Nursing and Health Careers

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 2016. 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:

  • Eligibility for MATH 0851 or MATH 0852 (or approved course) by either successfully completing MATH 0830 (or approved course) or through the assessment process (assessment scores are valid for two  years only).
  • Completion of ENGL 0900 (or approved course) or higher or through the writing assessment process with a score of 85 or above and reading score of 90.
  • Official College transcripts.
  • Must be at least 17 years of age by the time of the licensure exam.
  • Copy of Official high school diploma, GED or high school equivalency certificate.
  • Completion of Human Anatomy (BIO 2700) (or approved course) with a C grade or better.
  • Completion of Nutrition (FCS 1011) (or approved course) with a C grade or better.
  • Completion of Medical Terminology (NURS 1045) (or approved course) with a C grade or better.
  • Use this link for a list of approved prerequisite classes from other colleges.            

    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:  
NURS 0951 Vocational Nursing 15
NURS 0899 Support Course - Clinical Skills Practice .5 - 1
Second Semester:  
NURS 0952 Vocational Nursing 15
NURS 0899 Support Course - Clinical Skills Practice .5 - 1
Third Semester:  
NURS 0953 Vocational Nursing 14
NURS 0899 Support Course - Clinical Skills Practice .5 - 1
Additional Support Courses:  
NURS 0966 IV Therapy & Blood Withdrawal 1.5
NURS 2929 Special Studies 1-2
Prerequisite Classes: Units
BIO 2700 Human Anatomy
FCS 1011 Nutrition
NURS 1045 Medical Terminology
Total Units Required

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)