Vocational Nursing Program - Program Requirements


The three-semester Vocational Nursing program is designed to prepare the student for beginning practice in nursing care. Theory content provides each student with a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of vocational nurses in providing health care to all age groups. After course completion and licensure, students are prepared to function completely and skillfully in a wide variety of health care settings.

Certificate: Vocational Nursing (54 units)

The next vocational nursing nursing program will begin Fall 2018. Please review this web site for program information.  For further information, contact the Nursing Office at (530) 841-5929(530) 841-5929.

*** All Prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting an application for the Vocational Nursing Program.

Prerequisites for Admission:

  • GPA of 2.5
  • A minimum grade of "C" in BIO 2700 (Human Anatomy)
  • A minimum grade of "C" in FCS 1011 (Nutrition)
  • A minimum grade of "C" in NURS 1045 (Medical Terminology)
  • A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL 1001 or qualification by Assessment
  • A minimum grade of "C" in Math 0850 or qualification by Assessment
  • Must be 17 years of age by the time of the licensure exam.
  • Copy of official college transcripts
  • Copy of high school transcripts, diploma, GED, or High School Equivalency Certificate

After acceptance into the program:

  • Pass a physical exam (forms available in the Nursing Office) and verification of required immunizations: Chicken Pox, annual influenza, MMR, Tdap, Hep. B series of 3, and two-step TB skin test (within 2 months of program start date)
  • American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card valid for the duration of the program
  • Criminal background clearance and drug screening clearance prior to the start of the program.
  • Official transcripts showing all prerequisites must be submitted. Students must supply documentation that all requirements have been met. In order to determine if an applicant meets prerequisites for the program all official transcripts must be submitted.
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from clinical facilities.

Certificate Vocational Nursing Program:

First Semester:
Course Units
NURS 0951 Vocational Nursing 15
Support Course - NURS 0899 Clinical Skills Practice .5 - 1

Second Semester:
Course Units
NURS 0952 Vocational Nursing 15
Support Course - NURS 0899 Clinical Skills Practice .5 - 1

Third Semester:
Course Units
NURS 0953 Vocational Nursing 14
Support Course - NURS 0899 Clinical Skills Practice .5 - 1

Additional Support Courses:
Course Units
NURS 0966 IV Therapy & Blood Withdrawal 1.5
NURS 2929 Special Studies 1-2

Prerequisite Classes:
Course Units
BIO 2700 Human Anatomy 4
FCS 1011 Nutrition 3
NURS 1045 Medical Terminology 3

Total Units Required - 54

Associate Degree Major: In addition to the 54 unit Vocational Nursing Program students must also complete general education requirements.

* Please refer to the Associate Degree general education requirements in the Schedule of Classes for a list of acceptable courses. Make an appointment with a COS counselor for assistance in completing the general education requirements.

Transfer and Challenge Procedure:

Applicants with transferrable credits and/or recent participation in an accredited nursing program and veterans with health care training may be eligible to obtain advanced placement in the nursing program on a space available basis through challenge exams, portfolio assessment, and credit for equivalent courses. Any student granted credit for previous education and/or experience shall be expected to enroll in the final semester of the Vocational Nursing Program regardless of the number of clinical hours previously completed in another program.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Board Examination. A passing score entitles you to become an LVN. In order to take the NCLEX exam, students must possess a U.S. Social Security card.

To learn more about the application process for this program, contact the Nursing Office at (530) 841-5929(530) 841-5929.

Vocational Nursing Certificate (PDF)

Vocational Nursing Associate Degree (PDF)


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