Nursing – Vocational Nursing – Associate in Science Degree, Certificate of Achievement

Top Code: 1230.20

I. General admissions requirements for the Vocational Nursing Programs

  1. The student must formally apply to the college and is encouraged to make an appointment to see a counselor before enrolling in nursing prerequisite courses.
  2. The student must be a United States high school graduate or have a G.E.D. or equivalent.
  3. The student must have and maintain a current AHA CPR/Basic Life Support Card, for health care provider.
  4. Students who have completed previous college nursing course work and are requesting advanced placement must provide transcripts and submit a petition to the college for advanced placement. If the petition is approved, an examination in theory and lab skills may be administered. A grade of C or better must be achieved on this examination.

II. Other Requirements

  1. Admission to and continuation in a nursing program requires the student to maintain a grade of C or better in all required nursing courses (prerequisites, requisites, and corequisites) and GPA of 2.5 in prerequisites.
  2. Once accepted into a nursing program, the student is required to submit evidence of good health documented by a recent physical examination (within the last year), with the required immunizations.
  3. Students must provide their own transportation to all on- and off-campus clinical sites. Assignments are scheduled between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., daily.
  4. Each theory course has a laboratory course that must be taken concurrently.
  5. Nursing students must have the ability to communicate effectively. To enhance success in a nursing program, students who have English as a second or third language are encouraged to enroll in Speech 003, 010 and Medical Assisting 115.
  6. The California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technician Examiners are required to protect the public by screening applicants for licensure to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are related to nursing qualifications, functions and/or duties. Program applicants who have questions related to eligibility for licensure may contact the Health Sciences Division for referral to the appropriate licensing board.

III. Selection of Students

All eligible applicants who meet the above requirements and course prerequisites will be selected according to the following criteria:

Vocational Nursing

  1. New applicants to the VN program.
  2. Students who withdrew from the VN program a year ago and are eligible for readmission.
  3. Prerequisites completed as described above.

The Vocational Nursing curriculum provides students with skills that will afford them the opportunity to seek employment in hospitals, clinics, private physicians’ offices, and skilled nursing in extended and long-term care facilities.

Emphasis is on nursing theory, development and application of nursing skills in the basic care of individuals throughout the life span.

Upon completion of this curriculum the student will receive a Certificate of Achievement and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination-Vocational Nurse (NCLEX-VN) and if successful will qualify to receive a license from the Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners regulations to practice in the State of California.

A grade of C or better in all Vocational Nursing course work is required to meet the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners regulations.

Program Outcomes

  1. Utilize the nursing process in health promotion, restoration, and disease and illness prevention.
  2. Apply evidence based practice in providing therapeutic nursing interventions for clients and families.
  3. Apply Quality Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) knowledge, skills, and attitudes (ksa) to client care.
  4. Apply clinical reasoning skills to client care.
  5. Provide health education to individuals, families and communities.
  6. Demonstrate competency in vocational nursing procedural skills.
  7. Advocate for clients and families.
  8. Provide culturally sensitive nursing care.

Note: The following sequence must be followed.

Vocational Nursing Curriculum

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Sequence must be followed:

Prerequisites

NURS 103 NURSING ASSISTANT
PYSO 100 BASIC PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY
MATH 402 PREALGEBRA, or higher
NUTR 011 HUMAN NUTRITION
PSYC 024 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

The PCC Nursing Program’s outcomes reflect standards of competency as delineated by the California State Boards of Nursing and the Department of Health Services.

Required Nursing Classes

Semester I
NURS 108ANURSING SKILLS LABORATORY-VN1
NURS 122MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FOR VOCATIONAL NURSES-THEORY3
NURS 125FUNDAMENTALS OF VOCATIONAL NURSING-THEORY5
NURS 125LFUNDAMENTALS OF VOCATIONAL NURSING-CLINICAL5
Semester II
NURS 108BNURSING SKILLS LABORATORY-VN1
NURS 124MENTAL HEALTH NURSING FOR VOCATIONAL NURSES2
NURS 126INTERMEDIATE VOCATIONAL NURSING - THEORY5
NURS 126LINTERMEDIATE VOCATIONAL NURSING-CLINICAL5
Semester III
NURS 127ADVANCED VOCATIONAL NURSING-THEORY6
NURS 127LADVANCED VOCATIONAL NURSING-CLINICAL4
Total Units37

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