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RN Refresher Course Details

We are PROUD TO OFFER our 16-week ONLINE Nursing Refresher Course starting August 22, 2024


This course is designed for active and inactive nurses alike.  Active nurses will update their skills and enhance their knowledge while inactive nurses will prepare for their re-entry into healthcare.  The result yields increased competency and confidence in the role of a professional nurse of today.

The course is designed to be flexible.  With learning online, you decide what time of day works best for you to do your work. After approximately sixteen weeks of online work, there is one 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 small maximum on the final simulation day to provide one-on-one skills instruction. 


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Jump Start Your Move Back to Nursing!

The RN Refresher Program is ONLINE and 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 IV therapy, medication dispensing systems, sophisticated patient equipment, and techniques. The course is designed to help the nurse update medical surgical nursing abilities and focus on recent developments in nursing care

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.   (See attachment for list of current med-surg modules)

  • 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.

After attending in person Skills practice, students will be able to implement:

  • Sterile technique

  • Foley catheter insertion

  • NG insertion

  • Blood Administration

  • IV starts

  • IV pump set up with primary and secondary lines

  • Giving medication and using a Med dispense

  • Working as a team

  • Proper communication techniques

  • Crisis Resource Management


August 2024 Class is FULL

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 52

BRN Contact Hours.  In order to qualify for the contact hours, a student must first complete the course.

Registration Costs:


   Early Bird Registration                          $1,600  June 2  to  June 29, 2024


   Registration                                           $1,800  June 30, to July 27, 2024


   Late Registration - if space available                  $2,000  July 27,  to August 9, 2024


Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of all course fees - less a $50.00 processing fee + the credit card convenience fee added by the processing company for credit card payments, 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.


August 2024 Class is FULL

 Link to Preceptorship Program for more Information:

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.
Please click on the underlined link above to go directly to the RCNP website. 
The RN Refresher program is not affiliated with the RCNP Program. 

"To Increase Patient Safety Through Improved Clinical Proficiency and Teamwork!"

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