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Vocational Nursing Diploma

Program Description

This program contains anatomy and physiology, nutrition, psychology, normal growth and development, nursing fundamentals, nursing process, communication, client education, pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, communicable diseases, gerontological nursing, rehabilitation nursing, maternity nursing, pediatric nursing, leadership, supervision, ethics and unethical conduct, critical thinking, culturally congruent care, and end-of-life care concepts (VN Practice Act art. 5, sec. 2533). It is composed of five levels, namely:

 

Level I – where the novice student nurse is introduced to entry-level competencies that promote safety and effective care environment.

 

Level II – where the beginner student nurse is trained to master entry-level competencies while being presented care concepts that promote psychosocial integrity.

 

Level III – where the competent student nurse skillfully masters competencies that support physiological integrity.

 

Level IV – where the proficient student nurse integrates mastered care concepts that foster physiological and psychosocial integrity.

 

Level V – where the expert student nurse critiques, develops and implements client-centered care plans that respond to the health promotion and maintenance needs of clients with complex conditions.

 

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

The program outcome of Pacific College Vocational Nursing program reflects the mission, philosophy, and conceptual framework of the program. The VN graduate of Pacific College must be equipped with knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the health care systems where they work.

 

To achieve this program outcome, the VN graduate must meet the programmes terminal objectives. The foundation of these terminal objectives is the quality and safety competencies outlined by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project. These competencies target the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for future nurses to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems where they work. The competencies are:

 

1. Client-Centered Care.

2. Safety.

3. Evidence-Based Practice.

4. Quality Improvement.

5. Teamwork and Collaboration.

6. Informatics.

 

 

The client needs categories of the NCLEX-PN Test Plan have also guided the development of these terminal objectives. These categories are:

1. Safe and Effective Care Environment.

2. Health Promotion and Maintenance.

3. Psychosocial Integrity.

4. Physiological integrity.

 

 

Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements listed below have been established for students entering the Vocational Nursing Program at Pacific College:

 

  • Students must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Diploma (GED) or possess a High School Proficiency Certificate approved by an accreditation

 

  • All applicants must successfully pass a nationally recognized basic skills test or have equivalency determined by the Registrar’s Office

 

  • Complete all application forms including a background check

 

  • An interview with the Program Director may also be required to determine eligibility

 

  • See Health, Physical, and Physiological Requirements on pg. 57 of our course catalog.

 

 

Career Opportunities

The primary focus for a Vocational Nurse is the restoration of health. The scope of this care ranges from detection of illness to rehabilitation and patient teaching during recovery. Duties and responsibilities include direct patient care, the administration of medication, and the application of procedures and treatments. Vocational Nurses work with a wide variety of people ranging from children to the elderly in a wide variety of medical setting such as the medical office, acute care hospitals and medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient centers, and private and government health care agencies. Upon successful completion of the program and upon successfully passing the State of California Vocational Nursing Licensure Exam, the student will be eligible to work in an entry-level position as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

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Vocational Nursing Career

Vocational Nursing students are provided with the education and training that will enable them to successfully perform the duties required by a Vocational Nurse (VN). Under the supervision of a physician or Registered Nurse, Vocational Nurses provide direct patient care for children, adults and the elderly in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies. Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the state Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Vocational Nursing (VN).

 

What type of work do Vocational Nurses do?

A Vocational Nurse is an essential member of the healthcare team. Vocational Nurses provide care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direct supervision of physicians and registered nurses. Patient care includes basic bedside care, prepare and give injections, monitor equipment, record vital signs, dress wounds and provide patient comfort.

 

What is the career outlook for Vocational Nurses?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Vocational Nurses is projected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare services.

 

In California, the number of Vocational Nurses is expected to grow faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Vocational Nurses are expected to increase by 17.5 percent or 10,100 jobs between 2006 and 2016.

 

In Los Angeles County, the number of Vocational Nurses is expected to grow faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Vocational Nurses are expected to increase by 12.5 percent or 2,240 jobs between 2006 and 2016.

 

In Orange County, the number of Vocational Nurses is expected to grow faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Vocational Nurses are expected to increase by 15.1 percent or 690 jobs between 2006 and 2016.

Estimated Employment and Projected Growth
Vocational Nurses
Geographic Area (Estimated Year-Projected Year) Estimated Employment Projected Employment Numeric Change Percent Change
California (2006-2016) 57,700 67,800 10,100 17.5
Los Angeles County (2006-2016) 17,940 20,180 2,240 12.5
Orange County (2006-2016) 4,560 5,250 690 15.1

Source: EDD/LMID Projections of Employment by Occupation

https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

Diploma in Vocational Nursing

Program Courses and Length

The Diploma in Vocational Nursing program consists of 1668 clock hours.

 

 

Required Courses
Course Title Hours Units
VN 110 Fundamentals 154 10
VN 110-C Fundamentals Clinical 206 4.5
VN 120 Medical/Surgical 1 & Intro to Pediatrics 136 9
VN 120-C Med/Surg 1 & Intro to Pediatrics Clinical 192 4
VN 130 Medical/Surgical 2 & Pediatric Nursing 120 8
VN 130-C Med/Surg 2 & Pediatric Nursing Clinical 232 5
VN 140 Medical/Surgical 3 & Maternity 108 7
VN 140-C Medical/Surgical 3 & Maternity Clinical 216 5
VN 150 Medical/Surgical 4 & Leadership 128 8.5
VN 150-C Medical/Surgical 4 & Leadership Clinical 176 4
Total Vocational Nursing Hours and Units 1668 65
Vocational Nursing Salary

Vocational Nursing students are provided with the education and training that will enable them to successfully perform the duties required by a Vocational Nurse (VN). Under the supervision of a physician or Registered Nurse, Vocational Nurses provide direct patient care for children, adults and the elderly in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies. Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the state Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Vocational Nursing (VN).

 

 

2014 Wages for Licensed Vocational Nurses
Región Median Hourly Median Annually
California $25.36 $52,743
Inland Empire Area $22.66 $47,133
Los Angeles County $27.07 $50,075
Orange County $23.68 $49,260

Source: Employment Development Department
Labor Market Information Division (http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/OccGuides)

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Pacific College

Undergraduate certificate in Vocational Nursing
Program Length: 24 months

 

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Students graduating on time

63% of Title IV students complete the program within 24 months

The share of students who completed the program within 100% of normal time (18 months).

Pacific College

$29,645 for tuition and fees
$0 for books and supplies

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cost information

 

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

The typical graduate leaves with
$18,000 in debt

The median debt of borrowers who completed this program. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

 

The typical monthly loan payment
$186 per month in student loans with an interest rate of 4.45%.

The median monthly loan payment for students who completed this program if it were repaid over ten years at a 4.45% interest rate.

Graduates who got jobs

 

86% of program graduates got jobs according to the:  The future of Nursing

 

Program graduates are employed in the following fields: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Licensure Requirements

Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in: California

 

Some States require students to graduate from a state approved program in order to obtain a license to practice a profession in those States.

Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

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Pacific College is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

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Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) through May 10, 2022

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