Vocational Nursing Program
The Program is three (3) semesters long in addition to prerequisite coursework. A new cohort of students begins each June and finishes the following May. Upon successful completion of the Program, a certificate in Vocational Nursing is awarded and the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Vocational Nursing in California.
The Program consists of a theory course and a lab course in each semester. Both courses (theory and lab) must be successfully completed each semester before the student may progress to the next semester. A failing grade for any reason (e.g. performance, grades, safety etc.) results in the failure of both theory and lab.
The Vocational Nursing Program requires attendance at classes five days out of every seven. Some portion of these days may occur on weekends, evening and/or weekend hours.
There are four (4) required prerequisite courses in addition to the Vocational Nursing courses which must be completed to satisfy the Program requirements. Refer to the Application Instructions and FAQs and Vocational Nursing Program Prerequisite Courses documents posted on the Vocational Nursing page of the Copper Mountain College website.
If the student wishes to pursue an Associate Degree in Vocational Nursing, additional coursework is required by the College and the student should meet with a counselor to develop and education plan. Additional information is available in the Copper Mountain College catalog and may be accessed from the homepage of the College website.
NOTE: The VN Program requires a criminal background check. Students should be aware that the results of the background check may have an impact on academic program eligibility or clinical/community site placement. Students may be denied access to the program on the basis of the results of the background check. The College is required to comply with licensing requirements and with policies of our partner agencies. If you have a felony or a misdemeanor in your background, please see your program chair to discuss the impact on your academic and professional career.
VN Program Application
VN Program Admission Policy
VN Program Frequently Asked Questions
VN Program Prerequisite Information
VN Program Estimated Expenses
Penal Code Sections List
VN Program Pass Rates
Gainful Employment Information
Post Admission Information
Hepatitis B Q&A Sheet
VN Student Handbook 2015-2016
VN Class of 2016 Textbook List
For more information contact:
Phone: (760) 366-3791 ext. 5801
Email: Health Sciences/Nursing Programs Department