Vocational Nursing

Breaking News WordNursing and Allied Health is Investigating the Addition of an Associate Degree of Science in Vocational Nursing!

Hartnell College is surveying students, employers, and community stakeholders regarding their interest in adding an associate degree in vocational nursing to the nursing career pathway.  The goal of having a degree and a certificate program would be to increase student options and to align with several statewide initiatives, including the Guided Pathways Project.  The Guided Pathways Project is designed to offer “structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality post-secondary credentials and careers."  Faculty are working on a curriculum that will shorten the time to completion and decrease the number of necessary courses.  If approved, the new associate degree of science, vocational nursing would begin in 2019. 
For further information, we encourage all prospective students to attend our Nursing and Allied Health counseling sessions.

LVN students smiling after a clinical day  

The Hartnell College Vocational Nursing (VN) Program is a defined group of prerequisite and corequisite courses in a 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 the only vocational nursing program in California that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  

LVN Program Class of 2017

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.



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