RN Refresher Course Details

  The Next Course Begins August 2021.   Registration opens May 15, 2021.
This program allows licensed registered nurses to update and enhance their knowledge and skills, resulting in increased competence and confidence in the role of a professional nurse.
The course is designed to be flexible, with most learning taking place on-line. The course is approximately sixteen weeks of online work.  *There is an additional day of individualized training and hands-on skills sessions in our Simulation Center.   Using our state-of-the-art computerized patient mannequins, we can help you develop the skills and confidence you need. 
*Class size will be kept to a maximum of 5 students/day on the final simulation day to provide safe distancing during the time of Covid-19.  
Jump Start Your Move Back to Nursing!
The RN Refresher Program is self-paced. With the exception of the final day, your course can be completed online in the comfort of your home (approximately 5-10 hours per week) over a 16-week period.
The curriculum is designed to assure success for nurses who have been away from the hospital. Nurses who have stepped out of the action for a few years may be intimidated by the electronic medical records, medication dispensing systems,  and sophisticated patient equipment. The course is designed to help the nurse update medical surgical nursing abilities.
The elements of our program that will develop confidence and competence for the returning nurse are:
  • Online Modules that cover everything from basic skills refreshers to pharmacology. These modules can be done at your own pace. If you are having problems with skills or concepts, your faculty will guide you through the rough spots. In areas where you have proficiency, you can speed ahead to the areas where you need additional practice and support. 
  • Skills Practice Sessions at our state-of-the-art Simulation Center, located here in Chico. If you've been away from the classroom for a few years, you may not be familiar with the capabilities of human patient simulators. This amazing technology allows instructors to create a hospital setting with computerized patient mannequins that provide a true sense of practice reality. Nurse experts will lead the hands-on skills sessions and oversee the simulation sessions.
You will be able to practice basic nursing skills, fine tune assessment skills and priority setting. Simulation allows you to practice critical events with close faculty supervision. You will be able to utilize modern medication dispensing systems, practice recording patient care using electronic medical records and have hands-on practice with modern medical equipment. With our hi-tech mannequins, you can insert tubes, run mock patient code scenarios, start lines and provide care all in a 21st century practice setting.
  Contact us to learn more!
Before You Apply You Must Have:
  1. Access to high speed internet
  2. Computer capabilities that meet University and Program standards:
  3. An Active California RN License
  4. A current BLS/CPR card
  5. A passionate desire to return to the nursing profession

Program Cost:

Registration includes all Software and Online Course Materials, the Simulation Skills Session and 60 BRN Contact Hours.  In order to qualify for the contact hours a student must complete the entire course and simulation/skills sessions.
Registration Costs are*:
Early Registration                              $1400
Registration                                        $1500
Late Registration                               $1600
*Cancellation Policy:  A full refund—less a $50.00 processing fee—will be issued if the cancellation is received 30 days prior to the course start date.  NO REFUNDS will be issued for courses cancelled less than 30 days prior to the course start date.  We reserve the right to cancel any course for lack of registration or unforeseen events.  In such cases a full refund will be issued. To cancel after registration contact jashackelford@att.net

Registration opens May 15, 2021  Please check back then to Register


Optional Additional Program for More Experience:

The Rural California Nursing Preceptorship (RCNP) Program is designed to give student nurses and graduate nurses (RNs) an opportunity to gain clinical experience in a rural or semi-rural setting. The opportunities are varied and encompass a large geographic area in Northern California.  The placement period lasts a minimum of four weeks (150 hours). During this time, students work one-on-one with a preceptor, engaging in as much independent nursing practice as their skills permit.
You will receive information about this program during orientation.

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