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Vocational Nursing Associate Degree/Diploma

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Program Description

A Licensed Vocational Nurse is an essential member of the healthcare team.  Licensed Vocational Nurses provide care under the direct supervision of Physicians or Registered Nurses.  Patient care includes bedside care, prepare and give injections, monitor equipment, record vital signs, dress wounds, and provide patient comfort.  Licensed Vocational Nurses are employed in various healthcare settings such as acute medical/surgical hospitals, convalescent hospitals (long-term care, skilled nursing), home healthcare agencies, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers, blood banks, psychiatric hospitals, and correctional facilities.

This program will provide students with theory and clinical learning experiences meeting the educational requirements to apply for Vocational Nurse Licensure in the State of California.  Upon satisfactory completion of all Vocational Nursing courses and the specified general education requirements, the student will have earned an Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing.

 

The program outcome of Pacific College Vocational Nursing program reflects the mission, philosophy, and conceptual framework of 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.

 

  1. Graduates will display competency of knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to pass the NCLEX-PN and work as an LVN;
  2. Graduates will develop critical thinking skills and provide quality and safe nursing care where they work;
  3. Graduates will be able to utilize psychosocial and physiological integrity, and promote evidence-based nursing practice.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate good communicational skills and respect diversity and culture where they work.
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 in reading and application of language skills
  • 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.

Clinical Facilities
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

Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing

Program Courses and Length

The Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing program consists of 80 semester credit 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
General Education Courses
Course Title Hours Units
COM 101 Human Communication 45 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 45 3
MATH 125 Intermediate Algebra 45 3
ENG 100 College Writing 45 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 120 8
Total General Education Courses Hours and Units 225 15
Total Hours and Units for Associates of Science in Vocational Nursing 1893 80
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)

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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