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SJVC’s Vocational Nursing (VN) program prepares students to offer professional care to the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Vocational nurses are an important part of a healthcare team responsible for detecting illnesses, medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as patient education.
Our Vocational Nursing students learn:
The program includes a clinical rotation which allows students to further their studies in a real-world medical environment. This hands-on clinical training enhances the learning experience and allows students to develop a work history while completing their studies.
Courses* taken by our Vocational Nursing students include:
Anatomy and Physiology for Vocational Nurses This course focuses on the anatomy of the human body and how the organs function in a healthy state. This course will provide an understanding of how disease processes affect the human body. Pathophysiology is introduced and further explores in the nursing theory courses. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Nursing of the Mature Adult Theory This course provides a foundation in the study of nursing care related to adult clients experiencing disorders of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive/gastrointestinal system, urinary system, and metabolic/nutritional disorders. Other topics to be covered are: legal/ethical issues, community resources, diagnostic testing, patient education, rehabilitation, communicable diseases, cultural influences, and death/dying. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Pediatric Nursing Theory This course applies the nursing process to the care of the infant, toddler, preschool child, school age child and the adolescent with additional emphasis on patient teaching, legal/ethics, communication, community resources, cultural influence, substance abuse, and death and dying. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the most current program information.
Our Vocational Nursing students can earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 16 months.
Graduates are eligible to take the State Board of Vocational Nursing licensing examination. The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians publishes institutional pass rate information.
Graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification.
SJVC’s Vocational Nursing program is available at the Visalia campus.
Graduates from SJVC’s Vocational Nursing program qualify for a career as a Vocational Nurse.
Vocational nurses can work in hospitals, medical offices, clinics and correctional facilities.
On the job, vocational nurses can expect to perform the following duties:
Submission of the following documents is required before an applicant is eligible for the Vocational Nursing program selection process:
Applicants for the Vocational Nursing program must be in good health and physically fit. They must also provide proof prior to the program start date of current CPR certification. The card must be from the American Heart Association and be current for the entire program.
Applicants to the Vocational Nursing program are selected based on points earned in an evaluation process that includes assessment, transcript review, and personal interview. Applicants must have reliable plans for transportation, child care and time to devote to academic work outside of scheduled class hours.
The Vocational Nursing program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).
BVNPT 2535 Capital Oaks Dr., Ste. 205 Sacramento, CA 95833 (916) 263-7800 | http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.
CALIFORNIA SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.
Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:
Mailing Address P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Physical Address 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95833
Telephone Numbers Toll free (888) 370-7589 (916) 431-6959
Fax Number (916) 263-1897
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