A.S. in Vocational Nursing Program

A.S. in Vocational Nursing Program

Program Overview

Gurnick Vocational Nursing graduates join an in-demand career in the growing healthcare field. Vocational nurses provide basic medical care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. They monitor patients’ health, discuss care with patients, keep records, and administer basic care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters.  

The Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing Program is a two-semester program for graduates of an approved Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing program, who wish to obtain an Associate of Science Degree. This program builds on the vocational nursing diploma program by adding the same general education courses that are offered for our Associate of Science in Nursing Program (ADN Program).

The table below reflects the upcoming future starts only.

Program Fees
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$100.00
Laptop Fee (non-refundable)$750.00
Tuition Fee$12,144.00
Total cost $13,169.00

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Incorporate principles from nursing, behavioral and physical sciences to provide competent care to clients of different ages with different bio-psychosocial needs.
  • Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, nursing care, and rehabilitation of clients.
  • Differentiate the role of the Vocational Nurse within the medical team.
  • Adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Vocational Nurse.
  •  Utilize critical thinking in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of client care within the scope of Vocational Nurse practice.
  •  Demonstrate organization, prioritization, delegation, and collaboration with healthcare professionals using effective communication.
  •  Prepare the Associate Degree student with the knowledge, skill, and ability to administer safe, ethical, competent nursing care as a beginning practitioner in a variety of settings.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course NumberTitleClock HoursQuarter Credit Hours
GE 020AHuman Body in Health and Disease I with Lab75.04.0
This course is the first in the series of two courses to cover the human organ systems’ structure and function. In both the lecture and the lab, the basics of structures and functions of the human body will be discussed. Between GE 020A and GE 020B, topics on all individuals major organ systems will be examined, while considering them in the state of health versus the state of disease. This course is the prerequisite for GE 020B-Human Body in Health & Disease II. This is a General Education Course.
GE 041General Microbiology with Lab75.04.0
This course presents basic concepts of microbiology; practical applications to medicine, public health, and the environment, with laboratory techniques in isolation, enumeration, and identification of microorganisms.
GE 222English Reading and Composition45.03.0
This course includes training in expository-argumentative composition, emphasizing work on clear and effective sentences and the organization and development of paragraph and essay.
GE 112Algebra I45.03.0
This course is equivalent to second year high school algebra, including exponents, radicals, logarithms, systems of linear equations, complex numbers, and quadratic equations.
GE 202General Psychology45.03.0
This course presents basic methods and concepts of psychology, which have broad academic relevance and which can be applied to the study of psychology as well as other academic disciplines.
GE 020BHuman Body in Health and Disease II with Lab75.04.0
This course is the second in the series of two courses to cover the human organ systems’ structure and function. In both the lecture and the lab, the basics of structures and functions of the human body will be discussed. Between GE 020A and GE 020B, topics on all individual major organ systems will be examined, while considering them in the state of health versus the state of disease. Prerequisite: GE 020A- Human Body in Health & Disease I. This is a General Education Course.
GE 031Nutrition in Health & Disease45.03.0
This course covers the nutrient needs for maintaining positive nutritional status, including diets to fit specific health needs and primary nutritional care.
GE 110Critical Thinking45.03.0
This course explores the mechanisms of and obstructions to critical thinking. Students will examine principles and fallacies in myriad types of arguments and rhetoric. This course will include the evaluation of all components of persuasive communications.
GE 201Introduction to Sociology 45.03.0
(Designed for general education or those students majoring in one of the behavioral sciences)

This course introduces human interaction from the sociological perspective and through the utilization of sociological concepts, theories, and principles. Topics include culture, socialization, organizations, deviance, stratification, institutions, population, and social change.
GE 240Public Speaking, Basics of Effective Communication45.03.0
This course offers an introduction to communication in the interpersonal relationships, group interactions, and formal speaking, with skill development in listening, speech preparation, and oral presentation.

Program Information, Length and Schedule

The program information, length and schedule may change. Make sure to read the accompanying Addendum for change and updates as well as check in with the Admission Advisor for details.

The expected program length is 30 weeks to complete all 33 semester credit hours of online General Education courses, after receiving transfer credit for 57.5 semester credits of a prior Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing program. Graduates will earn 90.5 semester credit hours and an Associate of Science Degree in Vocational Nursing.

Additional Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements:
General Admission Requirements for all Programs

  1. All pre-requisite courses must meet the baseline criteria of general education criteria for the California State University system (CSUs).
    • Please note that a transcript must be provided for the above pre-requisites if credit granting and will only be accepted from an accredited institution that is approved by the US Department of Education.
    • Copies are not accepted. All coursework must be successfully completed and given a grade of at least a “C.” Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4 point scale) or higher in Vocational or Practical Nursing coursework. Official transcripts are required.
  2. Provide a certificate of completion from a Board-approved Vocational Nursing Program from an accredited institution

Minimum Requirements for Students Enrolling in Distance Education Courses

Minimum Student Skills Requirements

Students are expected to have at least the following skills prior to taking distance education courses:

  • basic keyboarding competence
  • elementary knowledge of their computer operating system
  • basic knowledge of software and tools such as
  • word processor
  • e-mail
  • Internet browser
  • search engine

Hardware Requirements

  • Access to an IBM compatible or Macintosh system (see below for details). For other operating systems, contact us with questions.
  • Internet access either via modem and phone line or a direct network connection (highly recommended to have high-speed BROADBAND access).
  • Internet service provider for home access and/or access from work (must have prior to start of the course).
  • Access to the distance education environment for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • An e-mail account for sending and receiving electronic mail via the Internet.
  • Students must be able to video conference in real-time (appropriate equipment needed- camera, microphone, etc.)

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Write (OpenOffice) or another word processing program capable of saving files in RTF (Rich Text Format).
  • Web Browser – Firefox 3.0 is highly recommended. To download and install, click the following link http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox. However, Opera 9.0, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher versions (these are free downloadable programs) are some other alternatives. If you plan on using a browser supplied by your Internet service provider (for example, AOL or WebTV), make sure it is the most recent version. We cannot guarantee that all course features will function in all non-Mozilla or Internet Explorer browsers.
  • E-mail software or a Web browser capable of supporting e-mail activity, including sending/receiving attached files.
  • One or more courses may require special (free) plug-ins to access streaming media, PDF files, or other web components.
  • Antivirus software.
  • Download and install the following software if they (or comparable alternatives) are not already configured on your computer:
    • Firefox
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • OpenOffice
    • AVG Antivirus
    • Skype


Q: What are the prerequisites for VN program?


Prerequisite courses are offered in online and residential formats and cover general medical science courses such as: Essential Medical Bioscience (80 hours). Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts offers Prerequisite Courses that are not accredited by ABHES.

Q: Can I still apply to the nursing program if I have a criminal history?


The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) requires a background check for state licensure. Clinical facilities may deny your participation if your criminal history involves violent crimes, substance abuse crimes, and sexually violent crimes.

Q: How often are the prerequisite courses offered?


Prior to each program start date, usually twice per year.

Q: How long is the Essential Medical Bioscience course?


Approximately 10 weeks/80 course hours.

Q: Are prerequisites included in the program length?


No. Prerequisites are separate from the program and are not included in the program length.

Q: Are prerequisites included in the program cost?


Prerequisites are billed separately from the program and are not included into the program cost.

Q: Will I be able to maintain my employment while in the program?


With careful time management, many students have been able to maintain part-time employment and have successfully completed the program. Please find more info in the Catalog and Addendum.

Q: Is this a full-time program?


Yes. The program is considered to be a full-time program, even though students are not required to be on campus full time.

Q: Can I take both night and day classes?


No, students are not able to switch back and forth between day and evening classes. Students can enroll only into the day schedule or night schedule (not both). However, special circumstances may be accommodated at the discretion of the instructor or program director.

Q: Will the program prepare me to pass the NCLEX exam?


Yes. NCLEX test preparation is strongly emphasized throughout our students’ entire curriculum at Gurnick Academy. We also teach a NCLEX preparation class towards the end of the program and conduct reviews as well as optional NCLEX preparation courses.

Financial Aid 

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance.

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Start Date


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Start Date

Program Length & Schedule

82 Weeks

82 weeks including technical courses taken prior to enrolling in the 30 weeks of General Education Courses (2070 Clock Hours/90.50 Semester Credit Hours)

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