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Nursing: Licensed Vocational Nursing

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

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 Nurses.
  • 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 procedures
  • 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.

Program Requirements

A total of 47 units required for the certificate.

Required core courses (47 units): Fall Semester (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS 310 Pharmacology 3.0

First/Spring Semester (17.5 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS 311 Medication Administration 1.5
NURS 317 Fundamentals of Nursing 3.5
NURS 318 Clinical Lab 1 8.0
NURS 323 Respiratory System 2.0
NURS 329 Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 2.5

Second/Summer Semester (10 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS 320 Gerontology 2.0
NURS 327 Digestive and Urinary Systems 2.5
NURS 335 Skin & Musculoskeletal Systems 2.5
NURS 328 Clinical Lab 2 3.0

Third/Fall Semester (16.5 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
NURS 322 Maternal and Infant Health 2.0
NURS 330 Pediatrics 1.5
NURS 331 Circulatory System 2.0
NURS 332 Neurosensory System 2.0
NURS 337 Professional Relationships 1.0
NURS 338 Clinical Lab 3 8.0