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Vocational Nurse

The Contra Costa Medical Career College Vocational Nurse Program is committed to
providing an environment that facilitates student success in acquiring the theory and technical skills pertinent to a professional Vocational Nurse.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions leading to careers or career advancement in a number of health care facilities including hospitals, medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, and private practices. The program includes 714 hours of clinical experience that must be completed prior to graduation.

Upon successful completion of the Vocational Nurse program, the student will receive a certificate of completion from Contra Costa Medical Career College. The graduate will be eligible to take the NCLEX exam, which relates to the practice of Vocational Nurse in California, to obtain licensure, as required for the practice of Vocational Nurse.

The following are pre-requisites and must be completed prior to submitting an application for consideration into the program:

  1. Proof of completion of 12th grade education or equivalent (or higher degree)
  2. Students must take and pass the Wonderlic SLE exam with a score of 19 or higher.
  3. Students must take and pass the required entrance exam (HESI) with a minimum score of 70%
  4. Current California Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification card (or verification of state
    certification) or Medical Assisting Certificate.
    The following courses are highly recommended, but not required:
  • Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology 3.0 credits
  • College Reading and Writing 4.0 credits.
  • Pre-Algebra 3.0 credits
  • Medical Terminology 3.0 credits

All programs require a United States High School Diploma or GED. If you have an equivalent foreign high school diploma, it must be evaluated by NACES. Proof of evaluation is required before registration can proceed.


You MUST have these to register:

  1. All applicants must be 18 years or older.
  2. All applicants must present either a State issued Identification Card / Driver’s License or Passport.
  3. You must have a Social Security Number, therefore; you must be a US Citizen or eligible to work in the United States.
  4. Proof of High School Graduate/GED or achieved a degree higher than High School Diploma.  (Foreign transcripts for Diplomas earned outside of the US must be evaluated for US equivalency, please click here to learn more.)
  5. No Felony and certain misdemeanors (drug and theft) convictions are allowed.