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Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie Robinson, PhD, MHA, RN
Director of Nursing
(559) 244-2604 

Pamela Vogel, RN MSN, WHNP-BC
Department Chair 
(559) 244-2604 

Program Major Sheet
Associate Degree Requirements 2016 - 2017

Student Program Handbook - Fall 2015
Student Program Handbook - Spring 2016
Student Program Handbook - Summer/Fall 2016
Student Program Handbook - Spring 2017
Student Program Handbook - Summer/Fall 2017

Student Information:
RN Program schedule
California Licensing Exam Reporting

Certified Background Check 
Nursing Employment Resources
Careers in Nursing

Institute of Medicine Update:
The Future of Nursing

Nursing is the art and science of caring for a person to maintain or restore health to an optimum level for each person.

The profession of nursing involves the provision of health care services, both direct and indirect, that focuses on the maintenance, promotion and restoration of health. This includes basic health care that helps people cope with difficulties in daily living that are associated with actual or potential problems of health, illness or the treatment thereof. Nursing process is dynamic problem solving that focuses on the response of the individual to health problems. The practice of registered nursing requires substantial amount of scientific knowledge and technical skills as well as leadership and managerial abilities. Students attend classes on the Fresno City College campus. The Nursing clinical experience is provided in selected local hospitals and health agencies. 

It is designed to educate the student at the basic technical level of nursing practice, obtain an Associate of Science degree, be eligible to take the NCLEX (national nursing licensing examination) and work in a structured health care setting. The nursing curriculum is the same for all programs and takes four semesters of 9 or more credits per semester to complete. The student may take additional credits during each semester to complete the general education requirements for the A.S. degree. There are also additional specialized elective nursing courses that a student may take to supplement their nursing education.

Financial aid is available and students are encouraged to apply. It is not recommended that a student work more than 16 hours per week during the nursing portion of the course work due to the combination of theory and clinical course work that requires rigorous academic studying to insure both patient safety and in preparation for passing the national nursing NCLEX examination.

Courses and credits are designed to be transferred to a four-year college for obtaining a B.S. degree in nursing. Generally the four year college will transfer a maximum of 70 credits and each school decides which courses it will accept toward the BS degree they award.

Upon completion of requirements for the AS degree in Nursing the student would be eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to sit for the NCLEX examination and be considered for an RN license in California. A student should visit the BRN website at to learn more details of requirements and restrictions for obtaining a license to practice as a Registered Nursing (RN). Persons who have prior criminal record will need to make a special application to the BRN which will be reviewed by the BRN to determine if they will grant the RN license.

Those persons with a license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse may apply for advanced placement into the second year of the RN program. To do so the person must have completed the prerequisite courses, meet the admission requirements of the college and the nursing program, including the minimum of a 2.5 GPA. At the completion of the AS degree requirements they are eligible to apply to the BRN for an RN license and take the NCLEX examination

Students who have attended a nursing program at another college may apply to FCC nursing program. To do so they must meet all the admission requirements of all nursing students and they must bring copies of the college catalog and course syllabus of all courses requesting to be considered for advanced placement. Since not all courses in each college are identical in coverage of theory, skills and clinical placement, additional work may be needed to determine which courses can be given credit and which courses the student can be placed to insure there are no gaps in the learning process of being an RN and in preparation for the NCLEX examination. Please speak with a nursing counselor and the Director of Nursing to determine the specifics needed for the individual placement, call (559) 244-2604 for an appointment. 

The Fresno City College Registered Nursing program will begin the Multi-Criteria Screening Application process February 1st, 2017. Multi-Criteria screening is an application process that considers several factors to establish applicant eligibility for the Registered Nursing program lottery. Students will be required to meet the minimum requirements to submit an online application:

- Minimum 2.5 overall GPA

- Grade of C or better in all prerequisites

- Score at least a 62% on the TEAS exam

Students will be required to meet an established minimum cut-off score to participate in the modified lottery selection process. Students will be given points based on the following criteria:

- ATI TEAS Total Adjusted Score.

- Score above the 50th percentile in the Reading section of the ATI TEAS examination.

- GPA in Science prerequisites (Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry and Microbiology only).

- GPA in remaining prerequisite courses (English, Math, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology).

- Previous academic degrees.

- Relevant Health Care certifications.

- Life experiences or special circumstances (students with multiple experiences/circumstances will get the maximum points available in this area)

1. Disabilities.

2. Low Family Income.

3. First generation to attend college.

4. Disadvantages social or educational environment (EOPS).

5. Veteran Status (Veteran or eligible spouse).

6. Language proficiency.

All students who meet the minimum points’ requirement will be considered for the lottery. Continue to review this website for important information including answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, specifically: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT 4N0X1C) may achieve advanced placement into the 2nd semester of the nursing program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of the theory challenge exams, medication math proficiency exam, and skills competency evaluation.
Please review the full policy, Fresno City College Military Challenge-Advanced Placement Policy.

Important Note: Programs, policies, and selection guidelines are subject to change

Last updated: 7/6/2017 1:11:10 PM