A photo of a young nurse in a lab coat
Nursing (SOC CODE: 29-1141.00)

Job Description Overview

Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients through assessment of patient/community health problems and needs. Analyze data to develop and implement thoughtful and purposeful nursing care. Create care plans based on data, maintain accurate medical records, and evaluate patient progress towards goals. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Upon graduation from an accredited Nursing Program, licensing is required.

Related Careers

  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Case Manager
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists

Sample Job Duties

  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.
  • Deliver quality patient care through assessment, diagnosis, implementation, planning, and evaluation.
  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education to patients and families.
  • Coordinate care in collaborate with other healthcare professionals.
  • Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
  • Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Nursing: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S1203

      The Mt. San Antonio College Nursing Program, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, is a two-year program designed to prepare men and women to give direct nursing care to clients in various practice settings. The program consists of course work in nursing, science, general education, and clinical nursing practice at local hospitals and health agencies. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

      Enrollment in the Mt San Antonio Registered Nursing Program – Generic Option – is open to persons regardless of sex, age, marital status, disability, ethnic group, religion or national origin. Applications are accepted twice a year for the Fall and Spring semesters via on-line application process.

      ADN General Education Requirements

      All courses below must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Due to the intensity of the program, students are highly encouraged to complete general education prior to admission into the program.

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      PSYC 14Developmental Psychology 13
      or CHLD 10 Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      or CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology 23
      or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
      or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
      or SPCH 2 Fundamentals of Communication
      or SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking
      or SPCH 8H Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors

      Additional General Education Required for the Associate Degree

       (These requirements are waived for students who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.)

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      History or Political Science 13
      Select one History or Political Science course 13
      Arts
      Select one course from the Arts area 13
      Humanities
      Select one course from the Humanities area 13
      Physical Well-Being Requirement
      Select at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, or KINX.5-1
      Intermediate Algebra
      MATH 71Intermediate Algebra5
      or MATH 71X Practical Intermediate Algebra
      or MATH 71B Intermediate Algebra - Second Half
      Reading Competency
      Complete the requirement. 1

      Requirements for Nursing

      Plan of Study Grid
      Semester 1Units
      NURS 1A The Nursing Process I 5
      NURS 1B The Nursing Process II 5
      NURS 2 Pharmacology 2
       Units12
      Semester 2
      NURS 3 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Locomotion/Sensory/Integ/Oncology/Immu 3.5
      NURS 4 Maternity Nursing 3
      NURS 6 Pediatric Nursing 3
       Units9.5
      Semester 3
      NURS 7 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition/Elimination/ Surgical Asepsis 7
      NURS 5 Psychiatric Nursing 3
       Units10
      Semester 4
      NURS 8 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Circulation and Oxygenation 5
      NURS 9 Leadership in Nursing 1
      NURS 10 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Integration/Regulation 4
      NURS 11 Preceptorship in Nursing 2
       Units12
       Total Units43.5

      Requests for Equivalency

      Request for equivalency for core sciences: courses must meet or exceed the 4.0 unit minimum with a laboratory component, as required by the California Community College Chancellor’s office. If you are uncertain whether a course taken inside or outside the California Community College system is equivalent to the Mt. SAC course, please contact the Nursing Educational Advisor Kathleen Clarke (kclarke@mtsac.edu).

      Foreign Course Work

      Course work completed in another country may be accepted to satisfy requirements for graduation. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a recognized foreign evaluation service. If you are selected as a candidate for the Nursing Program, please submit an official, sealed copy of the foreign evaluation during your counseling appointment.

      High School Education or Equivalent

      Applicants must provide proof of graduation from:

      1. An accredited high school in the United States by transcripts or diploma or;
      2. Documentation of a passing score on the General Education Development (GED) exam or;
      3. Associate degree, or Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the
        United States or;
      4. Official evaluation of international diploma/degree

      Other Program Requirements

      1. Meet the minimum physical and mental qualifications to perform essential nursing functions (see Essential Functions).
      2. Criminal background check and drug screening must be completed prior to any patient contact.
      3. A physical examination, including specific immunization is required of all candidates prior to the beginning of nursing classes.
      4. Current Health Care Provider CPR certification

      Requirements for the Associate Degree

      Students must develop an education plan with a counselor or educational advisor to complete college academic requirements for the AS degree. Contact the Counseling Department at (909) 274-4380 to schedule an appointment.

      Requirements for Nursing

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Required Nursing Courses
      NURS 1AThe Nursing Process I5
      NURS 1BThe Nursing Process II5
      NURS 2Pharmacology2
      NURS 3Medical-Surgical Nursing: Locomotion/Sensory/Integ/Oncology/Immu3.5
      NURS 4Maternity Nursing3
      NURS 5Psychiatric Nursing3
      NURS 6Pediatric Nursing3
      NURS 7Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition/Elimination/ Surgical Asepsis7
      NURS 8Medical-Surgical Nursing: Circulation and Oxygenation5
      NURS 9Leadership in Nursing1
      NURS 10Medical-Surgical Nursing: Integration/Regulation4
      NURS 11Preceptorship in Nursing2
      Required Prerequisite Courses for the Major
      Select one of the following sequences:8-10
      ANAT 35
      & ANAT 36
      Human Anatomy
      and Human Physiology
      ANAT 10B
      & ANAT 10A
      Introductory Human Physiology
      and Introductory Human Anatomy
      MICR 1Principles of Microbiology4-5
      or MICR 22 Microbiology
      ENGL 1AFreshman Composition4
      or ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition - Honors
      Other General Education Requirements
      CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development 13
      or CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      or PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology
      PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology 23
      or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
      or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
      or SPCH 2 Fundamentals of Communication
      or SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking
      or SPCH 8H Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
      Total Units69.5-72.5

      NOTE: Applicants planning to continue their education and enter a baccalaureate program in Nursing will need to meet with a counselor or educational adviser to discuss transferability of courses.

      Nursing Website

    Print A Brochure
    Explore Your Interests
    Graphic for Holland Personality Test

    Take the O*Net Interest Profiler today and identify careers that you may wish to explore.

    Meet with a counselor to learn more about the additional requirements needed to earn this associate degree.

    Start Now


    Take The Next Step