Vocational Nursing (VN)

Credit Courses

VN 130 Assessment Of Clinical Competence For Vocational Nursing (1.5 Unit)

Prerequisites: VN 131 and VN 133.

Hours: 80 (80 lab)

A clinical laboratory course.

VN 131 Foundation For Nursing Practice (5 Units)

Prerequisites: CNA 101 or CNA 105 and CNA 106.

Corequisites: HE 201.

Hours: 90 (90 lecture)

Fundamental principles of nursing and concepts related to care. Nursing process presented as a problem-solving method that provides a framework for delivery of health care.

VN 132 Principles of Nutrition and Care of Patient with Gastrointestinal Problems (3 Units)

Prerequisites: BMS 100 or BMS 107 and BMS 108.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Principles of nutrition and the relationship of nutrition to health. Focuses on the individual's nursing care needs in the areas of functional, physiological, social and psychological integrity, and environmental influences as they relate to the gastrointestinal system.

VN 133 Foundation for Nursing Practice Lab (5.5 Units)

Limitations on Enrollment: CPR and must pass physical examination.

Hours: 297 (297 lab)

If not a current CNA, must pass background check per facility policy. Introductory laboratory and clinical course on basic fundamentals of nursing practice applied to adult and elderly patients requiring medical/surgical nursing care. The nursing process is the problem-solving method utilized for care planning and implementation in the clinical setting.

VN 134 Principles Of Administration Of Therapeutic Agents (2 Units)

Corequisites: VN 131 and VN 133.

Hours: 36 (36 lecture)

Introduces the principles of medication administration. Basic techniques and computations used in the administration of medications, including nursing considerations that pertain to the safe administration of medication. Completion of this course prepares the Vocational Nursing student to safely administer medications to patients, under the supervision of the nursing instructor.

VN 135 Understanding Pharmacology (2 Units)

Corequisites: VN 137.

Hours: 36 (36 lecture)

Study of the drugs most frequently prescribed for the hospitalized patient, with emphasis on nursing considerations that pertain to the administration of these drugs.

VN 136 Genitourinary, Integumentary and Endocrine Disorders (3.5 Units)

Prerequisites: VN 133.

Corequisites: VN 137.

Hours: 63 (63 lecture)

Focuses on the individual's nursing care needs in areas of functional, physiological, social and psychological integrity and environmental influences, as they relate to the genitourinary, endocrine and integumentary systems. The nursing process is utilized to apply theoretical concepts to patient care.

VN 137 Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab (4.6 Units)

Limitations on Enrollment: Health and Safety regulations.

Hours: 248 (248 lab)

Must have a valid CPR card, must pass physical examination. If not a current CNA, must pass the background check required by the clinical facilities in their SBCC contracts. Clinical laboratory course builds on the basics of the first semester as students perform more advanced skills while providing nursing care to adult and elderly patients in a variety of health care facilities.

VN 138 Nursing Process Applied to Childbearing Family (1.5 Unit)

Hours: 27 (27 lecture)

Maternal, newborn and family nursing care needs in areas of functional, physiological, social and psychological integrity, and environmental influences, as they relate to human reproduction. The nursing process is utilized to apply theoretical concepts to patient care.

VN 139 Nursing Process Applied To Care Of Children (2 Units)

Corequisites: VN 140.

Hours: 36 (36 lecture)

Normal growth and development patterns of the growing child and family in health and illness. Nursing needs in areas of functional, physiological, social and psychological integrity, and environmental influences. The nursing process is utilized to apply theoretical concepts to patient care.

VN 140 Maternal and Child Nursing Lab (1.9 Unit)

Corequisites: VN 138.

Limitations on Enrollment: Health and Safety regulations.

Hours: 103 (103 lab)

Students must have a valid CPR card, must pass physical examination. If not a current CNA, must pass the background check required by the clinical facilities in their SBCC contracts. Provides an opportunity for students to apply theory concepts related to the childbearing family and the growing child to clinical laboratory experiences. The nursing process is the problem-solving method utilized for care planning and implementation in the clinical setting.

VN 141 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Problems (3.5 Units)

Prerequisites: VN 137.

Corequisites: VN 145.

Hours: 63 (63 lecture)

Focuses on the individual's nursing care needs in areas of functional, physiological, social and psychological integrity and environmental influences, as they relate to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The nursing process is utilized to apply theoretical concepts to patient care.

VN 142 Perception And Mobility Problems (4 Units)

Prerequisites: VN 137.

Corequisites: VN 145.

Hours: 72 (72 lecture)

Focuses on the individual's nursing care needs in areas of functional, physiological, social and psychological integrity, as well as environmental influences as they relate to perception, coordination and mobility. The nursing process is utilized to apply theoretical concepts to patient care.

VN 144 Preparation For Vocational Nursing Practice (1.5 Unit)

Prerequisites: VN 137.

Corequisites: VN 145.

Hours: 30 (30 lecture)

Introduction to the principles of leadership and supervision as they apply to the vocational nurse. Focuses on the role of the vocational nurse as a member of the healthcare team, and supervisor of other vocational nurses and unlicensed health caregivers.

VN 145 Integrated Medical-Surgical Nursing Lab (5.75 Units)

Prerequisites: VN 141 and VN 142 and VN 144 and VN 146.

Limitations on Enrollment: Health and Safety regulations.

Hours: 310.5 (310.5 lab)

Students must have a valid CPR card, must pass physical examination. If not a current CNA, must pass the background check required by the clinical facilities in their SBCC contracts. Clinical laboratory course builds on experiences of the second semester as students develop leadership skills and provide nursing care to adult and elderly patients in a variety of settings. The nursing process is the problem-solving method utilized for care planning, implementation and leadership activities in the clinical setting.

VN 146 Introduction to Mental Health Nursing (1 Unit)

Limitations on Enrollment: Admission to Program.

Hours: 18 (18 lecture)

Designed to foster understanding and critical thinking in relation to legal, ethical, and professional aspects of psychiatric-mental health care. Nursing approaches to the assessment and collaborative management of people with mental health disorders are outlined. Introduction to evidence-based psychological and psychosocial interventions used in the management of mental illness.

VN 150 Principles and Techniques of Intravenous Therapy (1.5 Unit)

Hours: 33 (27 lecture, 6 lab)

LVN participants receive state-recognized certificates in IV Therapy. Includes rationale and legal aspects for intravenous therapy; relevant anatomy and physiology; principles and techniques for intravenous, blood or blood component infusions; and the care and monitoring of the patient undergoing intravenous therapy.

VN 160 Reading and Literacy Strategies for Nursing (3 Units)

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Designed to assist nursing students further develop reading, communication and study strategies that will be needed in the Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program. Intended as a bridge between the CNA and LVN programs, the course focuses on the academic skills needed by pre-nursing students.