Nursing, Vocational

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

      • Complete program application and submit by due date to be considered for acceptance into the program
      • 12th grade or equivalent as granted by the California State Department of Education
      • BIOL 100 with a grade of B or better; or BIOL 430 and BIOL 431 with grades of “B” or better
      • AH 110, FCS 324, NUTRI 300, and PSYC 300 with a grade of “C” or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in these four (4) courses
      • ENGRD 11 or eligibility for ENGRD 110 as determined by the reading assessment process for applicants who do not have an Associate Degree or higher
      • In-progress grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses. Courses taken for Pass/No Pass (P/NP) will be calculated into the GPA as a “C” grade.
      • It is highly recommended that the student take a medical dosage calculation class prior to beginning the program.
      • A grade of 75% or better is mandatory in each required course for progression in the vocational nursing program. If the clinical performance is “unsatisfactory,” the semester grade will be “F” regardless of achievement in theory.
      • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), latest version, developed by the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI). A minimum composite score is necessary to be eligible for application to the program. Additional information is available from the SCC Nursing website at
      • The SCC Nursing Program reserves the right to make changes in the enrollment criteria, academic requirement, grading standards, and other processes without notice at any time.
      • Admission, Reentry or Transfer: please see SCC Nursing website at

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Enrollment criteria, enrollment applications, and deadlines are available from the SCC nursing website at The Vocational Nursing Program at SCC uses a multicriteria enrollment process. The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) latest version must be taken before applying, and a minimum composite score must be achieved in order to apply to the program. A Los Rios Community College District student identification number is required to access the online application. Points earned from the multicriteria enrollment form determine eligibility for the random selection pool from which a class is selected. Student must reapply each semester. There is no waiting list.
  • Applications for enrollment and unofficial transcripts supporting completion of prerequisite course and graduation course requirements must be submitted to the Science and Allied Health Division by the posted due date. Please see the nursing website at for information about the enrollment process, re-entry, and transfer.
  • Students accepted to the nursing program will be required to undergo a criminal background check and a drug screening test prior to the first day of class.

The Vocational Nursing Program at Sacramento City College is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Upon successful completion of the three-semester, 53-unit program, the student is eligible to apply for the National Licensing Examination to qualify as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Students enrolled in this program are required to complete nursing courses with related clinical experiences. The program issues a certificate upon completion and prepares the graduate for employment. With completion of additional requirements, an Associate in Science Degree may be achieved. In addition to regular expenses such as enrollment fees, living costs, activity fees, and books, nursing students have the expense of uniforms, equipment, malpractice insurance, graduation, and licensing costs. Students are also responsible for their physical examination, immunizations, background check, and drug screen, as well as transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. All students must have a current CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer American Red Cross.

Students with a conviction record will be required to disclose this information to the State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). The board reviews individual circumstances on a case-by-case basis to determine whether a person is qualified to be licensed as a Vocational Nurse. For further information consult the BVNPT website at

The nursing program is a full-time rigorous course of study. In order to ensure academic success and to protect students’ health, full time employment is not advisable. It is recommended that students who must continue outside employment reduce their hours to 8-12 hours or less per week.

Informational meetings are held several times each semester and provide prospective students with information on program prerequisites, enrollment process, and other facts about the program. For information call (916) 558-2271 or visit the SCC web site at

Recommended high school preparation: classes in biology, mathematics, and English.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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.
  • apply scientific principles in competently performing common nursing measures and procedures.
  • communicate effectively with patients and coworkers to assist in the achievement of health related problems and/or organizational goals.
  • act as a teacher in providing information related to the activities of daily living and health practices for patients with common illnesses.
  • organize care for a group of patients and participate in providing direction for personnel with less preparation or experience in other than acute care settings.
  • assume responsibility for his/her own professional development and function with accountability within the legal boundaries of licensed vocational nursing practice.

Completion Requirements

Associates in Science Degree (AS)
The Nursing, Vocational Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grade of “C” or better or equivalent.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares the student for employment as a licensed vocational nurse. The LVN may work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, ambulatory care settings, skilled nursing facilities, correctional facilities, home health, and extended care facilities to provide basic patient care to clients of all ages under the supervision and direction of physicians or registered nurses. The specific procedures performed vary greatly depending on the work setting.