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The Vocational Nursing Program prepares students to successfully attain training and qualifications to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The vocational nursing program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). It is a 12-month program which offers theory and practical hands-on training. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to take the state examination with the Board of Vocational Nursing (NCLEX-PN)

  • Are you a problem solver?
  • Do you like science?
  • Do you enjoy helping people?
  • Are you “hands on”?

This career may be for you!

Classes include

  • Fundamental of Nursing
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Gynecology/OB Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology/Psychiatric Nursing
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Theory Hours 576 and Clinical Hours 960
  • Total Hours 1536

Day Full Time Classes Available.

Licensure Eligibility

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician (BVNPT) State Exam NCLEX-PN

Cost for Program: $14,999

The above cost is an estimate. Your costs may vary. Additional fees may apply. Program cost includes books, and administration fees. Some fees are paid directly to an outside vendor.

Possible Job Opportunities

  • LVN K-12 School Setting
  • LVN Nursing Home
  • Sub-Acute Care Facility
  • LVN SNF
  • LVN Home Health
  • LVN Specialty Clinics
  • LVN Correctional Facilities
  • LVN Hospice

Median Wage: $21.20

Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2016. Wages and actual employment are not guaranteed. Wages do not reflect self-employment.

How Do I Enroll in the Vocational Nursing Program?

This 12-month Vocational Nursing Program offers both theory and practical hands-on training necessary to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Steps to Admission:

  1. Attend Entrance Exam Prep Course (Optional)
  2. Attend and complete Orientation and Entrance Exam (Required). Registration fee is non-refundable.  
  3. Based on test scores, the top 60 candidates will be invited to enroll in the Pre-VN Course, which is a required course.
  4. After successful completion of the Pre-VN Course and interviews, 30 students will be invited to be admitted into the program which begins January 2021.

Year-Round Pell

Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the United States Department of Education has implemented Year-Round Pell Grants, permitting students to receive up to 150% of the regular Pell Grant Award over the course of 1 academic year.

Provisions of the new law passed, state that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) in accordance with section 401(c)(5) of the HEA.

With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to complete their eligible program. However, students should keep in mind that the use of Year-Round Pell may significantly reduce their Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU).

In an effort to help offset the cost of attendance for your program, DAS will automatically award you Year-Round Pell. If you wish to cancel your entire pell grant award or not utilize Year-Round Pell from your award offer, you must notify the Financial Aid Office, in writing or in person, any time up to the date of your 2019/2020 disbursement.

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