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 ofstudy 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 nursesin a variety ofsettings, including but not limited to community agencies, medical offices, hospitals, and long‐term care facilities. The Hartnell College VN Program isfully approved by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians (BVN/PT) and is the first vocational nursing program in California to earn Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

Associate of Science Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • 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.
  • provide rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of persons.
  • promote the human dignity, integrity, self‐determination, and personal growth of persons, oneself, and members of the health care team.
  • achieve quality care through effective communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making with the health care team.
  • question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition and personal preferences .

Certificate of Achievement Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • 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.
  • provide rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of persons.
  • promote the human dignity, integrity, self‐determination, and personal growth of persons, oneself, and members of the health care team.
  • achieve quality care through effective communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making with the health care team.
  • question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition and personal preferences.