CNA to LVN Programs in California

California requirements to ingress the career path of Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) are the completion of 1,530 education hours at a vocational, trade, or private LVN school that is approved by the California Nursing Board in addition to passing the NCLEX-PN exam. There is an alternative method if you are already working as a CNA and wish to become an LVN. This method is the CNA to LVN Bridge and takes into consideration knowledge and skills gained through work experience. The Bridge program reduces the amount of classroom learning required, but it does not excuse anyone from taking the NCLEX exam.

CNA to LVN Bridge Program

In California a CNA can apply to the California Board of Vocational Nursing to upgrade their credentials to LVN by completing Method 3, Qualification Based on Equivalent Education and/or Experience. There are four requirements that must be met in order for the board to approve testing through this method.

Requirement One
You must be a licensed CNA in good standing. You must have 48 months of work experience in acute care, sub-acute care, or medical-surgical nursing along with a minimum of 6 weeks working in both maternity and pediatric care. Everyone is required to attend and pass 54 hours of pharmacology from a board-accredited school.

Requirement Two
If you have the required work experience and have completed the pharmacology class, you must then obtain an application packet from the California Board of Vocational Nursing by emailing bnvpt@dca.ca.gov.

Requirement Three
The third requirement consists of requesting an Employment Verification-Nursing Experience Packet from the board. These forms will be distributed to former/present employers to verify your work hours and experience in each of the required areas. The employers will complete the necessary information and mail the forms directly to the board. You MAY NOT mail this packet in; it must be done by the employers. Any packets that have been opened or tampered with will not be accepted.

Requirement Four
The final step is to submit a request for a Live Scan applicant form for fingerprinting. You can download this form from the California Board of Vocational Nursing website. The agency performing the fingerprinting process will send this form to the Department of Justice and to the FBI for your background check. Once the background check is complete, the agency will forward the results to the CBVN. You will receive notice of a testing site and date within four to twelve weeks from the board.

If you are considering schooling to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, these schools are worthy of being considered for your educational needs.

Northern California, San Francisco, Bay Area

The three schools in section one are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The vocational nursing programs are accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

City College of San Francisco

The City College of San Francisco was founded in 1935 and is a multi-cultural school with 11 locations in the San Francisco area. City College offers more than 50 academic programs and over 100 occupational disciplines.

The VN program at City College requires three semesters to complete. Students may choose either a full-time schedule that is 18 months in duration or a part-time schedule that is 24 months. After completing this program of study, students may then take the NCLEX exam to obtain their state license. The average pass rate for City College students taking the NCLEX exam was 67.4% of the total students taking the exam for the years 2012-2016.

City College has scholarships available for those who qualify. There are three categories of scholarships available. An online application may be submitted for either the general or the select scholarship. An individual paper application must be submitted for each departmental scholarship for which you may qualify.

50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

Los Medanos Community College

Los Medanos was founded in 1974 and is located in Pittsburg, California in Contra Costa County. This community college takes great pride in its diverse student body, small classes, and family-like atmosphere. The nursing and EMT classroom and lab space were newly constructed in 2012.

The vocational nursing program at Los Medanos consists of three semesters of academic work and clinical experience. This school offers an optional six-hour Nursing Career Seminar to inform participants about nursing in general and provide information about LMC programs. For the years 2012 through 2014 and the year 2016, the average percentage of Los Medanos students that passed the NCLEX exam was 92.5.

There are two nursing scholarships available. A general scholarship is available to any qualified applicant regardless of major.

2700 East Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College is among the top ten oldest community colleges in California. Founded in 1918, SRJC offers a strong General Education program for students that wish to transfer to four-year schools along with over 175 career skills certificates programs.

The LVN program at Santa Rosa Junior College requires three semesters of academic learning blended with clinical experience. The academic portion of this program includes courses such as anatomy, physiology, and psychology. An average of 98.4% SRJC students passed the NCLEX from 2012 through 2016.

SRJC offers over 400 different scholarships to current and transfer students. To determine scholarships for which you qualify, and obtain scholarship applications visit the SRJC website.

1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Los Angeles Area

The Career Development Institute is accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, California Department of Public Health, and Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

Career Development Institute

The Career Development Institute opened in 1998 to provide an opportunity for people of the Los Angeles community to fulfill their career aspirations in the medical field. The LVN program began in 2005 and CDI was the first school to have a mobile classroom.

The LVN program at CDI is very much like the programs at other schools except the curriculum includes an NCLEX-PN review course. A student that attends classes full-time can complete this program in 13 months. An average of 97.6% of CDI graduates who sat for the NCLEX exam from 2012-2016 passed and obtained their licenses.

1830 S Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Marian College

Marian College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools and California BVNPT.

The Los Angeles campus is the main campus for Marian College. The college is a 16,000 square foot facility located on Wilshire Blvd. and includes classrooms, computer and skills labs, faculty and student lounges with kitchens, and a library.

The LVN program can be completed in 14-18 months depending on if you prefer a weekday or weekend schedule. Students attending weekday classes go to school 28 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, while students attending weekend classes go for 22 hours per week, Thursday through Saturday.

3325 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Angeles Institute, LLC

The Angeles Institute has provisional approval through the BVNPT.

The Angeles Institute has offered an LVN program since 2005. Coursework at this school is performed at an accelerated pace taking only 11 months to complete.

Scholarships are available.

17100 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 170
Artesia, CA 90701

Southern California, San Diego

Riverside City College

RCC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This school has been in operation for over 100 years and takes pride in its ability to overcome ever-changing situations to continue to provide quality education to students.

The vocational nursing program at RCC is approved by the California BVNPT. An average of 98.6% of RCC students who have taken the NCPLEX exam from 2012-2016 has passed.
Scholarships are available.

Inland Career Education Center

The ICEC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school was opened in 1920 and has undergone many changes, but the main objective to provide education based on the community’s needs has remained intact.

The VN program at ICEC has several pre-requisites that must be met. These include completion of a CNA, MA, or EMT course, completion of either Introduction to Education and Career Planning or Customer Service, and you must submit three letters of recommendation.

1200 North E Street
San Bernardino, CA 92405

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College is accredited by the ACCJC of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1913 this institution has four convenient locations with the main campus being located in Northeast Bakersfield.

The VN program at Bakersfield is accredited by the BVNPT. This program takes three semesters to complete. There are several steps that need to be completed prior to registering for classes.

1801 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93305

How long will it take to become an LVN in California?

One year is the short answer, for students with professional experience such as CNAs but also any other student, like those finishing high school. Prospective students will need to choose a school that has been endorsed by the state’s Nursing Board (refer to this page for contact information), in order to get more chances of a successful job placement when you enter the workforce but also because California’s nursing board will require you to complete an examination to obtain a licence to practice nursing in the state, the NCLEX-PN. One of the requirements to be allowed to sit that exam is having graduated from an accredited nursing school.

Below, you’ll find a list of schools that will help you earn a diploma as an LVN and start an exciting career path in nursing:

 

SCHOOL NAMECITY, STATEDEGREE LEVELSUBJECT
Advanced CollegeSouth Gate, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Allan Hancock CollegeSanta Maria, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Angeles CollegeLos Angeles, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Angeles InstituteARTESIA, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Antelope Valley CollegeLancaster, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Bakersfield CollegeBakersfield, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Beaumont Adult SchoolBeaumont, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Blake Austin CollegeVacaville, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
California Career CollegeCanoga Park, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Career Care InstituteLancaster, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Career Colleges of AmericaSouth Gate, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Career Development InstituteLos Angeles, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Career Networks InstituteOrange, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Casa Loma College-Van NuysVan Nuys, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
CBD CollegeLos Angeles, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Central Nursing CollegeLos Angeles, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Cerro Coso Community CollegeRidgecrest, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
CES CollegeBurbank, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Charles A. Jones Career and Education CenterSacramento, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Chaffey CollegeRancho Cucamonga, CAAssociateLicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Chaffey CollegeRancho Cucamonga, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Charles A. Jones Career and Education CenterSacramento, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Charter College-Canyon CountryCanyon Country, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Citrus CollegeGlendora, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Citrus CollegeGlendora, CAAssociateLicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
City College of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Clovis Adult EducationClovis, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
College of the RedwoodsEureka, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
College of the RedwoodsEureka, CAAssociateLicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
College of the SiskiyousWeed, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
College of the SiskiyousWeed, CAAssociateLicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational ProgramRedlands, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Concorde Career College-San BernardinoSan Bernardino, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Copper Mountain Community CollegeJoshua Tree, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Copper Mountain Community CollegeJoshua Tree, CAAssociateLicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Cuesta CollegeSan Luis Obispo, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Downey Adult SchoolDowney, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Feather River Community College DistrictQuincy, CAAward (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Feather River Community College DistrictQuincy, CAAssociateLicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

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