Vocational Nursing

Certificate of Completion

The Vocational Nursing program is regulated by the Board of Vocational Nurse & Psychiatric Technicians commonly referred to as BVNPT (Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians). Students will gain the knowledge of nursing science in a supportive learning environment that values a diverse group of students in acquiring the necessary skills to become eligible for the NCLEX-PN examination of the National Council of State Board of Nursing in the State of California. Students successfully completing the Vocational Nursing Program will be able to meet the requirements for the vocational nurse licensure as specified in the Vocational Nurse Practice Act. This program is specifically for noncredit adult students who are seeking training in the health field for immediate employment and future health career ladders. Once licensed, the LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) may find employment in hospitals, clinics, private physicians’ offices, and skilled nursing facilities. Students must pass all three core courses to earn the Vocational Nursing certificate.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Vocational Nursing 1
Vocational Nursing 2
Vocational Nursing 3

Selection Process

Students applying for admission to the vocational nursing program are required to attend an informational session detailing the application process, selection criteria, material cost, and student support services. 

Required Items for Entry: 

  1. Must be at least 17 years of age upon application to the program.
  2. Must have an active unrestricted Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) through the California Department of Public Health. 
  3. Applicant must provide proof of graduation from (one of the following):
    1. An accredited high school in the United States by official transcripts or diploma.
    2. Documentation of a passing score on the California High School Equivalency Exam (GED/HiSet)
    3. Official evaluation of international diploma/degree.
  4. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.

Items required after acceptance to finalize enrollment: 

  1. A physical examination, including specific immunization.
  2. Meeting the minimum physical and mental qualifications to perform essential nursing functions.
  3. Criminal background check and drug screening must be clear/negative of any issues.

Detailed information to the required items above and additional criteria used to determine entrance into the program will be provided in the following link: www.mtsac.edu/sce/stv/health/vn

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain employment as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in the nursing sector and heath field.
  • Students will possess and demonstrate vocational nursing skills and job readiness.
  • Students will be prepared to pass the NCLEX-PN examination of the National Council of State Board of Nursing in the State of California to gain vocational nursing licensure.
  • Students will be able to progress through the health careers ladder by enrolling in our Mt. SAC’s credit-bearing health careers and licensure programs.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

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