The conceptual framework, an eclectic design, is subscribed to by the Vocational Nursing faculty at Trinity Valley Community College. The basic foundation consists of the concepts of student, patient, community, learning and nursing. The community college serves to meet the educational needs of the students and the health care system in the community. The student and patient are central focuses of the VN curriculum. The seven major interconnected concepts that overlap and form the central framework and caring, competency, collaboration, cultural sensitivity, client advocacy, critical thinking, and community. Through the seven “C’s”, the student is able to learn and apply the art and science of nursing and apply them to the practice of nursing. In addition, threads which appear throughout the curriculum include: nursing process, nursing roles, health care needs, ethical/legal considerations, and pharmacological considerations.