Vocational Nursing Program Overview

Earn your Vocational Nursing diploma in as little as 12 months

Our Vocational Nursing program offers the hands-on training, practical experience, and industry support to pursue a rewarding career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Our program is specifically designed to prepare aspiring nurses for a successful career in the field.

Our goal is to help you begin your LVN career with confidence. As a Vocational Nursing student, you will benefit from over 900 hours of combined hands-on training through our labs and real-world simulations. You will also gain valuable field experience at one of our nearby healthcare facilities. Finally, we will support you on your path to passing the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN), so you can become a Licensed Vocational Nurse in California.

Click here to read our VN licensure disclosure.

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 a part-time evening 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 Curriculum

Our Vocational Nursing program will prepare you for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam so that you’re free to pursue entry-level employment as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. In as little as 12 months, you will learn to perform several clinical tasks in a physician’s office, hospital, or other medical settings.

You will receive advanced training across multiple nursing competencies, including patient monitoring, administering drugs, and other special duties in the field, such as patient support and education.

Upon graduation, you will complete 1,620 instructional hours (660 hours of didactic instruction and 960 hours of labs/clinical). Class topics include nursing fundamentals, pharmacology, pediatrics, maternal and newborn care, medical-surgical, and professional development.

Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program receive training in the following areas:

  • Assisting with the development of the plan of care
  • Charting
  • Patient vital signs, ECGs, and other diagnostic procedures
  • Administration of prescribed medications, including by mouth and injections
  • Care for ventilator-dependent patients

Vocational Nursing Admissions Requirements

How do I apply?

You can complete our admissions process online. However, if you’re not ready to enroll or would like to speak to someone, our representatives will guide you through every step of the admissions process. Our priority is that you feel confident and secure in your decision to enroll.

To apply for the Vocational Nursing program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit proof of high school education or equivalent
  • Complete the Unitek VN prerequisite course within 12 months before the scheduled start date of the VN program
  • Complete an interview with the program director
  • Complete a background check during the prerequisite course
  • Complete a physical examination, including immunizations and TB testing
  • Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid

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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Out-of-pocket costs for the Vocational Nursing program can change depending on your circumstances or individual finances. There are numerous financial aid options available to our students who qualify. At any time, our financial aid team can help you create a financial plan to manage your education costs.

Our financial aid options can cover many college expenses, such as:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Computer equipment
  • Room and board
  • Living expenses

Please visit the School Catalog for more details.

Vocational Nursing Career

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care to patients in various healthcare settings, such as nursing homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and private homes. They 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. They may use this information to complete a care plan for their patients or fill out insurance forms, pre-authorizations, and referrals.

LVNs work closely with an interdisciplinary team of medical practitioners to determine the best course of care for their patients. In addition, they teach their patients about positive health choices and help guide family members on how to care for their relatives. They also supervise nursing assistants and aides. Depending on their location, LVNs can also administer prescribed medications, start intravenous fluids, and provide care to ventilator-dependent patients.

Some LVNs may advance to supervisory or management positions. Others can use their nursing experience to apply for degree programs and pursue careers as Registered Nurses. They can also seek certification through associations in areas like gerontology and intravenous (IV) therapy. This step would allow them to become more specialized and indispensable.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of LVNs is expected to grow by 9% by 2030. Becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse can also lead to a reliable source of income. The BLS reports that the average salary* of an LVN is about $49,000. Licensed Vocational Nurses who earn salaries in the top 10th percentile can earn as much as $65,000 or more.

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)

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Vocational Nursing Program Accreditation

Unitek College is institutionally accredited by the ACCSC, and our Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

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