July 15, 2020
San Joaquin Valley College announced a new Vocational Nursing Certificate program at three campuses including Bakersfield, Rancho Mirage and Santa Maria.
SJVC’s Vocational Nursing program prepares students for careers as healthcare professionals where they can acquire the knowledge to care for patients in a variety of professional settings.
Vocational Nursing students will learn about direct patient care, assessment, diagnostic measurements, procedures and treatments. The program includes a clinical rotation which allows students to further their studies in a real-world medical environment. This hands-on clinical training enhances the learning experience and allows students to develop a work history while completing their studies.
“We are pleased to expand our successful Vocational Nursing program beyond the SJVC Visalia campus’s degree program,” said President of SJVC, Nick Gomez. “Nurses are critical team members that enhance patient-care outcomes. Expanding our Vocational Nursing program to these additional communities will help them adapt to the challenges and embrace the opportunities of an ever-evolving healthcare field,” added Gomez. “We are also serving and supporting these communities by helping them meet the increased demand for well-educated nursing professionals.”
Students will be able to earn their Vocational Nursing Certificate in as few as 14 months or an Associate Degree in as few as 16 months. The program also prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Graduates who pass the NCLEX-PN are licensed by the Board of Vocational Nursing and are authorized to use the credential Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).