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Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of registered nurses, surgeons, and physicians. They measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, monitor catheters, give alcohol rubs and massages, collect samples for testing, and clean and monitor medical equipment. LVNs gather information from patients for physicians and insurance purposes, they teach family members how to care for patients, and some even help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LVNs may also supervise nursing assistants and aides.

In order to provide care to patients, licensed vocational nurses must possess advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pediatrics, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics nursing, medical / surgical nursing, first aid, and much more. To obtain the training and skills necessary to qualify for a positon at any hospital, nursing care facility, or physician’s office, aspiring LVNs must complete a state-approved educational program which typically requires about 12 to 18 months. LVNs must also be licensed by the state.

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Graduates of an accredited LVN educational program can expect a positive job outlook and competitive salaries. Expected employment growth for LVNs is 25% for the 2012-2022 decade. In the state of California, LVNs can expect to earn a median salary of $51,620 per year, which is roughly $10,000 above the national median of $41,540 per year.

Below is a list of accredited California nursing schools that offer some of the top licensed vocational nursing programs in the state.

Bakersfield

Cerro Coso Community College - Indian Wells Valley
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bakersfield College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bakersfield Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 65.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Southern California Medical College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 50.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Cerro Coso Community College - Kern River Valley
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Fresno

Fresno Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Clovis Adult Education
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 76.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Fresno
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Inland Empire

Riverside City College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
San Bernardino Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Beaumont Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Copper Mountain College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
American Career College - Ontario
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
College of the Desert
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Riverside
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Chaffey College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Summit College - Colton
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 75.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
Four-D College - Victorville
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 72.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Four-D College - Colton
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Nurses Educational Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Palo Verde College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 66.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
UEI College - San Bernardino
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 61.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1 2013 through Q1 2013)
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 56.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Sierra Pacific College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 32.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)

Los Angeles County

Jordan-Locke Community Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North Valley Occupational Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Valley Occupational Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
YWCA Los Angeles Job Corps
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Rio Hondo College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Citrus College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Career Development Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Long Beach City College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Manual Arts-Crenshaw Community Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
El Monte-Rosemead Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Pasadena
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
East Los Angeles Occupational Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Charter College - Canyon Country
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Downey Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Allied Medical & Health Services
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North-West College - West Covina
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Concorde Career College - North Hollywood
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Annenberg School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Pasadena City College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Beverly Hills
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Marian College - Los Angeles
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Glendale Career College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 76.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Lynwood Community Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American Career College - St. Francis in Lynwood
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 75.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Brightwood College - North Hollywood
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Marian College - Van Nuys
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Pomona
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
College of Nursing & Technology
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Angeles Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American Career College - Los Angeles
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
University of Antelope Valley
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 72.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
CES College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Career Care Institute - Lancaster
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Homestead Schools
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 69.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Integrity College of Health
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 69.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Career College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 69.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Trinity Vocational Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 67.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Shepherd University
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Antelope Valley College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 62.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Preferred College of Nursing - Van Nuys
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Premiere Career College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Preferred College of Nursing - Carson
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 61.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Platt College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 58.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2011)
Valley School of Allied Health
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 58.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Saint Joseph's School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 58.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Advanced College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 55.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North-West College - Long Beach
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 54.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
High Desert Medical College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 53.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Angeles College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Central Nursing College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Infotech Career College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Valley College of Medical Careers
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 46.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Medical Allied Career Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 46.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
American Medical Sciences Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
California Career Institute - Hawthorne
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Charter College - Long Beach
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Medical Career Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Merced

Merced College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
WestMed College - Merced
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 55.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Modesto

Brightwood College - Modesto
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Modesto
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Napa

Napa Valley College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Orange County

North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
CNI College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Stanbridge University
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Concorde Career College - Garden Grove
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American Career College - Orange County
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Pacific College
  • Diploma in Vocational Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Career Institute - Garden Grove
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 70.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Summit College - Anaheim
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 64.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Casa Loma College - Anaheim
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 63.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Bethesda University
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 39.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

Professional Medical Careers Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Career Care Institute - Ventura
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Sacramento

Sacramento City College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Carrington College - Sacramento
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Brightwood College - Sacramento
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Unitek College - Sacramento
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Curam College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1 2013)
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 64.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Salinas

Hartnell College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

San Diego County

Concorde Career College - San Diego
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
MiraCosta College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Grossmont Health Occupations Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Brightwood College - Vista
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 77.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Southwestern College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Brightwood College - San Diego
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
UEI College - Chula Vista
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)

San Francisco Bay metro area

Los Medanos College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gavilan College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Unitek College - Fremont
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Mission College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Unitek College - San Jose
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
City College of San Francisco
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 75.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
NCP College of Nursing - Hayward
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
NCP College of Nursing - South San Francisco
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - San Mateo
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Concord
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Carrington College - San Jose
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 69.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 69.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
WestMed College - San Jose
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 64.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Bay Area College of Nursing - Daly City
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 54.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Bay Area College of Nursing - Palo Alto
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 54.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Oikos University
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 53.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Medical Career College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 46.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

San Luis Obispo

Cuesta College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Santa Barbara Business College - Santa Maria
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Allan Hancock College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Sonoma

Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Stockton

Xavier College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 77.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Vallejo / Fairfield area

Blake Austin College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
InterCoast College - Fairfield
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
PRIME Career College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 65.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Visalia / Porterville area

Visalia Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Tulare Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
San Joaquin Valley College
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Porterville College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Dinuba Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Other California cities

Cerro Coso Community College - Eastern Sierra College Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
Feather River College - Fall River Mills
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
College of the Redwoods - Eureka
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
College of the Siskiyous
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
College of the Redwoods - Del Norte
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
Butte College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Ukiah Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Imperial Valley College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Shasta College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Lassen Community College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Hanford Adult School
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Feather River College - Quincy
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Madera Community College Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Tri-County Regional Occupational Program
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 64.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
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