Vocational Nursing

Are you compassionate, organized, and detail-oriented? Are you interested in a career in which you can provide care and truly help others? If you are interested in which you work closely with patients to provide direct medical care, a career as a Vocational Nurse could be a great choice for you!

With High Desert Medical College’s Hybrid, Hands-on, and Online courses, you can get the training you need for this rewarding healthcare career in as few as 56 weeks!



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At High Desert Medical College, our Vocational Nursing Program is designed to prepare students to enter one of the fastest-growing professions in the healthcare industry. Nurses are critical allied health professionals, providing care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. This 56-week program prepares students with critical theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on skills through a combination of coursework and clinical labs. Students also receive real-world on-the-job experience through an Externship.

Students in the Vocational Nursing program learn how to:

  • Provide Basic Nursing Care
  • Administer medications
  • Document Patients' Signs and Symptoms
  • Perform Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Measures.

    Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Vocational Nursing diploma. Students may choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree by completing additional General Education courses (101 weeks total). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses among the fastest growing occupations over the 2019-2029 decade. Employment is projected to grow 9% (much faster than average) over the 2019-2029 decade, adding 65,700 more jobs nationwide. As of 2019, Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses held 721,700 positions nationwide.

    ***If you are interested in the Vocational Nursing program, all students are required to complete the Vocational Nursing Pre-Requisite course in advance of admissions. It only takes 4 weeks and is completely online.

    • Fundamentals of Nursing
    • Medical - Surgical Nursing
    • Medical - Surgical Mental Health
    • Maternal - Child Health Leadership
    • Clinical in Various Facilities
      Included with the HDMC Vocational Nursing program tuition is the cost for the NCLEX/PN exam, BVNPT Application for Licensure by Exam, and the LVN IV Therapy Certification and Blood Withdrawal class.

  • Full-Time Program | Total Clock Hours: 1,687 hours (56 Weeks)
  • Part-Time Program | Total Clock Hours: 1,687 hours (68 Weeks)
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