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Vocational Nursing (VN)

Program Approval

The Southwestern College Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Any student has the right to contact the BVNPT at any time throughout the Vocational Nursing Program.

The address and telephone number of the BVNPT:
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, #205
Sacramento, CA 95833-2919
(916) 263-7800 

About Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)

Licensed Vocational Nurses are men and women who give direct patient care under the supervision of physicians, dentists, and registered nurses in a variety of health care settings such as clinics, long-term care, home health and in some cases acute care.  Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

A new Vocational Nursing class is enrolled every eighteen (18) months. Thirty students are accepted into the program. Spaces are offered only to those applicants who have verified completion of the program pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better and other program requirements.  

This program is three semesters in length and includes supervised clinical experience in local health care facilities.  Students should be prepared to be in class or clinical as early as 6:30 am.  Some classes may be scheduled in the evening hours and/or on weekends.  In addition to the nursing courses, each student must satisfactorily complete required general education courses which may be taken prior to or concurrently with nursing courses (Psych 101 during the third semester).  We strongly recommend that the general education courses be taken prior to the nursing courses.  Basic computer skills are strongly recommended.

Vocational nursing courses must be taken in sequence.  A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for classroom (theory) classes and “CR” (credit) in laboratory/clinical courses in each nursing course to continue in the program.

The Nursing Program policy supports the provision of reasonable accommodations to assist disabled students in the program. 

TEAS Testing

All VN applicants must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Version 6. Passing score is 58 or greater.