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Vocational Nursing

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.

Vocational Nursing

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.

Proudly accredited, licensed to operate and/or recognized by the following institutions:

  1. Programs
  2. Vocational Nursing

Attend Classes at a California (CA) Campus Near You!

The Vocational Nursing Program program is available at the following campuses:

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Questions?

Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at 1-888-408-4211. Classes are starting soon!

Vocational Nurse Careers & Work Environment

The Vocational Nursing program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working in a variety of different medical and health care facilities.

Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program routinely discover entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of health care related facilities, including:

Medical clinics
Physicians’ offices
Skilled nursing facilities
Residential care facilities
Hospitals
HMOs
Correctional facilities
Government health organizations
Home health agencies

Quick Facts about Vocational Nurses*

Employment of Vocational Nurses is projected to grow 16 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Many procedures that once could be done only in hospitals are now being done outside of hospitals, creating a greater demand for Vocational Nurses in other settings, such as outpatient care centers.
As the number of individuals who have access to health insurance continues to increase due to federal health insurance reform, more LVNs and LPNs will be needed, particularly in ambulatory care settings, to care for the newly insured who seek primary and preventative care services.
Most Vocational Nurses work full time. Many work nights, weekends, and holidays, because medical care takes place at all hours. They may be required to work shifts of longer than 8 hours.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm More information, including median wages and the job outlook for Vocational Nurses in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Vocational Nurse Course Material

The Vocational Nursing program is divided into a series of class modules and clinical externships where students apply the skills they learn in the classroom in actual health care practice settings.

Seminar for Success

Orientation and success building course for Career Students. Review of math including pharmacological calculations, language, vocabulary, writing and communication skills. This course also includes introduction to nutrition and hygiene, professional growth and career development, availability of community resources, outlining, summarizing, critical thinking and other life skills.

Nursing Fundamentals / Nursing Fundamentals-Clinical

Students will gain a knowledge of basic nursing skills, their principles, and rationale, including communication skills, the nursing process, patient education, gerontological nursing and rehabilitative nursing. Legal and ethical aspects of nursing care are also covered. Basic nutrition using the food pyramid and food groups will be introduced. Students will also learn basic diets for different medical conditions, (cardiac, diabetic, etc.) that will also be covered in more detail as those disease processes are explored in Medical/Surgical Nursing. This course looks at the patient as a whole being and emphasizes treating the person with respect to cultural and ethical differences. Maslow’s theory is utilized as a basis for understanding human needs. Psychological adaptations to illness and various situations are discussed as well as care of the patient with a psychological diagnosis in the acute care facility. The growth and development of patients as part of the normal aging process is discussed. Starting from birth to death there are certain stages most people pass through and this is relevant to the nursing care plan for each patient.

Anatomy & Physiology

Students will gain knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. The structure and normal function of each of the body systems and the related pathology will be studied with correlation to each system as it is covered in the Medical/Surgical Nursing courses.

Medical-Surgical Nursing 2 / Medical-Surgical Nursing 2-Clinical

This course covers medical and surgical treatment of the adult. It will cover disorders of the muscular-skeletal, respiratory, lymphatic, immune, and gastrointestinal systems. In addition, communicable diseases, pain management, perioperative nursing, and oncology are discussed. Diseases and disorders, treatment, diets, and medications will be introduced for each system. Students will develop nursing care plans for assigned patients. In the clinical area, the student will provide direct hands-on care to patients, including the administration of medications. Ethical problems and behaviors are also part of the curriculum in this course.

Medical-Surgical Nursing 3 / Medical-Surgical Nursing 3-Clinical

This course covers medical and surgical treatment of the adult. It will cover disorders of the cardiovascular, integumentary, endocrine, reproductive, and renal/genitourinary systems. Diseases and disorders, treatment, diets, and medications will be introduced for each system. Comprehensive review of subjects related to pharmacology, nutrition, as well as anatomy and physiology discussed during Terms 1 and 2. Students will continue development of concept maps and patient care strategies during the clinical portion of their course, and will also continue to provide direct hands-on care to patients, including the administration of medications.

Pharmacology

The basic preparation of medications for administration is covered. The classes and groups of medications, their actions and uses are discussed throughout the program. The student is expected to know the indications and contraindications of each medication before it is administered and to prepare and give medications safely and accurately. 24 hours are completed in Term 1; an additional 30 hours of Basic Pharmacology is integrated into Term 2, 3, and 4.

Medical-Surgical Nursing 4 / Medical-Surgical Nursing 4-Clinical

This course covers medical and surgical treatment of the adult. It will cover diseases of the neurosensory system. This course covers professional development and leadership skills, which are necessary for becoming a nursing team member, assignment making, reporting at change of shift and other duties expected of a nurse. It encompasses responsibility for a team of care providers and one’s own behaviors. As the student prepares to graduate, they will need to develop employment-seeking skills. This will include a review of resume writing and interviewing with prospective employers. Preparation for the licensure exam and the necessary paperwork will be completed and the needs for review of materials before the licensure exam are emphasized.

Maternal Health / Maternal Health-Clinical

Areas covered will include prenatal, perinatal, neonatal and postpartum care. Discussion of providing medically appropriate care during the unique experience of pregnancy, birth and the transition through postpartum recovery

Child Health / Child Health-Clinical

Areas covered include a general introduction to the pediatric patient and progresses to specific needs, including diseases and disorders related to each body system. The needs of the pediatric patient and how it differs from the adult patient, pediatric medication administration, and psychological needs of the child and the family will also be discussed.

Mental Health / Mental Health-Clinical

An overview of psychiatric-mental health nursing and mental health disorders, dealing with the needs of victims of abuse, loss, grief, and death, substance abuse, personality, mood and anxiety disorders. Also provides a brief look at crisis intervention and suicide. The Vocational Nurse curriculum also includes: Student Orientation and CPR.

Vocational Nurse Course Activities

Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program routinely find entry-level positions working in health care offices and facilities, including private medical offices, clinics, hospitals, public health organizations, and other health care related organizations.

Vocational Nurses typically perform the following tasks:

Recording patient history and personal information.
Measuring and monitoring patient vital signs, such as blood pressure.
Discussing the care they are providing with patients and listening to their concerns.
Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress.
Assisting physicians with patient examinations.
Administering injections or medications as directed by the physician (as permitted by state law).
Collecting or preparing patient samples for laboratory tests.

Questions?

Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at

1-888-408-4211

Classes are starting soon!

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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.

Proudly accredited, licensed to operate and/or recognized by the following institutions:

  1. Programs
  2. Vocational Nursing

Attend Classes at a California (CA) Campus Near You!

The Vocational Nursing Program program is available at the following campuses:

Meet a Graduate

Questions?

Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at 1-888-408-4211. Classes are starting soon!

Vocational Nurse Careers & Work Environment

The Vocational Nursing program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working in a variety of different medical and health care facilities.

Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program routinely discover entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of health care related facilities, including:

Medical clinics
Physicians’ offices
Skilled nursing facilities
Residential care facilities
Hospitals
HMOs
Correctional facilities
Government health organizations
Home health agencies

Quick Facts about Vocational Nurses*

Employment of Vocational Nurses is projected to grow 16 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Many procedures that once could be done only in hospitals are now being done outside of hospitals, creating a greater demand for Vocational Nurses in other settings, such as outpatient care centers.
As the number of individuals who have access to health insurance continues to increase due to federal health insurance reform, more LVNs and LPNs will be needed, particularly in ambulatory care settings, to care for the newly insured who seek primary and preventative care services.
Most Vocational Nurses work full time. Many work nights, weekends, and holidays, because medical care takes place at all hours. They may be required to work shifts of longer than 8 hours.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm More information, including median wages and the job outlook for Vocational Nurses in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Vocational Nurse Course Material

The Vocational Nursing program is divided into a series of class modules and clinical externships where students apply the skills they learn in the classroom in actual health care practice settings.

Seminar for Success

Orientation and success building course for Career Students. Review of math including pharmacological calculations, language, vocabulary, writing and communication skills. This course also includes introduction to nutrition and hygiene, professional growth and career development, availability of community resources, outlining, summarizing, critical thinking and other life skills.

Nursing Fundamentals / Nursing Fundamentals-Clinical

Students will gain a knowledge of basic nursing skills, their principles, and rationale, including communication skills, the nursing process, patient education, gerontological nursing and rehabilitative nursing. Legal and ethical aspects of nursing care are also covered. Basic nutrition using the food pyramid and food groups will be introduced. Students will also learn basic diets for different medical conditions, (cardiac, diabetic, etc.) that will also be covered in more detail as those disease processes are explored in Medical/Surgical Nursing. This course looks at the patient as a whole being and emphasizes treating the person with respect to cultural and ethical differences. Maslow’s theory is utilized as a basis for understanding human needs. Psychological adaptations to illness and various situations are discussed as well as care of the patient with a psychological diagnosis in the acute care facility. The growth and development of patients as part of the normal aging process is discussed. Starting from birth to death there are certain stages most people pass through and this is relevant to the nursing care plan for each patient.

Anatomy & Physiology

Students will gain knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. The structure and normal function of each of the body systems and the related pathology will be studied with correlation to each system as it is covered in the Medical/Surgical Nursing courses.

Medical-Surgical Nursing 2 / Medical-Surgical Nursing 2-Clinical

This course covers medical and surgical treatment of the adult. It will cover disorders of the muscular-skeletal, respiratory, lymphatic, immune, and gastrointestinal systems. In addition, communicable diseases, pain management, perioperative nursing, and oncology are discussed. Diseases and disorders, treatment, diets, and medications will be introduced for each system. Students will develop nursing care plans for assigned patients. In the clinical area, the student will provide direct hands-on care to patients, including the administration of medications. Ethical problems and behaviors are also part of the curriculum in this course.

Medical-Surgical Nursing 3 / Medical-Surgical Nursing 3-Clinical

This course covers medical and surgical treatment of the adult. It will cover disorders of the cardiovascular, integumentary, endocrine, reproductive, and renal/genitourinary systems. Diseases and disorders, treatment, diets, and medications will be introduced for each system. Comprehensive review of subjects related to pharmacology, nutrition, as well as anatomy and physiology discussed during Terms 1 and 2. Students will continue development of concept maps and patient care strategies during the clinical portion of their course, and will also continue to provide direct hands-on care to patients, including the administration of medications.

Pharmacology

The basic preparation of medications for administration is covered. The classes and groups of medications, their actions and uses are discussed throughout the program. The student is expected to know the indications and contraindications of each medication before it is administered and to prepare and give medications safely and accurately. 24 hours are completed in Term 1; an additional 30 hours of Basic Pharmacology is integrated into Term 2, 3, and 4.

Medical-Surgical Nursing 4 / Medical-Surgical Nursing 4-Clinical

This course covers medical and surgical treatment of the adult. It will cover diseases of the neurosensory system. This course covers professional development and leadership skills, which are necessary for becoming a nursing team member, assignment making, reporting at change of shift and other duties expected of a nurse. It encompasses responsibility for a team of care providers and one’s own behaviors. As the student prepares to graduate, they will need to develop employment-seeking skills. This will include a review of resume writing and interviewing with prospective employers. Preparation for the licensure exam and the necessary paperwork will be completed and the needs for review of materials before the licensure exam are emphasized.

Maternal Health / Maternal Health-Clinical

Areas covered will include prenatal, perinatal, neonatal and postpartum care. Discussion of providing medically appropriate care during the unique experience of pregnancy, birth and the transition through postpartum recovery

Child Health / Child Health-Clinical

Areas covered include a general introduction to the pediatric patient and progresses to specific needs, including diseases and disorders related to each body system. The needs of the pediatric patient and how it differs from the adult patient, pediatric medication administration, and psychological needs of the child and the family will also be discussed.

Mental Health / Mental Health-Clinical

An overview of psychiatric-mental health nursing and mental health disorders, dealing with the needs of victims of abuse, loss, grief, and death, substance abuse, personality, mood and anxiety disorders. Also provides a brief look at crisis intervention and suicide. The Vocational Nurse curriculum also includes: Student Orientation and CPR.

Vocational Nurse Course Activities

Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program routinely find entry-level positions working in health care offices and facilities, including private medical offices, clinics, hospitals, public health organizations, and other health care related organizations.

Vocational Nurses typically perform the following tasks:

Recording patient history and personal information.
Measuring and monitoring patient vital signs, such as blood pressure.
Discussing the care they are providing with patients and listening to their concerns.
Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress.
Assisting physicians with patient examinations.
Administering injections or medications as directed by the physician (as permitted by state law).
Collecting or preparing patient samples for laboratory tests.

Questions?

Let us help you launch your career by contacting us today. Simply fill out the form below or call us at

1-888-408-4211

Classes are starting soon!