The vocational nursing program is a one-year curriculum designed to prepare the CNA
to function as a licensed vocational nurse. Upon satisfactory completion of each of
the prerequisites and all of the nursing courses in the one-year program, including
summer, the student is positioned to take the National Council Licensure Examination
for Vocational Nurses.
The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement in Nursing: Licensed Vocational Nursing will:
Be prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational
Utilize the nursing process within organized health care systems to help patients
with common illnesses meet their basic human needs through direct patient care services.
Provide information related to the effect of illness and health practices on the individual,
family, and others throughout the life span.
Assume responsibility and accountability for his/her own professional development
and function within legal boundaries of licensed vocational nursing practice.
Relate and apply scientific principles when performing common nursing measures and
Evaluate, within the nursing process parameters, the effectiveness of care rendered
by self and others.
Organize care for patients and participate in providing direction for unlicensed personnel
with less preparation or experience in other than acute care settings.
Utilize information pertinent to community resources in order to meet the needs of
patient and families.
Communicate effectively with patients and co-workers to assist in the achievement
of health related and/or organizational goals.
A total of 47 units required for the certificate.
Required core courses (47 units):
Fall Semester (3 units)