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Associate Degree in Nursing Program

New Updated Curriculum to begin in Fall 2018


The Associate Degree Nursing Program would like to announce an update in curriculum.  This change does not affect number of units or overall mission or philosophy.  It is updated course objectives and outcomes to better reflect QSEN standards and Massachusetts Nurse of the Future. And restructuring of 3 core classes to better reflect student needs.  See the following course listing changes. Two courses were combined to be more efficient and a new class was developed to adequately reflect the current practice of nursing.


Semester 1

NURS 160 Foundations and NURS 162 Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing I are combined to form NURS 162Medical Surgical I








Semester 2

N163--Beginning Medical-Surgical II


N165-Mental Health






Semester 3

NURS 164 Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families and NURS167 Pediatrics now are combined to form NURS 167 Maternal Newborn and Pediatric Nursing


N166 Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing III






Semester 4

N168--Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing IV




N169 Gerontology Nursing /Community Health Nursing

N171 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice New Course for Professional Nursing Practicum


End of Program Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Evaluate nursing care provided to patients, families, groups, populations, and communities from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings to ensure that it is compassionate, age and culturally appropriate and based on a patient's preferences, values and needs.
  2. Collaborate with members of the inter-professional health care team to manage and coordinate the provision of safe, quality care for patients, families, and groups.
  3. Demonstrate use of best current evidence and clinical expertise when making clinical decisions in the provision of patient-centered care.
  4. Utilize evidence-based quality improvement processes to effect change in the delivery of patient- centered care.
  5. Demonstrate effective use of strategies to mitigate errors and reduce the risk of harm to patients, self, and others in healthcare, home, and community settings.
  6. Utilize evidence-based information and patient care technology to communicate relevant patient information, manage care and mitigate error in the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care.
  7. Assimilate integrity and accountability into practices that uphold established regulatory, legal, and ethical principles while providing patient-centered,standard-based nursing care.
  8. Utilize leadership, management and priority-setting skills in the provision and management of safe, quality patient-centered care.
  9. Utilize verbal and nonverbal communication strategies with patients, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds that promote an effective exchange of information and the development of therapeutic relationships.


Mission Statement

The mission of the SBCC ADN Program is in accord with the Mission Statement and Core Principles of the Santa Barbara City College. It supports the tenets of the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, and the California State Board of Registered Nursing. The primary aim of the program is to prepare entry-level registered nurses as providers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members the profession. The program is responsive to the changing healthcare needs of the community, state and nation.

The curriculum provides a positive, innovative learning framework that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills so that graduate nurses are equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates will collaborate with other members of the healthcare team, be effective communicators, demonstrate leadership, social consciousness, and a commitment to life-long learning.


The faculty believes that teaching/learning is a continuous and interactive process with students and faculty sharing joint responsibility. Faculty members provide information, resources, and guidance to facilitate learning; however, students must assume primary responsibility for their own learning. The faculty acknowledges that students are adults with prior knowledge and experiences and they differ in learning styles and needs; therefore, a variety of instructional strategies and support services are used to promote student achievement and success.

The faculty believes that nursing is an art and applied science based on a unique body of knowledge derived from the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences. As an art, nursing embodies learned therapeutic and caring behaviors and the creative use of skills and expertise essential to promote, maintain, and restore the person to an optimal level of health. As a science, nursing integrates concepts from the humanities and natural and behavioral sciences to develop a body of knowledge that supports the delivery of evidence-based care. It is recognized that nursing is a complex multifaceted profession directed towards promoting each client’s optimal level of health. This involves utilization of the nursing process, application of critical thinking and the transfer of theory into clinical practice. Nursing encompasses the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession.

The SBCC ADN curriculum is based on the principles of Jean Watson’s theory, The Caring Science. Inherent in this curriculum model is a commitment to and a compassion for care of the whole person. Caring involves learning about and understanding human needs and human responses in varying states of health. It also involves understanding and valuing human individuality and diversity. By extending a human presence, nurses promote human dignity, reinforce self-esteem, enhance spirituality, nurture strengths, and facilitate healing. The Watson theory also recognizes that both the person cared for and the caregiver are affected by every interaction; therefore it is imperative that nurses take care of themselves in order to effectively care for others. Caring concepts are included in the program’s Conceptual Framework, Basic Standards for Safe Nursing Practice, and Educational Outcomes.

Finally, the faculty acknowledges that nursing education and practice exist on a continuum with increasing levels of responsibility:

At the ADN level of Registered Nursing, the graduate is prepared to work in a variety of heath care settings to assist individuals to meet their health needs. The focus is on providing care that is person-centered, respectful, reflective, and based on nursing knowledge. ADN graduates utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, sound clinical judgment and effective communication skills in all aspects of care. This care is individualized and comprehensive. ADN graduates utilize these same skills to manage a group of patients and to provide leadership to other health care team members.

At the BSN level, the focus of nursing practice is on the care of the community, family systems and individuals in the acute care and community settings. Emphasis is on a broader preparation in the basic sciences and on increased understanding of socio-cultural, political, economic influences on consumers and on the health care delivery system. Leadership, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills are strong components.

At the Masters level, the focus is on specialization. Collaboration with other disciplines, leadership, understanding and developments of nursing theory, research, publishing, preparation of nursing faculty, and the development of independent practitioners are emphasized


ADN Benchmarks

1. Ninety percent (90%) of graduating students responding to the Program Survey and Evaluation Form will report the SBCC ADN Program as satisfactory in all of the following areas: adequacy of curriculum to meet community needs; quality of instruction; learning environment; learning resources; and college support systems.

2. Seventy-five percent (75%) of students entering will successfully complete the program.

3. Eighty-five percent (85%) of graduates will pass NCLEX on the first attempt.

4. Seventy-Five percent (75%) of responding graduates will be employed within 6 months of taking the NCLEX-RN exam, as measured by the Graduate Questionnaire.

5. Eighty-five percent (85%) of graduates responding to the Graduate Questionnaire will evaluate themselves as average or above average as Providers of Care, Managers of Care and Members of the Profession.

6. Employers responding on the Employer Evaluation of ADN Graduates form will rate 90% of SBCC graduates as adequate or better, overall.

Student Achievement Outcome Data


Program Student Learning Outcomes

PSLO 1: The student will demonstrate through clinical observation the establishment of a therapeutic environment and appropriate communication with patients, family member and team members.

PSLO 2: The student will employ evidence based practice by utilizing information technology to implement a plan of care and document patient outcomes.

PSLO 3: The student will verbalize and demonstrate elements of critical thinking by prioritizing patient care to maintain SBCC ADN Basic Standards of Practice.

PSLO 4: The student will demonstrate integrity, accountability, and respect for diverse populations in both theory and clinical.

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