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Learning Outcomes

What certification will I receive after completing the program?
The RN Refresher program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and provides 30 contact hours by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider No. 00446.  The 100+ hours of clinical/patient care experience is a requirement for many RN applications.
What will I learn in this program?
  • To augment students’ previous background in nursing skills and to have an understanding of human behavior and knowledge of scientific principles.  
  • To increase and reinstate students’ confidence in the provision of nursing care.
  • To update students’ knowledge of the changes in nursing care and management.
  • To teach and/or re-enforce the skills necessary for providing competent, safe nursing care to the adult client who requires care for medical and/or surgical problems.
Through a combination of classroom and clinical experiences, students will: 
  • Describe and discuss the most recent trends in nursing.
  • List and discuss “Patients’ Rights” and how they have changed the practice of nursing.
  • Identify five emerging communicable diseases, their origin and method of transmission.
  • Identify emerging nosocomial infections of hospitalized patients or drug resistant organisms and discuss nursing implications.
  • Compose a list of diagnoses not reimbursable by MediCare and discuss implications for nursing.
  • Identify and perform culturally competent care related to client needs.
  • Discuss common sources of “nurse liability.”
  • Compare and contrast the physiological aspects of aging in older adult and younger adult patients.
  • Properly insert Foley Catheters with appropriate rational for necessity.
  • Conduct a physical assessment to determine a patient’s health status: Respiratory function, Fluids and electrolytes, Cardiovascular function, Renal function, Neurological function, Musculoskeletal function, and Skin.
  • Use proper body mechanics to avoid injury to self and patients.
  • Use mathematical calculations to determine proper drug dosage.
  • Demonstrate proper insertion, care, and removal of feeding and NG tubes.
  • Discuss ways to help a patient deal with a life-threatening illness, such as cancer or AIDS.
  • Safely and efficiently perform selected current nursing skills and procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to find new information sources.
  • Describe and discuss the most recent trends in nursing and health care to include the nursing process, primary nursing, expanded role of the nurse, nursing education transitions, patient’s rights, changing patterns of health care and health care delivery systems. 
  • Demonstrate an adaptable and flexible approach toward change.
  • List the major drug reference sources, identify federal laws related to the administration of medications, and recognize major drug classifications.
  • Relate the latest diagnostic measures with equipment, patient preparation procedure, and testing rationale.
  • Critique current patient-centered health team relationships.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to move with assurance into a staff nurse orientation program, and return to bedside care.
  • Communicate respectfully and demonstrate acceptance of diversity.
  • Seek resources and opportunities for lifelong learning.


What are the requirements to take this course?
  • Be 18 or older
  • Proof of required immunizations (list will be provided at registration)
  • Hold an active California RN license without probationary status, current attached reports, or filed accusations.
Please check the program guide to for the most current list of requirements.


When is the program offered?
This course consists of 80 hours of theory and 12 weeks of a clinical rotation (12 hours a week).  The theory and clinical schedule vary each semester.
Please check the program guide to for the most current schedule.


How much does the program cost?
For the 21-22 school year, we will be offering the RN Refresher program in two parts and separating the registration fee for each.  Registration fee for the theory or didactic part of the course is $250 and $350 for the clinical experience.  Registration fees are due in full at the time of registration.  
Are there any additional costs associated with the program?
Yes.  All students will need to complete an American Heart Association (AHA) approved Basic Life Support course.  We offer the course at the beginning of each semester for $55.  Additional fees that need to be considered average approximately $450 and may include:
  • Scrubs
  • Textbooks
  • Background check
  • Immunizations
Is financial aid or tuition assistance available?
Tuition assistance may be available to those that qualify through the East County Career Center (ECCC).  Contact ECCC for more information.
What is the refund policy?
Students have until the last day of the second week of class to request a refund for the registration fee minus a $25 processing fee.
Prices subject to change.  Please check the program guide to for the most current cost.

Job Outlook

What is the job outlook?
According to the California Economic Development Department, employment opportunities for Registered Nurses are predicted to increase by 15.4% or 15,800 jobs between 2016 and 2026. Explore the links below for more information about the labor market for Registered Nurses.


Farah Danendah, MSN
Farah Danendah has been an instructor for the LVN and RN Refresher program since 2004.  Farah holds a Bachelor of Arts or Science (BA / BS), Master of Arts or Science (MA/ MS), and a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential to teach Career Technical Education courses in California.  Farah spent 5 years as a registered nurse on a med/surg and tele floor.


Where is training for the program completed?
The RN Refresher course will take place at our Health Occupations Center campus located in Santee, CA.  RN Refresher students have the opportunity to conduct skills and simulation scenarios in our state of the art nursing lab.  The clinical rotation is currently conducted at Alvarado Hospital.
A training dummy laying in a hospital bed

Next Steps

I'm interested!  What are my next steps?
Due to COVID-19, this class will not be offered in Spring 2021. Please check the website next Summer for updates about the Fall class 2021.
The RN Refresher program accepts students twice a year through an orientation and application process.  Check the Program Guide for the next class start date.  If you would like to renew your career as a Registered Nurse click the How to Get Started button or visit the How to Get Started page for the orientation video and application process.
Refund Policy
Refunds for this class must be requested by the end of the second week of class.  A $25.00 processing fee will be charged.