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Program Descriptions

The School of Nursing prepares students for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure, Vocational Nurse (VN) licensure and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification.

The Registered Nursing program is offered for qualified men and women to prepare for staff nurse positions in hospitals and similar health agencies. It is approved by the

California State Board of Registered Nursing (B.R.N.)

PO Box 944210 Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

Ph: 916-322-3350 web address:

and accredited by the

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road, N.E. Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

Ph: 404-975-5000  web address: 

Graduation from Santa Barbara City College with an Associate Degree and a major in nursing qualifies graduates to take the state board examination for licensure as registered nurses.

The Vocational Nursing program is a three-semester program designed to prepare qualified men and women applicants to function as licensed vocational nurses, who give care to patients in hospitals, homes, clinics and extended care centers. The vocational nurse works under the direction of a licensed registered nurse or a physician. The program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive the Santa Barbara City College Certificate of Completion, and are eligible to apply to take the examination for licensure to practice as a licensed vocational nurse.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aid (HHA) programs prepare men and women to give basic nursing care under the direction of a licensed nurse. The focus of this program is on care of the elderly, including both classroom and clinical experience. This program meets the requirements for the California Certified Nursing Assistant, and graduates are qualified to take the State Certification Exam.

In addition to the policies and standards of Santa Barbara City College, Health Technologies programs have policies and requirements based on the professional standards and guidelines of their individual regulating state and national accrediting boards. These additional policies and requirements are described in the handbook for each individual program.

Note: For information on other Health Technologies programs, refer to the Catalog sections on Allied Health, Health Information Technology & Cancer Management, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Reimbursement Specialist and Radiographic/Imaging Science.

Terminal Objectives

 The graduate nurse will demonstrate the following:

  1.  Assist individuals to achieve optimal health utilizing the knowledge gained from biological, social, and The Wastson’s Caring Science.
  2. Formulate a comprehensive plan of care using all components of the nursing process.         
  3. Safely perform basic psychomotor skills in the delivery of care as a technically competent clinician.         
  4. Integrate the role of professional nurse into clinical practice.
  5. Utilize information technology to research and communicate to identify problems, initiate actions and evaluate outcomes for health promotion and maintenance.         
  6. Apply psychological, social, and cultural knowledge to the nursing role.         
  7. Support physiological well-being of individuals and families in the health care environment.         
  8. Assume the role of advocate to improve health care delivery by communicating and acting according to the expressed needs of the individual.         
  9. Manage the clinical environment through assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.         
  10. Apply critical thinking skills to make judgments based on evidence (fact) rather than conjecture.         
  11. Organize individuals or groups toward goal setting and goal achievement.         
  12. Implement a comprehensive teaching plan to help individuals and families achieve optimal health.        
  13. Take and pass the NCLEX-RN Examination.
  14. Understand that the culmination of the ADN program prepares for entry into practice and that continuing education and lifelong learning is imperative.

 ADN Program Benchmarks

  1. Ninety percent (90%) of graduating students responding to the Program Survey and Evaluation Form will report the SBCC ADN Program as satisfactory in all of the following areas: adequacy of curriculum to meet community needs; quality of instruction; learning environment; learning resources; and college support systems.
  2. Seventy-five percent (75%) of students entering will successfully complete the program.
  3. Eighty-five percent (85%) of graduates will pass NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.
  4. Seventy-five percent (75%) of responding graduates will be employed within 6 months of taking the NCLEX-RN exam, as measured by the Graduate Questionnaire.
  5. Eighty percent (80%) of graduates responding to the Graduate Questionnaire will evaluate themselves as average or above average as Providers of Care, Managers of Care and Members of the Profession.
  6. Employers responding on the Employer Evaluation of ADN Graduates form will rate 90% of SBCC graduates as adequate or better, overall.

ADN Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will demonstrate through clinical observation the establishment of a therapeutic environment and appropriate communication with patient, family members, and team members.
  2. the student will employ evidence based practice by utilizing information technology to implement plan of care and document patient outcomes.
  3. The student will verbalize and demonstrate elements of critical thinking by prioritizing patient care to maintain SBCC ADN Basic Standards of Practice.
  4. The student will demonstrate integrity, accountability, and respect for diverse populations in both theory and clinical.

Vocational Nursing Learning Outcomes

  1. Take and pass the licensure exam.
  2. Function within the scope of practice of LVN, as outlined by the California Board of Vocational Nurses.
  3. Practice within professional and legal standards, ethical principles and demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural differences of patients.
  4. Apply the nursing process by collaboratively assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and teaching maintenance of health and prevention of disease.
  5. Apply principles of oral, written and verbal communication to convey relevant, accurate and complete information.
  6. Provide compassionate holistic nursing care by maintaining patients’ psychological safety and acting as a patient advocate.

Department Offices

Health Technologies Office (A-218, ext. 2366)
Program Support: Lorraine Michalak (A-218, ext. 2366)
Division: Health/Human Services
Director: Michelle Gottwald (A218, ext. 4761) 
Dean: Alan Price (A-218, ext. 3044)
Nursing Academic Counselor:  Kimberly Taylor,

Admission to the Programs

Candidates for acceptance into the ADN, VN and CNA programs must be admitted to Santa Barbara City College, as well as to the specific program.  Applications to the college must be submitted to the Admissions Office and may be submitted online.

Each program has different application processes.  Please refer to each link below for the individual programs.  

Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) 

Vocational Nursing (VN)

Associate Degree Nursing (RN)


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