Practical Nursing / Vocational Nursing Program

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Practical Nursing / Vocational Nursing (PN/VN) is a career that provides you the chance to deliver care that can make a difference in people’s lives. The PN/VN programs at Carrington College are an excellent way for compassionate, self-directed and responsible students to enter a field that can be challenging and personally fulfilling.

When you earn your Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing or your Associate of Science degree or Certificate of Achievement in Vocational Nursing you can develop the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients at an essential level, providing nursing care for patients who are experiencing common, well-defined health problems. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)1, known as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) in some states including California, work under the guidance of a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed physician. Practical / Vocational nurses can find employment in a wide range of healthcare settings, including clinics, doctors’ offices, assisted living facilities and in the community providing home health care.

The curriculum we have developed for our PN and VN programs is designed to help you acquire a command of the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an entry-level position as a licensed practical/vocational nurse. As a student, you can:

  • Attend a combination of classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical training in area healthcare facilities
  • Learn from passionate instructors with extensive nursing experience
  • Receive preparation for taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)

Nursing offers opportunities for compassionate individuals

If you are looking for a career that enables you to help physicians and care for patients, then practical/vocational nursing is a great choice. As a matter of fact, according to the ONET OnLine, employment of licensed practical / vocational nurses is expected to grow 22% between 2012 and 2022.2 Plus, you may be encouraged to learn that median annual wages of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses were $41,540 in May 2012. The lowest 10% earned less than $30,970, and the highest 10% earned more than $57,360.2 For many though, practical/vocational nursing is just the beginning. Becoming an LPN/LVN is an important first step toward becoming an RN or pursuing any of a number of possible advanced degrees.

Professional success begins with a well-rounded education

Over the course of your program, the education you receive as a student of the Practical/Vocational Nursing program will help you build a solid base of knowledge and progressively challenge you with new concepts and skills.
Your time will be divided between classroom, laboratory and clinical assignments that can provide you valuable real-world experience.  In addition to developing the skills you will need in your career, material covered may include nutrition, basic pharmacology, pediatrics, obstetrics, health data collection, and medical-surgical nursing, which focuses on the application of the nursing process. Once you have earned your Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing or your Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science degree in Vocational Nursing, you should be prepared to provide basic bedside care to patients in a variety of clinical settings. You should also be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and be competent in information management. The nursing responsibilities you should be able to demonstrate include:

  • Assisting patients with eating, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene
  • Measuring and recording vital signs
  • Preparing and giving injections
  • Administering medications
  • Collecting samples for laboratory testing
  • Dressing wounds
  • Evaluating the needs of assisted living facility residents

To learn more about educational and career opportunities in Practical/Vocational Nursing, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.

Licensure Exam Pass Rates

This program prepares graduates for an occupation in which passage of a California licensing examination is required.  The link below shows exam passage rates for the most recent available year.  If you have questions regarding the calculation of these rates please contact the agency listed.

Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians