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Career Technical Education: Vocational Nursing Program

The Vocational Nursing Program is an 18-month course of study leading to a certificate in Vocational Nursing. Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, the licensure examination required by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians to practice vocational nursing.

The vocational nursing program will be accepting enrollment packets for August 2016 enrollment (fall semester).  Enrollment packets will be accepted BY MAIL ONLY from January 4 to January 29, 2016.  Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis for qualified applicants who have submitted complete enrollment information.   A waiting list will be maintained for fall 2016 admission only.

To apply, students should request the enrollment form from the Career Technical Education Division - Nursing, located in HS 198, first floor, Health and Sciences Building (telephone 661-722-6300, extension 6402) during the fall semester 2015.

Student must submit the enrollment form and an official high school transcript showing graduation date or an official copy of GED results. 

All students will be required to have a background check, which includes social security number verification, and physical examination, including drug and alcohol screening.  Instructions will be sent to students who are offered spaces in the program.

Program Information

Course Descriptions

VN 109: Fundamentals of Patient Care for Vocational Nurses (2.5 units)

A course in the fundamental nursing skills needed to care for the hospitalized or long-term care patient. The course includes clinical practice in a hospital or long-term care facility. Emphasis is on safety principles and basic patient care skills. Note: No grade will be given for this class; students will receive "credit" or  "no credit" only.

Limitation on Enrollment: Formal admission to the VN Program.
Course Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in VN 101. Qualifying Certified Nursing Assistants are exempt from this course. Prior approval must be obtained from the Director of Nursing.

VN 110: Self-Care: Fundamentals and Pharmacology (12.5 units)

Fundamental nursing principles of adult patient care. Beginning nursing process, self-care theory, nutrition, pharmacology, geriatrics, and adult growth and development are integrated throughout the course. Concurrent clinical practice in acute and skilled nursing facilities.

Limitation on Enrollment: Formal admission to the VN Program.
Course Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 100 or completion with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: Completion of MATH 100.

VN 111: Nursing to Promote Self-Care Agency in the Child-Bearing and Pediatric Family (5.5 units)

Principles of nursing care of the mother during child-bearing, the newborn, and the pediatric patient.  The pediatric component will have emphasis on assessment and growth and development.  Self-care theory will be integrated throughout the course.

Limitation on Enrollment: Formal admission to the VN Program.
Course Prerequisite: Completion of VN 110 and BIOL 100 with a grade of "C" or better.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 099, READ 099 and MATH 070.

VN 112: Nursing to Promote Self-Care Agency in the Adult (15.5 units)

Principles of medical-surgical nursing of the adult and the child, with integration of self-care theory throughout the course. Emphasis will be on diseases and conditions of the endocrine, resiratory, reproductive, integumentary, gastrointestinal, hematological, musculoskeletal and renal systems.

Limitation on Enrollment: Formal admission to the VN Program.
Course Prerequisite: Completion of VN 111 with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PSY 101 or NF 100 or completion with a grade of "C" or better.

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 099, READ 099 and MATH 070.

VN 113: Nursing Leadership to Promote Self-Care Agency in the Adult (8.5 units)

Principles of medical-surgical nursing of the adult and child, with integration of self-care theory and leadership throughout the course. Emphasis will be on diseases and conditions of the cardiovascular and neurological systems, and mental health disorders

Limitation on Enrollment: Formal admission to the VN Program.
Course Prerequisite: Completion of VN 111 with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PSY 101 or NF 100 or completion with a grade of "C" or better.

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 099, READ 099 and MATH 070.