the Counseling Department at 805-546-3138 to learn more about this opportunity and to find out the deadline to meet with a Counselor. The pre-RN Priority Registration policy can be viewed here: Pre-RN Priority Registration Policy
RN PROGRAM ESTIMATED COSTS
To view a detailed list of estimated costs associated with the RN program, click here.
In addition to anticipating the actual cost of the RN program, incoming RN students must realistically plan their personal living and transportation expenses for this full-time, 2 year program. It is strongly recommended that students closely evaluate their financial circumstances and plan accordingly.
ELIGIBILITY FOR RN PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE
All persons who submit a complete RN application packet, and who meet the general Cuesta College admission requirements, RN program prerequisite requirements and final RN Program admission criteria, are eligible for admission into the RN Program. Note: being an eligible candidate does not guarantee admission
RN PROGRAM CLASS SELECTION AND MULTI-CRITERIA POINT ALLOCATION
Students are selected for admission based on a multi-criteria screening process established by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Program admission is offered to the highest scoring eligible applicants out of 100 possible points. If there is a tie among applicants, a computer random selection will break the tie and finalize the ranking of applicants. Applicants who are not admitted to the program will need to reapply during the next application period; there is no wait list for the RN program. A multi-criteria score is determined for each applicant based on:
· Applicants who have a combined prerequisite science GPA of less than 2.5, and those with a score of less than 62% on the TEAS V cannot be considered for program admission. If you are ineligible for these reasons, see a nursing counselor for information and future academic planning. A GPA calculator tool is available on the Counseling Department website at: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/counseling/tools.html
Applicants who are ineligible due to excessive repeats may still apply to the RN program, but will be required to submit a letter of appeal to the Appeals Committee after applying. Information and directions on the appeals process will be sent to the applicant along with their letter of ineligibility. Not all appeals are granted.
RN PROGRAM CURRICULUM AND OTHER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES:
In addition to the four prerequisite classes and the two year (four semester) RN curriculum listed above, the following courses must be completed in order to graduate with an Associate Degree and take the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Associate Degree required courses Board of Registered Nursing required courses
Beginning with the fall 2014 application, the above courses must be completed before the program begins in order for an applicant to remain eligible for admission.
OTHER IMPORTANT RN PROGRAM INFORMATION
BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREEN - Students admitted to the RN program are required to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen, at their own expense, before they are able to begin clinical and internship rotations in the facilities of our community partners.
Cuesta College Registered Nursing Program complies with state laws, regulations, and agency policies which require all students to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen.
If a student is denied access to our clinical agencies because of his/her background check and/or drug screen results he/she will become ineligible to continue participation in the RN program. Information on how to obtain the required background check and drug screen will be given to students prior to entering the program. Conviction of a felony or any offense substantially related to the qualification, functions and duties of a registered nurse may constitute grounds for denial of licensure.
A physical exam and all required immunizations must be completed, at the students' expense, prior to final acceptance into the RN program. A physical examination form, to be completed by a healthcare practitioner, will be provided to all accepted students. If at any time, a student's physical or emotional health is such that it is a potential threat to the well being of a patient or themselves the student will be denied admission or asked to withdrawal from the program. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds repetitively unaided.
A list of challengeable courses is available per college policy. Students wanting to transfer from another RN program must meet with the Program Director. Transfer students are admitted on a "space available" basis and cannot have been out of a nursing program for more than one year.
Advanced Placement LVN to RN program
LVNs who are currently licensed in the state of California and who have one year LVN work experience may be eligible to apply for our LVN to RN program, for 2nd semester admission into the RN program. Applicants must also meet general college admission requirements and have completed the same pre-requisite coursework required for the RN program. LVNs interested in applying for the Advanced Placement LVN to RN pathway must attend a mandatory Information Session meeting, offered in the fall and spring semesters in order to be eligible to obtain an application. Applications are accepted once a year, and seats in the RN program are limited to three students. A background check, drug screen, physical examination, proof of immunizations, and healthcare CPR certification are requirements for final acceptance into the program.
LVN to RN 30 Unit Option pathway
LVNs who have met general college admission requirements may be accepted into the 3rd semester of the RN program on a space-available basis. LVNs interested in applying for the 30-unit option pathway must meet with a nursing counselor and Director of Nursing to assure all criteria are met and to obtain an application. To be eligible, the applicant must provide a current California LVN license and transcripts showing completion of Biology 212 (Human Biology, or college equivalent), and Biology 204 (Microbiology, or college equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better. The program prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination in Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) without a degree, and the RN license has limited reciprocity and transferability to further educational opportunities. A statement will be signed that the candidate is aware of these limitations before being accepted into the program.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) - EMS 201
This 8.5 unit, 18 week course presents the techniques of emergency medical care presently considered within the responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician I. Students are taught the fundamental principles and skills required to provide emergency medical care for patients at the scene of an accident or the onset of sudden illness and during transport to a medical facility.
This course includes theory & laboratory practice of selected skills, with a minimum of 10 hours of clinical observation with an advanced life support unit and/or in a hospital emergency room, and 18 hours of lab time to be announced. Classes are offered on the San Luis Obispo and North County campuses, during the Fall and Spring semesters.
EMS 201 PREREQUISITES:
Student must be 18 years of age by the first class meeting.
IMPORTANT: Students must bring their CPR card for Healthcare Providers or Professional Rescuers to the first class meeting or you will not be eligible for this class and your seat will be given to an eligible student on the waiting list. ONLINE CPR CLASSES WITHOUT A HANDS-ON COMPONENT, AND ANY CPR TRAINING CERTIFICATE TYPES OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED AT LINK ABOVE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
A Background Check and Drug Screening ($97 fee) will be required prior to clinical access. Students who fail to pass either of these, or those who fail to complete them by the given deadline will be dropped from the course.
The EMT Refresher course is a 9 week online course, with a mandatory skills day at our San Luis Obispo campus. This course allows Emergency Medical Technicians to review and update the knowledge and skills required to qualify for the State of California Emergency Technician Level I certification. This course is currently offered in both the spring and fall semesters.
EMS 102 PREREQUISITES
EMT- Basic Certificate
Note: To be eligible to enroll in this course you must present your County EMT certification card (can be expired up to 2 years) OR your *current* National Registry (NRMET) card and your current Healthcare Provider CPR card to the Nursing and Allied Health office, located in Room 2315 on the San Luis Obispo Campus. For more information on these requirements visit the Frequently Asked Questions at the San Luis Obispo EMSA website at: http://www.sloemsa.org/EMT/emtquestions.html
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FIRST RESPONDER (EMS 103)
Emergency Medical Technicians who complete the Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational course will be certified to recognize, assess techniques, and take actions required to terminate hazardous materials and identify needs for patients at a hazardous materials incident. Focus is safety in hazardous materials response as an emergency responder. A certification fee is required prior to completion of the course. Students must pay a $5.00 fee to the cashier's office no later than the first class meeting for the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI Certificate). This is a three week course offered on Saturdays during fall and spring semester.
MAST 110 - MEDICAL ASSISTING BASICS
Introduces the medical assisting role and responsibilities, professionalism, and medical terminology. Concepts of anatomy, physiology, and computer basics are presented. 2.0 Units.
MAST 111 and MAST 111L - MEDICAL ASSISTING FAST TRACK
Prepares the student for an entry-level position as a medical assistant. The course includes verbal and written communication, basic and advanced clinical skills, medical office management techniques, and professional employment marketing skills. Includes preceptorship experience. 12.0 Units.
To view Pass Rates for Cuesta College's Medical Assistant Program 2008 - 2013, click here
For more information please contact Dawn Smith, Medical Assisting Full-time Faculty/Instructor.
MAST 109 and MAST 109L – PHLEBOTOMY
Designed for students with prior medical training such as medical
assistants, certified nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, LVN's,
or RN's. Prepares the student in essential blood specimen collecting
skills to fulfill state phlebotomy certificate requirements. Classes are
offered during the Fall and Spring semesters on both the San Luis Campus
and the North County Campus. 3.5 Units.
To view Pass Rates for Cuesta College's Phlebotomy Program 2009 - 2013, click here
For more information please contact Dawn Smith, our Medical Assistant Full-time Faculty/Instructor.
The Psychiatric Technician Training Program is located at the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero (DSH-Atascadero), in Atascadero, California. DSH- Atascadero, in affiliation with Cuesta College, offers a one year training program to become a licensed Psychiatric Technician. This program is currently ranked #1 by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. To read more about this achievement, click here. This program provides students with the necessary training to provide nursing and therapeutic services for the mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled, under the direction of a physician, psychiatrist, or registered nurse. Classes begin three times a year, with program start dates in January, May and September.
Psych Tech Program FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions Page)
To view Cuesta College's Psychiatric Technician Program Licensure Pass Rates, click here
To view CA BVNPT Rank of Schools - First Time Test Takers, click here
1. ENGL 156 and MATH 003 course or equivalent with a "C" or better
2. Pass the English and Math
Assessment tests at Cuesta College (need to place into English 201A
take the exam.
3. Completion of an AA degree or higher college degree
ELIGIBILITY FOR PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE
Students who submit a complete Psychiatric Technician Program application packet, and who meet the general Cuesta College admission requirements along with Psychiatric Technician Program prerequisites and additional admission criteria, are eligible for admission into the Program.
To apply for admission into the program, you must first apply to Cuesta College through www.cuesta.edu/apply. After applying to Cuesta College, you may submit a current program application to the DSH-Atascadero Psychiatric Technician program. Program applications are available on the main page of this website as soon as they are released.
After the application deadline, the names of all eligible applicants are entered into a computerized random draw, and placed on a wait list. Thirty students are selected from the wait list for program admission three times a year - in January, May and September. For additional information about the Psych Tech Program at DSH -Atascadero click on the following links:
For additional program information, please contact the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero/
Psychiatric Technician Training Program by phone at 805-468-3175. or by email to Jenny Grant at email@example.com
For information about a career as a Psychiatric Technician, click on the following links: