Vocational Nursing Program
Welcome to the first semester of the Vocational Nursing Program!

First class Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
in the Health Sciences building
(Downtown Redding) Room 8111
at 7:00am

Theory Time Allocation
Wednesday:   8:00am – 12:30pm Room 8206
Thursday:       8:00am – 12:30pm Room 8206

Clinical Skills Lab Schedule 
Monday:         7:00am - 3:00pm Room 8217
Tuesday:        7:00am - 3:00pm Room 8217
Friday:            8:00am - 4:30pm Room 8217
Clinical Rotation Schedule
Monday:         Clinical Location and Times Vary
Tuesday:        Clinical Location and Times Vary

Appropriate Attire
A standard Shasta College uniform​ consisting of Hunter Green pants and top with the Shasta College logo must be worn to all hospital clinical activities. 

Time Commitment/Scheduling
The student should plan to spend three hours of study outside of class for each hour spent in the classroom. It is difficult to maintain full-time work while in the nursing program. It is recommended that the student not jeopardize their health or their standing in the program by maintaining full-time employment.

To help tentatively plan out your first four weeks of class, please carefully review the course calendar provided by the faculty. 

Pre-Class Reading Assignment
Each of the three semesters of the Vocational Nursing program is packed with important content and learning opportunities.  There is little time to devote to allowing the student to acclimate to the learning environment, becoming familiar with the web-enhanced structure of the class and Shasta Online Learning Management System, and for organizing an effective study schedule.  Therefore, the faculty have prepared activities, materials, and actual class assignments that you are expected to accomplish prior to the start of the semester. 

The Pre-Class assignments for Vocational Nursing program are intended to provide opportunities for the student to become familiar with the structure of classes in the Vocational Nursing program, Canvas, and to assist the student to be ready to dive into their courses from the very first day of class. 

Vocational nursing courses are web-enhanced meaning that a portion of the courses and class activities will take place on the internet platform used by Shasta College – Canvas.  Quizzes, exams and even finals may be administered online.

Every student will need to have access to a computer with internet capability.  Computers are available in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) located in the Health Sciences building (Room 8207) for the students' use.   

The approximate cost of textbooks for the Vocational Nursing Program is $750.00.  These textbooks will be utilized throughout the three semesters of the program.

It is important that students purchase the same edition for textbooks that are on the required textbook list. Each new edition of a textbook contains some new content, so if a student is using a previous edition, material may be missing or located on different pages than indicated in the Course Syllabus -- a potential cause of frustration and confusion.

Textbooks will be available in the Shasta College Bookstore (530-242-7574) prior to the beginning of each new semester and are organized according to the Division and the Course section for which the student is enrolled.  The student will need the textbooks to complete the preparatory assignments.

APA Format
Papers in the Vocational Nursing program are expected to be written using the American Psychological Association APA format.   Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students familiarize themselves with the format or review prior to commencing their classes. 

APA format information can be accessed online thru the Library. An APA textbook is available in the reserves section of the library.  Most Library services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the web site.  Contact the Library at 530-225-4777 for exception hours.

Taking tests in nursing requires the student to formalize their knowledge and comprehension of material. Testing is at the application level in the nursing program.  Students who have been able to pass their tests in pre-requisite classes by memorizing information may find themselves challenged by the nursing exams. 

The nursing student is required to assess a potential health care scenario, understand data, and apply information taught in the classroom to the scenario.  Students often feel that their grade obtained upon a test does not reflect their understanding of the material.  Students verbalize their frustration with test questions.  Many students refer to nursing exams as “tricky.”  Nursing exam grades are predictive of a student’s ability to be successful on the NCLEX because nursing program exams are modeled after NCLEX.

We encourage students to read the following books prior to beginning their first semester of the Vocational Nursing program to assist them in developing effective strategies for test-taking.

  • Dunham, K. S. (2008). How to survive & maybe even love nursing school (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company. 
  • Nugent, P. M., & Vitalie, B. A. (2012). Test success: Test-taking techniques for beginning nursing students. (6thed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 


Vocational Nursing Textbooks ​


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