LVN/LPN Pathway

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are one of the most needed healthcare professions. The Education Fund has partnered with educational providers to offer LVN/LPN programs that prepare students for National Council Licensed Examination (NCLEX). Education Fund-eligible members can take this entire program at no cost.

New LVN graduates are also eligible for our Work Experience program, which assists graduates in California in obtaining the work experience requirement needed to move into an LVN position through paid work experience hours. 

The Importance of LVNs/LPNs

LVN/LPNs provide primary nursing care and monitor patients’ health. They work as an essential part of the healthcare team under the supervision of a registered nurse or doctor in nursing care, in-home healthcare, and hospital settings.

Typical duties of an LVN/LPN might include:

  • Assisting patients with eating, dressing and/or bathing
  • Organizing medications for patients
  • Giving immunizations and other injections
  • Collecting test samples from patients
  • Reporting patient updates to Registered Nurses (RNs) and physicians

Why Become an LVN/LPN?

This is an in-demand position with a great future outlook. Becoming an LVN/LPN can help increase your earning potential and marketability, as well as put you in a position to go even further in your nursing career. Employment of LVNs/LPNs is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, which is faster than the average for all healthcare positions.* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Average salaries for LVNs/LPNs:

  • California — $65,140
  • Colorado — $55,360
  • Oregon — $60,090
  • Washington — $63,250

Program Locations & Dates

Find your region below and click to expand and find out about start dates, program length and more:

Bay Area

Provider: Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Program length: 1 year 

Program Start Date: July 5, 2022

Locations: Concord, San Mateo

Pre-Requisites: High School Diploma or GED, Complete the essential medical bioscience course with a grade of “C” or better, meet equivalence requirements, or complete course challenge exam. Meet all program requirements.

Greater Sacramento

Provider: Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Program Length: 1 year 

Program Start Date: October 4, 2022

Location: Sacramento

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED, Complete the essential medical bioscience course with a grade of “C” or better, meet equivalence requirements, or complete course challenge exam. Meet all program requirements.

Central California

Provider: Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Program Length: 1 year 

Program Start Date: July 5, 2022

Locations: Fresno, Modesto

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED, Complete the essential medical bioscience course with a grade of “C” or better, meet equivalence requirements, or complete course challenge exam. Meet all program requirements.

Southern California

Provider: Concorde Career College

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Program length: 1 year 

Program Start Date: July 5. 2022

Locations: North Hollywood, Garden Grove, San Bernardino, San Diego

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED, complete assessments Wonderlic SLC (minimum score of 17), Health Education System Incorporated (HESI) – A2 exam (minimum score of 70), and meet all program requirements.

Colorado

Provider: Concorde Career College

Licensed Practical Nurse

Program Length: 10 months

Program Start Date: July 5, 2022

Location: Aurora

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED complete assessments Wonderlic SLC (minimum score of 17), Health Education System Incorporated (HESI) – A2 exam (minimum score of 70), and meet all program requirements.

 

Oregon

Provider: Concorde Career College

Licensed Practical Nurse

Program Length: 1 year

Program Start Date: July 5, 2022

Location: Portland

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED, complete assessments Wonderlic SLC (minimum score of 17), Health Education System Incorporated (HESI) – A2 exam (minimum score of 70), and meet all program requirements.

Get started

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