The Vocational Nursing AS Degree
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Nurses are in high demand and job opportunities for nurses vary widely. Employment opportunities are found in long-term care and acute care hospitals as well as in assorted clinics, physician's offices, and correctional facilities. Jobs for LVNs are projected to increase by 22.4% by 2020. Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review, Jan 2012
Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.
Complete all of the following courses:
|HCRS C100||Fundamentals of Nursing||3 Units|
|HCRS C103||Medical Surgical Nursing||3|
|HCRS C107||Basic Pharmacology Vocational Nursing||2|
|HCRS C113||Vocational Nursing Lab I||6|
|EMTC C070||CPR for the Healthcare Provider||0.5|
|HCRS C204||Medical Surgical Nursing II||9 Units|
|HCRS C214||Clinical Nursing II||6|
|HCRS C205||Medical Surgical Nursing III||3.5 Units|
|HCRS C206||Maternal/Child Nursing||3|
|HCRS C207||Advanced Pharmacology||1|
|HCRS C208||Critical Thinking and Leadership for the Vocational Nurse||1.5|
|HCRS C216||Clinical Nursing III||6|
Select 3 units from the following courses:
|HCRS C230||Pharmacology for the Health Professional||3 Units|
|HCRS C240||Nutrition and Diet Therapy||3|
|HCRS C250||Cultural Diversity in Health Care||3|
|HCRS C255||Basic Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation||3|
|HCRS C260||Ethics for the Health Professional||3|
Complete one of the following general education patterns:
|OPTION A||Cerro Coso Local General Education Pattern|
|OPTION B||CSU General Education Breadth|
|OPTION C||IGETC - Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum|
Vocational Nursing requires the completion of prerequisite courses for entrance into the program.
|BIOL C125||Survey of Anatomy and Physiology||4 Units|
|or BIOL C251||Human Anatomy||4|
|and BIOL C255||Human Physiology||4|
|CSCI C070||Computer Literacy||1|
|HCRS C055||Certified Nursing Assistant||5|
|HCRS C150||Medical Terminology for the Health Professional||3|
|PSYC C101||General Psychology||3|
|or PSYC C101H||General Psychology - Honors||4|
Enrollment is through Counseling only. Vocational Nursing requires the completion of prerequisite courses for entrance into the program. See the Degree tab for details. All prerequisites must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better before entering the program. Students must also possess a current CNA certificate.
The classes needed for this degree are available at the Bishop, Lake Isabella, Mammoth Lakes, and Ridgecrest campuses. Some of the pre-requisite and general education courses may also be available at our other campuses, including online. See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this degree.
This degree requires 60 units and will likely take 4 semesters.
x $46 per unit
x ($211 + $21) per unit
= $2760 in tuition and fees
= $13,920 in tuition and fees
+ ~$3600* for books and supplies
= $6360 across four semesters
= $17,520 across four semesters
*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.