News & Updates

  •  Next Application period is March of 2016
  • Spring 2015 Nursing Information Sessions – (Parking pass required)
    • Wednesday, 2/25/2015 at 4:00pm – 2100 Bldg
    • Tuesday, 3/24/2015 at 4:00pm – 2100 Bldg
    • Thursday, 4/30/2015 at 4:00pm – 2100 Bldg
    • Tuesday, 5/19/2015 at 4:00pm – 2100 Bldg
    • Tuesday, 7/14/2015 at 4:00pm – 2100 Bldg




The vocational Nursing Program, approved by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians, is a three (3) semester program designed to qualify the student to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). The program prepares 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).


After completion of the program, students are eligible to take the VN licensure examination (NCLEX PN). Students may opt to take the certificate option or Associate degree option of the program. Both options equally prepare the student to take the NCLEX PN.


Imperial Valley College offers a Vocational Nursing Program for students who are in good health, can lift a minimum of 35lb, over 18 years of age, and eligible for admission. The program is designed to take 18 months of 3 semesters to complete, at full-time attendance.


Admission Requirements


Students who have met the following requirements are eligible to apply for admission:

  1. Graduation from a United States high school of the GED test
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the following prerequisite courses: 
    ENG 101 / PSYCH 101 / BIO 090 / AHP 100

Selection Criteria


Applications are considered by a selections committee using the Admissions Criteria Grid. Meeting the admissions criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. If there are more applicants than spaces available within the program, applicants will be placed in two groups:

Group A: This group will consist of applicants who have completed ALL of the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.

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


Application Procedures

VN Program: Application, Selection and Application Process

The following must be received to be considered for the program:

  • Application and Checklist
  • Copy of U.S. high school transcript, diploma, of GED (foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated)
  • Copy of the IVC transcript
  • Copy of all other colleges attended in addition to IVC
  • DegreeWorks Sheet (under the 'For Students' tab at

A step-by-step guide is available to assist the student on applying for the program. A FAQs Sheet is also available for specific questions.


Additional Requirements


  • If admitted, students will be required to obtain a CPR card for Basic Life Support Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association.
  • If admitted, students will be expected to 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.


Applications are accepted every three (3) semesters, or when a LVN class is graduating. The application periods are March 1-31st for a class ending in June and September 1-30th for a class ending in December. Students are advised to check with the Nursing Office for exact dates.


Current Students


Estimated Program Costs

  • Tuition* ($46/unit), Parking, and Health Services and Student Fees  $1,880
  • Textbooks and Diagnostic Testing Materials   $1,460
  • Uniforms and Accessories, and Supply Kits $225
  • Required Vaccinations (basic physical exam covered by Health Services fee) $430
  • Graduation Fees $133-150
  • Board of Nursing Licensure Fees
    1. Application $150
    2. NCLEX  $200
    3. Fingerprints Fee (includes Rolling fees) $81

*Assumes CA resident. Non-Resident tuition is $220/unit and is subject to change without notice.






Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities listed may require additional training or completion of a four-year college/university degree. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college should consult a counselor for specific requirements.

Vocational Nursing positions are found in the following areas:

  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Clinics
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Home Health
  • Hospitals
  • Military
  • Offices
  • Public Health
  • Schools

Industry Certification and Licensure

Vocational Nurse Licensure


Imperial Valley College does not promote nor endorse these web sites. They are provided for your reference and convenience only.

Department Contacts

The Nursing & Allied Health Office is located in Building 2100 (Office 2155)

FAQs - Imperial Valley College LVN Program