The Vocational Nursing (VN) Program is a three semester program (no summer sessions). Students attend classes, clinical, and skills laboratory for approximately 32 hours per week. Most weeks have 4 days of required attendance, but some will have 5 days. In addition to pre-requisite and co-requisite courses, students complete 665 hours of theory and 1101 hours of clinical/lab during the VN program which are required and approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician (BVNPT), the program’s accreditation organization. During the program, students should plan to:
- Spend 25-30 hours per week studying
- Attend clinical rotations
- Clinical assignments will include some day and evening shifts, week days and weekends.
- Clinical hours may begin as early as 6:30 AM or end as late as 10:30 PM.
- Theory days begin at 8:00 AM, and may last until 4 PM.
- For increased program success, it is advised that students seek financial aid and limit working hours outside the program.
Sonoma County Junior College District's Mission is to promote student learning throughout our diverse communities by increasing the knowledge, improving the skills and enhancing the lives of those who participate in our programs and enroll in our courses.
Consistent with the District Mission, the Mission of the Santa Rosa Junior College Vocational Nursing Program is to prepare nurses for entry to practice as professional vocational nurses. The standard of nursing care provided by our graduates will be characterized by application of theoretical knowledge for patients of all ages and in multiple settings. Our graduates will demonstrate caring, cultural sensitivity, and acceptance of ethnic, race, religious, gender, age, and lifestyle differences in their practice. They will be self-directed, responsible, resourceful, and resilient professional nurses. (Approved by BVNPT in Accreditation Process Fall, 2007).
In accordance with the mission statement of Santa Rosa Junior College, the faculty of the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program set the following directives as primary to their implementation of this mission and as a statement of purpose for instructors in this program.
The faculty of the Vocational Nursing Program support the primary Mission of Santa Rosa Junior College. SRJC passionately cultivates learning through the creative, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and ethical development of our diverse community.
The VN Faculty believe that their primary function is to develop a foundation of basic nursing knowledge and skills, thereby, providing a framework for students’ ability to deliver safe, competent patient care. This enhances the maintenance of health and the prevention of disease, while considering the basic needs, of each individual; physical, psychological, and socio-cultural.
The VN Faculty believe that experiences acquired through the curriculum will enable the graduate to continue self-development and are important components of the learning process. Selected guided learning experiences are provided at clinical facilities where the students can apply relevant knowledge and develop critical thinking and technical skills. The Faculty’s goal is the development of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and professional integrity in order to foster a successful vocational nursing career.
Career Ladder Programs
The VN major completes an AS Degree and is recommended for students seeking upward career mobility. At SRJC there is a bridge program is available for eligible Licensed Vocational Nurses who wish to become RNs. For more information visit http://adn.santarosa.edu/vocational-nursing-adn-program, or contact a Health Science counselor for an appointment at: 707-527-4451. Other colleges and universities also offer options for the LVN to BSN.