Vocational Nursing Program  

The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the California Department of Education, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is approved and accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The program has a model curriculum award. (The VN program is NOT a fee-based course.)

Theory and clinical experiences assist the student in gaining knowledge and skills to become a licensed vocational nurse in a number of settings. The student will learn basic concepts of pharmacology, nutrition, psychology, anatomy, physiology, medical-surgical nursing, care of the mother and her newborn, normal growth and development, and concepts of leadership for health care. Completion of the Vocational Nursing Program will qualify a student to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, (NCLEX-PN).

The 13-month program is divided between 1000 hours of clinical experience, and 600 hours of classroom theory.  Classroom instruction is full-time during the day, with possible afternoon/evening rotations.

 The Vocational Nursing Pathway

High School Students

Contact your Career Guidance Specialist, or the VN Program.


Adult acceptance will be considered based on the application rubric.

>>  Application Points Rubric - 2015 pdf


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VN Program Pathway

For information about the VN program call 714-502-5957. Email: vn@nocrop.us
Are you an adult student starting the Nursing Pathway?  Find out how to enter the VN Program Pathway and earn points quickly to reach your goals.  Get details at one of our VN Information meetings.


Attending a VN information meeting is now a requirement prior to applying for the VN program.
For information about the VN program call 714-502-5957. Email: vn@nocrop.us

Important Notice

Health Science and Medical Technology classes include the study of reproductive and other body systems.  The curriculum requires students to practice procedures on other students and/or patients, both male and female, of differing ages.  Participation in these activities is necessary for students to gain competency in the skills needed to pass the class and earn a certificate.  Heavy lifting and deep bending are also activities required of students.

Student Commitment

All students should consider the Vocational Nursing Program their primary commitment, as many hours of study are required for completion. This time includes classroom theory, clinical experience, homework assignments, research, and writing.

We recommend that students employed during the program limit their hours to less than 12 hours per week in order to be successful.