nursing programs

Practical Nursing / Vocational Nursing

Carrington’s Practical Nursing and Vocational Nursing programs prepare graduates to work in an entry-level nursing career.

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Real-World Skills
With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.
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Earn Practical Nursing or Vocational Nursing certificates in as few as 12 months.
Flexible Learning Options
Conveniently available at 4 of our campuses.
Affordable Tuition
Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Nurse at Carrington College

Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Nurse at Carrington College

Carrington has taught me that even though healthcare is science, it is also an art. We help patients out not with just medicine but by caring and support. Sometimes the best medicine is to sit, listen, and be there for the patient.

What Will I Learn?

Medical Surgical Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
Anatomy and Physiology

Career Opportunities

Nursing job duties vary depending on the level of nursing you are practicing and the state in which you are licensed. Typical job duties of an LPN or LVN include:1

  • Monitor patients’ health, for example, by checking their blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and oxygen saturation levels.
  • 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
Carrington College nursing students practicing blood pressure tests and smiling

Program Details

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

Program Availability

Vocational Nursing programs are available at two California locations.

The Practical Nursing program is available in Idaho and New Mexico.

Program Specific Disclosures

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

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) requires that the following student achievement outcome data be made publicly available.

  • Graduates’ success on the licensure and/or certification examination
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program
  • Graduates obtaining a job

To view this information for Carrington College’s ACEN – accredited nursing programs, click here

Accreditation & Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 428 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

The Practical Nursing program at Carrington College at the campus located in Boise, Idaho is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404 975 5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Carrington College holds full approval for its Practical Nursing program and its associate degree professional nursing education program. The Idaho Board of Nursing issued a certificate of approval. Board offices: 280 North 8th Street, Suite 210, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720 – 0061, 208 334 3110,

The New Mexico Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College is granted initial approval to offer Practical Nursing in the State of New Mexico, 6301 Indian School NE, Suite 710, Albuquerque, NM, 87110 505 841 8340,

The Vocational Nursing program located at the Sacramento and San Jose campus are approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95833, 916-263-7800,

Carrington College nursing student with laptop

Check out our guide on becoming a Practical Nurse/Vocational Nurse.

Licensed vocational nurses or licensed practical nurses provide basic medical care under the direction of a registered nurse. The major difference between LVNs and LPNs is where they practice. One benefit of a practical or vocational nursing position is that it is a quick way to enter the healthcare field. LPN and LVN are entry-level nursing designations. Find out more in our career guide.

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