Program Description

The Vocational Nursing curriculum provides you with skills that will afford you the opportunity to seek employment in hospitals, clinics, private physicians’ offices, and skilled nursing in extended and long-term care facilities.

Emphasis is on nursing theory, development and application of nursing skills in the basic care of individuals throughout the lifespan.

Program Length

The Vocational Nursing Program is an 11month program that begins each Fall semester. This 37 unit certificate program includes required courses in the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

Program Completion

Upon completion of this curriculum the student will receive a Certificate of Achievement and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination-Vocational Nurse (NCLEX-VN) and if successful will qualify to receive a license from the Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners regulations to practice in the State of California. Completion of the program does not guarantee licensure.

A grade of C or better in all Vocational Nursing coursework is required to meet the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners regulations.

LVN to RN Pathway

Our LVN program offers a pathway to the PCC Registered Nursing program. If you are an LVN and have met all RN admission requirements, you may apply for placement in the LVN to RN Career Ladder program. If selected, you will complete a 6 week LVN to RN bridge course, then Career Ladder students join the third semester of the RN program. If you are interested, we advise speaking with a college counselor early in order to best determine sequencing of prerequisite courses.

A Grade Point Average of 2.50 or higher is required in the Career Ladder prerequisite courses:

  • English 001A
  • Microbiology 002
  • Anatomy 025
  • Physiology 001
  • Intermediate Algebra 131 (Statistics 50 starting Fall 2018)
  • A printout of the current TEAS transcript with an adjusted individual total score of 62 or higher 


The Vocational Nursing program at Pasadena City College is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians.