The Vocational Nursing program consists of Nurs 131, Nurs 132, and Nurs 233. This program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). The courses are designed to prepare qualified men and women to practice Vocational Nursing. The program at Napa Valley College is a patient-centered course operated in cooperation with community hospitals. The regular Vocational Nursing Program has been extended to 23 months to accommodate the working student. The class meets two full days per week (Thursdays and Fridays). A new session will begin in the Spring, every 2 years. The college grants a certificate in Vocational Nursing after completion of the program, and the student is eligible to take the examination for licensure. The academic subjects for both the Certificate and Associate in Science Degree are offered at NVC.
Vocational nurses perform basic nursing services under the supervision of a licensed physician or registered nurse. They may work in public or private hospitals, public health agencies, and more commonly in doctor's offices, long-term care/ skilled nursing facilities or for private individuals. Opportunities are available for both men and women in vocational nursing.
Cost of the Program:
Please click here for a breakdown of estimated costs for the entire program. Please keep in mind these are only estimated costs and may increase.
While waiting to enter the program, students are encouraged to take the following courses: ENGL 60 (Study & Test Taking Skills); and REQUIRED COURSES: HEOC 172 (Nutrition); PSYCH 125 (Human Development).
The next Vocational Nursing Program (Extended Format only) will begin a new class in Spring 2021 (January). This class will have 30 openings, which will be filled by the first 30 applicants who have completed the procedures listed in the application packet. For more specific information about the application process to the Vocational Nursing Program, please see the Program information sheet, on the Navagation bar to the left.
*Announcement: At this time, the Health occupations Division does not have a bridge program and does not anticipate one in the near future.
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Director of Nursing
Janice Ankenmann, RN, MSN, CCRN, FNP-C
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA. 94558
The Vocational Nursing Program is accredited by the
State of California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT)
a division of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
The mailing address and contact number is:
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 263-7800
Additional information regarding accreditation, including the process to file complaints, can be found at: www.bvnpt.ca.gov
Marijuana (cannabis) is now legal in California.
But at Napa Valley College:
You cannot possess it on the campus.
You cannot smoke or vape it on the campus.
You cannot eat or have "edibles" on the campus.
You could be subject to discipline for having or using it on the campus. This applies to both staff and students and includes medical marijuana use.
Napa Valley College does not tolerate harassment based n race, color, or national origin, including status as a non-native English speaker. The college encourages any student who believes he or she has been subjected to such harassment to report the harassment to the college’s Executive Director of Human Resources, Charo Albarran. In addition, college employees are obligated to report alleged, suspected or known harassment to the Executive Director of Human Resources, Charo Albarran. Reports may be submitted to the Charo Albarran, in Room 1544. She may also be reached by phone at 256-7105. Reports must be filed within one year of the date of the alleged unlawful discrimination or within one year of the date on which the complainant knew or should have known the facts underlying the allegation of unlawful discrimination. The college will conduct a prompt investigation of any reports of harassment.
Napa Valley College career technical education programs are open and available to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Admission requirements for Napa Valley College career technical education programs are described in the current Napa Valley College catalog. The Napa Valley College Title IX officer is Charo Albarran, Executive Director of Human Resources, Napa Valley College (Phone: 707-256-7105). The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).