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Vocational Nursing

Vocational Nursing Schools in California

Vocational Nurses are entry-level nurses who care for sick, injured, or convalescing patients, under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.

The Charter College vocational nurse training program provides students with nursing skills for direct patient care. Graduates should be able to function as part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team in selected healthcare settings with individuals, families and communities across the life span. If you are looking for the right nursing program in California, contact Charter College to learn more about the skills you can develop in this program.

Jobs for Vocational Nurses include Staff Nurse, Industrial Nurse, Private Nurse, Practical Nurse and General Nurse. Employment in this field requires a license in California* and the Charter College Vocational Nursing program prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN Examination).

* Licensing in other states may differ

Admissions requirements:

1. Applicant must attend an information session.

2. Be 18 years of age or older.

3. Applicant must take the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) and the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST).

 a.  Applicant must pass the SLE with a minimum score of 18.

i.  Applicants who fail the SLE may retest according to the following schedule:

1. Second attempt: a minimum of one (1) calendar day after the first attempt;

2. Third attempt: a minimum of seven (7) calendar days after the second attempt;

3. If the applicant fails the third attempt, the applicant can retest again after a minimum of one (1) year from the date of the third attempt.

b.  Upon successfully passing the SLE, the WBST will be scheduled. The applicant must pass the WBST with a minimum score of 275 Verbal and 250 Quantitative.

i.  Applicants who fail the WBST may retest according to the following schedule:

1. Within any three (3) month period, the applicant may be permitted an initial test and one (1) retest. There is a mandatory 14 calendar day waiting period between the initial test and the retest.

4. Applicant must successfully pass a ten (10) panel drug screen as administered by a designee of the College prior to admission and as required by clinical facilities throughout the program.

5. Applicant must successfully pass a criminal background check and FBI background check as administered by a third party vendor of the College.

6. Must complete an interview with the Director of Vocational Nursing or designee.

7. Meet the Core Performance Standards (refer to Core Performance Standards).

8. Provide the Director of Vocational Nursing documentation to demonstrate the following health, immunization, and other requirements:

a. Tuberculosis (TB) test, purified protein derivative (PPD) and/or negative chest -ray, is current, less than one (1) year old and cannot expire during clinical;

b. Measles (Rubeola)/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) presumptive evidence of immunity with one of the following:

i. Proof of two (2) dose vaccine series (both doses must be given either before or after one  (1) year of age).

ii. Proof of positive MMR titer.

c. Proof of positive Hepatitis B titer. Non-responders after two (2) series of Hepatitis B immunizations must have a doctor’s diagnosis of being a non-responder in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations.

d. Immunity to Varicella (chicken pox) positive titer or two (2) immunizations;

e. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) within the last ten (10) years;

f.  Influenza (flu) vaccination is due by November 15 each year. If the vaccine is refused, then the declination form must be signed and clinical assignments may be unavailable.

g. Statement from healthcare provider that the student is mentally and physically fit to be a nursing student; in accordance with the Core Performance Standards.

h. Written permission to share the student’s last four digits of the Social Security number with facilities to gain security accesses.

9.    The Director of Vocational Nursing will make the conditional admissions decision regarding applicant program entry. Final written acceptance into the program is contingent upon the student submission of required documentation to meet admissions requirements.

Program Highlights:
  • Fundamentals of nursing and direct patient care
  • Hands-on training taught by industry professionals
  • In-clinic training with patients early in program
  • Training in medical-surgical nursing, family nursing/obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, home health, hospice and rehabilitation

Fast Track:
14 months

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