Program Requirements

All pre-requisites must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or better by the end of the application period. Program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of all pre-requisites with a letter grade of “C” or better. 

Program requirements are put in place by external accreditation and regulatory agencies and are not subject to catalog rights. For the VN program the accreditation and regulatory agency is the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). 

Licensure Note: The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) may deny licensure for crimes substantially related to the practice of nursing. This includes convictions involving sex crimes, drug crimes (including DUI), and crimes of violence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation to the BVPT prior to licensure. 

Program Outcome Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to: 

  1. Satisfy the requirements for application to the take the NCLEX-PN Licensure Exam. 
  2. Transition from student to vocational nurse in a variety of health-care settings
  3.  Practice competently and safely in a variety of health care settings appropriate to entry level vocational nurse.
  4.  Communicate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  5.  Maintain high professional and ethical standards of vocational nursing practice.
  6. Use concepts of human growth and development and psycho/socio/cultural needs of clients as they apply to self-care models; and, promote family centered care that is culturally sensitive;
  7.  Assume responsibility for ongoing educational and professional development.
  8.  Provide leadership and effective supervision of unlicensed assistive personnel within the vocational nursing scope of practice.
  9.  Adapt rapidly to new technologies and changing conditions of health care.
  10.  Grow in the ability to think critically and incorporate new knowledge and skills into the theoretical knowledge base acquired in the VN program. 


It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors. 

Program Requirements

The requirements for the Vocational Nursing program are - Complete 68.0 units from 

  • Vocational Nursing Prerequisite Requirements 
  • Vocational Nursing Requirements 


Vocational Nursing Prerequisite Requirements - complete 18.0 units 

Course Description Units 

PSYCH 4 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3.0 
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following: 
ANAT 1 General Human Anatomy 5.0 
ANAT 58 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3.0 

Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following: 
COMM 5 Group Discussion and Problem Solving 3.0 
COMM 6 Interpersonal Communication 3.0 
COMM 7 Intercultural Communication 3.0 
SPCH 1A Introduction to Public Speaking 3.0 
SPCH 60 Communication Skills 3.0 

Complete a combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following: 
FDNT 62 
FDNT 10 and FDNT 162 3.0 
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following: 
PHYSIO 1 Human Physiology 5.0 
PHYSIO 58 Introduction to Human Physiology 3.0 

Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following: 
PSYCH 1A General Psychology 3.0 
PSYCH 5 Abnormal Psychology 3.0 
PSYCH 7 Theories of Personality 3.0 
PSYCH 56 Aging, Dying and Death 3.0 

Vocational Nursing Requirements - complete 50.0 units 

Course Description Units 

NRV 51 Fundamentals and Basics of Vocational Nursing 8.0 
NRV 51L Fundamentals & Basic Vocational Nursing Clinical Experience 6.0 
NRV 52.1 Intermediate Vocational Nursing 8.0 
NRV 52.1L Intermediate Clinical for Vocational Nursing 4.0 
NRV 52.2 Maternal-Child Health Vocational Nursing 2.0 
NRV 52.2L Maternal-Child Health Vocational Nursing Clinical 2.0 
NRV 53 Advanced Vocational Nursing Theory 8.0 
NRV 53L Advanced Vocational Nursing Clinical 6.5 
NRV 58A Fundamental Skills Lab for Vocational Nursing 1.0 
NRV 58B Intermediate Vocational Nursing Skills Lab 1.0 
NRV 58C Advanced Skills Lab for Vocational Nursing 0.5 
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.0 units from the following: 
NR 255 Comprehensive Pharmacology Update 2.0 
PHARM 255 Comprehensive Pharmacology Update 2.0 

Complete any combination totaling at least 1.0 units from the following: 
NR 256.1 Advanced Pharmacology Update 1.0 
PHARM256.1 Advanced Pharmacology Update 1.0 

Program Requirements Notes

  • Program requirements are put in place by external accreditation and regulatory agencies (BVNPT) and are not subject to catalog rights. 
  • Eligibility for ENGL 1A 
  • Eligibility for MATH 150A 
  • A clear background check is required by clinical agencies. Accepted students must successfully pass a criminal background check (paid by students) this will require social security numbers. 
  • Complete all health requirements noted on VN program webpage (paid by students). 
  • Strongly recommended to meet with a Health Science counselor for guidance with VN certificate or VN Major. Call (707)527-4451 for Santa Rosa campus or (707)778-3914 for Petaluma campus to make an appointment. 
  • Proof of high school graduation or equivalency (HS Diploma, transcript showing Associate Degree or higher degree, GED certificate, document of equivalency of foreign education to US High school graduation or higher. 
  • Official transcripts showing proof of all pre-requisite course completion, this includes official SRJC transcripts. 
  • All classes and pre-requisites must be completed with a C or better. 
  • All qualified candidates assigned a random number per Chancellor’s guidelines. 
  • Once class starts, alternate status is closed and applicants must reapply for a future class. 

Course Prerequisites and Advisories: Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section. 

Course Advisories (Recommendations)
CSKLS 100 – Skills for Medication Administration 
HLC 160 – Medical Terminology 
NRA 51.1 – Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide 
CSKLS 344 – How to Take an Online Class 


To see a complete listing of the Program Requirements, go to the links below:


Certificate

Major

Schedule of Classes

Vocational Nursing Theory Courses Outcome Objectives

Vocational Nursing Clinical Courses Outcome Objectives

Vocational Nursing Skills Lab Courses Outcome Objectives