Vocational Nursing Associate of Applied Science

Have you graduated from an approved Vocational Nursing program? Would you like to strengthen your skills and pursue a more advanced career in the nursing field? High Desert Medical College now offers a Vocational Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree (VNAAS) program.

With High Desert Medical College, you can earn your Associate of Applied Science, Vocational Nursing degree in as few as 101 weeks! Build on your Vocational Nursing diploma by adding General Education and science courses – available in an online format. Gain the skills and knowledge to enter a Registered Nursing program.


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The VN AAS program is designed to enable students to develop enhanced critical thinking skills, greater scientific knowledge, and quality verbal/written communication skills, becoming more well rounded professionals and more qualified job candidates.

The VN AAS program has a hybrid-online format, combining theory coursework, hands-on training, and an externship in order to provide students with critical real-world experience. The AAS portion of the program is 48 weeks in length, for a total VN AAS program length of 101 weeks. The AAS degree program builds on the Vocational Nursing diploma by adding General Education and science courses which are offered online, and are required to enter a Registered Nursing Program.

Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science, Vocational Nursing degree and will be prepared to begin entry-level Licensed Vocational Nursing careers or to enter into a Registered Nursing program.

Career Highlights and Overview
As a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), you will provide care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Nurses are critically important to the American healthcare system, and are in high demand across the country. According to the U.S. BLS, Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses held 721,700 positions nationwide in 2019, and the field is projected to grow by 9% (much faster than average) over the 2019-2029 decade, adding 65,700 more jobs nationwide.

VN AAS degree courses include:
    AAS Degree Courses:
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Human Physiology

    LVN Program Courses:
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Medical - Surgical Nursing
  • Medical - Surgical Mental Health
  • Maternal - Child Health Leadership
  • Clinical in Various Facilities


  • Total VNAAS Program Length: 53 weeks VN/48 weeks AAS = 101 weeks
  • Total Clock Hours: 2,120 (classroom: 1,076 + virtual and skills lab: 325 + externship: 719)
  • AAS Only Program Length: 3 terms/16 weeks each
  • Total Clock Hours: 525 (classroom: 435 + virtual and skills lab: 90)
  • Graduates receive an Associates of Applied Science, Vocational Nursing degree
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