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Sacramento VN Program

Earn your Vocational Nursing Diploma
in Sacramento, CA

About the Vocational Nursing Program at Sacramento

Whether you just graduated from high school or gearing up for a career change, our Vocational Nursing (VN) program in Sacramento, California has a lot to offer. While the curriculum is varied and comprehensive, our program can be completed in as little as 12 months. If you prefer to attend night classes, we also offer an evening program with an expected length of 16 months.

The seasoned staff at our Sacramento campus will equip you with the skillset, knowledge, and experience you’ll need to take the VN licensure exam. We accomplish this by pairing professional instruction with lab work and simulation exercises. Through our Vocational Nursing program, we seek to place you on the path to success.

Sacramento VN Program
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What You’ll Learn

The primary goal of our Vocational Nursing program is to prepare you for the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. Upon earning this credential, our graduates can seek entry-level employment as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). During the program, you can expect to learn a variety of fundamental skills that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assessing and monitoring patients
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medication or treatment
  • Gather information from patients, such as their health history
  • Promoting good health habits
  • Supervising nursing assistants and aides
  • Administering prescribed medicines
  • Starting intravenous fluids
  • Providing care to ventilator-dependent patients

Vocational Nursing Program Admissions Requirements for the Sacramento Campus

Two of our primary requirements include a high school diploma and the completion of our pre-requisite course. Applicants must also meet the Director of Nursing before they can be accepted into our core program.

1 Career development session & admissions interview

2 Entrance exam

3 General application

4 Enrollment agreement

5 Prepare any financing arrangements

Vocational Nursing Program with a Career-Driven Curriculum

At Sacramento, we are committed to helping you complete the program, pass your exam, and apply for licensure. Our Vocational Nursing curriculum incorporates NCLEX-style questions so that you will be prepared to take the national licensure exam. We also partner with Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to incorporate a variety of test-taking strategies and subjects. By designing our VN courses in this manner, we help our graduates achieve better pass rates and higher results.

In addition to the academic rigor of a quality program, our students can utilize various labs to practice their clinical skills. These simulation exercises will help prepare you for a supervised externship, where you can apply your knowledge and gain valuable real-world experience. This approach has allowed many of our graduates find employment in long-term care, urgent care, hospitals, clinics, schools, and pediatric settings.

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For someone who wants great clinical experience, good instructors, and awesome staff, this is probably your best bet for a vocational nursing school.

- Shanel T. (2020 VN Program Graduate)

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The Sacramento Campus

Our Sacramento campus is centrally located in an urban college district. With Sacramento State close by, various resources for college students are within walking distance, including apartments, eateries, employment opportunities, and more. While on campus, students can access our library, student lounge, and multiple laboratories.

Our classrooms are equipped with individual student desks, whiteboards, projectors, and screens for lecture presentations. Our lab rooms contain patient-care stations to simulate actual hospital settings. Each lab also has storage cabinets that house necessary equipment, such as IV poles, enteral feeding pumps, blood pressure cuffs, scales, adult and pediatric mannequins, and equipment for common nursing procedures.

Various Campus Benefits

Sacramento is currently the second largest campus at Unitek. Despite the range of services we offer, we also maintain a “small campus” atmosphere. Most of our programs utilize class caps, and our departments work together to ensure that students are taken care of.

Community Assistance

For example, in 2019, we opened our doors to various nursing students from Brightwood College. All Brightwood locations began to shut down in late 2018. In order to keep these former Brightwood students on track, we received special dispensation from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) to create new courses for these individuals.

Day and Evening Classes

We understand that our students lead busy lives. For that reason, our classes can accommodate most schedules. Here in Sacramento, aspiring nurses can attend class in the day or evening. You can also enroll in a full-time or part-time nursing program. If you’re passionate about becoming a Vocational Nurse, we offer several variations of our program to help you achieve your goal.

After I graduated I felt very well prepared for the NCLEX and passed it on the first try!

- Allison T. (2020 VN Program Graduate)

Campus Location

Sacramento is Northern California’s premier hub of medical offices, hospitals, and surgical centers, all of which support major advancements in technology and clinical education. We partner with these facilities to ensure our students can perform skills which meet the demands of the population. In both urban and rural settings, students are offered unique opportunities to work closely with physicians, registered nurses, and clinical teams, providing patients with cutting-edge care from birth to end of life.

Sacramento Campus
Phone: 888-518-6601
1111 Howe Avenue Suite #300
Sacramento, CA 95825

Not only is Sacramento the capital of California, but it is the sixth-largest city in the state and the thirty-fifth largest city in the country. The city is primarily known for its diversity, sunny weather, progressive contemporary culture, and farm-to-table restaurants. One of its many notable areas is the Old Sacramento Historic District, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District. In the city, you can also find various theater venues, museums, and film festivals.

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Commonly Asked Questions

As a Vocational Nurse, you can work with physicians and registered nurses in all kinds of medical settings. You could also perform a number of tasks, such as taking blood pressure, changing dressings, and maintaining patient health records.

Typically, LVNs are able to save time and money on their education. They also have a great job outlook, a multitude of places to work, and the opportunity to help others on a daily basis. If you’re interested in the medical field, and you’re hoping to pursue a new career path, then you might want to consider Vocational Nursing.

At our Sacramento campus, the average class size for Vocational Nursing is around 36 students.

Typically, we offer more than eight sessions per year. Vocational Nursing is one of our most popular programs at Sacramento. Thanks to its relatively short time-frame, you can fulfill your educational needs in as little as 12 months.

Though class schedules can vary, they often look like this:
Day classes: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00 PM
Full-time evening: Monday through Friday, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Part-time evening: Two days a week plus a 12-hour clinical on Saturdays

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