A nurse’s work spans the whole human experience – birth, growth, maturity, and death. Becoming an effective nurse goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge and skills. It involves commitment, compassion, caring, patience, and desire to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients. According to the Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians in California, the practice roles of RNs and LVNs are quite different, though the duties overlap. Working under the direction of registered nurses and physicians, LPNs care for ill, injured, and convalescing patients and persons with disabilities. Their duties include basic bedside care, measuring and recording vital signs, wound management, preparing catheters and injections, monitoring patients for adverse reactions, and collecting samples for lab work. LVN programs prepare graduates for professional nursing practice and licensure as an LVN. The program will emphasize patient safety, accountability, and adherence to federal and state laws and regulations governing the profession.
Concorde Career College
The vocational nursing program at Concorde Career College runs for 13 months – with consistent, full-time attendance. Program graduates can apply to the BVNPT for the NCLEX-PN to practice nursing in California. Experienced instructors educate students on the theoretical and clinical science of nursing, so they’re better prepared to provide competent and safe bedside care. The curriculum includes instruction in common disease processes, restorative nursing care, administration of medications, legal and ethical responsibilities, and therapeutic nursing. To qualify for enrollment, applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, letters of reference, and CPR certification. Other requirements include liability insurance, current immunization (Hepatitis B, varicella, MMR), criminal background clearance, drug clearance, and a clean bill of health. The clinical rotation is physically demanding, so students must be able to lift a minimum 40 pounds and stand for extended periods. Tuition for the program is $30,656 plus $2,354 for books and supplies. The financial aid department will help students identify resources for financial aid.
- Website: http://www.concorde.edu/program/vocational-nurse-san-diego-california
- Address: 4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92113
- Phone: 619-688-0800
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96%
Kaplan College’s practical nursing program equips students with the personal knowledge and practical skills to care for patients in a broad spectrum of medical settings. The program is also designed to prepare students for the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a vocational nurse. The state approved curriculum includes didactic instruction in the classroom as well as supervised clinical experiences in a community hospital, nursing home, or clinic. Areas of study include data collection, measuring and recording vital signs, wound management, medication administration, mental health concepts, pediatric nursing, medical-surgical surgical, maternal nursing, geriatric nursing, transition to practice, ethics and laws governing practice, trends and issues in nursing. Students must obtain criminal background, physical, and drug clearance before participating in the clinical component of the program. Tuition for the 60-week program is $32,854 plus $1,650 for books and supplies. Financial aid may be available for qualifying students.
- Website: https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/vocational-nursing-diploma/
- Address: 9055 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123
- Phone: 858-279-4500
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 70%
Graduates of the BVNPT approved vocational nursing program at Southwestern College are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse and practice under the supervision of physicians, registered nurses, and dentists. Enrollment for new students begins every 18 months. The admission is limited to 33 qualified applicants chosen in the order of submission and the completion of prerequisite courses with a grade C or higher. Students complete the program in three semesters, which cover classroom instruction, hands-on lab, and clinical experience in a local health care facility. Classes and clinical sessions may commence as early as 6:30 am. Some classes occur in the evening and weekend hours as well. All students must fulfill the general education requirements, which may be completed concurrently with the nursing courses. However, the school recommends that students complete the general education requirements prior to the nursing courses. Prerequisite course requirements include human anatomy/physiology, principles of child development, elementary algebra, reading and comprehension for Nursing and Allied Health and CNA training and licensure. Other requirements for enrollment is a passing score on the TEAS 5, attendance at the class orientation, evidence of required immunization and TB screening, CPR certification, high school diploma or GED, and background check and drug screening. Tuition for the program is $1,840 plus $2,565 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=239
- Address: 8100 Gigantic Street, Room 4401, San Diego, CA 92159
- Phone: 619-421-6700
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 59%
United Education International College (UEI)
The vocational nursing program at UEI College equips students with the direct care skills to enter the workforce as a licensed vocational nurse after successfully completing the NCLEX-PN. The entry-level program includes classroom and clinical instruction in the foundational principles of nursing. Topics covered throughout the training include fundamentals of nursing, mental health concepts, medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, human growth and development, pediatric nursing, geriatrics, obstetrics, anatomy and physiology, communication, leadership, transition to nursing, trends and issues in nursing. During the clinical experience, students work under the direction of a registered nurse instructor to assist patients with basic hygiene, observe patients for changes, prep patients for exams and procedures, measure and record vital signs. Tuition for the program is $20,198 including books and clinical supplies. Almost all students enrolled in the program receive federal financial aid.
- Website: http://www.uei.edu/programs/uei-college/vocational-nursing
- Address: 344 F Street, Suite 202, Chula Vista, CA 91910
- Phone: 619-476-3546
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 65%
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