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)


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 2023 (Fall)
  • January 2025 (Spring)
  • August 2026 (Fall)
  • etc….


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

Vocational Nursing Faculty