A.S., Licensed Vocational Nursing
C.A., Nursing Licensed Vocational Nurse
C.S., Licensed Vocational Nurse, Basic Intravenous Therapy, Blood Administration, and Phlebotomy



An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field. To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must: 

1. complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better,
2. complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,
3. achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective).

A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment. To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must: 

  1. complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0.


Correctional Facilities Medical offices
Home Health Schools
Long-term care facilities Transitional care facilities
Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Competency (Non Credit)