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 credit/no credit (C/NC) will be calculated into GPA’s 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). Testing provides diagnostic information for individual remediation while in the program. Additional information is available on this Nursing website
  • The SCC Nursing Program reserves the right to make changes in the enrollment process, academic requirement, grading standards, and other processes without notice at any time
  • Admission, Reentry or Transfer: please refer to menu above on this Nursing website

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Enrollment Process

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

  • A Los Rios Community College District student identification number is required to access the online application. A successfully completed online application along with submission of required supporting documentation will 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 all supporting documentation as requested per enrollment application must be submitted to the Science and Allied Health Division during open enrollment only. 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.

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.
  • provide individualized nursing measures to assist patients in need of rehabilitation, including lifestyle changes in the hospital, home, or in the community.
  • apply established standards of care, critical thinking skills, and scientific knowledge when performing nursing functions or procedures.
  • maintain therapeutic communication essential to the achievement of health related patient and/or organizational goals.
  • demonstrate the ability to accurately report and document patient assessments, interventions, changes in patient status, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record (EMR).
  • act as a patient advocate and teacher in assisting patients and families to prevent illness and maintain their optimum level of functioning and health.
  • organize care for a group of patients and participate in providing direction for personnel with less preparation or experiences in other than acute care settings.
  • apply knowledge of cultural patterns, beliefs, and practices in providing culturally sensitive competent care.
  • assume responsibility for his/her own professional development and function with accountability within the legal boundaries of LVN practice.


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.

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

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
  • 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.