Bakersfield College

Vocational Nursing

The purpose of the Bakersfield College Vocational Nursing Program is to provide the foundation for students to become competent Vocational Nurses. The VN Program respects the individuality of students and recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds, and a unique support system.

The aim of the Program is to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that the student completing the program is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.


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.

Important Information

Math Requirement

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.


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.