VN Program Description

The Vocational Nursing program is a full time BVNPT approved program, 3 semesters in length. Each semester is 12 units.

The program includes theory and clinical instruction. Graduates of the program receive a Certificate of Achievement and are qualified to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. If additional requirements are met, the Associate Degree in Science can be earned.

The licensed vocational nurse is qualified to find career opportunities in sub-acute and skilled nursing care facilities, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, corrections, home health, laboratories and other community agencies. Clinical experiences in the program are at Kaiser South, Sutter Health, Dignity Health, and UCDMC clinics.

Note: Students with a conviction history may not be allowed in a clinical facility and may not be qualified for a nursing license. The BVNPT has the right to deny any graduate the opportunity to take the licensure exam.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • High school preparation includes algebra, biology, and chemistry with laboratory experience.
  • Other college preparation courses include Medical Dosage Calculations, Pre-Algebra or eligible Elementary Algebra, and English Reading.
  • Educational requirements include a high school transcript or GED, prior college degree, or foreign high school NACES evaluation for equivalency in the United States.
  • If the candidate does not have an A.S. Degree or higher, an English Reading Skill Development course or eligibility to take an Efficient Reading course, is required.


There are a total of 15 prerequisite units for the program. Prerequisite courses include:

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, 3 units, or
  • Anatomy and Physiology, 5 units

with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Also required is:

  • Medical Language, 3 units
  • Nutrition, 3 units
  • Human Development, 3 units
  • General Principles of Psychology, 3 units

with a minimal GPA of 2.5 or above.

Financial Requirements

The financial requirements of the program are approximately $4000, which includes:

  • tuition
  • uniforms
  • books
  • Nurse Kit
  • physical examination
  • background check and drug screen
  • immunizations
  • immunization tracker
  • CPR certification
  • malpractice insurance
  • badges
  • graduation
  • licensing fees

The student must have access to a computer, Internet, printer, ink and paper; the student must also have reliable transportation to off-campus clinical facilities. Financial aid and scholarships are available for nursing students. Applicants are encouraged to meet with a counselor and attend VN Program Information Meetings for further information.

Applying to the Program

The applicant must apply to the district to obtain student identification number which is essential to access the online application through eServices.

An online application process is used and students must reapply each open enrollment period; there are no waiting lists.

TEAS Assessment

The student must take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 5th edition, from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) before applying. The TEAS may be taken at any ATI testing site.

It is highly recommended that the student study for the test as only the first passing score of 53 or greater will be accepted. There is a study manual available for purchase and a number of copies are available at the Learning Resource Center.

Enrollment Criteria

The enrollment criteria include previous degrees, health care licenses, certification, patient care experience, grade point average, life/special circumstances, veteran status, second language proficiency, and score on an assessment test. All criteria yields a possible 100 points.


An initial worksheet is completed by the student to determine if a candidate is qualified to apply. The worksheet total is reviewed and verified. A total of 60 points on the worksheet is needed to apply.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation is needed to confirm responses. All documents must be submitted with the online application cover page. Incomplete applications are not processed. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure there are no missing documents.


Instruction is provided over 4 days per week, with varying times for theory and clinical. There are mandatory nursing orientations. Students may be dismissed for excessive absenteeism. Students are expected to take the seat in the semester offered.