A registered nurse works directly with patients, physicians, and healthcare professionals to provide care and monitor required treatments.
When you pursue an RN degree (Associate Degree in Nursing), you get hands-on, career-focused education that helps prepare you to treat patients in a variety of settings. Learn from experienced healthcare professionals at our Los Angeles or Ontario campuses as you hone your skills.
This program offers a convenient blend of online and in-person classes to accelerate your success.
Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
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Practice measuring and recording patients vital signs.
Provide safe and compassionate care during an individual’s most vulnerable time.
Administer medicine and treatments to patients.
With an RN degree, you will be eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam. Registered nurses can provide care for a wide range of patients in just about any healthcare setting, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and everything in between.
Here are some things you may do:
Often called the backbone of the healthcare industry, registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, playing an essential role in their treatment and recovery. Students in our associate degree in nursing program will be trained to do the following:
If you have a passion for helping others in their time of need, nursing might be right for you. Here are some of the top skills and attributes that make for a great registered nurse:
Service orientation – A great nurse is one with a passion for helping patients and for providing the best care possible.
Communication – Nurses must be able to communicate accurately with patients, doctors, and fellow nurses.
Critical thinking – Nurses use critical thinking skills to make decisions on the job and find solutions.
Time management – Time management helps nurses balance their different tasks and provide timely care when needed by their patients.
Customer and personal service – Nurses provide more than just physical care. They provide emotional support for their patients. Good customer and personal service skills can help them provide better patient-centered care.
Graduates of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program may pursue nursing positions such as Registered Nurses (RNs). Registered Nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Here are some additional examples:
Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other substances.
Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.
Critical care nurses work in intensive care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.
Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment of patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.
Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.
Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.
Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.
Registered nurses can work in a variety of settings, including:
The nursing program is divided into eight 10-week quarters and is in a blended format with each course sharing a percentage of instruction online and a percentage of instruction face-to-face. Graduates of this college program may pursue entry-level positions as Registered Nurses in a variety of health care settings. In addition to general education courses, core courses in American Career College's Associate Degree in Nursing program include:
Human Anatomy* - Provides an in-depth introduction to the physiology of the human body. Provides students an opportunity to study the functions and physiological mechanisms of several important organ systems from the molecular level to the body’s gross entirety. Organ systems are studied with respect to their interactions under normal and abnormal conditions. Major topics include cell function, tissues, organization of the human body, and physiology of all body systems.
General Microbiology* - Representative examples of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and multicellular parasites are studied, with special concentration given to microorganisms that are significant to human health. Aspects of classification, metabolism, genetics, control mechanisms, chemotherapy, and antibiotic/resistance are considered. Topics covered include principles of infectious disease transmission, immunology, biotechnology, bioterrorism, and environmental remediation.
Fundamentals of Nursing* - The purpose of this course is to understand the practical science of nursing as it applies to caring for patients through the continuum from illness to wellness using Dorothea Orem’s Theory of Self-Care and the three important nursing systems: wholly compensatory, partial compensatory, and supportive-educative. The Nursing Process, legal and ethical considerations, patient rights and privacy, growth and development as related to the patient’s therapeutic self-care demands are introduced. This course also provides basic patient care skills and focuses on the essential principles and practices of safe, effective care in the multifaceted and multicultural nursing field.
Introduction to Psychology* - Introduction to scientific study of behavior, lifespan development, learning & cognition, personality, social interaction, psychotherapy, and other selected topics.
Introduction to Sociology* - This course questions basic sociological concepts, such as socialization and culture; social organizations; stability and change in societies; cooperation and conflict among human groups; religious, political, economic, technical, and scientific institutions. Sociological concepts and issues such as culture and subculture; development of the self; gender and age roles; social class and caste; groups, communities, collectives, and organizations; deviance; racism; human institutions: family, religion, education, government, economics; population change in society are discussed.
Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing* - The purpose of this course is to present the principles of nursing care utilizing the nursing process and concepts of Orem’s Theory of Self-Care. The focus will include assessment, identifying the client’s universal self-care requisites: air, water, food, elimination, activity, social interaction, safety, and normalcy in the adult and geriatric patient. The three models of nursing systems recognized by Orem’s Nursing System Theory will be addressed: wholly compensatory, partial compensatory, and supportive-educative. Students will gain theoretical knowledge using the nursing process for patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care of adult and geriatric patients with critical health deviations related to sensory (neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, CVA, brain tumors, and cranial surgeries) and cardiorespiratory disorders (acid-base balance, ARDS, COPD, VAP, pulmonary hypertension, tension, hemo, and pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, chest trauma, thoracic surgical, dysrhythmias, AMI, ACS, CHF, valve disease, and aneurysms), maintenance of central venous catheters and blood transfusions. Content threaded throughout the course includes cultural diversity, nutrition, pharmacology, patient advocacy, and physical, behavioral, and social aspects of human development.
Other core courses in the school's program include:
College Mathematics I*
Professional Communication & Role Transition Seminar
Fundamentals of Nursing, Clinical For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.
Students can earn their degree to become a registered nurse in as little as 20 months.
Our admissions advisors and financial aid advisors are here to support you. They can help you figure out the associate degree in nursing cost and help you explore financial aid options.
To learn more about ACC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program cost, access our tuition info.
Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Yes! ACC's ADN program includes over 800 hours of clinicals which give students the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquired learning hands-on throughout the training program.
Our ADN Program is a full-time commitment that covers all the knowledge to prepare you for the NCLEX RN. We give you the skills and confidence to start your new career at the top of your game.
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