There’s a diversity of critical care roles within the field of nursing. One pivotal role is the licensed vocational nurse who provides patient care under the direction of a physician or registered nursing professional. An LVN administers prescribed medications, provides basic nursing care, monitors patients’ health, performs medical treatments, and collects patient data. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for vocational nurses are expected to increase by 25% through 2022, which translates to an estimated 3,040 new jobs in California. The increase in employment is due to the number of disabled and aged persons who are in need of long-term care. LVNs are also capable administrators of care in nursing facilities where they supervise the rehabilitation of patients who are not well enough to go home after being discharged from the hospital.
Institute of Technology
Fifty-one weeks is all it takes to start a career in patient care. The Institute of Technology’s vocational nursing program is designed for persons who have a desire to nurture and safeguard the health of others. Graduates earn a diploma that grants them eligibility to take the NCLEX exam for practical nurses. Apart from training in the classroom, students gain practical experiences in a laboratory setting and during the clinical experience. Both the classroom lectures and practical sessions amount to 1,575 contact hours or 59-quarter credit hours. Students can choose from daytime and evening options in part-time or full-time formats. Full-time classes meet Monday through Friday for 51 weeks. Clinical schedules may vary and include weekend hours. Part-time students meet three evenings per week plus all day on Saturday (for clinicals) for 81 weeks. Interested persons must complete human biology and medical terminology before enrolling in the program. Tuition for the program is $29,825 and includes the NCLEX-PN exam fee. Placement support and assistant are available to all graduates.
- Website: http://www.iot.edu/career-training-programs/medical-programs/vocational-nursing/
- Address: 564 West Herndon Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612
- Phone: (559) 297-4500
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 71%
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts
The Vocational Nurse program at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts includes didactic and laboratory training on campus as well as clinical experiences in a medical facility to correlate instruction. Intense courses that proceed from the simple to complex prepare students for work as a vocational nurse in hospitals or medical clinics. The program is accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). The curriculum covers 1,570 classroom and clinical hours, which equates to 92.5 quarter credit hours. Course topics include fundamentals of nursing, anatomy and physiology, clinical nutrition, medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology, obstetric nursing, pediatric nursing, psychiatric nursing, and preparation for the NLCEX. There are 954 hours of clinical education included in the total program hours that will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge. Classes meet Monday through Friday. Normal completion time is 52 weeks. Interest persons must complete the prerequisite courses (medical sciences) in online or residential format. Additional requirements include a high school diploma or GED, SLE test scores, and an admission interview. Healthcare field experience will be considered in the selection process. Tuition for the program is $31,400. Costs for prerequisite fees, textbooks and materials, uniform, and school fees are not included in the tuition.
- Website: http://www.gurnick.edu/programs/vocational-nursing-program
- Address: 7335 North Palm Bluffs Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711
- Phone: (559) 222-1903
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 66%
Reedley College – Madera Community College Center
Reedley College’s vocational nursing program features intense classroom and clinical training covered in three semesters (1.5 years). Graduates are prepared to take the NCLEX exam for practical nurses. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED (transcripts must be provided), complete the prerequisite courses (medical terminology, nutrition, anatomy and physiology), have a current CPR card, and be physically and mentally able to conduct the duties of a vocational nurse. All applicants must be at least 17 years. Course modules include foundations of nursing, principles and practice of nursing, nursing guidance, and pharmacology. Tuition for the program is $2,106. Books and supplies cost an additional $2,475.
- Website: http://www.reedleycollege.edu/index.aspx?page=1598
- Address: 30277 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638
- Phone: 559-675-4800
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A
Clovis Adult Education
The Vocational Nurse program at Clovis Adult Education is accredited by the BVNPTE. Students acquire the knowledge and skills need to work in the fast-paced healthcare environment and become eligible to take the NCLEX at the conclusion of the program. Graduates also have the option to articulate to the RN program at Fresno City College. Classes meet three days a week for 18 months. Classroom sessions meet from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and clinical hours are from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, CNA certification, current Basic Life Support American Heart CPR card, passing TABE scores and MMR Hepatitis B immunization, two letters of recommendation, and TB clearance. A passing grade of 78% or above on prerequisite courses (medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical math, nutrition, and computer technology) is also needed for admission. Total GPA, TABE scores and the outcome of a personal interview will be considered for selection. Tuition for the program is $15,000. PELL grants are available for qualifying students.
- Website: http://www.clovisadultschool.com/index.php?key=2&ind=8&ddind=3&imgNam=health-careers.jp
- Address: 1452 David E. Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611
- Phone: (559)-327-2800
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87%
Students enrolled in the vocational nursing program at SJVC acquire the skills to care for the patients under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Students learn the fundamentals of nursing, patient care, administrative practices, laboratory skills, critical care concepts, and healthcare ethics. The clinical externship will take place in medical facilities in California where students will interact with patients and health care staff in a real-world setting. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX exam for vocational nurses. They can also enroll in a registered nursing program and earn an associate’s of science degree in just 16 months. Applicants must be 18 years or older, complete the SJVC application, have a high school diploma or GED transcripts, and meet the health requirements. Tuition for the program is $31,250. Books and supplies cost an additional $475.
- Website: http://www.sjvc.edu/programs/medical-and-dental/licensed-vocational-nursing/
- Address: 8344 West Mineral King Ave., Visalia, CA 93291
- Phone: (559) 651-2500
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A