Vocational Nursing Overview

Method of Instruction:

Class Times:
Day Classes (Full Time)

Program Length & Type:
14-month (60 Weeks with Clinical) Diploma Program

Diploma Program Overview

The purpose of the Vocational Nursing Program is to prepare graduate vocational nurses who are competent and self-directed. They will function under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician and provide nursing care in a structured health care setting for individual clients who are experiencing common, well-defined health problems with predictable outcomes.

Students who successfully complete all programs objectives and meet the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) requirements will be eligible to register and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX- VN).


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What Does A Vocational Nurse Do?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Vocational Nurse’s duties include providing basic medical care under the direction of a registered nurse or doctor.

Vocational Nurses may perform some or all of the following duties1:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

The Vocational Nursing role represents the beginning level of the nursing practice continuum. As members of the profession, providers of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and members of a healthcare team.

How Long Is Vocational Nursing School?

National Career College’s Vocational Nursing school is fifteen months with clinical. Our Vocational Nursing Diploma program is available on campus full-time during the day.

What Will You Learn In Vocational Nursing School?

The following classes and course modules are offered in the LVN program at National Career College:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing: The Nursing Fundamentals course teaches students the fundamentals behind the question ‘What Is a Vocational Nurse?’. This foundational course module introduces the role of the vocational nurse as a member of the health care team. Students learn about the legal and ethical aspects of nursing, concepts of health and wellness, emergency care, and more!
  • Medical-Surgical Nurse Education: In this module, students learn about providing care to adult clients with common medical-surgical health care needs. This portion of the Vocational Nursing program focuses on diseases that could affect various systems of the body.
  • Labor & Delivery Nurse Education: This module is meant to instruct students on the complexities of mother-baby care. Students are instructed on the role of a nurse during the prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods of pregnancy. Clinical sites and/or simulated client laboratory assignments provide hands-on learning and the opportunity to apply skills.
  • Pediatric Nurse Education: The pediatric nurse education portion of the Vocational Nursing program is designed to guide students through the foundations of pediatric care. Students could learn how to provide safe and effective care to patients from infancy through adolescence.
  • Nursing License Preparation: Students will receive a comprehensive review of the curriculum to prepare for the program’s final test.

Students will get instruction both within and outside of the classroom, including hands-on nursing skills in a clinical setting. Nutrition, anatomy, physiology, pediatrics, first aid, obstetrics, pharmacology, and patient care are some of the additional topics covered in these classes.

After graduation, students could meet the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) requirements. Once met the next step is to register and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-VN). Students are required to pass the NCLEX-VN examination in order to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

National Career College’s NCLEX examination annual rate for this year is 91% which is above the state average annual rate.

Where Do Vocational Nurses Work?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook Vocational Nurses typically work full time and many work evenings and weekends2. The top five employers of Vocational Nurses are:

  • 38% – Residential Care facilities
  • 14% – State, Local, and Private Hospitals
  • 13% – Physicians Offices
  • 12% – Home Healthcare Services
  • 7% – Government

National Career College’s curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to find rewarding career opportunities. Vocational Nurses could work in the following areas: Acute Care Facilities, Home Health Care, Labor & Delivery, Sub-acute Care Facilities, Ambulatory Care, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Telemetry, or more.

What Is The Job Outlook For Vocational Nursing?

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for Vocational Nursing to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 20303.

More About Careers In Vocational Nursing

For more information about a career in Vocational Nursing, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

Local Wages for California (ONET):
29-2061.00 – Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Local Wages

Standard Occupational Code (SOC):
29-2061.00 – Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP):
51.3901 – Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, Cert., Dipl, AAS)

Vocational Nursing Training Near Me

If you live in or around the Panorama City area in California, National Career College offers Vocational Nursing training at the following location:

National Career College Campus 14355 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402

Financial Aid

At National Career College, we don’t want finances to limit your career opportunities. Your education is one of the most important investments you can make. If you are unable to afford the education costs on your own, you may qualify for financial aid. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify! Please visit our Financial Aid Page to find out more!


  1. BLS: What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do
  2. BLS: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Work Environment
  3. BLS: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Job Outlook