Vocational Nursing Degree Program Overview

Graduate in as little as 12 months

Our online associate degree program in Vocational Nursing is for anyone who’s already graduated from an approved Vocational (or Practical) Nursing program, and wishes to earn their degree. By completing our online General Education and science courses, you can build upon your Vocational Nursing diploma to earn your associate degree in 12 months, or less.

The goal of this post-licensure program is to help Vocational Nurses become more well-rounded professionals. Graduates will benefit from enhanced critical thinking, greater scientific knowledge, and improved communication skills. A Vocational Nursing degree can also lead to richer career opportunities, as some employers will only consider applicants with an associate degree.

Furthermore, if you ever decide to pursue a career as a BSN-Registered Nurse (RN), our online curriculum grants you the necessary Gen Ed and science courses to qualify for our advanced placement BSN program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know

A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) provides basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses (RNs) and physicians. Depending on your location, an LVN might also be referred to as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

An LVN or LPN is essentially a job title, whereas an ASVN is a degree. Some nurses continue their education after graduating from a Vocational Nursing program and pursue an ASVN degree. Most ASVN programs build on the education students previously received by adding more science or General Education courses.

In order to qualify for the ASVN program at Unitek College, you must have completed an approved Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing program.

Registered nursing is a licensed profession. The ASVN degree program is for Licensed Vocational Nurses, not Registered Nurses, although it can be a good step towards an RN degree program. Aspiring RNs often seek an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). To put this into perspective, LVNs/LPNs can further their educational pursuits with an ASVN degree, but they do not have the same level of responsibility as an RN.

An Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing is a degree that LVNs can use to become more well-rounded professionals. This additional education might also create more job opportunities and career prospects. Courses often cover topics like anatomy and physiology, microbiology, lifespan development, and applied managerial statistics.

While you don’t need an Associate’s degree to become a Vocational Nurse, acquiring an ASVN degree can only boost your chances of employment as well as open new doors of opportunity. Not only are there jobs in traditional healthcare settings, such as clinics, physician offices, sub-acute and long term care facilities, but Vocational Nurses that have an ASVN degree can also find work in education, research, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment fields. 

In order to qualify for the ASVN program at Unitek College, you must have already completed an approved Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing program.

Earning your ASVN degree will typically take about two years total. At Unitek College, students can complete the ASVN program in 12 months or less, depending on their number of approved credit transfers.

It depends on the school and the program. Some might offer online instruction or a hybrid format for students. For instance, Unitek College offers an ASVN program with courses that are 100% online.  The ASVN program at Unitek College is open to students who have already completed an approved Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing program. 

ASVN Program Admissions Requirements

How do I apply?

The enrollment process at Unitek College can be completed entirely online. To enroll in the online ASVN program, students must submit an application packet along with any required documentation.

Most programs at Unitek College require the following steps for admission:

  • Submit proof of completion of an approved Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing Program
  • Career planning session and admissions interview
  • Submit proof of high school education or equivalent
  • Entrance assessment test
  • Admissions application
  • Enrollment agreement
  • Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Out-of-pocket costs for ASVN programs can vary depending on your individual situation. There are a number of financial aid options available to students at Unitek College. Reach out to an admissions representative for more information.

Vocational Nursing Career

Nursing is often seen as a noble profession, and rightfully so—nurses work tirelessly to provide care for others. Because they will always be needed, this occupation comes with a certain degree of job security. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of LVNs/LPNs will grow by 9 percent by 2030. Their job duties might vary depending on their location and work setting. Typically, though, they complete the following tasks:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

To learn more, click here to view our comprehensive career guide on how to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Please note that wage data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or other third-party sources may not be an accurate reflection of all areas of the country, may not account for the employees’ years of experience, and may not reflect the wages or outlook of entry-level employees, such as graduates of our program. (accessed on 11/15/2021)

The ASVN program is available online only. You must have completed an approved program in Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing in order to be eligible for the ASVN program.