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.

Prerequisites required for admission to the Hartnell College Vocational Nursing ProgramVN_PreReqs Courses with an asterisk* are required to be completed within five years of application to the program. Applicants are permitted to repeat prerequisites for a better grade provided the course was completed more than five years ago.  It is required that all prerequisites be completed before applying to the program. In progress courses will be not be considered.  We recommend that you meet with a Hartnell Nursing and Allied Health counselor to review your academic plan. To comply with federal, state and local regulations for health care providers, students accepted to the Hartnell College Nursing program are required to meet all current Allied Health Programs clinical compliance requirements according to program guidelines; including health screening, vaccination and drug testing requirements, and provide documentation thereof. Students are also required to complete a criminal background check. Information will be provided at orientation which all incoming students are required to attend.


Applications for the Vocational Nursing Program open Fall 2020 for the Spring 2021 semester. 


Course to Course Equivalency Workshops

Please bring UNOFFICIAL transcripts. Evaluations are only required for prerequisite coursework completed outside of Hartnell College, Gavilan College, Monterey Peninsula College or Cabrillo College. If you completed your coursework at one of the previously mentioned institutions, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND (see approved course equivalency document).
All sessions are held at 411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901 (Main Campus).
10/16/19,  10/23/19,  10/30/19,  11/13/19,  12/0419,  01/15/20,  01/22/20,  01/29/20,  02/05/20
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LVN Program Class of 2017

Program Description
The Hartnell College Vocational Nursing (VN) Program is a defined group of prerequisite, general education, and required major courses in a 24-month 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 Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) and is the first vocational nursing program in California to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

VN Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the vocational nursing program, the student should be able to

  1. articulate the role of the vocational nurse as a member of the health care team, committed to provide safe, quality care for diverse persons and their families. 
  2. provide rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of persons. 
  3. promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of persons, oneself, and members of the health care team. 
  4. achieve quality care through effective communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making with the health care team.
  5. question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition and personal preferences.

Estimated Cost of the Program

Nursing and Allied Health 2019-2020 Student Handbook

Nursing and Allied Health 2019-2020 Policy and Procedure Manual


Who To Contact

    Assistant Director Vocational Nursing
  • Catalina Gonzalez
    Administrative Assistant I
    Phone: 831-770-6146
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: B223
    B - Student Services
  • Belinda Saechao-Jimmeye, MPH
    Program Assistant II
    Phone: 831-770-6148
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: B217
    B - Student Services