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. 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 Degree (AA/AS) Requirements

Students who wish to earn an associate degree from MiraCosta must meet the following requirements (per MCCD Board Policy/Administrative Procedure 4100).

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Major & Grades

Students must complete a minimum of 18 units in a chosen major or area of emphasis and complete each course with a "C" or better (or a "P" if the course is taken on a "pass/no pass" basis). Students may use courses to satisfy both a general education and a major requirement.

General Education

Students have three general education patterns from which to choose but are strongly encouraged to consult with a MiraCosta counselor for assistance in selecting the general education pattern that is most appropriate for their educational goal. Note: Students should refer to the Articulation or Transfer Center webpages for the most current list of courses that have been approved for the Plan B and Plan C general education patterns.

  • Plan A: MiraCosta College General Education Course Requirements (Plan A).*
  • Plan B: Certified California State University General Education (C.S.U.-GE) Breadth Course Requirements (Plan B).
  • Plan C: Certified Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Course Requirements (Plan C).

While a course might satisfy more than one general education requirement, it may not be counted more than once for these purposes. However, courses may be used to satisfy both a general education and a major requirement.

The MiraCosta College Core Competencies identify the learning outcomes students can expect to gain from their general education coursework.

*The Plan A general education requirement may be met by submitting a transcript verifying completion of a bachelor's degree from a United States regionally accredited college or university.

Units

Students must complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable units of credit.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all degree applicable units attempted at MiraCosta, as well as a combined 2.0-grade point average including all work transferred to the college. A grade of "A," "B," "C," or "P" is required for all courses to be counted toward an associate degree major or area of emphasis.

Students may need a higher GPA for admission to a University of California campus or to U.C./C.S.U. impacted programs and majors than is required for MiraCosta's associate degree.

Residency

Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

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Competencies

All students seeking an associate degree must demonstrate competence in reading, written expression, and mathematics. However, achievement of minimum competency does not mean students have met coursework requirements for the associate degree.

Note: These competencies are met when students complete either the C.S.U. GE-Breadth (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C) general education pattern or submit an official transcript verifying completion of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Reading: Reading competency must be demonstrated by completing one of the following options:

  • Achieve a qualifying score on the reading component of the MiraCosta College English Assessment that gives a recommendation for READ 100.
  • Present proof of achieving one of the following minimum test scores:
    • A passing score on the C.S.U. English Placement Exam.
    • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement English Examination.
    • A score of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Test.
  • Complete one of the following with a minimum grade of "C" or "P": READ 100; ENGL 100, ENGL 100H, ENGL 201, ENGL 201H, ENGL 202, ENGL 202H; or equivalent.

Writing: Writing competency must be demonstrated by completing one of the following options:

  • Present proof of achieving one of the following minimum test scores:
    • A passing score on the C.S.U. English Placement Exam.
    • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement English Examination.
    • A score of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate English Language A1 Higher Level Examination.
  • Complete one of the following with a minimum grade of "C" or "P" at MiraCosta or an equivalent course at another regionally accredited college: ENGL 100, ENGL 100H, ENGL 201, ENGL 201H, ENGL 202, ENGL 202H.

Mathematics: Math competency must be demonstrated by completing one of the following options:

  • Pass a MiraCosta mathematics course numbered 64 through 270 or equivalent with a minimum grade of "C" or "P."
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the MiraCosta College Mathematics Competency Examination that gives clear placement into a math course numbered 102 through 150.
  • Achieve a passing score on the C.S.U. Elementary-Level Mathematics (ELM) placement exam.
  • Achieve a Standard Exceeded score on the C.S.U. Early Assessment Program (EAP) in math.
  • Achieve a qualifying score on a California Community College Mathematics assessment exam that gives clear placement into a math course that requires intermediate algebra as a prerequisite or has a traceable prerequisite to intermediate algebra.
  • Present proof of achieving one of the following minimum test scores:
  • A passing score on the College Board Mathematics Achievement Test (500 Level I; 600 Level II).
    • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement Math Examination.
    • A minimum score of 50 on a College-Level Examination Program Subject Exam (College Algebra, Pre-calculus, or Calculus).
    • A score of 4 or better on an International Baccalaureate Mathematics Examination.

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Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

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

Associate in Science Degree

Registered Nursing

  • Track I - Generic A.D.N.
  • Track II - LVN-RN (A.D.N.)

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 LVN 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 or BIO 210H), 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. The selection criteria for admission to the program is consistent with California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office standards for Statewide Alignment of Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) prerequisites.

Students accepted into the generic (Track I) program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and receive a composite score of 62 percent or higher in order to begin the program. Study materials for the test can be found at www.atitesting.com. Students who do not receive at least 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.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • 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.

Students must have completed the following courses before applying to the A.D.N. program:

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Prerequisite courses:

  • BIO 110 Introductory Biology: Preparation for Pre-Health Professions (Lecture/Lab) *, 3-4
    • or BIO 111 Introductory Biology: Preparation for Pre-Health Professions (Lecture)
  • BIO 210 Human Anatomy, 4
    • or BIO 210H Human Anatomy (Honors)
  • BIO 220 Human Physiology *, 4
  • BIO 230 Introduction to Microbiology, 5
  • ENGL 100 Composition and Reading *, 4
    • or ENGL 100H Composition and Reading (Honors)
  • MATH 64 Intermediate Algebra ****, 0-4

Total Units: 20-25

Track I: Generic A.D.N.

Required courses:

Prerequisite Units: 20-25

  • COMM 101 Public Speaking * 3
  • or COMM 106 Group Communication
  • or COMM 207 Interpersonal Communication
  • NURS 180 Fundamentals of Nursing 4
  • NURS 181 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
  • NURS 182 Maternal-Child Nursing 5
  • NURS 183 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 4
  • NURS 281 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 6.5
  • NURS 282 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3.5
  • NURS 283 Medical-Surgical Nursing IV * 6
  • NURS 284 Contemporary Nursing Practice and Leadership 1.5
  • NURS 284L Preceptorship Lab 2
  • PHAR 201 Pharmacology Review and Update 2

Select at least three units from the following: * 3

  • CHLD 113 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
  • GERO 101 Introduction to Aging
  • PSYC 100 Psychology of Personal Growth
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 101H General Psychology (Honors)
  • PSYC/SOC 103 Social Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 101H Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
  • SOC 102 Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOC 110 Comparative Cultures

Additional associate degree requirements:

  • GE Area C (Plan A) *** 3

Total Units: 67.5-72.5

Note: Students completing Track I Generic A.D.N. 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-RN (A.D.N.)

California Licensed Vocational Nurses are eligible to apply for a one-year LVN-RN transition program, also known as the Registered Nursing (LVN-RN) Step-Up program in pursuit of the Associate Degree in Nursing. First-year nursing course work credit is granted with evidence of an active California LVN license in good standing and evidence of graduating from a program approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). 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). For those students who have received their license through challenging the NCLEX-PN, pediatric and obstetrical content will need to be verified by the A.D.N. director. Please make an appointment in the Nursing and Allied Health Office (OCT420) to determine how to satisfy this requirement.

Students must have completed the following prerequisite courses before applying to the Registered Nursing (LVN-RN) program:

  • BIO 110 Introductory Biology: Preparation for Pre-Health Professions (Lecture/Lab) *, 3-4
    • or BIO 111 Introductory Biology: Preparation for Pre-Health Professions (Lecture)
  • BIO 210 Human Anatomy, 4
    • or BIO 210H Human Anatomy (Honors)
  • BIO 220 Human Physiology *, 4
  • BIO 230 Introduction to Microbiology *, 5
  • ENGL 100 Composition and Reading *, 4
    • or ENGL 100H Composition and Reading (Honors)
  • MATH 64 Intermediate Algebra ****, 0-4
  • PHAR 201 Pharmacology Review and Update, 2

Total Units: 22-27

Required courses:

Prerequisite units: 22-27

  • COMM 101 Public Speaking *, 3
    • or COMM 106 Group Communication
    • or COMM 207 Interpersonal Communication
  • NURS 280 Transition from LVN to RN, 2.5
  • NURS 281 Medical-Surgical Nursing III, 6.5
  • NURS 282 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 3.5
  • NURS 283 Medical-Surgical Nursing IV *, 6
  • NURS 284 Contemporary Nursing Practice and Leadership, 1.5
  • NURS 284L Preceptorship Lab, 2

Select at least three units from the following: * 3

  • CHLD 113 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
  • GERO 101 Introduction to Aging
  • PSYC 100 Psychology of Personal Growth
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 101H General Psychology (Honors)
  • PSYC/SOC 103 Social Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 101H Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
  • SOC 102 Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOC 110 Comparative Cultures

Additional associate degree requirements:

  • GE Area C (Plan A) ***, 3
  • GE Area G (Plan A) ***, 3-4

Total Units: 56-62

Note: The lower unit total of 55.5 units for Track II is applicable for students who test out of MATH 64. 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, or that have achieved a qualifying score on a California Community College mathematics assessment exam that gives clear placement into a math course that requires intermediate algebra as a prerequisite, or that submit a passing score on the C.S.U. Elementary Level Mathematics (ELM) 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 may 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. 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.

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Fees

  • Enrollment Fee for California Residents: $46 unit
  • Enrollment Fee for Nonresidents: $231 unit
  • Yearly Fees for California Residents: $1,080
  • Yearly Fees for Nonresidents: $6,409

MiraCosta College offers financial aid and scholarships.

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Last updated April 2, 2019
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