Vocational Nursing Program

We know that you will find this program challenging in attaining new knowledge, in developing the art of nursing and in personal growth.  All of which will enable you to provide excellent healthcare within our community. 

The Student Handbook has been developed as a reference for the program’s philosophy, objectives, practice standards, policies and procedures. The course information handout you receive prior to or at the first session of each course, references this student handbook, will be reviewed at your orientation and serves as your student contract for each course.

Students who are starting their Vocational Nursing Program are required to sign an acknowledgment that they have read the student handbook.  This signed acknowledgement will be submitted with your Pre-Enrollment Clinical Requirement packet.  Periodically throughout the Vocational Nursing program, faculty will give quizzes on the content of the Student Handbook.



General Considerations

General Issues

  • Student Communication 
  • Parking
  • Children on Campus
  • Cell phones/pagers
  • School/Clinical Cancellation

Classroom Management   

  • Attendance and Participation
  • Written Paper Standards
  • Academic Honesty
  • Core Performance Standards for Admission & Progression

Clinical Program Management Standards      

  • Health & Safety Standards
  • Dress Standard for Clinical Experiences
  • Absences - Illness, Injury, Surgical Procedures, Pregnancy
  •  Impaired Student Standard

 Clinical Skills Laboratory Practice Standards      

  • Dress Standard - Clinical Skills Lab
  • Body Fluids CSL Standards

Healthcare Facility Clinical Practice Standards      

  • Clinical Expectancies
  • Dress Standard - Clinical Agencies
  • Orientation to Clinical Agencies
  • Clinical Scheduling/Assignment
  • Clinical Conferences
  • Nursing Care Plan Assignments
  • Student Responsibilities Regarding Personal Health Status
  • Injury and/or body fluid Exposure in the Clinical Setting
  • Student Standards Regarding Patient Information
  • Charts, Patient Care Kardex, Unit Patient Report Sheets
  • Clinical Computer Access

Vocational Nursing Certificate


Student Resources

  • Learning Resource Center
  • Nursing Student Organizations
  • Health Services
  • Educational Assistance
  • Work Site Learning Program
  • More Information


Vocational Nursing Program Conceptual Framework

Vocational Nursing Program Organizational Chart

Health Sciences Organizational Chart    


Policies Referenced in Student Handbook: 

Students entering the Vocational Nursing Program must print out the following forms, sign and submit the forms with the Pre-Enrollment Clinical Requirements Packet.


Should any student wish to contact the Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians, he/she may do so at: Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205 Sacramento, California  95833 (916) 263-7800 




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