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Simplifying the path


Registered Nursing roadmap


This Roadmap is provided as a SAMPLE GUIDE showing what a full-time student's schedule MAY look like. There is no guarantee that all classes will be offered each semester or that classes will have space available. You must meet all prerequisite requirements prior to registering for a class.

The Registered Nursing program is impacted, so selection of qualified applicants is done by a computerized random selection process. To qualify for the applicant pool, the applicant must have all prerequisites completed before applying to the program and an overall 3.0 GPA (and a "C" or better) on the prerequisite courses.


It is strongly suggested that the General Education courses and Graduation Requirements be completed prior to entering the RN Program. The RN program requires two academic years beyond the completion of the prerequisite courses. Consult with a Los Medanos Counselor for help planning your schedule. Visit the Nursing Program website for more information.


Fall Prerequisites   Spring prerequisites   Summer prerequisites
  .3 unitsRNURS-001 (Recommended)     4 unitsMATH-029 or higher*     6 unitsGeneral Education*
  4-5 unitsCHEM-006, 007, 008, 020, 021 OR 025***     3 unitsENGLISH-100*      
  4 unitsBIOSC-040     4 unitsBIOSC-045      
  3 unitsPSYCH-011 OR 010*     4 unitsBIOSC-050      
  3 unitsSPCH-110**            


Fall year 1



Spring year 1


  9.5 unitsRNURS-022     9.5 unitsRNURS-026      
  1 unitRNURS-023     1 unitRNURS-027      
  1 unitRNURS-024     1 unitRNURS-028      
Fall year 2   Spring year 2    
  9.5 unitsRNURS-031     1 unitRNURS-030      
  1 unitRNURS-033     9.5 unitsRNURS-036      
  1 unitRNURS-034     1 unitRNURS-038      
        1 unitRNURS-039      

Prerequisites & GE 42-44

RN Program units 47


Total units 89-91


* These classes satisfy the prerequisites for the RN program and also the general education requirements for obtaining an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Nursing students do not need to fulfill section A. PSYCH-010 or 011 fulfills section B and Math and English shown above fulfill section D. Students still need to take GE classes from sections C and E to meet degree requirements. See AA/AS Requirements in course schedule or a counselor for more information.


**Speech 110 meets the Oral Communications requirement required by the Board of Registered Nursing. It is not a prerequisite to apply to the nursing program, but it is recommended that it is completed prior to admission to the RN program.


***Chemistry class needed as prerequisite to BIOSC-045


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Registered Nursing Program

Careers in Nursing for RNs

Nursing is a challenging and rewarding career for those seeking to make a difference in people’s lives. It requires good communication skills, critical thinking, decision making, and requires knowledge of science and technology. Nurses often work different shifts, including days, evening, nights or per diem (on-call). Opportunities are available throughout the nation, allowing graduates to relocate almost anywhere.


The Registered Nursing program at LMC is designed to prepare qualified graduates to practice nursing in entry-level positions. The focus is on learning healthcare needs of all ages in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and psychiatric settings. In addition to classroom theory and skills practice in campus laboratory, clinical experience is provided in a variety of medical centers and health care agencies in the Bay Area. LMC also offers a career ladder for LVNs to become RNs. Please consult the Nursing Applicant Handbook for more information on all nursing programs.


Entry-Level Registered Nursing Salary Averages in California:

Registered Nurse: $30.52 - $65.56/hour (depending on location and shift differential)


Information gathered from onetonline.org which is sponsored by the Department of Labor, 2014


Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree in Registered Nursing program requires two academic years beyond completion of the prerequisite courses and General Education requirements.


Completion of prerequisite courses and required GPA are required for admission eligibility to the program may enroll in registered nursing courses. Students may, however, enroll in other non-nursing courses designated as part of the registered nursing curriculum while awaiting admissions to the program.


Completion of the Registered Nursing Program at Los Medanos College qualifies students to take the State Board Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).