Vocational Nurse Program

Vocational Nurse Program

Program Overview

The Vocational Nurse program (LVN or LPN) integrates principles from nursing, behavioral science, and physical sciences to prepare our students to care for clients with a variety of needs. Licensed Vocational Nurses monitor patient health, administer basic patient care, and keep patient records. They work under the supervision of doctors or registered nurses, and they are an essential part of the medical team.

The program includes didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts considers clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Accordingly, students are rotated throughout our affiliated medical facilities while attending our nursing school.

Course Brochure

The table below reflects the upcoming future starts only.

The table below reflects our upcoming starts only.
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$100.00
Textbooks & Materials$400.00
Laptop Fee (non-refundable)$750.00
Tuition Fee$32,970.00
Total program cost$34,220.00
Prerequisite fees (additional, if applicable): $1,900.00
* Student must participate and complete the PASS Program in order to be eligible for a test schedule voucher.

Gurnick Alumni Grant (for Medical Assistant Graduates): $1,900.00

Please contact your Admissions Advisor for more details and how you can qualify for this grant.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Incorporate principles from nursing, behavioral and physical sciences to provide competent care to clients of different ages with different bio-psychosocial needs.
  2. Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, nursing care, and rehabilitation of clients.
  3. Differentiate the role of the Vocational Nurse within the medical team.
  4. Adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Vocational Nurse.
  5. Utilize critical thinking in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of client care within the scope of Vocational Nurse practice.
  6. Organize, prioritize and delegate care communicating effectively with members of the medical team.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course NumberTitleClock HoursQuarter Credit Hours
VN 100Fundamental of Nursing96.09.5
This course begins with a historical perspective on the art and science of nursing and the legal and ethical aspects of the nursing profession. The nursing tools of critical thinking, communication skills, teaching ability and cultural sensitivity are presented and analyzed, with emphasis on the nursing process, nursing diagnoses, documentation, and exploration of the therapeutic nurse/client relationship. The core of the course emphasizes the Licensed Vocational Nurse’s and Psychiatric Technician’s role in meeting the basic physiologic needs of the client. Normal physiologic processes are presented as a means of comprehending abnormal processes.
VN 110Anatomy and Physiology56.05.5
Prerequisite: VN 001 – Essential Medical Bioscience
This course covers the structure and function of the human body from the single cell through all body systems and the inter-relatedness of the structure and functions in the body are examined. Basic concepts of fluid, electrolyte and acid/base balance are included.
VN 120Clinical Nutrition32.03.0
Clinical Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals is a required course and a vital part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician program, where the basics of Human Nutrition in Health and Disease will be considered. As opposed to General Nutrition courses, this Clinical Nutrition course focuses on Medical Nutrition Therapy pertaining specifically to Nursing Care in inpatient and/or outpatient setting. In this course, the main goal is to teach and prepare VN and PT students to complete basic screening, assessment of patient’s nutritional status, and participate in Medical Nutritional Interventions and Therapy, such as Therapeutic Diets, Mechanically-Altered Diets, Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Support, Pre- and Post-operative Nutrition therapy, and many others.
VN 130Clinical Lab I120.06.0
This practical skill lab course is an introduction to clinical practicum. Nursing skills are structured and covered in the following order: basic nursing skills which include basic principles of nursing such as role and responsibility of the nursing and psychiatric technician team, the nursing process and nursing and psychiatric care plan, delegation, patient and resident rights and medical asepsis followed by bathing, bed making, body mechanics and exercise, measurements, normal elimination, personal hygiene and grooming, concepts of safety and restraints, and preventing and treating pressure ulcers. Intermediate nursing skills include enteral nutrition, ostomy care, oxygenation, preoperative and postoperative nursing care, specimen collection, urinary catheter management, wound care, and suctioning. Advance nursing skills cover managing nonparenteral medications, and safe medication administration. Upon completion of this course students will be ready to apply their nursing skills in the real-life clinical settings.
VN 200Medical/Surgical Nursing I88.08.5
The first part of series of the series of medical/surgical nursing, through a study of theory relative to the adult client, that covers basic pathology, signs, symptoms, incidence, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and medical and surgical conditions. Emphasis is placed on the effect and nursing implications of commonly used drugs and diet modifications are explored. The role of the practical nurse in caring for aging patients, both in the home and medical settings are explored. Clinical experience and client-centered conferences are used to reinforce classroom theory. In this course students are introduced to the foundation of medical-surgical nursing such as caring for clients with altered fluid, electrolyte, and/or acid- base balance, caring for clients in pain, experiencing shock, trauma, and critical illness. The caring for clients with inflammation, infection, altered immunity, loss, grief, and end-of-life care is also covered. Disrupted respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, and lymphatic functions are discussed with emphasis on nursing and continuing care. Specific consideration is given to caring for clients with cancer and oncological care.
VN 210Pharmacology I40.04.0
Pharmacology I is the first in the series of two required courses in Pharmacology as part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician programs at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. In this class, discussions include drug regulations, drug classification and categorization, as well as methods of drug administration and drug metabolism. The basic concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapy will be discussed. By the end of this course, students will also be introduced and become knowledgeable in medications affecting cardiovascular system and drugs affecting fluid, acid-base, and electrolyte balance. Drugs affecting other organ systems will be briefly introduced, but discussed in further detail in the Advanced Pharmacology course later on.
VN 220Clinical II278.09.0
VN 220 is twelve weeks of internship which are integrated with Medical-Surgical Nursing I. Internship schedules will vary as to the term for each student which provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation. The student's ability to provide safe and effective nursing care to selected clients is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area. The student’s progress is documented on the student's Clinical Progress Sheet. Lack of satisfactory performance is documented on the Counseling/Probation form. A detailed quarterly clinical evaluation is performed on each student with full faculty participation. Clinical areas for this quarter will be primarily Medical-Surgical Nursing with some students assigned to specialty areas.
VN 300Medical/Surgical Nursing II96.09.5
This course covers more advanced pathology, signs, symptoms, incidence, methods of diagnosis, treatment, and medical and surgical conditions. In this course students are covering disrupted endocrine, urinary, reproductive, neurologic, musculoskeletal and integumentary functions.
VN 310Pharmacology II48.04.5
Pharmacology II is the second in the series of two required courses in Pharmacology as part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician programs at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. In this class, we will continue to discuss medications affecting pulmonary system, Digestive System, Hormonal balance, musculoskeletal system. Antibiotics, Pain-management drugs, and drugs affecting central nervous system will be covered in detail.
VN 320Clinical III278.09.0
VN 320 provides the student with an opportunity to continue to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation and sharpen their clinical skills. The student’s ability to provide safe and effective nursing care is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area. Student’s progress is documented on the Counseling/Probation form. Clinical areas for this quarter will be medical and surgical and other specialty areas.
VN 400Obstetric Nursing44.04.0
This course emphasizes the total care of the obstetrical client including the therapeutic uses and effects of drugs during pregnancy, labor and delivery, the immediate postpartum period, and nutrition as it relates to pregnancy and lactation. Care of the newborn is included. The role of the family and the importance of bonding are stressed. Clinical experience and client centered conferences reinforce classroom theory.
VN 410Pediatric Nursing44.04.0
This nursing course provides an introduction to pediatric nursing through theory. The focus is on meeting the basic human needs of the pediatric client and their family, utilizing critical thinking, therapeutic communication, technical skills, leadership/management skills, effective time management, and the nursing process. Professionalism and caring are emphasized. The role of the practical nurse in relation to the concepts of growth and development, health promotion, and illness prevention are discussed and demonstrated. Didactic focus is on the most common illnesses and conditions that the nurse is likely to encounter while working with children and their families in the acute care setting.
VN 420Psychiatric Nursing32.03.0
This course offers an overview of the practical nurse’s role in the prevention and treatment of mental illness, nursing management of the neurotic and psychotic client, the client with organic brain syndrome, and the suicide client. Clinical experience consists of primarily observational experience.
VN 430Clinical IV278.09.0
This portion of the curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to clinical practice in a supervised situation in maternity, pediatric, and psychiatric rotations. The student’s ability to provide safe and effective nursing care to selected clients with a minimum of supervision by the clinical instructor is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area.
VN 440Preparation for NCLEX40.04.0
This course covers application of critical thinking and test-taking strategies in preparing nursing students for licensure success. The course is based on the most current NCLEX Test Plan, addressing patient safety, provision of effective care health care environment, health care promotion and maintenance, physiologic, and psychosocial integrity. Content includes, but not limited to: the nursing process, fundamentals of care in nursing, communication with psychiatric clients, and nursing care of the children, women of childbearing age, the elderly, and medical surgical clients.
Total1,570.092.5

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 Vocational Nurse Program is a diploma program. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Vocational Nurse program provides a library and classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, textbooks and journals, and anatomical charts and models. Instructor to student ratio is 1:15 in laboratory and clinical and 1:45 in lecture.

Classes begin twice a year. Students spend thirty (30) to forty (40) hours per week attending classes. The program consists of 4 modules.

  • Module One – Monday through Friday
    Morning Group students must be available 9AM-2PM for the lectures/labs – 4 days a week and 6AM-3PM for the clinical lab – 1 day a week.
    Evening Group students must be available 5PM-10PM for the lectures/labs – 4 days a week and 2PM- 11PM for the clinical lab – 1 day a week.
  • Module Two, Three, and Four – Monday through Friday
    Morning Group students must be available 9AM-2PM for the lectures/labs – 2 to 3 days a week.
    Evening Group students must be available 5PM-10PM for the lectures/labs – 2-3 days a week.

    Morning and Evening Groups students must be available 2-5 days per week for the clinical rotations. Regular clinical rotations hours are: 6:30AM-3:30PM and 2:30PM to 11:30PM. Special clinical rotations (Ex. Ob, Peds, etc) might require alternative schedule (Ex. 8AM-6PM, Saturdays, etc), students must be able to complete those special rotations at the schedule provided.

  • For the last 4 weeks of the program students attend Preparation for NCLEX course- Monday through Friday
    Morning Group students must be available 9AM-2PM.
    Evening Group students must be available 5PM-10PM.

Students receive six hundred and sixteen (616) hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and nine hundred and fifty-four (954) hours of clinical education allowing them to apply the lecture topics to practical use.

The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this challenging field. Normal completion time for this program is fifty-two (52) weeks excluding holidays and vacation times. Preparation for NCLEX (HESI) is provided at the conclusion of the didactic, laboratory, and clinical hours. Students are permitted three (3) attempts to pass the HESI exit exam to graduate. The 1st attempt is given at the completion of the program. The 2nd attempt is given 2 weeks after the completion of the program. The 3rd attempt is given at 4 weeks after completion of the program. Under extraordinary circumstances, applicable Students may be eligible for a 4th attempt; see Student Grievance and Appeals Policy for more information.

In order to ensure program completion is on- time and the required program hours are fulfilled, class times can and may be rescheduled on an alternate day of the week (Sunday through Saturday).

Prerequisite Courses

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.

Additional Admission Requirements

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

Some Campuses (in cases such as if the applicant pool might be larger than the number of available seats at the desired campus location) may require an additional step: an interview with the applicable VN or PT Program Coordinator or designee.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

    1. Complete the Essential Medical Bioscience prerequisites course with grade ‘C’ or above.
      a. Essential Medical Bioscience course is waived as a prerequisite for those who have successfully completed the following courses within the last 5 years:  Cell Biology, Human Biology Basics, Basic Math, and Medical Terminology.  Prerequisite course challenge exam is also available for those who are interested.
    2. Some Campuses (in cases such as if the applicant pool might be larger than the number of available seats at the desired campus location) may require an additional step:  an interview with the applicable VN or PT Program Coordinator or designee.

 

Vocational Nurse Admissions Point System

Please note that the following table may not be applicable for some of our campuses. Some campuses may have non-interview enrollment. Please ask Admission Advisor for more details.

1. Admission
SLE score1
Score 19-292
Score 30-393
Score 40-50
Previous Education
HS diploma or GED1
AA/AS degree2
BA/BS degree and higher3
Healthcare Field Experience
1 year1
2-4 years2
More than 4 years3
Prerequisite Course Grades
C1
B2
A3
2. Interview Assessment
Interview questions50
Appearance/Presentation15
Communication Skills15
Problem solving/Decision making12
Preparedness12
Responsibility15

Clinical Training

We, at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, consider clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Students are required to be rotated throughout our affiliated medical facilities, while attending our nursing school.

Financial Aid

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

For details please call:

State Licensure and Certification for Vocational Nurses (LVNs)

LVN Salary and Job Outlook for LVN in California

Employment of LVN/LPN in nursing care facilities is expected to grow faster than the average. Such facilities will offer the most new jobs for LVN as the number of aged and disabled persons in need of long-term care rises. In addition to caring for the aged and the disabled, LVN in nursing care facilities will care for the increasing number of patients who will have been discharged from the hospital, but have not recovered enough to return home.

Employment of LVN/LPN in home healthcare services is also expected to grow much faster than average. This growth is in response to an increasing number of older persons with functional disabilities, consumer preference for care in the home, and technological advances that make it possible to bring increasingly complex treatments into the home.Occupational Information Network (O*NET): Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 29-2061.00.

For more information about the median wages for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in California, visit  Detailed Guide for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses. Additionally, some information is presented by County: LVNs in San Francisco Bay Area, LVNs in East Bay Area, LVNs in Fresno County, LVNs in Stanislaus County.

Resources & Frequently Asked Questions

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians: www.bvnpt.ca.gov

FAQ

Q: How can I obtain more information about your VN Program?

A: 

Please fill out our “Request Info” form located at the bottom of the page. You may also call 1-877-GURNICK and an Admission Advisor will be able to answer questions specific to your situation.

Q: How do I apply/register for the VN Program?

A: 

Please fill out the “Apply Now” form located at the top of the page. A member of our Admissions Team will contact you shortly.

Q: I have a foreign degree. Do I need to have it evaluated?

A: 

Yes, please contact an Admissions Advisor at 1-877-GURNICK. You can also find more information under Foreign Transcript/Diploma Evaluation Policy in our Academic Catalog here.

Q: Where can I have my degree evaluated?

A: 

Yes, please contact an Admissions Advisor at 1-877-GURNICK. You can also find more information under Foreign Transcript/Diploma Evaluation Policy in our Academic Catalog here.

Q: What is the SLE/Entrance exam?

A: 

Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) is a general assessment test that is designed to test the level of comprehension and existing knowledge. It consists of 50 logical thinking questions based on English and math. There is no cost for this exam. Applicants are allowed 3 attempts within a calendar year to pass the exam. There must be at least 7 days between attempts. Results are valid for one year. Please note that if a graduate (or current student) applies for the other program and his/her SLE result has expired, this person must take a test again.

Q: What if I don't pass the SLE/Entrance Exam?

A: 

You must pass the SLE/Entrance Exam to qualify for the VN Program.

Q: I have a medical degree. Am I still required to take the SLE/Entrance Exam?

A: 

Yes, all applicants regardless of degree or background must pass the SLE/Entrance Exam

Q: What are the prerequisites for the VN Program?

A: 

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: How often are the prerequisite courses offered?

A: 

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

Q: How long is the Essential Medical Bioscience course?

A: 

Approximately 10 weeks/80 course hours.

Q: Are prerequisites included in the program length?

A: 

No, prerequisites are separate from the program and are not included in the length of the program.

Q: Is the VN Program accredited?

A: 

Yes!. You can find more information about our VN Program Accreditation here.

Q: How do I pay for the program?

A: 

We have flexible payment options and private student loans.

Q: How long is the VN Program?

A: 

13-Months (52 weeks/1570 clock hours)

Q: What is the program schedule?

A: 

You can find the VN Program schedule here.

Q: What happens if I fail a class? Will I be expelled from the program?

A: 

Please find more information in our Catalog & Addendum here.

Q: Are there any breaks with in the school year?

A: 

Please reference our Academic Calendar here.

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

A: 

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

Q: Are didactic courses and laboratories held on campus?

A: 

Yes.

Q: Is this a full time program?

A: 

Yes, our 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?

A: 

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

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

A: 

With careful time management, many students have been able to maintain part-time employment and have successfully completed our VN Program.

Q: How many hours of clinical training am I expected to perform?

A: 

Please find more information about our Program Length and Schedule here.

Q: Do I have to find my own internship?

A: 

No, an internship will be provided for all of our students.

Q: Where will the clinical training be conducted?

A: 

Your internship will be provided through our affiliated clinical facilities. These facilities consist of hospitals, outpatient imaging facilities, and private doctors’ offices. It is the student’s responsibility to commute to the carious internship sites. The list of our clinical sites is fluid and ever-changing.

Q: What is the clinical internship shedule?

A: 

Please find more information about our VN Programs internship schedule here.

Q: Are the internships paid positions?

A: 

No, all internships are unpaid.

Q: Will I be clinically evaluated during my intersnhip?

A: 

Yes, all students will be evaluated on a continual basis onsite by the Program Director/Clinical Coordinator, as well as the student’s clinical instructor. These evaluations will take place at the internship site. All interns will be notified in advance of their evaluations.

Q: How much does the program cost?

A: 

Please find our VN Program Fee breakdown here.

Q: Are prerequisites included in the cost of the program?

A: 

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

Q: What does the program cost include?

A: 

Please find our VN Program Fee breakdown here.

Q: Can I obtain financial aid?

A: 

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Gurnick Academy participates in various federal and state student financial assistance programs. Please reference our Financial Aid information here.

Q: When do I start making payments towards my Sallie Mae loan?

A: 

Please contact our Financial Aid Team at 1-877-Gurnick. They will be able to answer questions specific to your situation.

Q: Will I receive a degree or certificate upon completion of the program?

A: 

Our VN Program is a diploma program.

Q: Do you offer Job placement?

A: 

Yes, we assist with job placements for all students who successfully complete the program. However, we cannot guarantee employment.

Q: Will the VN Program prepare me to pass the NCLEX Exam?

A: 

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

Facts and Fun Statistics

This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our nursing school and our Programs. Vocational Nursing Program is offered at our San Mateo, Concord, Modesto, and Fresno campus locations. Let us share with you some facts:

  • More than 48% of our Main Campus, San Mateo campus: students come from Daly City, San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward and South San Francisco. 29% from  other Bay Area cities – Fremont, Newark, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro and Sunnyvale.
  • More than 57% of our Concord Campus: students come from Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, Fairfield, Oakland, Pittsburg and Vallejo, California. 23% come from Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Livermore, Oakley, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.
  • More than 47% of our Fresno Campus: students come from Fresno. More than 35% of our Modesto Campus: students come from Modesto. Of course there are many nursing students from neighboring cities to Modesto and Fresno who choose Gurnick Academy. For example, Modesto campus has students from Atwater, Ceres, Escalon, Livingston, Manteca, Merced, Oakdale, Riverbank, Sonora, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock (50.5%), and Fresno – from Clovis, Hanford, Madera, Sanger and Visalia (30.5%).

Available at the Following Campuses

San Mateo

06 Jan

Core Program Start Date


Concord

07 Jan

Prerequisite Start Date

30 Mar

Core Program Start Date


Modesto

13 Jan

Prerequisite Start Date

30 Mar

Core Program Start Date


Fresno

06 Jan

Core Program Start Date


Program Length & Schedule

13 Months

52 weeks/1570 clock hours

4 modules

Clinical and Lab

950+ hours in affiliated medical facilities and skills laboratory

Didactic / Lab Sessions Schedule

Information may vary per campus. Please check in with an Admissions Advisor for details.

Morning: 9:00 am — 2:00 pm

Evening: 5:00 pm — 10:00 pm

Clinical Sessions Schedule

Information may vary per campus. Please check in with an Admissions Advisor for details.

Morning: 6:30 am — 3:30 pm

Evening: 2:30 pm — 11:30 pm

The didactic training correlates with the lab and clinical education.

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