News & Updates

· Next LVN Application Period – 2016, March 1-25

· Attendance at a IVC Nursing Information Session is required to apply






The Vocational Nursing Program at IVC is a three (3) semester, 1.5 year program that is fully accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians.  Upon completion, students are eligible to take the National licensure exam called the NCLEX-PN.  The program prepares LVN graduates to provide basic bedside nursing care to patients and/or clients under the direction of a physician or registered nurse. Duties of the LVN include provision of basic hygienic and nursing care, measurement of vital signs, basic client assessment, documentation, performance of prescribed medical treatments, administration of prescribed medications, and performance of non-medicated intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal (requires separate Board certification).

Students can choose to obtain a certificate of completion or the Associate of Science degree in Vocational Nursing.  Both options qualify the student to take the NCLEX PN.  It is recommended that students meet with their counselor for further advisement on these options.

To be eligible to apply for LVN, the student must be a high school graduate or have completed the GED, over 18 years of age, in good health, able to lift a minimum of 35lb, and have met the prerequisite course work.

Admission Requirements 

  • High School Graduate (U.S. Accredited Schools only) or Completion of the GED* 
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • ENG 110 (or 101)  – Reading and Composition
  • PSYCH 101 – General Psychology
  • BIO 090 – Anatomy & Physiology for Health Occupations**
  • AHP 100 – Medical Terminology

Please Note:

*Foreign high school transcripts or diplomas are not accepted unless they have been officially evaluated through a professional credentials service.

**Higher level Anatomy & Physiology courses accepted if equivalency is met

Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed by a Selections Committee and ranked by a point system using the criteria on the Admission Criteria Grid.  Students ranked in the top are invited to join the program.  A higher GPA in the prerequisite courses contributes to higher points toward the application.  The GPA Calculator can guide students on their GPA http://www.back2college.com/gpa.htm

If the number of applications exceeds the number of slots available, students will be placed in two separate groups below.  Students who have courses 'in progress' are eligible to apply but will be ranked separately should the number of applications exceed the number of slots available. 

Group A: Applicants who have completed all of the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Group B: Applicants who have prerequisite courses IN PROGRESS but will be completing them at the end of that semester.

The LVN Pre-Application Packet details the Admission Criteria and Point Selection. 

How to Apply and Application Periods

When all admission criteria has been met, pick up an application packet or download the packet and submit to the Nursing Department Office during the application periods below.  The application must be complete with all required documentation.  The Applicant Checklist will guide the student on the paperwork to turn in.

  • March 1 to 31 – when this period is open
  • September 1 to 30 – when this period is open

Open application periods will be posted on this website, and students can also check with Department Office 2155 or by calling 760-355-6348.

Application Packet


  • Required documentation includes: Copy of U.S. high school transcript, diploma, of GED; copy of the IVC transcript and all other college transcripts (including those already filed with the College); and IVC DegreeWorks Audit with current year and listing LVN as major;
  • Optional documentation includes copies of academic degrees or certificates in the healthcare field or work or volunteer experience; any one area of the Life Experience or Special Circumstances category, and verification of Alternate Language Proficiency. Specific information on each of these areas is found on the Admissions Grid of the Pre-Application Packet.


 Additional Requirements


If selected for admission, students will be required to complete the following:

  • Obtain a CPR card for Basic Life Support Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association
  • Obtain a physical examination which includes a 2-step PPD skin test (and X-rays if needed), be current in immunizations 2-step MMR [measles, mumps, rubella], Varicella, and TD [Diphtheria/Tetanus], and Hepatitis B series
  • Complete a background check and drug screen


Detailed information on the 'Additional Requirements' will be provided to selected students prior to admission.


LVN Course of Study:



Lecture Hours

Lab Hours

ENG 110




AHP 100




PSY 101




BIO 090




PSY 204




VN 110




VN 112




VN 114




VN 116




VN 120




VN 122




VN 124




VN 130




VN 132




Total Hrs




 Advance Placement:


LVNs are eligible to apply to the IVC RN Program, under the Associate Degree Option (Track I) or 30-Unit Option (Track II).  For both tracks, the criteria below must be met: 

  • Successful completion of all prerequisite coursework for RN 
  • Pass the TEAS Pre-entrance Test with 62% or higher score
  • Have a current California LVN license
  • Complete an Intravenous Therapy Course

Browse the RN website for specific requirements.  The Step-by-Step Guide for LVN to RN can help guide the student in applying. 

 For Current LVN Students

Estimated Program Costs

- Tuition at $46/unit, Parking, and Student Fees - $1,880

- Textbooks and Assessment Modules - $1,460

- CPR - $15-20

- Uniform, Accessories, and Supply Kits - $225

- Required Vaccinations (basic physical exam included under Student Fee) - $430

- Graduation Fees $133-150

- Board of Nursing Licensure Fees

*  Application for Licensure $150

*  Electronic Fingerprints $81

*  Registering for the NCLEX PN $200

*  LVN License Fee $100 

Detailed Estimated Costs

Areas of Employment for Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • Convalescent Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Correctional Facilities (Prisons)
  • Home Health Nursing
  • Military
  • Offices
  • Public Health
  • Schools


Certificate and Associate Degree in Vocational Nursing

CA Board of Vocational Nurse & Psychiatric Technicians 

Registering for the NCLEX PN 

LVN to RN - CA Board of Registered Nursing 

NURS 089 (Nursing Learning Center)

Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)

For more information:

For additional information or questions on the above, contact the Nursing Department Office below:

- 760-355-6348 or 760-355-6468

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- Office – 2100 Building, Office 2155