A.S. in Vocational Nursing

A.S. Degree

Successful completion of the program studies allows the student to become eligible to take the State Board Examination for Licensed Vocational Nurse (NCLEX).

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
Required courses:
VNRS 150Fundamentals of Nursing3
VNRS 151LFundamentals of Nursing Lab3
VNRS 152Pharmacology I1
VNRS 153Introductory Nutrition for the Vocational Nurse1
VNRS 154Body Structure Function for the Vocational Nurse I1.5
VNRS 155Social Psychology for the Vocational Nurse1
VNRS 160Medical - Surgical Nursing I3
VNRS 161LMedical - Surgical Nursing I Lab3
VNRS 162Pharmacology II1
VNRS 163Diet Therapy for the Vocational Nurse1
VNRS 164Body Structure and Function for the Vocational Nurse II1.5
VNRS 165Adult Growth and Development for the Vocational Nurse1
VNRS 170Medical-Surgical Nursing II7
VNRS 171LMedical-Surgical Nursing II Lab7
VNRS 172Advanced Pharmacology2
VNRS 173Psychology for Vocational Nurses2
VNRS 180Pediatric Nursing3.5
VNRS 181Growth and Development: Infancy-Adolescence1
VNRS 182Obstetrical-Gynecological Nursing4
VNRS 183Leadership in Nursing3
Total Units50.5

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Vocational Nursing A.S. Degree will:

  1. Use correct medical terminology and nomenclature, in the correct context, in order to effectively communicate health/ medical information and concepts to others.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to perform accurate calculations of intake and output, drug dosages, and IV rates.
  3. Develop problem-solving and self-assessment skills and make appropriate decisions regarding a variety of procedural situations.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to interact with patients and work effectively as a member of the health care team.
  5. Develop the ability to use and adapt to current technologies used in the healthcare setting.
  6. Provide patient care that falls within the scope of practice as set forth by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).