Vocational Nursing Updates

The next program application submission period will be in Spring 2023 for Fall 2023 enrollment.


Application Window:  Monday, April 17, 2023 (8am PST) through Thursday, April 27, 2023 (3pm PST).


Transcripts Deadline: Official transcripts from other colleges/universities must be received by the Merced College Admissions & Records office by Friday, January 27, 2023, 4pm (PST). 

Continue to monitor this site for updates. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to the Vocational Nursing Program should be familiar with the following requirements and steps.

Follow the 5 easy steps to apply at Merced College in order to obtain a student ID and email.

Apply to Merced College the same semester that you apply to the program in order to maintain an active school email address.

High School Diploma or GED or AA/AS Degree or higher degree completed.

Before applying, complete the program’s prerequisites. 

All prerequisites must be completed with a “C” or higher and grades demonstrated on transcripts prior to applying. 

No “in progress” prerequisites will be accepted.  At this time, the combined GPA on prerequisites must be a 2.0 or higher.  For future classes, the GPA requirement will be 2.5 or higher. See how to calculate your GPA. 

  • ALLH-67 Medical Terminology 
  • BIOL-50 Survey of Anatomy & Physiology or BIOL-16 General Human Anatomy 
  • NUTR-10 Nutrition 
  • VOCN-46A Applied Mathematics for Pharmacology 

Per the Board of Vocational Nurses & Psychiatric Technicians, ALL program prerequisites must be completed within 5 years of submitting your application to the program.  If any prerequisites are older than 5 years, they must be retaken prior to applying to the program. 

All applicants are required to upload transcript(s) with their application. Transcripts must include all work shown as completed on the application. An application that is not completely filled out and/or does not have all transcripts submitted by the application deadline will be considered incomplete.

Official transcript(s) from other colleges/universities must be sent directly to the Merced College Admissions & Records office by the transcript submission deadline.

See how to obtain your Unofficial Transcripts on the Admissions and Records page.

This is the ONLY version of the Merced College Unofficial Transcript we will accept.

View the Grid of Comparable Prerequisites Courses.  If your course(s) need to be verified for equivalency, it is your responsibility to meet with a counselor before the application window.

Fill this Equivalency Verification Form out for the course(s) you need verified for equivalency.

PLEASE READ the program information and application instructions carefully. 

There is no waitlist. Qualified applicants will be selected by lottery. 

Applicants will be selected in spring 2023 for fall 2023 enrollment.

Talk with a Guidance Counselor


There are specialized Allied Health Counselors that are located in the Counseling and Guidance Area (Lesher Student Services Building – 2nd Floor).