Vocational Nursing (LVN)
Approved Curriculum Structure



VN Prerequisite unit summary



Hours counted for BVNPT

Human Biology 5



Human Biology 6 Lab


Nutrition 25



Human Development 1



Understanding Human Behavior 14 or 1A



Total hours





VN Program Unit structure

Current Vocational Nursing Program


Theory Hours & Units

Clinical Hours & Units

VOCN 160
15 Units

8 theory/week = 144 Hours
8 Units

21 clinical/week = 378 Hours
7 Units

VOCN 161
13 Units

8 theory/week = 144 Hours
8 Units

16 clinical/week = 288 Hours
5 Units

VOCN 162
13 Units

8 theory/week = 144 Hours
8 Units

16 clinical/week = 288 Hours
5 Units


Total Units: 41

Total Theory Hours: 432

Total Clinical Hours: 954


Total Units: 41



Total prerequisite and Nursing Theory Hours: 648

Total Clinical Hours: 954


Total Vocational Nursing Program Hours: 1,602



Section Hours


Theory Hours

Clinical Hours









Fundamentals of Nursing



Medical-Surgical Nursing  






XI. Vocational Nursing Curriculum Units

The Vocational Nursing curriculum contains the following units for subject matter content:

  • Unit I    Vocational Nursing Trends
  • Unit II   Vocational Nursing Practice
  • Unit III  Interpersonal Relationships
  • Unit IV Disease Processes
  • Unit V  Pharmacology

XII. Vocational Nursing Curriculum Outline


VN Program Curriculum Outline - Unit I

Unit I. Vocational Nursing Trends

VOCN 160

Foundations of Nursing Practice

VOCN 161

Nursing of Adults

VOCN 162

Nursing of Adults and Children


Conceptual Framework

Legal/Ethical/Vocational Nursing Role

Scope of Practice

Care Plan Development

Nursing Process



Patient/Family Education/Introduction to Rehabilitation Process

Elder Abuse

History Nursing


Legal/Ethical/Patient Rights

Beginning Professional Portfolio,Resume/Cover Letter

NursingProcess/Nursing Care Plan
Development for Disease Process and Rehabilitation, including Laboratory and Diagnostic Data and Medication Correlation to Disease

Patient/Family Education in Relationship to Disease Process


History of Vocational Nursing in Obstetrics and Pediatrics

BVNPT Rules and Regulations/Vocational Nursing Practice

Professional Growth

Nursing Process/Nursing Care Plan for Discharge Planning and Rehabilitation


Patient/Family Education for the Rehabilitative Process



VN Program Curriculum Outline - Unit II

Unit II. Vocational Nursing Practice

VOCN 160

Foundations of Nursing Practice

VOCN 161

Nursing of Adults

VOCN 162

Nursing of Adults and Children

Fundamental skills related to:
Medical asepsis—handwashing

Standard precautions

Bed making

Personal hygiene

Feeding the adult

Body mechanics

Vital signs (T, P, R, BP,  apical)

Urinary elimination


Fundamental skills related to:


Vaginal Irrigation

Bandages and binders


Immobility–moving in bed

  positioning, range of motion

Mobility maintenance/rehabilitation

Walkers, Canes, Crutches

Physical Restraints

Hot and cold  treatments


Common specimen collection & laboratory testing

Post mortem care


Bowel care

Ostomy care

Admission and discharge

Sterile technique

Sterile dressing

Suture, staples, clip removal


Irrigation & instillation

Oxygen Administration

Nasopharyngeal suctioning

Skin preparation/clip

IV maintenance/discontinuance

Cast care/traction maintenance

Sequential compression device

Continual passive motion machine

Nasogastric intubation/tube feeding


Tracheostomy care

Cleaning disposable and nondisposable innercannula

Tracheostomy tie and dressing change

Tracheostomy suctioning: In-line and catheter and glove


Supervision Skills




Leadership/team concept

Care of Normal Obstetrical

Patient and neonate (prenatal, labor & delivery)

Fundus and breast assessment

Neonate assessment

Neonate hygiene

Umbilical cord care

Fundamental Skills Related to:

Team treatments/medications

Home health care observation

Community resources



VN Program Curriculum Outline - Unit III

UNIT III. Interpersonal Relationships

VOCN 160

Foundations of Nursing Practice

VOCN 161

Nursing of Adults

VOCN 162

Nursing of Adults and Children

Fundamental skills related to:
Basic Communication Skills Verbal Non Verbal

Cultural Aspects

Recording and Reporting

Loss and Grief


Therapeutic Communications

Cultural Applications

Team Interaction

Crisis States


Group Communication

Conflict Resolution

Supervision Skills

Staff Assignment

Staff Evaluation

Affirmative Action


Child Abuse

Separation Anxiety

Failure to Thrive

Addictive Problems







VN Program Curriculum Outline - Unit IV

UNIT IV. Disease Processes

VOCN 160

Foundations of Nursing Practice

VOCN 161

Nursing of Adults

VOCN 162

Nursing of Adults and Children

Fundamental skills related to: Immobility problems—contractures, pressure ulcer, paralysis

Basic physiological changes of geriatric patient

Basic laboratory tests Specimen—urine, stool, sputum, hemoccult, Accu-check

Adaptive equipment

Wellness/illness continuum

Illness/causes and effects

Wellness/health maintenance

Assessment of pain

Preoperative/Postoperative Care

Fluids and Electrolytes



Geriatric nursing adaptations for disease

Cancer in relationship to disease

Fluid and electrolyte imbalance

Integumentary: infections, fungus, dermatitis, cancer, burns

Musculoskeletal: sprains, strains, fractures, joint replacement, arthritis, gout, bursitis, osteomyelitis, amputation, cancer

Gastrointestinal: ulcers, hernias, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, hepatitis, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, cholecystitis, cancer

Genitourinary: urinary tract infections, glomerulonephritis, renal failure, calculi, cancer

Sensory eye: cataracts, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, retinal detachment

Sensory ear: infections, hearing loss

Respiratory: pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, pneumothorax, pulmonary embolism, tuberculosis, cancer

Circulatory: anemia, hypertension, hypotension, varicose veins/ulcer, thrombophlebitis, thrombocytopenia, polycythemia, hemophilia, coronary artery disease, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, heart failure, aneurysms, pericarditis, rheumatic heart disease

Endocrine: diabetes mellitus, Graves Disease, Addison’s, Cushing’s, myxedema

Immune: acquired immune deficiency disease, hypersensitivy reactions, multiple myeloma, systemic lupus, erythematosus, multiple sclerosis,  myasthenia gravis, arthritis

Beginning of life

Complications of pregnancy/labor and delivery

Disorders of the neonate

Bedside emergencies

Pediatric care: hospital adaptations, major pediatric care, communicable Illness

Reproductive problems: geriatric adaptations, sexually transmitted problems, infertility problems, endometriosis, inflammatory pelvic problems, cysts, tumors, cancer

Neurological problems: migraine, head injury, convulsive disorders, spinal cord problems, tumors, cerebral vascular accident




VN Program Curriculum Outline - Unit V

UNIT V.            Pharmacology

VOCN 160

Foundations of Nursing Practice

VOCN 161

Nursing of Adults

VOCN 162

Nursing of Adults & Children

 Math mastery

Drug administration: observation of Five Rights, topical, eye, ear, oral, parenteral—subcutaneous, intramuscular, z-track

Medications related to disease and geriatric adaptations: integumentary, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, sensory eye/ear, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, immune



Medications related to disease process and geriatric adaptations: neurological, reproductive

Pediatric medication: calculation and administration

Obstetric medications

Team medication administration


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