Vocational Nursing Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 61.0

Term Effective: Fall 1981

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2010


***This part-time Vocational Nursing (Extended) Certificate of Achievement program will be discontinued when the current class finishes in summer 2008. There will not be a new class starting fall 2008 as had been planned. This change has no effect on the full time, 3 semester Vocational Nursing Certificate of Achievement program, which will begin a new class in fall 2007 (applications are due Feb. 7, 2007).*** The Vocational Nursing Certificate of Achievement prepares students to apply to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians to take the NCLEX PN examination in order to receive the Vocational Nursing license from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The program is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The program provides a minimum of 1,530 hours of instruction and clinical experience. Clinical sites are arranged at local health care facilities for a wide range of experiences. No wages or stipends are paid to students during their training period.

The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is an important member of the health team who, under the supervision of a doctor or a registered nurse, provides personal nursing care such as: administering oral and injectable medications; performing cleansing, palliative, and remedial treatments; using specialized equipment and instruments in giving treatments; and recording facts relative to the care of patients.

Prospects for employment are very favorable as LVN's are needed in hospitals, doctors' offices, private homes, health agencies, medical clinics, skilled nursing, and corrections facilities. LVN's are also employed by public health departments, visiting nursing associations, Armed Forces Peace Corps, and other agencies.

Students completing the LVN program and who are interested in becoming Registered Nurses may wish to pursue LVN-ADN Career Ladder option. See a Health Sciences counselor for more information.

Students interested in the order for taking classes in this program, can view the required course sequence. Click here for more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Department.

Licensure Note:
The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) may deny licensure for crimes substantially related to the practice of nursing. This includes convictions involving sex crimes, drug crimes (including DUI), and crimes of violence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation to the BVPT prior to licensure.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Vocational Nursing program are:

  • Complete 61.0 units from
    • Vocational Nursing Prerequisite Requirements
    • Vocational Nursing Requirements

Vocational Nursing Prerequisite Requirements - complete 14.00 units
FDNT 62Nutrition & Diet Therapy3.00
HLC 60Medical Terminology1.00-3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANAT 1General Human Anatomy5.00
ANAT 58Introduction to Human Anatomy3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PHYSIO 1Human Physiology5.00
Vocational Nursing Requirements - complete 47.00 units
NRV 51Medical-Surgical Nursing10.00
NRV 51LMedical-Surgical Nursing6.00
NRV 52AMedical-Surgical Nursing8.00
NRV 52ALMedical/Surgical Nursing Clinical4.00
NRV 52BMaternal and Child Care Nursing2.00
NRV 52BLMaternal-Child Health Nursing Clinical2.00
NRV 53Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing10.00
NRV 53LMedical-Surgical Nursing6.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


It is strongly recommended that students interested in pursuing the ADN program take ANAT 1 and PHYSIO 1, not ANAT 58 and PHYSIO 58.
All classes must be completed with a C or better.

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