Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing  Program

Program Description –  84.5 credits. The Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing  program is a 53-week program (Full-time) or 66-week program (Part-time) consisting of 585 hours of theory and 954 hours of clinical training, designed to prepare individuals to become vocational nurses. Vocational nurses work under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician and provide direct patient care utilizing scientific and technical expertise and manual skills. The program curriculum covers basic patient assessments, medication administration, wound dressings, vital signs, and other necessary skills to care for patients. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical (Vocational) Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to obtain their  license. 

Delivery Format: Hybrid

Admission requirements:

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 17 years old by the program end date
  • Have a valid Social Security Number or ITIN
  • Successfully pass the Wonderlic Scholastic Exam entrance test with a score of at least 15.
  • Interview with a designated School Representative
  • Completion of the following General Education Courses
    • Psychology Course 3 credits 
    • Sociology Course 3 credits
    • Communication Course I (Oral) 3 credits
    • Communication Course II (Oral or Written) 3 credits
    • Algebra or Higher Math Equivalent 3 credits
    • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4 credits
    • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4 credits

Program Participation Requirements:

  • Good physical and mental health (verified by a health practitioner via a physical examination and tuberculosis screening and testing)
  • Must receive a flu shot during flu season or will be required to wear a mask during the entire clinical rotation. Flu shot exemptions may require a medical provider note.
  • Clinical facilities may require a covid vaccine for clinical participation.
  • Clinical facilities may require a hepatitis B vaccine or declination.
  • MMR, Varicella, Tdap vaccinations required.
  • Pass a Urinary Drug Screening Test
  • Must undergo a criminal background screening. 
  • Obtain BLS CPR certification.
  • Ability to speak, read, and write the English language.
  • Possess proficient computer skills, including navigating operating systems, managing files, using common office applications, and engaging in online communication, as computer literacy is essential for academic success and program readiness.

Job Classification

The Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing Program prepares graduates for the following job classifications as classified by the United States Department of Labor: Code: 29-2060 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse. 

Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing  Program Objectives:

  1. Build upon the foundational principles and practices of vocational nursing by introducing more complex nursing theories and concepts.
  2. Demonstrate advanced communication skills, including the ability to navigate complex interactions with patients, families, and a diverse healthcare team, and to effectively communicate in interdisciplinary healthcare settings.
  3. Apply advanced critical thinking and clinical judgment to assess complex patient needs and design comprehensive nursing care plans.
  4. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in nursing skills, including complex medication administration, specialized wound care, advanced patient assessment techniques, and emergency response.
  5. Develop a deeper understanding of legal and ethical issues in healthcare, focusing on advocacy, ethical decision-making, and adherence to evolving professional standards.
  6. Gain extensive hands-on experience through supervised clinical training in diverse healthcare settings, with an emphasis on leadership and management skills in nursing.
  7. Learn to effectively collaborate within an interdisciplinary healthcare team, understanding the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare professionals.
  8. Understand the principles of community health and engage in public health education, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention in diverse populations.
  9. Introduce the basics of nursing research and evidence-based practice, encouraging the use of research in clinical decision-making.
  10. Prepare for career advancement opportunities, including potential supervisory roles and further educational pathways in nursing.

Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing Program Fees

Program Deposit fee ( non-refundable)$250
Books and course materials (non-refundable, non-returnable)$250
Background check fee (non-refundable)$180
Administration fee (non-refundable)$2,500
Student tuition recovery fee (non-refundable)$80
Insurance fee (non-refundable)$250
General Education Transfer credit fee ( non-refundable)$5000
Tuition ($15.59 per clock hour)$24,000
Schedule of total charges for period of attendance$32,510

Additional charges paid to third party
Physical exam, TB test, and vaccine$100
Uniform and shoes$150
BVNPT and NCLEX fees$350
Books and ancillary content$2000
Total additional charges to third party$2,600

Schedule of estimated total charges for entire educational program$35,110

Incidental Charges
Make-up Days  $200/day
Graduation Fee$200
Program Cohort Transfer/Switch Fee$1500