Licensed Vocational Nursing

Train to Work as a Vocational Nurse

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

Licensed Vocational Nursing Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Our Licensed Vocational Nursing students learn:

  • Patient care and nursing fundamentals
  • Critical care concepts and healthcare ethics
  • Laboratory skills
  • Administrative practices

An intensive externship provides clinical practice in medical facilities in California and allows students to interact with patients and medical staff in a real-world environment.

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Human Resource Administration students include:

Anatomy and Physiology for Vocational Nurses
This course focuses on the anatomy of the human body and how the organs function in a healthy state. This course will provide an understanding of how disease processes affect the human body. Pathophysiology is introduced and further explores in the nursing theory courses. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Nursing of the Mature Adult Theory
This course provides a foundation in the study of nursing care related to adult clients experiencing disorders of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive/gastrointestinal system, urinary system, and metabolic/nutritional disorders. Other topics to be covered are: legal/ethical issues, community resources, diagnostic testing, patient education, rehabilitation, communicable diseases, cultural influences, and death/dying. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Pediatric Nursing Theory
This course applies the nursing process to the care of the infant, toddler, preschool child, school age child and the adolescent with additional emphasis on patient teaching, legal/ethics, communication, community resources, cultural influence, substance abuse, and death and dying. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information.

Program Outcomes

Our Licensed Vocational Nursing students can earn an associate of science degree in approximately 16 months.

Graduates are eligible to take the State Board of Vocational Nursing licensing examination. Graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification. The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians publishes institutional pass rate information.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Licensed Vocational Nursing program is available at the Visalia campus.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from SJVC’s Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program qualify for a career as a Vocational Nurse.

LVNs can work in hospitals, medical offices, clinics and correctional facilities.

On the job, LVNs 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

Admission Requirements

Submission of the following documents is required before an applicant is eligible for the Licensed Vocational Nursing program selection process:

  • SJVC Enrollment Application
  • High School diploma, transcript with graduation date or GED
  • Transcripts of previous college coursework
  • Other documents as specified in the VN Application packet
  • Proof that you’re at least 18 years of age

Students who are enrolling in the LVN program must provide proof prior to the start date of current CPR certification that states on the card “Health Care Provider.” The card with this statement must be from the American Heart Association and be current for the entire program.

Program Start Dates


Cohort Start Application Deadline
LVN November 13 2018 September 17 2018
LVN July 22 2019 May 20 2019

Accreditation and Approvals

The Licensed Vocational Nursing program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).

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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 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


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