Vocational Nursing

Health and Safety Sciences Division: Vocational Nursing

The Vocational Nursing Program is a 12-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 packets for August 2019 enrollment (fall semester) from February 5 to February 28, 2019.  Packets may be submitted by mail or in person. At the conclusion of the enrollment period, a lottery will be conducted and students will be notified of their admission status during the month of May.  A waiting list will be maintained for fall 2019 admission only.

To apply, students may pick up or request the enrollment form from the Nursing Department, located in Room 198, first floor, Uhazy Hall (formerly the Health and Sciences Building), telephone 661-722-6300, extension 6402, beginning December 3, 2018.

Students must submit the enrollment form, an official high school transcript showing graduation date or an official copy of GED results, and an educational planning and evaluation form for vocational nursing, completed by an Antelope Valley College counselor within one year prior to the date of submitting the enrollment form. Official college transcripts are required for any courses that pertain to the vocational nursing certificate, i.e., BIOL 100 (Elementary Anatomy and Physiology), PSY 101 (General Psychology) and NF 100 (Nutrition).

All students will be required to attend a mandatory student orientation, complete a background screen (including 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 (2.25 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: BIOL 100 or completion with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in VN 110. 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 (12.25 units)

Fundamental nursing principles of adult patient care, basic principles of nursing process, nutrition, pharmacology, gerontology, 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: Eligibility for MATH 070, ENGL 100A and READ 099.

VN 111: Vocational Nursing in the Child-Bearing Family and Pediatric Patient (5.25 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.  

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 MATH 070, ENGL 100A and READ 099.

VN 112: Medical-Surgical Nursing for the Adult and Child (14 units)

Principles of medical-surgical nursing of the adult and the child. Emphasis will be on diseases and conditions of the endocrine, respiratory, 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 MATH 070, ENGL 100A and READ 099.

VN 113: Nursing Leadership in Medical-Surgical Nursing (8.25 units)

Principles of medical-surgical nursing of the adult and child, with leadership integrated 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 MATH 070, ENGL 100A and READ 099.

Last updated: September 27, 2018