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What is a licensed vocational nurse?
Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are entry-level health care providers responsible for rendering basic nursing care provided under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. They provide basic care, taking vital signs, temperature, blood pressure and pulse, and assist with bathing patients, monitoring catheters and applying dressings. Most LVN programs are about a year long and are offered by technical and vocational schools.
How do I become an LVN?
To become a licensed vocational nurse you need a GED or high school diploma to enter LVN programs. All required prerequisite courses must be completed prior to applying to the program. Prerequisite coursework is listed below for several San Diego LVN programs. If a school is not listed below, consult the program directly for the specific required courses. Program length for full-time students is 12 to 14 months and 18 to 20 months for part-time students.
|City College (ROP) || |
|Grossmont College || |
Healthcare Fundamentals (ROP)
|DET: diagnostic entrance test |
|Imperial Valley College ||ENGL 101: English Composition |
BIOL 090: Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Occupations
Intro to Psychology
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support(BLS) and AED CPR card
|Mira Costa College || |
Nursing 151: Body Systems Survey for Health Professions
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and AED CPR card
|Southwestern College || |
BIOL 190: Anatomy/Physiology
Are there any scholarships available?
To learn about financial assistance, visit scholarships for school and training programs.