Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) practice nursing under the guidance of a registered nurse or licensed physician. Their duties depend on the their work setting, and may include monitoring patients’ health, maintaining patients’ records, administering medication, wound care, reporting relevant information to registered nurses and doctors, collecting samples for routine lab tests, and teaching basic nursing skills to a patient’s family. California LVNs can administer medication and start intravenous (IV) drips with special /continuing education and approval from the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. LVNs work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, insurance companies, correctional facilities, and home health care facilities. In addition to the traditional daytime shift, many LVNs work nights, weekends, and holidays because patient care never ends. California LVNs earned a median annual wage of $51,700 in May 2014.
Curam College of Nursing
The Vocational Nursing Program at Curam College of Nursing contains a theoretical component (746 hours) and a clinical component (974 hours) for a total of 1720 hours covered over a period of 42 weeks. Classes meet Monday through Friday on the college campus and at local nursing facilities for the clinical experiences. Students must complete the prerequisite courses before admittance to the program. The prerequisite requirements, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, and nutrition, are not included in the total program hours and can be completed at an accredited institution within the past five years or at Curam College of Nursing. Applicants must also complete a Certified Nursing Assistant Course and pass the TEAS test administered at the college. Graduates are eligible to take the state licensing exam to become a competent Licensed Vocational Nurse.
- Website: http://curamcollege.com/?page_id=75
- Address: 6520 44th Street, Suite 312, Sacramento, CA 95823
- Phone: 916-427-4400
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 75%
Carrington College California
The state-approved vocational nursing program at Carrington College equips students with the skills they need to make a difference in the lives of patients. The school offers two enrollment options for students: The Certificate of Achievement in Vocational Nursing or the Associate of Science degree in Vocational Nursing. Through a combination of didactic and clinical instruction, students develop the knowledge and skills to function as a key member of a health care team, caring for patients with common and well-defined health problems. Course instructors emphasize real-world experiences as much as classroom instruction, giving students the opportunity to build the technical skills to record vital signs, assist patients with the activities of daily living, administer medication, collect samples for testing, and evaluate patients’ needs. The curriculum includes topics such as basic pharmacology, pediatrics, nutrition, obstetrics, medical-surgical nursing, data collection, and nursing trends. Preparation for the NCLEX-PN is a key feature in the program. The associate’s degree program is 78 weeks and costs $48,654. The 48-week certificate program costs $31,988 plus expenses for books and supplies.
- Website: http://carrington.edu/degrees/practical-nursing/
- Address: 8909 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95826
- Phone: 916-361-1660
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 89%
Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center
The LVN program at the Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center is approved by the BVNPT. Applicants must take a CNA class or have a CNA license to be considered for admission. Applicants must also attend a school orientation and take an assessment, present high school transcripts or GED, provide passing CNET, HESI or TEAS test scores, college transcripts (for courses not older than 5 years), two letters of professional reference, a current CPR card, immunization record, and medical clearance. After submitting the program requirements, applicants must pass the admission exam to qualify for an interview. The program includes 1652 hours of classroom and clinical instruction covered over a period of 41.3 weeks. The cost of the program is $19,500 plus costs for books and supplies (approximately $962).
- Website: http://caj.scusd.edu/program-study/vocational-nursing
- Address: 5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824
- Phone: 916-433-2600
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 74%
Sacramento City College
The Vocational Nursing Program at Sacramento City College is a 53-unit program that is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Students complete the program in three semesters and are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Graduates receive a certificate at the conclusion of the training and have the option to receive an associate’s degree after completing additional requirements. The full-time curriculum is rigorous, including the clinical experience. Therefore, full-time employment is not recommended. Applicants must attend an informational meeting to learn of the program prerequisites, enrollment process, and other pertinent information. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and complete the prerequisite courses (nutrition, biology, psychology, and English to qualify for admission. Tuition for the program is $2,208. Other expenses, such as enrollment fees, books, uniforms, graduation costs, insurance, equipment, activity fees, physical exam, immunization, drug screen, background check, and transport to and from the clinical sites are the student’s responsibility. All students must have a current CRP and Automated External Defibrillator certification from the AHA.
- Website: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/nursing/
- Address: 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822
- Phone: 916-558-2275
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86%
Unitek College’s Vocational Nursing program includes classroom instruction, practical training in a simulated lab, and clinical experiences at community nursing facilities. Students can enroll in one of two options, resulting in a certificate or associate’s degree at the conclusion of the program. The curriculum includes classroom and clinical experiences in medical-surgical nursing, practical nursing concepts, obstetric nursing, pharmacology, mental health nursing, pediatric nursing, clinical nutrition, laws and ethics, communication and interpersonal relationship, leadership skills, and trends and issues in nursing. Applicants must attend an information session, pass an admissions interview and the entrance exam, sign the enrollment agreement, and make a down payment one the tuition in order to reserve a place in the limited admissions program. Tuition is $33,610 including textbooks, uniform, workbooks, employment services, livescan fingerprinting, state board registration and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://www.unitekcollege.edu/programs/vocational-nurse/request-info
- Address: 1111 Howe Avenue, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95825
- Phone: 916-641-6500
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91%
The vocational nursing program at MiraCosta College is specifically designed for individuals who prefer a weeknight/weekend schedule. The combined classroom (576 hours) and clinical instruction (960 hours) total 1536 hours in compliance with the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians’ requirements. After completion of the program, students will receive a certificate with the option to receive an associate’s degree after completing additional course requirements. Course content includes gerontology, nutrition, communicable disease, mental health nursing, medical-surgical nursing, oncological nursing, neurosensory systems, perioperative nursing, orthopedic nursing, and rehabilitation. Prerequisite course requires include biology or body systems survey for health professionals, math, and basic pharmacology. Applicants must complete CNA training or possess a current CNA license in California. All prospective students must pass the TEAS and present official high school transcripts or a degree from an accredited college. Convictions on the background check will disqualify an applicant from admission. The approximate cost of attendance is $2,800 for tuition, textbooks, uniform, immunization, and physical exam. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
- Website: http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/nursing/lvnprogram.html
- Address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Dr. Suite 205; Sacramento, CA 95833
- Phone: 760-757-2121
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%