Category Archives: Medical Education

Vocational Nurse Program at Gurnick’s Nursing School

A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) works under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. The LVN provides direct patient care in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, clinics, physician offices, home health, skilled nursing facilities and hospice care. Our graduates receive the necessary knowledge and skills to transition from education to employment.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Programmatically Accredited by Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Vocational Nurse Program Highlights:

  • 13 month intensive program including preparation for the NCLEX exam Day and Evening Classes
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Patient-care labs that are equipped with hospital beds, anatomical models, hi-fidelity interactive simulation
    mannequins and other patient-care equipment
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loan Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Our Vocational Nurse Program provides didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the state licensing exam. Once students pass this exam, they will be able to work as Licensed Vocational Nurses in hospitals or medical clinics.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. Subjects covered include Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Clinical Nutrition, Obstetric, Pediatric and Psychiatric Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and preparation for the NCLEX.

Our Campuses conduct courses in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, anatomical charts and models.

Our Clinical Education (Internship) is an integral part of the Vocational Nurse Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Internship will be provided for all of our students.

Our Vocational Nurse Program is offered at All Campuses.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program: www.gurnick.edu/admissions-department

Psychiatric Technician Program. Gurnick’s Psych Tech School

A Psychiatric Technician (PT) provides care for the psychiatric or developmentally disabled client under the supervision of a director, such as a physician, psychologist, registered nurse, or other professional personnel. The Psychiatric Technician utilizes scientific and technical expertise, and manual skills to provide care and training for clients experiencing mental disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Our graduates will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to transition from education to utilizing this knowledge in a mental health milieu or developmental treatment program as employees.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Programmatically Accredited by Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Psychiatric Technician Program Highlights:

  • 14 month intensive program including internship
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Day and Evening Classes
  • Our patient-care lab is equipped with patient care equipment used in a simulated clinical environment including anatomical models and hi-fidelity interactive simulation mannequins
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loans Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Our Psychiatric Technician Program includes didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical internship component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the state licensing exam. Once students pass this exam, they will be able to work as Psychiatric Technicians.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field; covers topics such as fundamentals of nursing, anatomy and physiology, clinical nutrition, medical surgical nursing, pharmacology, modern psychiatry, mental disorders, developmental disabilities.

Our Campuses conducts courses in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, anatomical charts and models. Our patient-care lab is designed to provide an excellent educational context for a hands-on experience with equipment and simulated clinical environment which gives the student the stimulus to be successful critical thinkers with client-centered skills competency.

Our Clinical Education (internship) is a crucial part of the PT Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Students will be rotated throughout our distinct and varied clinical facilities while attending academy.

Psychiatric Technician Program is currently offered at Concord Campus.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program.

10 Things New Nursing Students Need to Know!

Things new Nursing Students should know that’ll help them get through!

Being a new student is tough. It’s even tougher when you’re a student of a highly hands on profession. Not only must you be skilled in your craft but you need to be personable and outgoing too. Below are a few things that will help you along your away to being the most amazing Nursing Student ever!

1. It’s okay to be nervous & scared
• Being nervous & scared doesn’t mean you’re going to do horrible. You’re not alone in this and chances are, your peers are feeling just the same as you. They might just hide it better with all the excitement.
• Use this commonality and befriend your peers who are on this roller coaster with you. They’ll become an amazing support system and you guys can share the load together.

2. You’re not going to know everything
• Even when you’ve studied all that you could, you’re never going to know every situation and how things will play out. Learn from it the first time and move on.
• It’s okay if you don’t know something and admit it. You’re there to learn just like everyone else.
• Ask questions, constantly. What better way to learn and understand the practice than asking the ones who’ve experienced it.

3. Be confident & personable
• Don’t apologize for doing your job. Supporting others for a living is a hard things to do.
• You are going to be meeting a lot of people as a nurse. Whether it’s the patient that comes in, their families, or even new doctors and professionals around the work place.

4. Being tired is normal
• The days will get long and the nights even longer, but don’t fret. Once you become the nurse you dreamed off, that’s when the real journey starts.

5. Be as resilient as you can be!
• Sometimes, quitting will seem like the only option to do, it’s not. Keep pushing through, know your efforts and time is not lost and push through until the end. You got this.
• There will be tasks that scare you at first, maybe you will freeze the first time you’re asked to do something, but it’s okay. As I stated before, learn from the first time and move on.

6. You’re going to meet some unhappy people
• Don’t let them get to you. Keep doing the amazing work you know you’re capable of.
• Physicians will be in your case, it’s normal. You can learn from their interactions.

7. Find your resources & use them!
• We’re all super human in our own right but we can’t do everything alone. Find the resources necessary for you to succeed and make sure you can access them when and how you need to. Your teachers, your staff, Google even. Don’t be afraid to utilize what you have available to you.

8. Restroom breaks are gold (while on externships)
• While you’re taking care of everyone around you, don’t forget to take care of yourself.

9. Don’t forget to eat either
• This can go along with the restroom breaks. Make sure you’re taking good care of yourself.

10. Don’t forget what you came here to do
• You are a nursing student. You are about to or already have embarked on a journey that leads to helping and caring for people during their time of need.



Please find more info about our Vocational Nurse Program

BS in Nursing Program – RN to BSN Pathway

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts offers a 3-semester distance education program for RNs to complete their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in one year. Each semester is 15 weeks in length and covers 5 courses. To develop an advanced skill base in demand by employers, students will also study the organization and function of health services, ethics and law in health care, writing skills for health professionals, leadership and management, nursing research, and essentials of patient education. Students will also take Community Health Nursing, which includes certification in reporting of child abuse and in disaster management.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

BSN Program – RN to BSN Pathway:

  • Intensive 1 year program leading to BS degree
  • Distance Education
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loans Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program includes didactic training as well as a clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. There are two clinical courses, Community Health Nursing Clinical and Leadership/Management in Nursing Clinical.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. Emphasis will be placed on evidenced-based practice and critical thinking skills in the provision of safe and effective care to patients from diverse and multicultural populations and communities across the life span.

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (RN to BSN Pathway) is currently offered at Online via Distance Education.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program.

AS in Ultrasound Technology Program. Gurnick’s Sonography School

Our AS in Ultrasound Technology program prepares our students for entry-level employment after their graduation as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with specialization in general sonography (Abdominal and Small Parts, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vascular Sonography). Graduates will be qualified to work in hospitals, imaging centers, physicians’ offices, or clinics. Our graduates will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to transition from education to employment.

  • Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
  • Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
  • Programmatically Recognized by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

AS in Ultrasound Technology Program Highlights:

  • 2-year intensive program including internship
  • Associate of Science Degree
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Our imaging lab is equipped with modern ultrasound scanners
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Private Loans Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Our AS in Ultrasound Technology Program includes didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical internship component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the ARRT(S) and ARDMS exams and work as Ultrasonographers.

Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field; covers topics such as ultrasound physics and instrumentation, abdominal and small parts, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular ultrasound and patient care.

Our Campuses conduct courses in classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, anatomical charts and models. Our patient-care lab is equipped with hospital beds, anatomical models, hi-fidelity interactive simulation mannequins and other patient-care equipment. The scan laboratory is equipped with ultrasound machines (3D and color-flow imaging) and a MedSim Ultrasound Training Simulator.

Our Clinical Education (Internship) is a crucial part of the Sonography Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Clinical education allows students to apply the lecture topics to practical use. Internship will be provided for all of our students.

Associate of Science in Ultrasound Technology Program is currently offered at San Mateo Campus and Fresno Campus.

Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program.