Nursing is an exciting and challenging profession of responsibility, integrity, and personal growth. Nursing provides an essential service to others, involving the care of people, sick and well. As career professionals, nurses are dedicated individuals who have committed themselves to improving the quality of health care for others.
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, over 18, and eligible for admission. The program is designed to take 18 months or 3 semesters to complete, at full-time attendance.
Students who have met the following requirements are eligible for admission:
Applications will be considered by a selections committee, based on the new admission criteria requirements. Determination of acceptance will be based on an overall grade point average (GPA) of prerequisites. Meeting these requirements 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 prerequisites as listed above with a grade of "C" or better.
Group B:This group will consist of applicants who are currently enrolled in any of the prerequisites but will be completing them at the end of that semester.
VN Program: Application, Selection and Application Process
The following must be received to be considered for the program:
Students will also be required to obtain an American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider card by the time the program begins.
Applications are accepted every three (3) semesters, when a VN class completes. The application periods are March 1-31st for a class ending in May and September 1-30 for a class ending in December. Students are advised to check with the Nursing Office Office for specific dates. Once accepted to the program, students will be expected to obtain a physical examination which includes a PPD skin test (and X-rays if needed), be current in immunizations MMR [measles, mumps, rubella], Varicella, and Td [Diptheria/Tetanus], and Hepatitis B series. Malpractice liability insurance through the College will also be required. A Student Blanket policy is available through the Nursing Department.
Tuition and Fees: $2,337* (Tuition $60/unit* subject to change without notice, $18 Health Fee, $1 Student Rep Fee, and optional Parking Fee $20.)
Books, Supplies $1,965 (Typical costs)
Licensure Fees: $506
* Assumes CA residents. Non-Resident tuition is $200/unit and is subject to change without notice.
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:
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The Nursing & Allied Health Office is located in Building 2100 (Office 2155)