Chaffey College Nursing Program Review
Chaffey College is a public community college founded in 1883 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The college offers both academic and occupational programs. There are more than 60 occupational programs at the school and its excellence in these areas adequately prepares students to enter a four year university or assume professional roles after graduation.
It is comprised of three campuses namely: Chino Campus, Fontana Campus and Rancho Cucamonga Campus. Nursing students are able to choose from the Associate Degree Nursing Program, Certified Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide (CNA/HHA) program and Vocational Nursing program.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a very in-depth course that builds on the concepts of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs. It also incorporates key elements of the Nursing Process and Erik Erikson’s theories of development, and therapeutic communication to better prepare students to reach their full potential as care givers in a changing world. Throughout the program students acquire the necessary skills to evaluate, lead, implement, apply analytical thinking and manage in various health care settings. The course in approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to gain the necessary qualifications to be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of California.
Certified Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide (CNA/HHA)
This program is approved by the Department of Public Health of the State of California. The curriculum covers courses that prepare students to provide the necessary care to patients that demonstrate sub-acute to acute illnesses. They are also trained to work under the supervision of a licensed nurse in a home care or clinical setting. After successful completion, they are eligible to sit the examination for Nurse Assistant Certification (CNA). Once this is completed they can also take courses for certification in Home Health Aide. Applicants must be in good health and demonstrate physical capabilities according to the requirement established by the college. They must also have their immunization up-to- date and pass the drug screening tests. All candidates must attend a mandatory information session prior to commencing the course.
Vocational Nurse (VN) Program
This program is accredited by the State of California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). It is a three semester program that prepares students through class room instruction and skills and simulation clinical experiences. Focus is also placed on hands-on training in various health care settings. Only 30 students are accepted each semester. They must have graduated from an accredited high school and pass the health exam and background checks to be admitted into the program. It is mandatory that all students hold a current health care provider CPR card that is issued by the American Heart Association. After successful completions students can take the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians licensing examination to practice as a Vocational Nurse. Graduates can work in acute health care hospitals, clinics and various other locations.
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