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Vocational Nursing (AS) Health Sciences Total Units: 62
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Vocational Nursing program 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 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 experieinces.

For detailed and updated program information advisories and admission dates, go to the Vocational Nursing Program web site. Students interested in the order for taking classes in this program, can view the required course sequence.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Satisfy the requirements for application to the take the NCLEX-PN Licensure Exam;
  2. transition from student to vocational nurse in a variety of health-care settings;
  3. practice competently and safely in a variety of health care settings appropriate to entry level vocational nurse;
  4. communicate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
  5. maintain high professional and ethical standards of vocational nursing practice;
  6. utilize concepts of human growth and development and psycho/socio/cultural needs of clients as they apply to self-care models; and, promote family centered care that is culturally sensitive;
  7. assume responsibility for ongoing educational and professional development;
  8. provide leadership and effective supervision of unlicensed assistive personnel within the vocational nursing scope of practice;
  9. adapt rapidly to new technologies and changing conditions of health care; and
  10. grow in the ability to think critically and incorporate new knowledge and skills into the theoretical knowledge base acquired in the VN program.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Vocational Nursing (AS) program are:

  • Complete 62 units from
    • Vocational Nursing Prerequisite Requirements
    • Vocational Nursing Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Vocational Nursing Prerequisite Requirements - complete 14.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 8.00 units from the following:
CSKLS 100Skills for Medication Administration2.00
FDNT 62Nutrition & Diet Therapy3.00
HLC 160Medical Terminology3.00
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 3.00 units from the following:
PHYSIO 1Human Physiology5.00
PHYSIO 58Introduction to Human Physiology3.00
Vocational Nursing Requirements - complete 47.00 units
NRV 51Fundamentals and Basics of Nursing8.00
NRV 51LFundamentals and Basic Clinical Experience6.00
NRV 52.1Intermediate Vocational Nursing8.00
NRV 52.1LIntermediate Clinical for Vocational Nursing4.00
NRV 52.2Maternal-Child Health Nursing2.00
NRV 52.2LMaternal-Child Health Nursing Clinical2.00
NRV 53Advanced Vocational Nursing Theory8.00
NRV 53LAdvanced Vocational Nursing Clinical6.50
NRV 58AFundamental Skills Lab for Vocational Nursing1.00
NRV 58BIntermediate Skills Lab for Vocational Nursing Students1.00
NRV 58CAdvanced Skills Lab for Vocational Nursing0.50
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00
LIR 110Finding and Using Information1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2010

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: Fall 2011

Previous Versions:

Vocational Nursing - effective Spring 2010
Vocational Nursing - effective Fall 2004

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

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.

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