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Prepare for an exciting career in health care with SJVC’s Vocational Nursing (VN) program.

At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate of Science degree in as few as 16 months

  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)*

  • Conveniently available at the Visalia campus

  • Affordable tuition, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

SJVC’s Vocational Nursing (VN) program prepares students to offer professional care to the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Vocational nurses are an important part of a health care team responsible for detecting illnesses, medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as patient education.

Our Vocational Nursing students learn:

  • Patient care and nursing fundamentals
  • Medical/surgical concepts
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Laboratory skills
  • Administrative practices

The program includes a clinical rotation which 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.

Career Opportunities

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 2018 was $27.02 an hour or $56,200 annually. For detailed regional information please visit

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at (visited December 25, 2019).   Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Vocational Nursing program is available at the following campuses:


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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected based on points earned in an evaluation process that includes assessment, transcript review, professional reference, and personal interview.

-Applicant must be in good health and physically fit

-Applicant must be age 18 by his/her expected start date

-Applicant must provide current CPR certification from the American Heart Association

Accreditation & Approvals

The Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

Institutional Accreditation

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

State Approvals


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 (

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*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.