The Vocational Nursing Certificate of Achievement prepares students to apply to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians to take the NCLEX PN examination in order to
receive the Vocational Nursing license from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The
program is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
The program provides a minimum of 1,530 hours of instruction and clinical experience. Clinical
sites are arranged at local health care facilities for a wide range of experiences. No wages or
stipends are paid to students during their training period.
The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is an important member of the health team who, under the
supervision of a doctor or a registered nurse, provides personal nursing care such as:
administering oral and injectable medications; performing cleansing, palliative, and remedial
treatments; using specialized equipment and instruments in giving treatments; and recording
facts relative to the care of patients.
Prospects for employment are very favorable as LVN's are needed in hospitals, doctors' offices,
private homes, health agencies, medical clinics, skilled nursing, and corrections facilities.
LVN's are also employed by public health departments, visiting nursing associations, Armed
Forces Peace Corps, and other agencies.
Students completing the LVN program and who are interested in becoming Registered Nurses may
wish to pursue LVN-ADN Career Ladder option. See a Health Sciences counselor for more
For detailed and updated program information advisories and admission dates, go to the Vocational Nursing Program web site. Students interested in the order for taking classes in this program, can view the required course sequence.
The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) may deny licensure for
crimes substantially related to the practice of nursing. This includes convictions involving sex
crimes, drug crimes (including DUI), and crimes of violence. It is the responsibility of the
applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation to the BVPT prior to licensure.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Satisfy the requirements for application to the take the NCLEX-PN Licensure Exam;
- transition from student to vocational nurse in a variety of health-care settings;
- practice competently and safely in a variety of health care settings appropriate to entry level vocational nurse;
- communicate effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
- maintain high professional and ethical standards of vocational nursing practice;
- utilize concepts of human growth and development and psycho/socio/cultural needs of clients
as they apply to self-care models; and, promote family centered care that is culturally
- assume responsibility for ongoing educational and professional development;
- provide leadership and effective supervision of unlicensed assistive personnel within the
vocational nursing scope of practice;
- adapt rapidly to new technologies and changing conditions of health care; and
- grow in the ability to think critically and incorporate new knowledge and skills into the
theoretical knowledge base acquired in the VN program.