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Associate of Science Degree
Vocational Nursing

The Vocational Nursing Program is offered as an Associate of Science Degree or as a Certificate of Achievement. Students opting for the Associate Degree should have all the General Education requirements completed prior to entering the Vocational Nursing Program.

The Vocational Nursing Program is a two-and-a-half semester program following completion of prerequisite courses. It is designed to prepare students for employment as staff nurses, giving care to patients in a variety of settings, such as extended care facilities, home health care, surgical centers and medical offices. The program is approved by the California State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Students who complete the curriculum and achieve the certificate of completion, are qualified to take the examination leading to licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
Select one: PSY 101 / PSY 101H M3.0
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

Select one: MATH 130 / MATH 130H / PSY 190 / MATH 062 / MATH 070 (RHC GE 2)GE4.0†
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 060, MATH 062, MATH 070, MATH 073, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 130 - Statistics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 or appropriate placement; READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*crdit limit),CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

MATH 130H - Statistics Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement; Minimum GPA of 3.0; ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (8credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. This course is intended for students who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 190 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 and READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*The UC will grant credit for onlky one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H or PSY 190)

This course provides an overview of the types of statistics that are important in the behavioral sciences. The main focus of this course is on hypothesis testing and the statistics that are used to analyze it. Students will learn to present and interpret experimental data from the behavioral sciences. Topics covered include basic probability, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, sampling, and inferential statistics. This course is designed for students majoring in psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology. NOTE: MATH 62 or MATH 73 can be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for this class. Some majors require that students take MATH 73 (not MATH 62) and others do not. Students should see a counselor to determine which pathway will work best for them.

MATH 062 - Pre-Statistics (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course surveys a variety of mathematical topics to prepare students for college-level statistics. Topics include data analysis using ratios, rates and proportional reasoning, graphical and tabular displays of data, measures of central tendency and spread, computing probabilities, describing associations of two variables graphically, graphing equations of lines and linear models, and solving linear equations and inequalities. The course is for students in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences majors. It should not be taken by students majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or business.

MATH 070 - Intermediate Algebra (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU if taken prior to the Fall Semester, 1988

This course is designed for students who have completed an elementary algebra course and need to complete an additional course in algebra before proceeding to a college level transferable course. This course is a study of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, exponents and radicals, relations and functions, graphs of functions, exponential and logarithmic expressions and their applications. Students may enroll in MATH 070 in a lecture section for four units of credit or in individual one-unit modules: MATH 070A, 070B, 070C, and 070D in the Math and Science Center (MSC) or online. Modularized courses in the MSC must be taken sequentially over a maximum period of 24 months.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

Select one: SPCH 101 / SPCH 101H GE3.0
SPCH 101 - Public Speaking (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 101, SPCH 101H or SPCH 102)

This introductory course is designed to prepare students to be effective oral communicators in all aspects of public presentations, including design and delivery of a public speech. The course is appropriate for all students interested in developing their public speaking knowledge and skills, such as speech communications and languages majors, future teachers, and future business leaders.

SPCH 101H - Public Speaking Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 101, SPCH 101H or SPCH 102)

This introductory course is designed to prepare students to be effective oral communicators in all aspects of public presentations, including design and delivery of a public speech. The course is appropriate for all students interested in developing their public speaking knowledge and skills, such as speech communications and languages majors, future teachers, and future business leaders. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
2nd Semester
Select one: BIOL 125 / HS 060 M4.0†
BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement; BIOL 101, BIOL 105
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is primarily a systems approach to the study of human body structure. The study of each body system includes structural specializations and functions from the microscopic to the system level emphasizing the interdependence of form and function. Additional topics include methods of anatomical study, human genetics, and embryonic development. The laboratory exercises will also include vertebrate dissections. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

HS 060 - Health Science Core (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement

This is a basic course which focuses on medical terminology, normal body structures and functions, the principles of nutrition, and the relationship of nutrition to health. It provides a strong foundation for all students entering the health care field. This course is a prerequisite for the Vocational Nursing Program.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

Select one: SOC 101 / SOC 101H GE3.0
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 110, 130;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

Total Semester Units:13.5† 
3rd Semester
Select one: CHEM 110 / BIOL 101 GE4.0†
CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health Majors (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 062 or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; Concurrent enrollment in MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(* Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 120)

This introductory course takes up the fundamental concepts of general, organic, and biological chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and the health/medical sciences, so the course is especially appropriate for students who intend to pursue a career in nursing and other health-related professions, including kinesiology and psychology. Weekly laboratory activities require students to empirically verify concepts presented in lectures. No previous background in chemistry is required or expected of students enrolling in this course.

BIOL 101 - General Biology (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*Credit limit), CSU
(*No credit will be given for BIOL 101 if taken after BIOL 200)

General Biology 101 is a general education course, open to all students, and is designed to provide an introduction to concepts and principles of modern biology. Topics covered will include cell structure and function, energy relationships, genetic control mechanisms, concepts of evolution, biological diversity, and ecosystem function. The laboratory component of the course emphasizes the application of the scientific method as a tool to understanding living systems.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150;
EGSS 130;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
POLS 128, 128H, 150;
SOC 148, 148H;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:8.0† 
4th Semester
VN 061 - Basic Fundamentals of NursingM3.5
VN 061 - Basic Fundamentals of Nursing (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: HS 060; PSY 101
Corequisite:
VN 061L

This course is designed for the entry level vocational nursing student with a focus on the nursing process and its application in medical/surgical settings. The role of the Licensed Vocational Nurse in providing care for patients in a variety of situations is discussed. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure.

VN 061L - Basic Fundamentals of Nursing LaboratoryM5.0
VN 061L - Basic Fundamentals of Nursing Laboratory (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: HS 060; PSY 101
Corequisite:
VN 061
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed to provide the entry level vocational nursing student with the opportunity to learn basic nursing skills in the Health Science Skills laboratory and the clinical setting within the context of the nursing process. The student will apply the role of the Licensed Vocational Nurse in the clinical medical surgical setting. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:9.5 
5th Semester
VN 071L - Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing LabM3.5
VN 071L - Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to use the nursing process at a beginning level to care for patients in the clinical setting. The student will develop competency in data collection and basic nursing skills. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of the patient with problems of the endocrine, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems, as well as the older adult. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

VN 072L - Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing LabM3.5
VN 072L - Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 071L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 074 and VN 075 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: VN 073

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to use the nursing process with increasing independence in providing care for patients in the clinical setting. The student will increase competency in data collection and nursing skills. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of the patient with problems of the cardiovascular respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal systems. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

VN 073 - Basic PharmacologyM2.0
VN 073 - Basic Pharmacology (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"
Advisory: HS 045 and READ 043 or appropriate placement

This is an introductory course of basic techniques and computations used in the administration of medications. Completion of the course prepares the student to safely administer medications to patients under the supervision of the nursing instructor. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for the Vocational Nursing Licensure.

VN 074 - Nursing Care of Patients with Integumentary/Orthopedic Problems and Concepts of Gerontologic NursingM2.5
VN 074 - Nursing Care of Patients with Integumentary/Orthopedic Problems and Concepts of Gerontologic Nursing (2.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"

Using the medical model, The nursing process, and Erikson’s psychosocial theory of human development, this course is designed to prepare the vocational nursing student with the foundational knowledge necessary to care for the aging patient, and patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal and Integumentary systems. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program.

VN 075 - Nursing Care of Patients with Endocrine ProblemsM1.0
VN 075 - Nursing Care of Patients with Endocrine Problems (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"

This course focuses on the use of the nursing process in caring for individuals with disturbances of the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands. The pathophysiology, assessment data, nursing problems, medical and nursing interventions for patients with endocrine problems are discussed. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure.

VN 076 - Nursing Care of Patients with Renal, Urinary and Gastrointestinal ProblemsM3.5
VN 076 - Nursing Care of Patients with Renal, Urinary and Gastrointestinal Problems (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 071L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 074 and VN 075 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: VN 073

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in medical surgical situations for the patient with gastrointestinal and renal problems. Emphasis is placed on the application of principles of nutrition in caring for patients with gastrointestinal and renal dysfunction. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nurse licensure.

VN 077 - Nursing Care of Patients with Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing ProblemsM3.0
VN 077 - Nursing Care of Patients with Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing Problems (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 071L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 074 and VN 075
Corequisite: VN 073

Using the Systems Developmental Stress Model, The Nursing Process, and Erickson’s Psycho-Social Theory of Human Development, this course is designed to prepare the vocational nursing student with the foundational knowledge necessary to care for patients with cardiovascular and Respiratory disorders. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program.

Total Semester Units:19.0 
6th Semester
VN 081L - Maternal and Pediatric Nursing LabM2.5
VN 081L - Maternal and Pediatric Nursing Lab (2.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076 and VN 077 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: VN 084

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to use the nursing process with increasing independence in proving care for patients in the clinical setting. The student will increase competency in data collection and nursing skills. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of the pediatric, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn patient. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nurse licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

VN 082L - Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing LaboratoryM3.5
VN 082L - Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing Laboratory (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 081L with a grade of "Pass" and VN 084 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply learned leadership skills within the Vocational Nurse scope of practice. The student will utilize the nursing process with increasing independence and accountability in providing care for patients in the clinical setting. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of medical/surgical patients with complex problems, neurological system disorders and oncological problems. The student will have the opportunity to further develop the necessary communication skills needed to provide care for patients with mental health problems. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nurse licensure.

VN 083 - Applied PharmacologyM2.0
VN 083 - Applied Pharmacology (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 073 with a grade of "C" or better

Using the medical model, the nursing process, and Erikson’s psychosocial theory of human development, this course is designed to prepare the vocational nursing student with the advanced knowledge necessary to safely administer medications to patients and accurately assess the patient response to medication therapy under the supervision of the nursing instructor. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program.

VN 084 - Maternal and Pediatric NursingM4.0
VN 084 - Maternal and Pediatric Nursing (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076 and VN 077
Corequisite: VN 081L

This course focuses on growth and development, with concomitant problems traced from the newborn through infancy, toddler, preschool, school-age, and adolescent stages. Emphasis is placed upon nursing care appropriate to the developmental stage of the child, and pediatric problems including biological and psychological problems affecting both healthy and hospitalized children and families. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program, and is required for the Vocational Nursing License.

VN 085 - Leadership & Supervision for the Vocational NurseM0.5
VN 085 - Leadership & Supervision for the Vocational Nurse (0.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076, and VN 077

This course introduces principles of leadership, group dynamics, delegation, and effective communication in working relationships for the vocational nurse. Emphasis is placed on delegating work to and supervising nursing assistants, other vocational nurses, and unlicensed assistive personnel. The course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for the Vocational Nurse license.

VN 086 - Mental Health and Neurological Nursing ProblemsM3.0
VN 086 - Mental Health and Neurological Nursing Problems (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 081L with a grade of "Pass" and VN 084 with a grade of "C" or better

This course presents mental health concepts that relate to emotional issues influencing a patient's well-being and problems related to the neurological system. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process, as it relates to problems of neurological function and mental health. This course is open to those students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure.

VN 087 - Nursing Care of Patients with CancerM1.0
VN 087 - Nursing Care of Patients with Cancer (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L and VN 081L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076, VN 077 and VN 084

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in medical-surgical situations for the patient with cancer diagnoses of various body systems and immune deficiency disorders. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychological, and psychosocial effects of diagnosis, medical therapy, and nursing intervention with the application of principles of nutrition, pharmacokinetics, and palliative care in caring for patients with cancer. The course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for the Vocational Nurse licensure.

Total Semester Units:16.5 
Total Units for Vocational Nursing AS program 79.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
Select one: SPCH 101 / SPCH 101H (CSU GE A1)M3.0
SPCH 101 - Public Speaking (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 101, SPCH 101H or SPCH 102)

This introductory course is designed to prepare students to be effective oral communicators in all aspects of public presentations, including design and delivery of a public speech. The course is appropriate for all students interested in developing their public speaking knowledge and skills, such as speech communications and languages majors, future teachers, and future business leaders.

SPCH 101H - Public Speaking Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SPCH 101, SPCH 101H or SPCH 102)

This introductory course is designed to prepare students to be effective oral communicators in all aspects of public presentations, including design and delivery of a public speech. The course is appropriate for all students interested in developing their public speaking knowledge and skills, such as speech communications and languages majors, future teachers, and future business leaders. This course is designed for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Select one: PSY 101 / PSY 101H (CSU GE D)M3.0
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

PSY 101H - Introductory Psychology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

Select one: MATH 130 / MATH 130H / PSY 190 (CSU GE B4)GE4.0
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190

MATH 130 - Statistics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 or appropriate placement; READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*crdit limit),CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

MATH 130H - Statistics Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement; Minimum GPA of 3.0; ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (8credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. This course is intended for students who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 190 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 and READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*The UC will grant credit for onlky one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H or PSY 190)

This course provides an overview of the types of statistics that are important in the behavioral sciences. The main focus of this course is on hypothesis testing and the statistics that are used to analyze it. Students will learn to present and interpret experimental data from the behavioral sciences. Topics covered include basic probability, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, sampling, and inferential statistics. This course is designed for students majoring in psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology. NOTE: MATH 62 or MATH 73 can be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for this class. Some majors require that students take MATH 73 (not MATH 62) and others do not. Students should see a counselor to determine which pathway will work best for them.

Select one: POLS 110 / POLS 110H (CSU GE D)GE3.0
POLS 110 - Government of the United States (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments.

POLS 110H - Government of the United States Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Total Semester Units:13.0 
2nd Semester
Select one: BIOL 125 / HS 060 M4.0†
BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement; BIOL 101, BIOL 105
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is primarily a systems approach to the study of human body structure. The study of each body system includes structural specializations and functions from the microscopic to the system level emphasizing the interdependence of form and function. Additional topics include methods of anatomical study, human genetics, and embryonic development. The laboratory exercises will also include vertebrate dissections. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

HS 060 - Health Science Core (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement

This is a basic course which focuses on medical terminology, normal body structures and functions, the principles of nutrition, and the relationship of nutrition to health. It provides a strong foundation for all students entering the health care field. This course is a prerequisite for the Vocational Nursing Program.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchM3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

Select one: SOC 101 / SOC 101H (CSU GE D)M3.0
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

CSU GE C1 - ArtsGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 141
MUST 151
PHTO 110, 130
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

Total Semester Units:13.5† 
Summer 1
CSU GE E - Lifelong Learning/Self DevelopmentGE3.0

Select one:
ANTH 110
HUSR 123
CD 106
EGSS 130
KIN 159 (F'21), 170 (F'21), 190 (F'21), 191, 192, 196
COUN 101 (F’11), 104, 151 (F’98)
NUTR 110
DD 214 (see counselor for details)
PSY 112, 121
EDEV 101 (F’15), 151
SOC 105, 110

Total Semester Units:3.0 
3rd Semester
CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health Majors (CSU B1 and B2)GE5.0
CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health Majors (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 062 or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; Concurrent enrollment in MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(* Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 120)

This introductory course takes up the fundamental concepts of general, organic, and biological chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and the health/medical sciences, so the course is especially appropriate for students who intend to pursue a career in nursing and other health-related professions, including kinesiology and psychology. Weekly laboratory activities require students to empirically verify concepts presented in lectures. No previous background in chemistry is required or expected of students enrolling in this course.

CSU GE C1 or C2 - Arts or HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Arts
Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 141
MUST 151
PHTO 110, 130
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

Humanities
Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202
CHIN 101, 102
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150
EGSS 130
ENGL 126, 131
FR 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122,131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140
JAPN 101, 102
LATN 101, 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114,114H, 117,117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H,144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H, 150
SOC 148, 148H SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
SPCH 130, 132

CSU GE A3 - Critical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H; PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115; READ 101; SPCH 140

Total Semester Units:11.0† 
4th Semester
VN 061 - Basic Fundamentals of NursingM3.5
VN 061 - Basic Fundamentals of Nursing (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: HS 060; PSY 101
Corequisite:
VN 061L

This course is designed for the entry level vocational nursing student with a focus on the nursing process and its application in medical/surgical settings. The role of the Licensed Vocational Nurse in providing care for patients in a variety of situations is discussed. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure.

VN 061L - Basic Fundamentals of Nursing LaboratoryM5.0
VN 061L - Basic Fundamentals of Nursing Laboratory (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: HS 060; PSY 101
Corequisite:
VN 061
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed to provide the entry level vocational nursing student with the opportunity to learn basic nursing skills in the Health Science Skills laboratory and the clinical setting within the context of the nursing process. The student will apply the role of the Licensed Vocational Nurse in the clinical medical surgical setting. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

BIOL 226 - Human Physiology (CSU GE B2)M4.0
BIOL 226 - Human Physiology (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: BIOL 125 and CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

Human Physiology provides a general introduction to the function and regulation of human body systems. Physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis and the significance of biochemistry is emphasized throughout the course. Course content will include neural and hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, and a study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune and endocrine systems. Laboratory exercises will allow students to gather physiological data and draw conclusions on how physiological mechanisms are regulated. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

Total Semester Units:12.5 
Summer 2
US HISTORY (CSU GE C2)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. Students may choose one of the following US History courses to partially fulfill this requirement: HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
5th Semester
VN 071L - Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing LabM3.5
VN 071L - Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to use the nursing process at a beginning level to care for patients in the clinical setting. The student will develop competency in data collection and basic nursing skills. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of the patient with problems of the endocrine, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems, as well as the older adult. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

VN 072L - Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing LabM3.5
VN 072L - Intermediate Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 071L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 074 and VN 075 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: VN 073

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to use the nursing process with increasing independence in providing care for patients in the clinical setting. The student will increase competency in data collection and nursing skills. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of the patient with problems of the cardiovascular respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal systems. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

VN 073 - Basic PharmacologyM2.0
VN 073 - Basic Pharmacology (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"
Advisory: HS 045 and READ 043 or appropriate placement

This is an introductory course of basic techniques and computations used in the administration of medications. Completion of the course prepares the student to safely administer medications to patients under the supervision of the nursing instructor. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for the Vocational Nursing Licensure.

VN 074 - Nursing Care of Patients with Integumentary/Orthopedic Problems and Concepts of Gerontologic NursingM2.5
VN 074 - Nursing Care of Patients with Integumentary/Orthopedic Problems and Concepts of Gerontologic Nursing (2.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"

Using the medical model, The nursing process, and Erikson’s psychosocial theory of human development, this course is designed to prepare the vocational nursing student with the foundational knowledge necessary to care for the aging patient, and patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal and Integumentary systems. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program.

VN 075 - Nursing Care of Patients with Endocrine ProblemsM1.0
VN 075 - Nursing Care of Patients with Endocrine Problems (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 061 with a grade of "C" or better and VN 061L with a grade of "Pass"

This course focuses on the use of the nursing process in caring for individuals with disturbances of the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands. The pathophysiology, assessment data, nursing problems, medical and nursing interventions for patients with endocrine problems are discussed. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure.

VN 076 - Nursing Care of Patients with Renal, Urinary and Gastrointestinal ProblemsM3.5
VN 076 - Nursing Care of Patients with Renal, Urinary and Gastrointestinal Problems (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 071L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 074 and VN 075 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: VN 073

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in medical surgical situations for the patient with gastrointestinal and renal problems. Emphasis is placed on the application of principles of nutrition in caring for patients with gastrointestinal and renal dysfunction. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nurse licensure.

VN 077 - Nursing Care of Patients with Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing ProblemsM3.0
VN 077 - Nursing Care of Patients with Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing Problems (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 071L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 074 and VN 075
Corequisite: VN 073

Using the Systems Developmental Stress Model, The Nursing Process, and Erickson’s Psycho-Social Theory of Human Development, this course is designed to prepare the vocational nursing student with the foundational knowledge necessary to care for patients with cardiovascular and Respiratory disorders. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program.

Total Semester Units:19.0 
6th Semester
VN 081L - Maternal and Pediatric Nursing LabM2.5
VN 081L - Maternal and Pediatric Nursing Lab (2.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076 and VN 077 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: VN 084

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to use the nursing process with increasing independence in proving care for patients in the clinical setting. The student will increase competency in data collection and nursing skills. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of the pediatric, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn patient. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nurse licensure. Offered on a pass/no pass basis.

VN 082L - Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing LaboratoryM3.5
VN 082L - Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing Laboratory (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 081L with a grade of "Pass" and VN 084 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply learned leadership skills within the Vocational Nurse scope of practice. The student will utilize the nursing process with increasing independence and accountability in providing care for patients in the clinical setting. Special emphasis will be placed on the care of medical/surgical patients with complex problems, neurological system disorders and oncological problems. The student will have the opportunity to further develop the necessary communication skills needed to provide care for patients with mental health problems. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nurse licensure.

VN 083 - Applied PharmacologyM2.0
VN 083 - Applied Pharmacology (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 073 with a grade of "C" or better

Using the medical model, the nursing process, and Erikson’s psychosocial theory of human development, this course is designed to prepare the vocational nursing student with the advanced knowledge necessary to safely administer medications to patients and accurately assess the patient response to medication therapy under the supervision of the nursing instructor. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program.

VN 084 - Maternal and Pediatric NursingM4.0
VN 084 - Maternal and Pediatric Nursing (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076 and VN 077
Corequisite: VN 081L

This course focuses on growth and development, with concomitant problems traced from the newborn through infancy, toddler, preschool, school-age, and adolescent stages. Emphasis is placed upon nursing care appropriate to the developmental stage of the child, and pediatric problems including biological and psychological problems affecting both healthy and hospitalized children and families. This course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program, and is required for the Vocational Nursing License.

VN 085 - Leadership & Supervision for the Vocational NurseM0.5
VN 085 - Leadership & Supervision for the Vocational Nurse (0.5 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076, and VN 077

This course introduces principles of leadership, group dynamics, delegation, and effective communication in working relationships for the vocational nurse. Emphasis is placed on delegating work to and supervising nursing assistants, other vocational nurses, and unlicensed assistive personnel. The course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for the Vocational Nurse license.

VN 086 - Mental Health and Neurological Nursing ProblemsM3.0
VN 086 - Mental Health and Neurological Nursing Problems (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 081L with a grade of "Pass" and VN 084 with a grade of "C" or better

This course presents mental health concepts that relate to emotional issues influencing a patient's well-being and problems related to the neurological system. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process, as it relates to problems of neurological function and mental health. This course is open to those students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for Vocational Nursing licensure.

VN 087 - Nursing Care of Patients with CancerM1.0
VN 087 - Nursing Care of Patients with Cancer (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: VN 072L and VN 081L with a grade of "Pass"; VN 073, VN 074, VN 075, VN 076, VN 077 and VN 084

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process in medical-surgical situations for the patient with cancer diagnoses of various body systems and immune deficiency disorders. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychological, and psychosocial effects of diagnosis, medical therapy, and nursing intervention with the application of principles of nutrition, pharmacokinetics, and palliative care in caring for patients with cancer. The course is open to students enrolled in the Vocational Nursing Program and is required for the Vocational Nurse licensure.

Total Semester Units:16.5 
Total Units for Vocational Nursing AS program (Transfer to CSU)91.5† 
Notes:
Rio Hondo College does not currently have any courses approved for CSU GE Area F: Ethnic Studies. Students who begin and maintain continuous enrollment at Rio Hondo College prior to Fall 2021 will not be required to complete a course in Area F. Instead, these students will complete Area D (9 units from at least two disciplines). New students starting at Rio Hondo College beginning Fall 2021 or later and returning students who have not maintained continuous enrollment will be required to complete a course in Area F in addition to completing two courses (6 units) in Area D from any discipline or disciplines. Please see a counselor for updates and to discuss options for satisfying this requirement.
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
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M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will incorporate the medical model utilizing all aspects of the nursing process with successful completion of all theory objectives and clinical objectives in all courses of the vocational nursing program.


2

Students will be prepared and have a successful pass rate on national vocational nursing exam.


3

Students will complete all general education (GE) requirements for AS degree in vocational nursing.


4

Students will integrate the simulated clinical experience to enhance clinical performance in all clinical areas.


5

Member of the Profession: The student will display a professionalism while delivering care with caring and advocacy, mindful of ethical and legal obligations as a nurse.


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