The School of Nursing is a vital component of Riverside City College (RCC) and embraces the mission, values, and traditions of both the RCC District and the College. The School of Nursing prepares quality nursing healthcare providers using a student- centered approach through teaching excellence in an environment conducive to learning. The Vocational Nursing (VN) program prepares individuals to provide general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician or dentist, including the collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of holistic healthcare.

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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Provide quality, safe, patient-centered basic nursing care using evidence-based practices, as a competent, entry-level vocational nurse, under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or registered nurse.

  • Function as a competent entry-level, vocational nurse accepting accountability and responsibility for the ethical and legal principles defined in the vocational nursing code of ethics and practice act.

  • Function as a leader, assimilating leadership principles in a variety of health care settings for diverse patient populations as a competent, entry-level vocational nurse.

  • Exemplify caring through behaviors that support relationship-centered care and demonstrate respect and sensitivity to others as a competent, entry-level vocational nurse.

  • Assimilate collaborative relationships through communication with the interprofessional health care team for the purpose of providing and improving patient outcomes as a competent, entry-level vocational nurse.

  • Assimilate critical thinking principles using clinical reasoning to make sound clinical judgments necessary for providing safe patient care and contributing to quality improvement as a competent, entry-level vocational nurse.

  • Integrate nursing informatics and technology to effectively communicate, enhance knowledge, manage and analyze data, prevent errors, and support decision-making as a competent, entry-level vocational nurse.

Required Courses (51-56 units)  Units
BIO-45  Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology  3
BIO-50A Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-50B Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NVN-52  Introductory Concepts of Vocational NursingNursing Fundamentals  9.5
NVN-55A Vocational Nursing Practice and Nutrition Across the Lifespan 3
NVN-55B Principles of Pathophysiology  2
NVN-60 Intermediate Vocational Nursing FoundationsNursing Process/Communication 1
NVN-61 Intermediate Concepts of Vocational NursingCare of the Family 6
NVN-62 Intermediate Concepts of Vocational NursingMedical/Surgical 12
NVN-63 Intermediate Concepts of Vocational NursingMental Health  3
NVN-70 Advanced Vocational Nursing FoundationsRole Transition 1
NVN-71 Advanced Concepts of Vocational NursingMedical/Surgical  7.5
PSY-9 Developmental Psychology 3

Associate of Science Degree
The Associate of Science Degree in Vocational Nursing will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.