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LocationBoard of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 263-7800
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs)
1. What is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN)?
An entry-level health care provider who is responsible for rendering basic nursing care.
A vocational nurse practices under the direction of a physician or registered nurse.
The licensee is not an independent practitioner.
2. What are the curricular requirements for an LVN?
1,530 Total Hours: Theory - *576 Hours; Clinical - 954 Hours
*Includes Pharmacology - 54 Hours
- Full-Time 12-14 Months of Training
- Part-Time 18-20 Months of Training
3. What is the course content for a VN program?
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Nursing Process
- Patient Education
- Normal Growth and Development
- Rehabilitation Nursing
- Maternity Nursing
- Nursing Fundamentals
- Pediatric Nursing
- Medical/Surgical Nursing
- Gerontological Nursing
- Communicable Disease including Human Immunodeficiency Virus
4. Where are Vocational Nursing Programs located?
|Adult Education includes High Schools||23||(24.0%)|
|Regional Occupational Centers||8||(8.0%)|
5. Where are LVNs employed?
- Acute Medical/Surgical Hospitals
- Convalescent Hospitals (Long Term Care, Skilled Nursing)
- Home Care Agencies
- Outpatient Clinics
- Doctor's Offices
- Ambulatory Surgery Centers
- Dialysis Centers
- Blood Banks
- Psychiatric Hospitals
- Correctional Facilities
- Vocational Nursing Programs
6. What is the typical salary range of an LVN?
$14 - $24 Per Hour
$26,880 - $46,080 Per Year
Methods of Entry-level Access as a Vocational Nurse
Requirements for vocational nurse licensure are specified in the Vocational Nursing Practice Act. There are four (4) methods by which one may qualify for the licensure examination. Each method is designed to provide an individual access into the job market as an entry-level practitioner.
Method #1: Graduation from a California "approved" Vocational Nursing Program.
Method #2: Graduation from an Out-of-State "approved" Practical/Vocational Nursing Program.
Method #3: Completion of equivalent education and experience.
- Pharmacology - 54 Hours
- Paid Bedside Nursing Experience - 51 Months
- Verification of Skill Proficiency.
Method #4: Completion of education and experience as a corpsman in the United States military.
- Twelve (12) months active duty rendering direct bedside patient care.
- Completion of the basic course in nursing in a branch of the armed forces.
- General honorable discharge from the military