Nursing, Associate In Science Degree

San Joaquin Delta College offers a state and nationally accredited associate degree in nursing (ADN) program. The ADN program prepares graduates eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Following licensure, graduates are qualified to provide patient care in a variety of health care settings within the Registered Nurse scope of practice. A San Joaquin Delta College certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The program is approved by athe California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.

Dameron Hospital, Lodi Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph's Medical Center, San Joaquin General Hospital, Doctor's Hospital Manteca, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, are among the local health care facilities providing clinical training sites as well as assistance in clinical instruction.

Admission Procedure

Information concerning requirements and applications for the Associate Degree Nursing (Registered Nurse), Vocational Nursing, Psychiatric Technician, Nurse Assistant Training, and Radiological Technology Programs may be obtained from the Family, Consumer and Health Science Division Office, Shima 115 or the Nursing Department Office, Locke 213.

Requirements for entrance to the programs vary as to prior education. Most programs require satisfactory physical examinations and completion of prerequisite courses.

Application Procedure
1. Applicants must be admitted to San Joaquin Delta College or submit an application for college admission with their application to the nursing program.
2. All applicants must satisfy the college assessment placement test requirements for coursework completed at colleges other than SJDC.
3. Official college transcripts must be submitted with the nursing application. Transcripts must be presented in official, sealed envelopes.
*4. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or higher. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to applying to the program.
*5. Prerequisite courses completed at colleges and universities other than San Joaquin Delta College must be comparable in theory and laboratory content and hours of instruction to Delta College courses. Official transcripts for prerequisite courses taken at other colleges and universities must be submitted with the application to the nursing program along with course outlines and descriptions. Determination of course comparability will be completed by the college evaluators. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
6. Application deadlines are as follows:
September 1 to October 15 for entry into the spring semester
February 1 to March 15 for entry into the fall semester
7. Applications and additional required documents must be submitted to Admissions and Records, Holt Center, Room 101 during the identified application period. Applications will NOT be accepted at any other times. Late applications will not be accepted.
Selection Procedure

Beginning Fall 2004, the following process will be utilized to select students for the program:

1. Four statistically validated criteria will be utilized:
a. College GPA which includes all college coursework, both upper and lower division (ColGPA)
b. English 1A, grade, or equivalent (EngGPA)
c. Cumulative GPA of all core biology courses: Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology (BioGPA)
d. Number of repetions of core biology courses-(BioReps)

2. Each criterion will be entered into the formula below:


3. The numerical value obtained by use of the formula will be utilized for competitive ranking of applicants.
4. 75% of the spaces will be alloted to applicants with the highest numerical values who provide documentation of residency within the college district for a minimum of one year and one day prior to the first day of the term of entry into the program (fall or spring). The remaining 25% of spaces will be allotted to remaining applicants with the highest numerical values without consideration of residency.
5. If more than one applicant has the same numerical value, the date and time when the complete application was submitted to the Admissions and Records will be utilized to determine ranking order.

6. Studies to identify any disproportionate impact will be on-going. In the event it is verified that disproportionate impact exists; a minimal cut-score for acceptance of applications will be established. All applications with a numerical value at or above the cut score will be accepted. The allotment of spaces will be based on date of application with 75% of applicants verifying residency and 25% accepted without determination of residency. Admission will be based on date of application.

Acceptance into the clinical portion of the program is contingent upon medical clearance and completion of health and safety requirements including immunizations, malpractice insurance, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and any other such requirements.

Background Clearance

Beginning Fall 2004, all clinical facilites will be requiring nursing students to complete a criminal background clearance check prior to placement in the clinical area. It is anticipated that this will be a clinical requirement completed by each student selected for the program beginning no later than Spring 2005. Students who cannot receive background clearance will not be placed in the clinical sites and will be unable to complete course objectives. Students will also be required to present documentation of clearance and other clinical requirements information to each clinical site to which they are assigned throughout the program. Applicants who have a criminal background should consider this factor when considering a career in nursing. The program cannot guarantee placment in clinical for students who cannot complete criminal background clearance.

In addition to the above, each student must complete an in-depth criminal background check when applying for licensure as a registered nurse. All convictions, felonies and misdameanors, must be divulged during this process. Licensure is granted by the California Board of Registered Nursing and is not guarnteed. More information regarding this process is available at the BRN website:

Additional Information

Information regarding program requirements and courses is included in the program brochure available in the Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Division Office, Shima Center, Room 115 and the Counseling Center, Danner Hall, Room 205. Applications are also available in Admissions and Records, Holt Center, Room 101.

Recognition is given for prior education and training. Certified Nurse Assistants, Psychiatric Technicians, and Licensed Vocational Nurses may be eligible to enter the program as an upgrade applicant. Information and applications for CNA-ADN, PT-ADN, and LVN-ADN are available in the Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Division Office, Shima Center, Room 115.

Up to fifteen (15) units of credit may be earned through challenge examinations. See the "Credit by Examination" section in this catalog.

Students requesting transfer to the ADN program from other registered nursing programs must submit an application and official transcripts from the college where course work was completed along with detailed nursing course syllabi, course outlines and objectives. Applications will be reviewed by the nursing program faculty and director for determination of acceptance and placement in the program. Applications for transfer are available in the division office, Shima 115. Transfer applications are accepted only during the application periods of September 1 - October 15 and February 1 - March 15.

*Prerequisite Course Information

Nursing program prerequisites include: English 1A (Written Communication); FCS 6 (Nutrition); Biology 22 (Introduction to Medical Microbiology) or Biology 23 (General Microbiology); Biology 33 (Anatomy and Physiology) or Biology 31 (Human Anatomy) AND Biology 32 (Human Physiology). The sciences have a prerequisite of Chemistry 3A which in turn requires completion course of Math 80 with a grade of "C" or better. Applicants who have completed at least two semesters of high chemistry with a grade of "C" or better and Algebra 1 in high school with a grade of "C" or better may have met these requirements. Please see a college counselor to discuss this option.