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Nurses are Essential Healthcare Workers!

Train for this Important Medical Career with HDMC’s New VNAAS Program

At High Desert Medical College (HDMC), our goal is to train you for the careers that are in high demand in your community. We offer programs that cater to motivated students like you, who are looking for focused, comprehensive training to prepare them for immediate entry into the field. We are excited to announce that we have expanded our program offerings and are now offering a new Associate of Applied Science, Vocational Nursing degree program (VNAAS). Our VNAAS is designed to be completed in less than 2 years, so you can gain the skills you need to land a job sooner! Read on to learn how you can make your goal of becoming a nurse a reality, with training from HDMC. 

HDMC added the new AAS degree program for Vocational Nurses in order to expand our profile of healthcare training programs designed for students who are motivated to quickly enter the medical field. This program was designed to complement HDMC’s existing Vocational Nursing diploma program. Graduates of the LVN diploma program, or a similar qualifying LVN program, may choose to continue their education and training by enrolling in the AAS Vocational Nursing program. The VNAAS program allows these 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 Licensed Vocational Nursing portion of the program is 53 weeks long, and teaches students the basic skills and essential functions of vocational nursing. The LVN program has a hybrid-online format; courses are offered online, and students complete hands-on training and externships in order to gain critical real-world experience. By combining academic study with clinical practice in a hospital or other healthcare setting, students gain both theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on experience. Courses in the LVN program include:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Medical – Surgical Nursing
  • Medical – Surgical Mental Health
  • Maternal – Child Health Leadership
  • Clinical in Various Facilities

The AAS portion of the program is 48 weeks in length, for a total VNAAS 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. AAS degree courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Human Physiology. 

HDMC’s LVN program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians. HDMC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and is licensed by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Accreditation and approval guarantees students, faculty and the public that the programs at HDMC meet objective and rigorous third-party standards of educational practices.

With locations in Bakersfield, Temecula, and Lancaster, California, HDMC is an excellent choice for career training for in-demand, essential healthcare careers in Southern California. Offering hybrid, hands-on, and online classes, under the guidance of industry professional faculty, HDMC prepares students for their chosen healthcare careers upon graduation. Ready to get started in your career as a Nurse with HDMC’s Associate of Applied Science, Vocational Nursing program (VNAAS)? Give us a call at 888-633-4362 today! You can make your goal of becoming a Nurse a reality, with training from HDMC!

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