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Vocational Nurse Training Programs

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Learn how North-West College can help you train to become a Vocational Nurse and be ready for a career working alongside physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals in a clinic, physician's office, hospital or other health care facility.

North-West College offers this program at six different campus locations in the greater Los Angeles area: Anaheim, Long Beach, Pomona, Riverside, Van Nuys and West Covina.

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Vocational Nursing Program Overview

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide direct patient care under the direction of a Registered Nurse or a licensed physician.

Vocational Nurses provide individual- and family-centered nursing care, and help assess the basic physical, emotional, spiritual, and sociocultural needs of the patient.

Vocational Nursing professionals are employed in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians' offices, clinics, correctional facilities and home health care agencies.

Vocational Nurses routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

  • Monitoring patients’ health and vital signs (for example, by checking blood pressure).
  • Providing basic patient care, including administering medications and injections, changing bandages and inserting catheters.
  • Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress.
  • Discussing the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns.
  • Reporting patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors.
  • Recording patient health and medical information.
  • Other important health care tasks.


The Vocational Nursing program at North-West College can provide you with the health care knowledge and training required to begin a career as a Vocational Nurse working in a medical office, clinic, doctor's office, HMO, rehabilitation center, hospital and other health care facilities. This program is offered in our Anaheim, West Covina, Pomona, Van Nuys, Riverside, and Long Beach campuses, or you can enroll in our online training programs.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Vocational Nurse program offered by North-West College meets the education requirements for a program of study designed to lead to licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the State of California.

The State of California requires that an applicant for a Licensed Vocational Nurse professional licensure complete a nursing program that consists of 1,530-clock hours at an institution approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).

The California BVNPT has approved North-West College, and the College’s Vocational Nurse program exceeds the 1,530-clock hour requirement. The student must also pass the NCLEX-PN exam to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, which is offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. after a student successfully completes the College’s Vocational Nurse program.

See the NCLEX-PN pass rates here:

BVNPT Vocational Nursing Program Pass Rates

North-West College has not made a determination that the College’s Vocational Nurse program meets the Licensed Vocational Nurse professional licensure requirements of any other state.


* 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 March 2019).

** North-West College cannot guarantee employment.

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