Licensed Vocational Nursing

Health Occupations Office

Janet Humble
Administrative Assistant
FAX: 707-476-4419
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About Licensed Vocational Nursing

The LVN Program is a three-semester program preparing the individual to work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Licensed Vocational Nurses work in acute and convalescent hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, and other health care facilities. Admission to the LVN Program is determined by a lottery selection process.  

The LVN Program provides students with learning opportunities to develop interpersonal and technical skills. The LVN functions as a member of the health care team providing basic nursing care, administering medications, reporting and documenting patients' signs and symptoms, and carrying out therapeutic and rehabilitative measures. The LVN Program is offered at both the Eureka and Del Norte campuses every other year (odd years).

Upon completion, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed as a Vocational Nurse. An additional one semester of college work provides the student with the opportunity to earn the Associate in Arts Degree.

Please note: The LVN program is a three-semester program. All students admitted will complete the program in three semesters of consecutive coursework. (Fall/Spring/Fall). Time from program admission to program completion is 18 months.  For example, an LVN class was admitted Fall 2015. Required coursework will be completed in December 2016.  

Recommendations for Application Requirements

  1. The first semester of the LVN program includes BIO 8. English 150 or its equivalent is required for BIO 8. It is a pre-requisite. You must have English 150 or its equivalent to apply to the program in Spring of 2017. Note: enrollment in English 150 or its equivalent at the time of application is permissible. However, it must be successfully completed no later than the end of Spring semester, 2017.
  2. It is STRONGLY recommended that you take BIO 8 prior to enrollment in the first LVN course (LVN 121).
  3. Certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is required for program application. Certification can be obtained by taking HO 110 Basic Patient Care at College of the Redwoods. Certified Nurse Assistant Courses are also offered by skilled nursing facilities and others in the community. Note: Due to the unknown status of HO 110 Basic Patient Care in Eureka and Del Norte, "In Progress" status is acceptable for CNA Certification or completion of HO 110 until May 15, 2017. Note: Home Health Aide Certification will also be accepted.

Note: The LVN program is offered every other year. The next offering of the LVN program is Fall of 2017. The application period will open in Spring of 2017