Business and Professions Code - BPC

Published: 2015-07-08

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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 6.5. Vocational Nursing [2840 - 2895.5]

  ( Chapter 6.5 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1689. )
ARTICLE 4. Vocational Nursing Schools [2880 - 2884]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1689. )


The board shall prepare and maintain a list of approved schools of vocational nursing in this state whose graduates, if they have the other necessary qualifications provided in this chapter, shall be eligible to apply for a license to practice vocational nursing in this state.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2012.)


An approved school of vocational nursing is one which has been approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians of the State of California, gives a course of instruction in vocational nursing of not less than 1,530 hours or 50 semester units approved by the board pursuant to Section 2882 whether the same be established by the State Board of Education, other educational institutions, or other public or private agencies or institutions and is affiliated or conducted in connection with one or more hospitals.

One hour of instruction for purposes of computing the total hours of instruction or for calculating semester units as specified in this section shall consist of not less than 50 minutes of actual class time.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 2012.)


The board shall deny the application for approval made by, and shall revoke the approval given to, any school of vocational nursing that does not give to student applicants credit, in the field of nursing, for previous education and the opportunity to obtain credit for other acquired knowledge by the use of challenge examinations or other methods of evaluation.

The board shall prescribe, by regulation, the education for which credit is to be given and the amount of credit that is to be given for each type of education, including the amount of credit to be given to a certified nurse assistant, a nurse assistant who has provided direct nursing services in health facilities, and an applicant who has successfully completed equivalent courses offered by a secondary school that is approved by the State Department of Education in any state or by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body. These courses shall be assessed for equivalency by the vocational nursing school.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 2012.)


The course of instruction of an approved school of vocational nursing shall consist of not less than the required number of hours of instruction in such subjects as the board may from time to time by regulation determine, together with the required number of hours in the care of medical, surgical, obstetrical patients, sick children, and such other clinical experience as from time to time may be determined by the board.

The board shall, by regulation, provide for the approval of courses of instruction expressed in hours of instruction, or academic units, or which require satisfactory demonstration of skills and behavioral competencies.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 2012.)


It shall be the duty of the board, through an official representative, to inspect or review all schools of vocational nursing in this state at such times as the board shall deem necessary. Written reports of the inspection or review shall be made to the board, which shall thereupon approve the schools of vocational nursing that meet the requirements provided by the board.

Upon receiving the report of the representative, if the board determines that any approved school of vocational nursing is not maintaining the standard required by the board, notice thereof in writing specifying the defect or defects shall be immediately given to the school. If the defects are not corrected within a reasonable time, the school of nursing may be removed from the approved list and notice thereof in writing given to it.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 338, Sec. 14. Effective January 1, 2012.)


None of the provisions of this chapter shall be applicable to any school or schools conducted by any well recognized church or denomination for the purpose of training the adherents of such church or denomination in the care of the sick in accordance with its religious tenets.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1689.)