Vocational Nursing

Nursing and Allied Health Welcomes an Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing!

To improve student success and to align with several statewide initiatives including the Guided Pathways Project of “structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality post-secondary credentials and careers", Hartnell College Nursing and Allied Health is shifting the Vocational Nursing program from a Certificate to an Associate degree.
Fall 2018, Nursing and Allied Health will be offering two Vocational Nursing admission opportunities.
Admission for Spring 2018 (LAST Vocational Nursing Certificate cohort)
Program begins in late February 2018
Admission Fall 2018 (FIRST Vocational Nursing Associate Degree cohort)
Program begins in August 2018
Online applications are now available. 
For further information, we encourage all prospective students to attend our Nursing and Allied Health counseling sessions.


The Hartnell College Vocational Nursing (VN) Program is a defined group of prerequisite and corequisite courses in a 12-month certificate program of study consisting of classroom, high-fidelity simulation, nursing skills laboratory, and clinical experiences. Licensed vocational nurses perform essential nursing services under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). After passing, graduates may practice as vocational nurses in a variety of settings, including but not limited to community agencies, medical offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The Hartnell College VN Program is fully approved by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians (BVN/PT) and is seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  In all certificate programs, it is required that at least half of the required number of units be taken at Hartnell College.

VN Program Outcomes*:
Upon successful completion of the Hartnell VN Program, a graduate will
1.      function in a collaborative role with members of the healthcare team to promote comfort, protect, maintain and restore health for individuals, families, and communities by utilizing the nursing process.
2.      demonstrate competence in nursing skills and caring practice at the entry level of a vocational nurse in accordance with quality and safety initiatives.
3.      apply evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills when using the nursing process to provide care to individuals throughout the lifespan.
4.      communicate with clarity, purpose and sensitivity with individuals, families, communities, and interprofessional team members.
5.      provide safe and effective nursing care, employ curiosity in accessing information to assist with assessment, and demonstrate caring in the implementation of nursing actions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
6.      demonstrate patient-centered care that is sensitive to individual's preferences, values, and needs.
7.      follow the rights of medication administration, and administer medications with appropriate assessments and teaching.
8.      promote self-advocacy for individuals through the involvement in community and nursing practice.
9.      adhere to the Nursing Code of Ethics and all legal principles encompassed in the Vocational Nursing Scope of Practice
10.    value life-long learning, continuing education, and accountability for nursing practice and development.

*Under revision 2016-2017


Who to contact

Dean of Academic Affairs, Nursing and Allied Health
Phone: 831-770-6146
B - Student Services
Office: B219
Building: B - Student Services
Assistant Director Vocational Nursing
Program Assistant II
Phone: 831-770-6148
B - Student Services
Office: B217
Building: B - Student Services
Administrative Assistant I
Phone: 831-770-6146
B - Student Services
Office: B223
Building: B - Student Services