Welcome to the Copper Mountain College Health Sciences Department. Thank you for your interest in our professional and vocational medical programs. The campus is nestled in a segment of the Southeastern California Mojave desert; 35 miles from Palm Springs, California; and just minutes from Joshua Tree National Park.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program
The Associate Degree Nursing Program - Registered Nursing is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The program is comprised of 37 units of Nursing Theory and Clinical Experience plus 36-40 units of science and general education courses. Clinical experience is concurrently provided in hospitals and other health care facilities in the community. Theory and clinical experiences are supported by time spent in the Health Sciences Nursing Resource Lab which provides opportunities for supervised learning and skills practice utilizing simulation mannequins, healthcare equipment and supplies, videos, DVD’s, computerized instruction and other tools.
The Vocational Nursing Program
The VN Program prepares men and women for entry level nursing positions, working under the direction of a Registered Nurse or licensed physician. VNs are employed in acute or long-term care facilities, doctors’ offices or clinics. VNs assist in data collection, plan and implement nursing care, administer medications and treatments with knowledge of therapeutic results, and maintain a safe environment for patients and their families. VNs are responsible for maintaining current knowledge and skills, and serving at the highest level of competency at all times.
The Vocational Nursing Program requires attendance at classes five days out of every seven. Some portion of these days may occur on weekends, evening and/or weekend hours.
Nursing Assistant Program
The Nursing Assistant (NA) program prepares men and women to assist with the routine care and treatment of patients in health care facilities. Working under the direction of the nursing and medical staff, activities of the certified nursing assistant include providing personal care, maintaining safety, and assisting with activities of daily living.
The Home Health Aide Program
The Home Health Aide program prepares men and women to assist with the routine care and treatments of clients in their homes. These services include personal health care as well as food purchasing, meal planning, laundry, and light housekeeping.
Emergency Medical Technician
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program prepares individuals to recognize illnesses and injury symptoms and to provide legal permissible emergency treatment set forth by the standards of San Bernardino County and Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA).