Prepare for an exciting career in health care with SJVC’s Vocational Nursing (VN) program. As a vocational nurse you will help others as you offer professional care to the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.
At a Glance
Earn your certificate in as few as 14 months or an Associate Degree in as few as 16 months (varies by location)
Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)*
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About the Program
What Will I Learn
SJVC’s Vocational Nursing (VN) program prepares students for careers as healthcare professionals. Students will acquire the nursing knowledge to care for patients across the lifespan in diverse practice settings while providing a safe environment for the patient and themselves within their scope of practice as licensed vocational nurses.
The program includes a clinical rotation that allows students to further their studies in a real-world medical environment. This hands-on clinical training enhances the learning experience and allows students to develop a work history while completing their studies.
Graduates who pass the NCLEX-PN are licensed by the Board of Vocational Nursing and are authorized to use the credential Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), which is a requirement to work in this field.
Licensed Vocational Nurses can work in hospitals, medical offices, clinics and correctional facilities. On the job, vocational nurses can expect to perform the following duties:
- Administer prescribed medications and start intravenous fluids
- Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients’ conditions
- Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members
- Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, and oxygen suppliers
- Collect samples, such as blood, urine, and sputum from patients
- Prepare patients for examinations, tests, treatments, and explain procedures
- Set up equipment and prepare medical treatment rooms
- Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments
- Assist in delivery, care, or feeding of infants
The job market for LVNs is strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations1. It’s also profitable. The mean wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in California in May 2019 was $28.96 an hour or $60,240 annually. For detailed regional information please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm#st.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm (visited May 3, 2020). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
Cost & Financial Aid
Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
Accreditation & Approvals
The Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).
Our RN to BSN program is a Bachelors degree completion option for Registered Nurses.
*SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.