Vocational Nursing

Train to Work as a Vocational Nurse

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.

Vocational Nursing Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Our Vocational Nursing students learn:

  • Patient care and nursing fundamentals
  • Medical/surgical concepts
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Laboratory skills
  • Administrative practices

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.

Program Course Examples

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.

Program Outcomes

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.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Vocational Nursing program is available at the Visalia campus.

Career Opportunities

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:

  • Administer prescribed medications and start intravenous fluids
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients’ conditions
  • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members
  • Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, and oxygen suppliers
  • Collect samples, such as blood, urine, and sputum from patients
  • Prepare patients for examinations, tests, treatments, and explain procedures
  • Set up equipment and prepare medical treatment rooms
  • Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments
  • Assist in delivery, care, or feeding of infants

Admission Requirements

Submission of the following documents is required before an applicant is eligible for the Vocational Nursing program selection process:

  • SJVC enrollment application
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Transcripts of previous college coursework
  • Other documents as specified in the VN Application packet
  • Proof that you’re at least 18 years of age

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.

Program Start Dates


Cohort StartApplication Deadline
March 30 2020 Jan 27 2020

Accreditation and Approvals

The Licensed Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs, California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).

2535 Capital Oaks Dr., Ste. 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7800 | http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov

Institutional Accreditation

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.

Questions or requests to review documents pertaining to accreditation should be directed to:

Crystal G. VanderTuig, Accreditation Liaison Officer
San Joaquin Valley College
3828 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 734-9000

State Approvals

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 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.