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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 represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that 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. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MATH 033 - Mathematical FoundationsM5.0
MATH 033 - Mathematical Foundations (5.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement

This course combines topics from both Basic Math and Prealgebra, including operations with whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, rates, ratios, and proportional thinking, percent problems and applications to percents, and an introduction to algebraic thinking using fundamental principles of expressions and solving linear equations. This course serves as a foundational course for all students.

ENGL 035 - Introduction to College CompositionM3.0
ENGL 035 - Introduction to College Composition (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 with a grade of "Pass" or appropriate placement
Corequisite: ENGL 035W

ENGL 035, a foundation-level composition course, prepares students to succeed in transfer-level English courses by developing and reinforcing essential college writing skills. Instruction on utilizing critical reading, thinking, and reasoning skills will be the focus of selected college-level readings. Through the use of engaging thematic units, students will practice effective written communication through a process-centered approach, including pre-writing, drafting, and multiple revisions of their work during the submission process. Throughout the semester, emphasis will be placed on active learning, skill development, as well as tools for college and life success. This is a non-degree credit course and is offered on a pass/no pass basis. In addition to ENGL 035, students will concurrently enroll in the ENGL 035W Writing Workshop where they will take part workshop-specific assignments and additional individualized activities that complement and strengthen their work in ENGL 035. ENGL 035W Writing Workshop is required and offered on a pass/no pass basis.

READ 043 - Reading College TextbooksM3.0
READ 043 - Reading College Textbooks (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of READ 022 or READ 022L with a grade of "Pass" or appropriate placement through the Rio Hondo College assessment process

This is a course designed for students who need to improve their reading competencies in order to succeed in other college classes. Areas of emphasis will include reading strategies essential in such academic areas as social sciences, science, technology, business and humanities. The course also introduces academic vocabulary.

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, 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 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, 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.

Total Semester Units:14.0 
2nd Semester
Select one: HS 060 / BIOL 125 M4.0†
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.

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.

Total Semester Units:4.0† 
3rd 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.

HS 045 - Math for the Health Care ProfessionalM1.0
Notes:
Optional

HS 045 - Math for the Health Care Professional (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 030 or MATH 030D or MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement

This is a basic course that focuses on mathematical computation and application within the health care setting. Topics covered within this course include drug dosages, calculation of intake and output, weights and measures, temperatures, intravenous infusion rates and conversions necessary for safe employment in the healthcare setting. This course is an elective course for students wanting to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

Total Semester Units:9.5 
4th 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 
5th 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 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will introduce principles of leadership, group dynamics, delegation, and effective communication in working relationships for the vocational nurse. Emphasis is placed on delegation and supervision of 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 licensure.

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 COA program 63.0† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

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


2

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


3

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.


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  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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