BC Nursing/Allied Health  


Licensed Vocational Nursing Program

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Brochure Updated March 2012


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Enrollment Period
Eligibility For Enrollment
Enrollment Procedures
Prerequisite Requirements
Program Supply Information
VN Curriculum
Enrollment Selection
Physical Exam
Drug/Alcohol Screening
Background Screening
Essential Technical Standards
Admission to the College
Program Accreditation
Licensure/Certification Eligibility


The mission of the Bakersfield College Vocational Nursing Program is to prepare entry-level vocational nurses as providers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession.  


The purpose of the Bakersfield College Vocational Nursing Program is to provide the foundation for students to become competent vocational nurses. The VN Program respects the individuality of students and recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds and a unique support system. The aim of the Program is to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that the student completing the program is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.   

Enrollment Period

The VN Program begins every fall semester.  Enrollment forms must be received by the Allied Health office with all official transcripts evaluated, during the month of February for a program scheduled to start in the fall semester. 

 Enrollment Procedures

 It is the student’s responsibility to do the following things prior to the Program’s enrollment period. 

If you are a Bakersfield College Student with no other college courses other than Bakersfield College courses: 

Apply to the program during the February application period as follows:

  • Submit completed application form
  • Provide the program with either an official transcript from Bakersfield College, or you can print your unofficial transcript off the Web and submit it to the program

If you have taken courses from any college other than Bakersfield College: 

Apply for Admission to Bakersfield College either in person at the Admissions and Records office or by going on-line www.bakersfieldcollege.edu, click on Admissions and Records and follow the directions under Enrolling. 

Please note – the next step takes anywhere from 10-12 weeks and must be completed prior to the end of the application period:

Have your transcripts evaluated by:

  • Ordering an Official copy of your transcripts from your previous college(s);
  • Submit the Official copy of your transcripts along with a form “Request for Evaluation”.  You can obtain this form from the Admissions and Records office or from the Admissions and Records web-page (see above) under Other Forms.

Once your transcripts have been evaluated and posted to your Bakersfield College transcripts, either order an official copy to be sent from the Admission and Records office or print your unofficial transcript and submit it to the Allied Health Office. 

All Applicants

  • Obtain application form from the Allied Health Division office located in Room 178 of the Math-Science Building on the main campus OR in the counseling center located in the Student Services Building on the main campus OR by telephone at (661) 395-4281 OR download one from our website at www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/alliedhealth/ select the Program Brochures tab, then select the VN Application.
  • Provide college transcripts as outlined above.
  • Provide proof of 12th grade education by submitting one of the following:

1.      Proof of graduation from high school or equivalent education in the United States (GED) or (CHSPE).

2.      Foreign high school evaluated by an accepted agency in the United States.

3.      Proof of completion of Associate or Baccalaureate Degree in the United States.

  • Enrollment forms are valid only for the current available Program.  Students not enrolled must complete an updated enrollment form each enrollment period.


Prerequisite Requirements

All prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the Program with a “C” grade or higher.  Priority is provided to students with all prerequisite courses completed at the time of submitting an enrollment form. 

·         Proof of graduation from high school or an equivalent education  

·         BIOL B18 (Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology) at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college. 

·         PSYC B1A (General Psychology) at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college. 

·         MATH BA or B200A (Elementary Algebra) at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college.

·         Eligibility for ENGL B1A (Expository Composition) as demonstrated by qualifying scores on the college assessment test or completion of ENGL B1 or ENGL B50 at Bakersfield College or equivalent course from another accredited college with a “C” or higher. 

·         Nurse Assistant certification - highly recommended. 

·         MEDS B60 (Medical Terminology) – highly recommended. 

Note:  Students desiring to continue their education and become a registered nurse need to refer to the prerequisites required for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Program Supply Information

Students will be required to purchase uniforms, textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites and pay current college fees.  An estimated cost for books, uniforms, fees and required equipment for the first term of the Program is approximately $2500.00.  Second semester usually only requires registration fees and books.  In addition to registration fees and books, the VN third semester’s expenses will include program completion activities, Program nursing pin, and Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician application and NCLEX-PN Licensure fees.  

Vocational Nurse Program Curriculum

The following courses are taken after the student enters the Vocational Nursing Program.

FIRST SEMESTER                                                                                                                  UNITS

            VNRS B1

Nursing Fundamentals


            VNURS B1LV

Vocational Nursing Laboratory


            VNRS B1G

Gerontological Nursing


            VNRS B31AB

Basic Pharmacology


            VNRS B75

Medical/Surgical Nursing I








            VNRS B85

Medical-Surgical Nursing II


            VNRS B85L

Medical-Surgical Nursing II – Laboratory


            VNRS B86

Medical-Surgical Nursing III


            VNRS B86LV

Medical-Surgical Nursing III – Laboratory


            VNRS B6

Pediatric Nursing


           VNRS B97LV

Pediatric Nursing – Laboratory


            VNRS B50A

Advanced Pharmacology, Part A








           VNRS B95

Medical/Surgical Nursing IV


           VNRS B95LV

Medical/Surgical Nursing IV - Laboratory


           VNRS B96

Medical/Surgical Nursing V


           VNRS B96LV

Medical/Surgical Nursing V - Laboratory


           VNRS B7

Parent/Newborn Nursing


           VNRS B87LV

Parent/Newborn Nursing


           VNRS B50B

Advanced Pharmacology, Part B





  • The clinical laboratory components of all nursing courses are graded on a Credit / No Credit basis only.
  • VN students are exempt from the maximum of three (3) Credit / No Credit units that may be taken in a semester and from the maximum of twelve (12) Credit / No Credit units which may be applied toward the AA and AS degrees at Bakersfield College.

Enrollment Selection

In the event the number of qualified students for the VN Program exceeds space available, the following selection process will be utilized.  Students who are qualified for enrollment will enter in the order in which their names appear on the Program Waiting List.  An applicant’s position on this list will be determined by a random drawing of names by the Director, Assistant Director and one assistant.  

To remain current on the waiting list, enrollment forms must be submitted prior to each enrollment semester until Program is entered. 

Physical Examination

A physical examination completed by a physician of the student's choice is required when entering the Program to demonstrate that a student meets the following technical standards necessary to meet the Program objectives.  Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations are also required and are performed at the student's expense.

Drug / Alcohol Screening

As a condition of application in any Nursing/Allied Health Program with a clinical laboratory component, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening. 

Background Screening

Every student offered space in the program will be required to submit to a background screening (at the student’s expense) as part of his or her clinical requirements for admission.  Please note the following:

·        A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.

·        If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program.

·        In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited.

·        Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the nursing program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.

Basic Life Support – BLS (formerly CPR)

Prior to the beginning of the nursing program, and then throughout the program, students are required to show proof of a valid American Heart Association BLS – Healthcare Provider.  This BLS card must be valid until the end of the 18-mos Program.  It is your responsibility to provide a copy of the current BLS card to the nursing department and to carry a copy of this card while attending clinical in the healthcare facilities, preferably in your portfolio. 

Essential Technical Standards

Nursing students must meet the following essential technical standards to ensure the safety and welfare of the patients, the healthcare team, and themselves.  A physical examination performed by a medical doctor determines whether a student meets the technical standards or what accommodations may be necessary. 

·          Standing and/or walking most of a shift.

·          Bending or crouching several times per hour.

·          Lifting and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times an hour.

·          Lifting and moving up to 300 lbs. with the assistance of 2-3 persons.

·          Reaching overhead above the shoulder 90 degrees.

·          Utilizing eyesight to observe clients and manipulate equipment under various illumination levels.

·          Hearing to communicate with the patient and healthcare team.

·          Manipulating medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, keyboards, patient lines, and tubes, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.

·          Performing the assigned job responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional functions necessary to ensure patient safety and exercise independent judgment and discretion.

·          Utilizing sufficient verbal and written skills to efficiently communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.

·          Utilizing the above standards/functions to respond promptly to the patient’s needs and/or emergency situations. 

Admission To The College

For further information concerning enrollment procedures at Bakersfield College, please contact the Counseling Center (661) 395-4421 or Office of Admissions and Records (661) 395-4301.  For information regarding assessment tests and services, contact the Assessment Center at (661) 395-4479.  Catalogs and Class Schedules may be purchased in the College Bookstore.  For information regarding Financial Aid and Scholarships contact (661) 395-4427. 

Program Accreditation

The California Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians accredits the BC Vocational Nursing Program.  The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Bakersfield College. 

Licensure/Certification Eligibility

Conviction of any offenses other than minor traffic violations must be reported to the Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians at the time of application for licensure.  For clarification contact the VN Program Director or the Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, California, 95833, (916) 263-7800. 

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