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Licensed Vocational Nursing


Attention! LVN Program Requirements are in the process of changing:

Bio 8- Human Biology and HO-15 Nutrition will be changing from program co-requisites to program prerequisites. For the 2021 application cycle this means you will need to complete these requirements prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester to qualify for the program. If you have not already completed these courses and plan to apply in February of 2021, please register for these courses right away to ensure you will meet the program requirements. If you have questions about being ready to apply to the program, please contact or for general program inquiries contact

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The LVN Program is a three-semester program teaching basic nursing care, administration of medications, and carrying out therapeutic and rehabilitative measures. Upon completion, a 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 prerequisites provides the student with the opportunity to apply to the LVN/Paramedic to RN - Career Mobility.

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How to Apply

The LVN program is offered every other year. The next offering of the LVN program is Fall of 2021. The application period will open in Spring of 2021.

Admission to the LVN Program is determined by a lottery selection process.

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 2019. Required coursework will be completed in December 2020. 

Application Requirements

  1. BIO-8 (Human Biology) and HO-15 (Nutrition) are changing from program co-requisites to program pre-requisites. You must complete both of these courses with a 'C' or better prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester in order to qualify for the LVN program..
  2. Certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Home Health Aide is required for program application. 
  3. A 10-panel urine drug screen is required 30 days before the beginning of your first clinical rotations and every Fall following a summer break. Positive results mean you cannot attend clinical per clinical agency contract. Inability to attend clinical will result in being dismissed from the course. 

Employment opportunities include:

  • Acute and chronic care settings
  • Health care provider settings
  • Other healthcare facilities
fast Fact
60% of nurses in California receive their educations from a community college.

California Employment Statistics

Licensed Vocational Nurse


Median Wage with an Associate’s Degree

Projected Job Growth


Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Outlook 2018-2028

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Contact Information

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 Roberta Farrar, Director

 Jencie Smith, Administrative Secretary

 Health Occupations Office, AT-100C

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