College of the Siskiyous

Vocational Nursing

If you can answer "YES" to these questions...

  • Is nursing your passion?
  • Do you want to make a difference?
  • Do you like new and exciting adventures?

College of the Siskiyous offers a three semester Vocational Nursing program designed to prepare students for beginning practice in nursing care. Theory content provides each student with a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of vocational nurses in providing health care to all age groups. After course completion and licensure, students are prepared to function completely and skillfully in a wide variety of health care settings.

The next vocational nursing nursing program is planned for Spring 2020. Please review this web site for program information. For further information, contact the Nursing Office at (530) 841-5929.

*** All Prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting an application for the Vocational Nursing Program.

Applications and instructions are available online. Only complete applications will be evaluated. Notifications of acceptance to the program will be sent after application period ends.

Students who secured a transcript evaluation by COS Counseling and Student Support Programs should submit their transcript evaluation with nursing application to the COS Nursing Program Administration office.

Applicants must retain copies of all submitted documents.

For additional questions please call the Nursing Program Administration Office at (530) 841-5929.


The mission of the Licensed Vocational Nursing program is to prepare qualified students to be Licensed Vocational Nurses as providers of care across the health/illness continuum and as contributing members of the nursing profession. The program will enable the graduate to apply for the licensing examination for Licensed Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN).


The Vocational Nursing program is based on the precept that nursing supports an individual or family in a movement toward health and that the whole person, including the psychological, social and physical aspects of the person's being, be considered in planning and implementing nursing care. The educative goal of the Vocational Nursing Program is that upon completion, the nurse will possess a broad base of nursing knowledge, an understanding of nursing principles and the nursing process as well as being able to perform skills and techniques competently. Through a planned course of study, it is expected that the students will develop a sense of ethics and integrity not only for themselves but to the patient, the health care team and to vocational nurses as a group.

Learning is the assimilation of knowledge leading to a change in behavior. In order to learn the student requires reinforcement and the opportunity to actually apply new concepts. Learners experience various learning styles and rates as well as motives and aspirations, and such learning is promoted in an atmosphere that acknowledges such uniqueness. The teaching-learning process is a mutual endeavor. The learner must actively participate and assume responsibility for learning. The teacher not only shares knowledge but actively encourages inquiry, serves as a facilitator, role model and resource person.

How to Apply

In addition to the college application, a special program application is required. Program applications are available on the Vocational Nursing web site. To learn more about the application process, contact the nursing office by calling (530) 841-5929. Applicants to the Vocational Nursing Program must meet prerequisites and other course requirements prior to applying for the Vocational Nursing Program. Students must supply documentation that all requirements have been met. In order to determine if an applicant meets prerequisites for the program, all official transcripts must be submitted. It is the student's responsibility to confirm that all documents have been received by the program.


The Vocational Nursing program is approved through the California Board of Vocational Nursing.

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive
Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 263-7800

All candidates are required to complete a background check process after graduating and before applying for licensure. The following link provides information regarding the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians' policy regarding arrests, convictions, and other violations:

For more information about our pass rates go to:


2001 Campus Drive
Yreka, CA 96097

Director of Nursing
Cora Brownell, MSN, RN

Program Contact
Cheryl Rosen
(530) 841-5929