The Vocational Nursing program is designed to prepare students for a career as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide basic nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.
Students will learn about anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, and maternal-child nursing, among other topics. The program includes both classroom instruction and clinical experiences in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed vocational nurses.
What is Vocational Nursing?
Vocational Nursing, also known as Practical Nursing, is a healthcare profession focused on providing basic nursing care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Vocational nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies. Their duties may include administering medications, monitoring vital signs, assisting with activities of daily living, and providing emotional support to patients and their families. Vocational nurses play an important role in the healthcare team, working closely with physicians, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide high-quality patient care.
Is Studying to be a Vocational Nurse Right for Me?
A Vocational Nursing Certificate of Achievement is ideal for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and have a passion for helping others. This program is designed for students who want to enter the nursing profession quickly, as the program typically takes 12 to 18 months to complete. Vocational nursing is a great option for those who want to start working in the healthcare field without having to spend several years in school. Additionally, individuals who have strong communication skills, are detail-oriented, and can work well under pressure would benefit from this program. Finally, those who have a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families would also find this program rewarding.
There are several key traits and skills that can make someone a good fit for studying Vocational Nursing. Here are some of the most important:
- Attention to detail
- Communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Emotional stability
UPDATE TO PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
To meet the needs of our community clinical sites and for the health and safety of our students while in our Nursing/Allied Health programs, we are now requiring that students meet COVID Vaccination and Booster requirements upon entry into the program. NO exemptions will be considered.
Students in the Vocational Nursing program are required to take TECM B40, MATH B27 or a higher level of Math, preferably Statistics, as of Summer 2022.
ESTIMATED PROGRAM COSTS (GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT)
Students will be required to purchase uniforms, textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites and pay current college fees. See the Vocational Nursing Program Projected Costs for an estimated cost for books, uniforms, fees and required equipment for all three semesters of the program.
The California Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians accredits the BC Vocational Nursing Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College.
Vocational Nursing Certificate
Vocational Nursing Careers
There are several career paths that someone with a Vocational Nursing Certificate of Achievement can pursue. Here are some of the most common:
- Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN): LVNs are responsible for providing basic nursing care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. They work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities.
- Home Health Nurse: Home health nurses provide nursing care to patients in their homes. They may work for home health agencies or hospice organizations, and their duties may include administering medication, monitoring vital signs, and providing wound care.
- Nursing Home Nurse: Nursing home nurses provide nursing care to patients in long-term care facilities. They may be responsible for administering medication, monitoring vital signs, and providing wound care, among other duties.
- Medical Office Nurse: Medical office nurses work in doctors' offices, clinics, and other outpatient settings. They may be responsible for triaging patients, administering medication, and providing patient education.
- Dialysis Nurse: Dialysis nurses work with patients who have kidney disease and require dialysis treatment. They may be responsible for administering dialysis, monitoring vital signs, and providing emotional support to patients and their families.
- Pediatric Nurse: Pediatric nurses specialize in providing nursing care to children from infancy to adolescence. They may work in hospitals, clinics, or other healthcare settings and may be responsible for administering medication, monitoring vital signs, and providing emotional support to children and their families.
- School Nurse: School nurses provide nursing care to students in schools. They may be responsible for administering medication, providing first aid, and managing students with chronic health conditions.
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Department and Pathway
Academic Department: Nursing
Career & Learning Pathway: Health Sciences (HS) Pathway
See the entire list of Vocational Nursing (VNRS) courses available at BC in the catalog.
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