Vocational Nursing Program Overview

Earn your Vocational Nursing diploma in as little as 12 months

The Vocational Nursing program at Unitek College provides the hands-on training, practical experience, and industry support needed to pursue a rewarding career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The program is specifically designed to prepare aspiring nurses for a successful career in the field.

Students will benefit from more than 900 hours of combined hands-on training in simulations, labs, and healthcare facilities, allowing them to enter the healthcare industry with confidence. In addition, Unitek assists students with passing the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) so that they can become Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in California.

Click here to read our VN licensure disclosure.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned to an online-hybrid program in which some classes are currently delivered online while hands-on skills training is still planned to be delivered on-campus.

Day and Evening Program Options

Our Vocational Nursing program offers both day and evening course-schedule options to meet the needs of working adults and busy parents. We also have an evening part-time option for those who need a little more time to get their diploma.

Be sure to ask our admissions representatives for details on the following schedule options:

  • Full-time Day Schedule
  • Evening Part-time Schedule
  • Full-time Evening Schedule*  (Available at select campuses only)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know

Incoming Vocational Nursing students are welcome to enroll at any one of our campus locations in California:

  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Concord, CA
  • Fremont, CA
  • Hayward, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • South San Francisco, CA

A Vocational Nursing program provides you with the hands-on training, practical experience, and industry support needed to pursue a rewarding career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

Licensed Vocational Nurses, or LVNs, assist in the medical care of patients under the direction of doctors and registered nurses. They care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent or disabled.

Out-of-pocket costs for vocational nursing school can vary depending on your individual situation. There are a variety of financial aid options available to students. Reach out to an admissions representative for more information.

Vocational Nursing students can expect to receive hundreds of hours of combined hands-on training in simulations, labs, and medical facilities to prepare them for a career in the healthcare industry.

The Vocational Nursing program can be completed in as little as 12 months, allowing students to gain the training they need without spending years in school.

At Unitek, we offer day and evening course-schedule options, as well as an evening part-time program schedule for those who need a little more time to get their diploma.

Vocational Nursing program graduates should be adequately prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) so that they can become Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs).

Click here to read our VN licensure disclosure.

LVN salaries can vary depending on the location, employer, and experience of an LVN. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for Licensed Vocational Nurses was $50,090, as of May 2020.

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)

Vocational Nursing Admissions Requirements

The enrollment process at Unitek College can be completed entirely online. To enroll in the Unitek College Vocational Nursing Program, a prospective student must complete the following steps:

  • 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

Vocational Nursing Career

Demand for Vocational Nurses

Employment of licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as the baby-boomer population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. Vocational nurses will be needed in many settings, including nursing homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, doctors’ offices and private homes.

Vocational Nurse Duties and Responsibilities

LVNs assess and monitor their patients, report adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and gather information from patients including their health history and how they are currently feeling. In some states, including California, LVNs are permitted to administer prescribed medicines, start intravenous fluids, and provide care to ventilator-dependent patients. They may use this information to complete a plan of care for a specific patient in long-term care; to complete insurance forms, pre-authorizations, and referrals; and to work with the interdisciplinary team to help determine the best course of care for a patient. LVNs often teach family members how to care for a relative or teach patients about good health habits. LVNs supervise nursing assistants and aides.

Vocational Nursing Campus Locations

Contact any of our campuses to learn more about how to become a Vocational Nurse or to enroll in the program. Your future starts at Unitek College.