Bakersfield College

Vocational Nursing

Certificate of Achievement

Gainful Employment Information

Vocational Nursing Program Mission

The mission of the Bakersfield College Vocational Nursing Program is to prepare entry-level vocational nurses as providers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession.

To Achieve the Certificate of Achievement

Upon completion of the program of study for Vocational Nursing, the student is eligible for a Certificate of Achievement.

Career Opportunities in Vocational Nursing

Employment as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a variety of health care settings.

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
VNRS B69 Foundations for Vocational Nursing Practice 3.0
VNRS B68 Basic Medical Surgical Nursing 3.0
VNRS B69L Foundations for Vocational Nursing Practice-Lab 6.0
VNRS B67 Principles of Pharmacology 2.0

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
VNRS B79 Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing 9.0
VNRS B79L Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing - Lab 6.0

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
VNRS B89 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing 3.5
VNRS B89L Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing - Lab 3.0
VNRS B88 Maternal/Child Nursing 3.0
VNRS B88L Maternal/Child Nursing - Lab 3.0
VNRS B84 Maternal/Child Pharmacology 1.0
VNRS B83 Critical Thinking and Leadership for the Vocational Nurse 1.5

Total Units:


All prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the Program with a C grade or higher. Priority is provided to students with all prerequisite courses completed at the time of submitting an enrollment form.

  • Proof of graduation from high school or an equivalent education.
  • BIOL B18 (Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology) at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accreditedcollege.
  • PSYC B1A (General Psychology) at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • MATH B60 (Elementary Algebra) at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • Eligibility for ENGL B1A (Expository Composition) as demonstrated by qualifying scores on the college assessment test or completion of ENGL B53 or ENGL B50 at Bakersfield College or equivalent course from another accredited college with a C or higher.
  • Nurse Assistant certification - required (Effective Fall 2016)
  • MEDS B60 (Medical Terminology) – highly recommended.

Note: Students desiring to continue their education and become a registered nurse need to refer to the prerequisites required for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Application & Enrollment

Application Procedure

The Allied Health office must receive all application forms and transcripts during the designated filing periods. For detailed information on the application period and procedures, please refer to the Allied Health Office in MS 178.

Conditional Enrollment

As a condition of enrollment in any Nursing/Allied Health Program, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening, a background screening, and physical examination
clearance (at the student’s expense). Please note the following:

  • A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
  • If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program. In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited. Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
  • A physical examination completed by a physician of the student’s choice is required after acceptance to the program to demonstrate that a student meets the technical standards necessary to meet the Program objectives. Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations and mask fit testing are also required and are performed at the student’s expense.

More information can be found in the Bakersfield College Allied Health Office, MS 178.

Other Information

Program Costs

An estimated cost for the first semester of the program is approximately $3,200.

Transfer and Challenge by Exam Policy

For transfer and challenge by exam policies, contact the Nursing Department for further information.

Licensure/Certification Eligibility

Conviction of any offenses other than minor traffic violations must be reported to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians at the time of application for licensure. For clarification contact the VN Program Director or the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, California, 95833, (916) 263-7800. Applicants for VN Licensure must submit a valid Social Security number at the time of application.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of how to use and practice basic assessment (data collection), participate in planning, execute interventions in accordance with the care plan or treatment plan, and contribute to evaluation of individualized intervention related to the care plan or treatment plan.
  2. perform direct patient/client care by which the student
    • performs basic nursing services.
    • administers medications.
    • applies communication skills for the purpose of patient/ client care and education.
    • contributes to the development and implementation of a teaching plan related to self-care for the patient/client.

Program Approval/Accreditation

The California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians accredits the Bakersfield College Voctional Nursing Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College.

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