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. Courses include Personal & Practical/Vocational Concepts, Foundations of Nursing, College Mathematics, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, Mental Health Nursing Care, Integumentary Nursing Care, Human Growth and Development, Maternal & Child Health Nursing Care, Gastrointestinal Nursing Care, Nutrition, Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Clinical Practice. The clinical rotation is physically demanding, so students must be able to lift a minimum 40 pounds and stand for extended periods.
- Attend a personal interview and campus tour
- Complete the admission documentation including the Enrollment Agreement
- Complete an Online Readiness Assessment
- Provide documentation of completing high school or equivalency
- Obtain a score of 17 or greater on the Wonderlic SLE assessment
- Complete a criminal background check
- Attend an interview with the Program Director
- Provide immunization records (Hepatitis B, varicella, MMR)
Tuition for the program is $36,824 including expenses for textbooks and the application fee. The financial aid department will help students identify resources for financial aid.
- Website: https://www.concorde.edu/nursing-programs/vocational-nurse
- Address: 4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92113
- Phone: 619-688-0800
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86%
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.
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better – Human Anatomy, Physiology, Principles of Child Development, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Elementary Algebra, Reading & Composition or College Composition, and Certified Nursing Assistant
- Obtain a passing score of 58 or greater on the TEAS V6
- Must have CPR certification (Basic Life Support Provider from American Heart Association)
- Attend a mandatory orientation
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must attend first day of class
- Complete the physical exam form indicating all required immunizations
- Pass a background check and drug screen
The cost of the program is approximately $6,284. It includes textbooks, enrollment fees, and uniforms. The cost for general education textbooks and transport to the clinical sites are not included in the estimate.
- 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: 96%
Health Occupations Center
The practical nursing program at Health Occupations Center 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. The duration of the program is 3 semesters – not including the summer. Web-based instruction may be included to enhance learning. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Must have a current active CNA license in California
- Take and pass the ATI TEAS V6
- Complete the prerequisite course with a grade C or better – Anatomy and Physiology
- Must attend a mandatory orientation
Tuition for the program is $4,600. Program fees will cost an additional $2,200.
- Website: https://hoc.guhsd.net/HOC-Courses/Vocational-Nursing/
- Address: 9368 Oakbourne Road, Santee, CA 92071
- Phone: (619) 956-4300
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 64%
The vocational nursing program at MiraCosta College is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. It provides a minimum of 1536 contact hours of instruction, including 576 hours in the classroom and 960 hours of clinical activities. The content will include gerontology, nutrition, mental health nursing, medical surgical nursing, communicable disease, oncological nursing, perioperative nursing, orthopedic nursing, integumentary and neurosensory systems, and rehabilitation. Other essential areas covered are care of patients, obstetrics and pediatric nursing, home health care, leadership, and supervision. Program graduates will be eligible to take the state board examination. The option to receive an associate degree after completing additional coursework is available. The program is offered on a weeknight/weekend schedule.
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better – Body Systems Survey for Health Professionals, Pharmacology, Certified Nursing Assistant or current California CNA license, American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR card
- Apply for admission to MiraCosta College before applying to the nursing program
- Must be 17 years of age or older
- Submit official high school transcripts or degree from an accredited college
- Submit official transcript of prerequisite courses
- Must pass a criminal background check – applicants with convictions on their background check will not be eligible for admission
- Must complete a physical exam, laboratory test, and immunization just before starting the program
- Must be free from communicable diseases and infections
The approximate cost of the program is $2,800 including tuition, books, uniforms, physical exam, and immunizations. Students must budget for transport to and from the clinical sites.
- Website: http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/nursing/lvnprogram.html
- Phone: 760-757-2121
- Alt: 888-201-8480
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
The Licensed Vocational Nurse program at Summit College is taught by dedicated instructors who will encourage and challenge students to pursue excellency in care. The curriculum will cover 1586 hours of theory and practical instruction in the fundamentals of nursing, pharmacology, pediatrics, nutrition, psychology, patient education, and obstetrics. The program is designed to be completed in 12 months full-time or 18 months part-time. Day and evening schedules are available to accommodate busy lifestyles.
- Complete the financial aid and enrollment process
- Attend a mandatory orientation
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Provide an acceptable high school diploma or GED
- Attend an interview with an Admissions Advisor
- Take and pass the Wonderlic SLE entrance exam
- Provide documentation of immunity to MMR, Varicella, and Polio. Hepatitis B is recommended but not mandatory
- Complete a satisfactory TB test or chest x-ray
The cost of the day program is $31,400. The cost of the evening program is $33,737.
- Website: https://summitcollege.edu/lvn-healthcare/
- Address: 804 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408
- Phone: (855) 970-4151
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 74%