Program Description

The Vocational Nursing curriculum comprises three semesters of combined didactic and clinical work on campus and at affiliated health care facilities. Upon satisfactory completion of the prerequisites and the nursing courses, a Certificate of Achievement is awarded and the student is then eligible for the National Licensure Examination. An Associate in Arts Degree is also available for those students who complete the Merced College General Education requirements.

Students must adhere to clearance requirements in order to be accepted into, and continue enrollment in, Allied Health Programs' clinical courses. Requirements include: background checks, drug screenings, vaccinations and boosters (for example, COVID-19).  Merced College Allied Health Programs do not accept religious nor medical exemptions.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Nursing, Vocational:

  • Nursing, Vocational (AA)
  • Nursing, Vocational (CT)

See Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions (current & past MC Catalogs)


The Allied Health Center houses a complete Vocational Nursing Skills Lab, large computer lab, conference rooms, study rooms and multiple large and small classrooms. The Vocational Nursing Program has state-of-the art equipment and software that assist students with learning current procedures.

Program Start Dates

  • August 2020 (Fall)
  • January 2022 (Spring)
  • August 2023 (Fall)
  • etc.....

Vocational Nursing Faculty

Click (Here) for the list of Faculty & Staff.


Allied Health Counselors are located in the Counseling and Guidance Area (Lesher Student Services Building - 2nd Floor).  Contact (209) 381-6478 or email to make an appointment.


The Vocational Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).