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Program Descriptions

The School of Nursing prepares students for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure, Vocational Nurse (VN) licensure and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification.

The Registered Nursing program is offered for qualified men and women to prepare for staff nurse positions in hospitals and similar health agencies. It is approved by the

California State Board of Registered Nursing (B.R.N.)

PO Box 944210 Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

Ph: 916-322-3350 web address:

and accredited by the

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road, N.E. Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

Ph: 404-975-5000  web address: 

Graduation from Santa Barbara City College with an Associate Degree and a major in nursing qualifies graduates to take the state board examination for licensure as registered nurses.

The Vocational Nursing program is a three-semester program designed to prepare qualified men and women applicants to function as licensed vocational nurses, who give care to patients in hospitals, homes, clinics and extended care centers. The vocational nurse works under the direction of a licensed registered nurse or a physician. The program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive the Santa Barbara City College Certificate of Completion, and are eligible to apply to take the examination for licensure to practice as a licensed vocational nurse.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aid (HHA) programs prepare men and women to give basic nursing care under the direction of a licensed nurse. The focus of this program is on care of the elderly, including both classroom and clinical experience. This program meets the requirements for the California Certified Nursing Assistant, and graduates are qualified to take the State Certification Exam.

In addition to the policies and standards of Santa Barbara City College, Health Technologies programs have policies and requirements based on the professional standards and guidelines of their individual regulating state and national accrediting boards. These additional policies and requirements are described in the handbook for each individual program.

Note: For information on other Health Technologies programs, refer to the Catalog sections on Allied Health, Health Information Technology & Cancer Management, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Reimbursement Specialist and Radiographic/Imaging Science.

Vocational Nursing Learning Outcomes

  1. Take and pass the licensure exam.
  2. Function within the scope of practice of LVN, as outlined by the California Board of Vocational Nurses.
  3. Practice within professional and legal standards, ethical principles and demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural differences of patients.
  4. Apply the nursing process by collaboratively assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and teaching maintenance of health and prevention of disease.
  5. Apply principles of oral, written and verbal communication to convey relevant, accurate and complete information.
  6. Provide compassionate holistic nursing care by maintaining patients’ psychological safety and acting as a patient advocate.

Department Offices

Health Technologies Office (A-218, ext. 2366)
Program Support: Lorraine Michalak (A-218, ext. 2366)
Division: Health/Human Services
Director: Michelle Gottwald (A218, ext. 4761) 
Dean: Alan Price (A-218, ext. 3044)
Nursing Academic Counselor:  Kimberly Taylor,

Admission to the Programs

Candidates for acceptance into the ADN, VN and CNA programs must be admitted to Santa Barbara City College, as well as to the specific program.  Applications to the college must be submitted to the Admissions Office and may be submitted online.

Each program has different application processes.  Please refer to each link below for the individual programs.  

Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) 

Vocational Nursing (VN)

Associate Degree Nursing (RN)


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