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.


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

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

See Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

Program Start Dates

  • January 2019 (Spring semester)
  • August 2020 (Fall semester)
  • January 2022 (Spring semester)
  • August 2023 (Fall semester)
  • 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 to make an appointment.


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