Q: I am a current student in the Registered Nursing (RN) Program. I have paid the 2-year immunization tracking fee to American Databank. Will I be required to set up a new account with Certified Background for the Fall 2015 semester?
A: No. If you began the RN program in summer 2015 or before, you will not be required to enroll in Certified Background. Only incoming students beginning the fall 2015 RN program will be required to use Certified Background for their background check, drug test, and immunization tracking.
Q: Can I change my RN class schedule?
A: No. Schedules are created and students are registered in their classes in advanced. If you are a student with extenuating circumstances and wish to meet with the Nursing Director to discuss your RN class schedule. Please call, Phyllis Willis at (559) 244-2670 to schedule an appointment.
Q: Why haven’t I received a class schedule for my Registered Nursing courses in the mail?
A: The Admission & Records department registers students in their RN courses and they do not send out verification of enrollment or schedules. It is the responsibility of the student to check web advisor for registration. Class schedules will be available on Blackboard. Click on ORGANIZATION, then click on REGISTERED NURSING STUDENT INFORMATION to view and print your schedule from Blackboard.
Q: How do I apply for the NCLEX Exam?
A: Graduated RN students must go to www.rn.ca.gov to complete an application of licensure. Instructions on the application process will also be available on Blackboard.
Q: Who do I turn in my immunization packet to?
A: Immunization packets can be turned in to the Health Sciences Division front office. Prior to turning in your packet, please be sure to make 7 copies of the entire packet for future clinical rotations. Copies will not be made by HS office staff.
Q: I have been selected for the Registered Nursing Program. What do I do next?
A: When a student is selected for the RN program, they are notified on the Health Sciences website by clicking on "Lottery Results.” Information on the TEAS testing and Mandatory Orientation will be given.
Q: How do I get an ID badge?
A: Once selected into the RN program, an appointment will be made with the Media Center by the Nursing Department Secretary for your class. Your instructor will provide your class with the appointment information.
Q: Do I register myself for the RN courses
A: Admission & Records registers students in their RN courses and they do not send out verification of enrollment or schedule. It is the responsibility of the student to check web advisor for registration. Class schedules will be available on Blackboard. Click on ORGANIZATION, then click on REGISTERED NURSING STUDENT INFORMATION to view and print your schedule from Blackboard.
Q: When will all my transcripts be sent to BRN?
A: Final Transcripts are sent up to the BRN by Admission & Records department approximately 2 weeks after the end of the semester.
Q: I have received a letter from the Admissions & Records department regarding my graduation status. What should I do?
A: You will need to make an appointment to meet with a Health Sciences Counselor by calling (559) 244-2604.
Q: When can I buy my books for the RN courses?
A: Books are available during finals week of the semester prior to student’s selection semester to the RN program.
Q: Can I buy my uniforms from somewhere other than Fresno City College Bookstore?
A: NO. All uniforms must be consistent in the appearance. Student must buy their RN uniforms at the Fresno City College Bookstore. Special orders can be made for hard to find sizes.
Q: What is RN-19 Work Study?
A: Students in the 2nd - 4th semester of the RN program are eligible to enroll in an externship position at a participating hospital. Once a student is offered an externship position, they must come into Health Sciences Division Office (HS-1) and sign-up for the RN-19 course at the front desk.
Q: Who do I need to meet with if I am interested in deferring or dropping out of the RN program?
A: Students who need to defer or drop from the RN program due to extenuating circumstances must meet with the Nursing Director. Please call Phyllis Willis at (559) 244-2670 to schedule an appointment.
Q: If I have a “hold” on my registration status, what should I do?
A: Students who have a “hold” status on their registration process must identify what department is placing a “hold” status. Students are required to go to that department to clear the hold. A “hold” status will delay the registration process, so students are required to take care of this as soon as possible to avoid delays. Once the “hold” has been cleared, students are asked to notify Admission & Records. Students must take any receipts to Admissions & Records to verify “holds” have been cleared.
Q: I keep checking on web advisor and I notice that I am still not registered for my RN courses? Why is this?
A: Typically when there is a delay in registration it is because the student has have a “hold” on their registration status. It is the student’s responsibility to identify what department is placing a “hold” status. Students are required to go to that department to clear the hold. Once the “hold” has been cleared, please notify the Nursing Department Secretary.
Q: I am a RN student and I need to request a name / address / phone number change? Where do I go?
A: RN Students must go to Web Advisor to do any of the following changes. Students must also go to the Health Sciences Division Office (HS-1) front desk and complete a form to request the following changes to the division.
Q: What if I am not on my instructor’s roster? What should I do?
A: If a student attends a RN course and they are not on your instructor’s roster, they must go to the Health Sciences Division Office (HS-1) and see the Nursing Department Secretary as soon as possible.
Q: If I was selected into the RN program and took the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam at another testing center outside of Fresno City College, would FCC still accept my scores?
A: Students must take the TEAS version V and pass with an overall score of 62% or higher. Students can transfer their scores to the FCC nursing program by going to www.atitesting.com. FCC must receive scores electronically from ATI in order for them to be determined official.
Q: Can a nursing student follow the RN class schedule listed in the school catalog?
A: No. The RN students are provided with a class schedule from the Nursing Department. Class schedules listed in the school catalog are a generic version of the nursing class schedule. Please note, the class schedules are subject to change.
Q: What side do I put my nursing badge on?
A: Students are required to wear their nursing badge on the left side pocket of their white vest.
Q: What is the required attire when taking badge photos?
A: Students are required to wear appropriate program uniform when taking badge photos. Be sure to wear white shoes. Logos or accents on the shoes with color are unacceptable.
Q: Are students required to attend clinical when there is a FCC campus holiday?
A: Yes. Students are expected to attend clinical on a holiday(s). Holiday(s) for the Clinical occurs due to the availability of the hospital clinical site reserved on specific days.
Q: Can a student be excluded from clinical if they are under the influence of a drug?
A: YES. For the protection of other students in the State Center Community College District, the Governing Board of this District may suspend or expel, and the Chancellor of this District is authorized to suspend a student whenever it is established to the satisfaction of the Board or the Chancellor, as the case may be, that the student has on college premises used, sold, or been in possession of narcotic or other hallucinogenic drugs or substances, or has on college premises inhaled, or breathed, the fumes of, or ingested any poison, classified as such by Schedule D in Section 4160 of the Business and Professions Code. Restricted drugs include medical marijuana.
Students are held to the hospitals review of the criminal background check and can be restricted by the hospital clinical site if the student’s background is flagged due to an issue identified within the screening process.