Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Program
We are currently accepting applications for fall 2022
This will be a predominately weeknight/weekend program. During the Fall and Spring semesters the schedule will include a Tuesday evening class for 4.5 hours, Friday clinical for 2 hours and Saturday clinical for approximately 8 hours. The more condensed Summer session may include some day hours.
Please Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice.
The Licensed Vocational Nursing Program at MiraCosta College was founded in January 1965, and is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The curriculum is designed to prep the Certified Nursing Assistant to function as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Students must complete 1536 hours in classroom and clinical experience in order to be eligible to take the state board examination.
California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Dr. Suite 205; Sacramento, CA 95833
Our graduates have a 94% pass rate on the State Board Exam!
Graduates of this program have successfully found employment. The annual salary for Licensed Vocational Nurses, according to the Department of Labor May, 2013 is approximately $42,000. They may seek employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, public health agencies or various governmental agencies. The Licensed Vocational Nurse may also work at private duty in hospitals or homes.
You may receive an associate degree upon completion of additional course requirements as listed in the college catalog.
MiraCosta College meets the state requirements by providing a minimum of 1536 hours of training prior to qualifying for LVN licensure.
- Theory – 576 hours
- Clinical – 960 hours
The following content will be covered in this program: Nutrition, gerontology, communicable disease, medical-surgical nursing, oncological nursing, mental health nursing, perioperative nursing, integumentary, and neurosensory systems, orthopedic nursing and rehabilitation. Content further includes care of patients with circulatory, hematological, respiratory, endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. Obstetrics and pediatric nursing as well as home health care and genito-urinary nursing is covered as well as leadership, supervision and entry into practice skills.
- Nursing 151 - Body Systems Survey for Health Professionals or BIO 110, 111, 210 or 220.
- Pharmacology 100 – Basic Pharmacology. Please note: the prerequisite for PHAR100 is MATH20 or qualification through the Math Competency Exam.
- Nursing 160 – Certified Nursing Assistant OR current California CNA license. Please note: the prerequisite for NURS 160 is an American Heart Association HealthCare Provider CPR Card and completion of ENG50 or ESL50 or passing score on English assessment exam. These prerequisites must be completed with a grade “C” or better prior to applying for the program.
All LVN students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), version ATI TEAS. This is a diagnostic test that covers basic Math, Reading, and Science. Students may prepare for this test by going to the ATI testing site http://www.atitesting.com/. A score of 58 is considered passing. Your TEAS score must be submitted with your application.
In order to be eligible for the MiraCosta College LVN Program applicants must be 17 years of age or older, and have the following:
- Official transcripts of high school graduation or degree from an accredited college,
- Official transcripts of prerequisite courses
Detailed information can be found in the LVN Application Packet.
*Note: If you have any convictions on your background check in the last 7 years, you will not be eligible to start the program.
Complete applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Upon submission of a completed application packet, you will be informed for which semester you are scheduled to attend.
Applications are available in the Nursing and Allied Health Department Bldg. T420 or can be downloaded from the link above. Complete application packets must be submitted in person to the Allied Health Occupations secretary in Bldg. T420. Incomplete packets will not be accepted.
Residency laws require that a student 1) reside in California for a period of one year immediately preceding the opening date of the term, and 2) provide evidenced intent of residency in California or be subject to nonresident tuition. Please see class schedule for detailed information.
Students should plan on spending approximately $2800 during the LVN Program for tuition, uniforms, books, and the required physical examination and immunizations. Since the clinical portion of the program is taught at local hospitals, students must have reliable transportation to these sites and should budget for these expenses.
Scholarships and loans are available for qualified students. Contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.
Courses listed are subject to change. Please check requirements with the department chair or a MiraCosta College counselor.
MiraCosta College is committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. Individuals with verifiable disabilities may be accommodated with advance notice.