Program Description

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.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Admission and Selection

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).
  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 3, 10 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. Vocational Nursing Selection of Students:

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

  1. New applicants to the VN program. 
  2. Students who withdrew from the VN program a year ago and are eligible for readmission.
  3. Transfer students.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 56 units - includes prerequisites

Vocational Nursing Curriculum

Note: The following sequence must be followed.


  • NURS 103 
  • PYSO 100
  • MATH 400 A and B, or 402, or higher
  • NUTR 011
  • PSYC 024

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 (37 units)

Semester I

  • NURS 108A – Nursing Skills Laboratory-VN (1)
  • NURS 122 – Medication Administration for Vocational Nurses-Theory (3)
  • NURS 125 – Fundamentals of Vocational Nursing-Theory (5)
  • NURS 125L – Fundamentals of Vocational Nursing-Clinical (5)

 Semester II

  • NURS 108B – Nursing Skills Laboratory-VN (1)
  • NURS 124 – Mental Health Nursing for Vocational Nurses (2)
  • NURS 126 – Intermediate Vocational Nursing – Theory (5)
  • NURS 126L – Intermediate Vocational Nursing-Clinical (5)

Semester III

  • NURS 127 – Advanced Vocational Nursing-Theory (6)
  • NURS 127L – Advanced Vocational Nursing-Clinical (4)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.

Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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