Vocational nurses are critical to health care. Their services in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and physicians’ free registered nurses and physicians to complete those duties that are essential to patient care and administration. As a prospective nurse, you must complete a vocational nursing program that meets the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians educational requirements for practice. The program will cover nursing fundamentals such as pharmacology, nursing concepts, direct patient care, observation and reporting, and specialty care. As an LVN, you’ll provide basic nursing care, document patient signs and symptoms and report concerns, conduct health assessments, administer medications, and carry out therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Vocational/Practical Nursing among the fastest growing occupations over the period 2012-2022. With a projected employment growth of 25 percent, LVN graduates, especially those in California’s metropolitan areas, can expect to begin working within a few months of graduation.
High Desert Medical College
High Desert Medical College facilitates a Vocational Nursing Diploma Program with part-time and full-time schedules. The program is a combination of classroom, hands-on lab, and clinical instruction to prepare students for the NCLEX to become licensed as LVNs in California. The curriculum features 1595 clock hours which students complete in 52 weeks full-time or 84 weeks part-time. Course topics include the fundamentals of nursing, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, obstetrics, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, issues and trends in nursing, and transition to nurse. Clinical experiences in multiple medical facilities will help students connect classroom theory and principles with real-world practices. Consistently high NCLEX pass rates indicate the school’s commitment to students’ success. Tuition for the program is $20,946 plus $2,967 for books and supplies. Financial aid may be available for qualifying students.
- Website: http://www.highdesertmedicalcollege.org/vocational-nursing/
- Address: 44815 Fig Avenue, Suite 109, Lancaster, CA 93534
- Phone: 661-940-8300
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 53%
Antelope Valley College
The Vocational Nursing Program at Antelope Valley College requires 18 months of study. Graduates will receive a certificate in Vocational Nursing, which will grant them eligibility to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians to practice nursing in the state. Enrollment in the program is based on a first come, first served basis for qualified applicants. Waiting lists may be available. Applicants to the program should request the enrollment packet and mail the completed application and accompanying documents to the school’s admissions office. An official high school transcript indicating graduation date or official GED results and college transcripts of courses relating to the vocational nursing certificate are necessary for enrolling in the program. Nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and general psychology are examples of courses that may be transferred in providing that the student received a passing score. A criminal background check, physical exam, drug and alcohol screen, and social security number verification are some other requirements. The school will forward detailed instructions to students who are accepted into the program. Course modules include fundamentals of patient care, nutrition, fundamentals of pharmacology, nursing to promote self-care agency in the adult, and nursing leadership. Students must complete all modules with a grade C or better and earn 53.5 credits to graduate from the program. Tuition for the program is $2,461 plus $1,200 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.avc.edu/academics/cte/vocational
- Address: 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536
- Phone: 661-722-6402
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 62%
Career Care Institute
Students enrolled in the vocational nursing program at Career Care Institute will be prepared to practice in the ever-changing world of nursing. Classroom and clinical instruction will prepare students to work as entry-level nurses in hospitals, home health agencies, long-term care and acute care facilities. Instructors use lecture style teaching to educate students in the areas of infection control, anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of vocational nursing, asepsis, patient care skills, and trends and issues in nursing. Apart from didactic learning in the classroom, students will spend allocated hours in a clinical setting to prepare for real-life situations. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a vocational nurse. They are also eligible to I.V./Blood Withdrawal certification for an additional fee. All applicants must have a personal interview with an admissions representative and obtain a passing score on the WONDERLIC Exam. A TB-screen test, registration fee, high school diploma or GED, criminal background clearance, physical exam, health questionnaire, and vaccinations are also necessary for enrollment. Tuition for the 62-week program is $28,041 and $959 for books and supplies. The school’s financial aid department will help you to arrange financing for the program.
- Website: http://www.ccicolleges.edu/vocational-nursing-program.php
- Address: 43770 15th Street West, Suite 115, Lancaster, CA 93534
- Phone: 661-942-6204
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 70%
University of Antelope Valley
The Vocational Nursing Certificate program at the University of Antelope Valley is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The curriculum comprises of classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for state licensure to practice in California. Course topics include anatomy and physiology, general psychology, nutrition, medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics, fundamentals of nursing, mental health concepts, transition to nursing, and trends and issues in nursing. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and obtain criminal background clearance and verification of social security number, TB screening, a physical exam, and vaccination. Tuition for the 57-week, full-time program is $26,278 plus $718 for books and supplies. Financial aid is available through federal loans.
- Website: https://www.uav.edu/index.aspx?page=67
- Address: 44201 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534
- Phone: 661-726-1911
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 76%
St. Joseph School of Nursing
After completing the 1568 classroom and clinical hours in SJSON’s vocational nursing program, students will meet all the education requirements of the California Board of Vocational Nursing to take the NCLEX-PN exam to begin working in a clinical setting. For admissions to the program, applicants must submit official high school transcripts or GED results, schedule an interview with the program director, and complete the screening requirements. The program comprises of four modules. The first module is 384 hours and introduces students to basic nursing skills for direct patient care. The second module provides the foundation in medical-surgical nursing in 384 hours. The third module is a continuation of medical-surgical nursing and comprises of 528 hours in the classroom and in clinical settings. The final module is 272 hours designed to equip students with several specialty areas, including pediatrics, family nursing, end of life care, mental health, and core information in leadership and supervision. The complete curriculum covers 960 clinical hours and 608 hours in the classroom. Tuition for the program is $20,830 plus $1,670 for books and supplies. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
- Website: http://stjson.edu/vocational-nurse-training/2880520
- Address: 816 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534
- Phone: 661-726-5060
- Email: [email protected]
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