Becoming an LVN in California
The state of California is looking to advance their quality of healthcare and ethical practices by focusing on leadership, legislation, and public health infrastructure. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 21% increase in Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) jobs per year in the state of California by 2024. To meet this growing demand for nurses, more than 165 schools currently offer LVN programs throughout the state—we’ve ranked the top 50 based on state licensure exam pass rates over the last several years. To become an LVN in the state, applicants can apply for a California LVN license by either exam after recently graduating or by endorsement if transferring from another state.
Program Details13180 Paramount Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280 Request Information800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454 Request Information730 S. Central Ave Ste 208, Glendale, CA 91204 Request Information3680 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262 Request Information4021 Rosewood Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004 Request Information3130 Sedona Ct, Ontario, CA 91764 Request Information1200 N Magnolia Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801 Request Information1855 Gateway Blvd # 180, Concord, CA 94520 Request Information225 W Broadway #115, Glendale, CA 91204 Request Information3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90010 Request Information11688 South Street, Suite 205, Artesia, CA 90701 Request Information19300 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335 Request Information3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536 Request Information501 South Mount Vernon, Bakersfield, CA 93307 Request Information1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305 Request Information8265 Aspen Ave Suite 100, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Request Information1575 Cherry Avenue, Beaumont, CA 92223 Request Information611 Orange Drive Suite K, Vacaville, CA 95687 Request Information3536 Butte Campus Dr, Oroville, CA 95965 Request Information7003 Owensmouth Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303 Request Information12141 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92841 Request Information5200 Ramon Rd #1, Palm Springs, CA 92264 Request Information43770 15th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534 Request Information22500 Town Circle, Suite 2205, Moreno Valley, CA 92553 Request Information43770 15th Street West, Suite 115, Lancaster, CA 93534 Request Information1830 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 Request Information380 Civic Drive, Suite 300, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Request Information8909 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95826 Request Information6201 San Ignacio Ave., San Jose, CA 95119 Request Information12540 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250 Request Information6725 Kester Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405 Request Information3000 College Heights Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 Request Information401 S Glenoaks Blvd #211, Burbank, CA 91502 Request Information5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737 Request Information5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824 Request Information1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA 91741 Request Information50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112 Request Information1452 David E Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611 Request Information702 Town and Country Rd, Orange, CA 92868 Request Information18700 Sherman Way #203, Reseda, CA 91335 Request Information43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260 Request Information7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, CA 95501 Request Information883 W. Washington Blvd, Crescent City, CA 95531 Request Information800 College Ave, Weed, CA 96094 Request Information1214 Indiana Ct, Redlands, CA 92374 Request Information12951 S Euclid St #101, Garden Grove, CA 92840 Request Information12412 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606 Request Information201 East Airport Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408 Request Information4393 Imperial Ave., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92113 Request Information6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 Request InformationHighway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403 Request Information6520 44th St, Sacramento, CA 95823 Request Information12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, CA 90241 Request Information101 College Parkway, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 Request Information10807 Ramona Blvd, El Monte, CA 91731 Request Information570 Golden Eagle Ave, Quincy, CA 95971 Request Information2500 Stanislaus St, Fresno, CA 93721 Request Information5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020 Request Information240 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 Request Information9368 Oakbourne Rd, Santee, CA 92071 Request Information1401 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520 Request Information7335 North Palm Bluffs Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711 Request Information4712 Stoddard Road, Suite 200, Modesto, CA 95356 Request Information2121 South El Camino Real, Building C-200, San Mateo, CA 94403 Request Information14101 E Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91746 Request Information411 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901 Request Information701 W Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93534 Request Information23800 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90505 Request Information380 E Aten Rd, Imperial, CA 92251 Request Information1200 North E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405 Request Information1755 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA 96002 Request Information478-200 Hwy 139, Susanville, CA 96130 Request Information4901 Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808 Request Information2700 E Leland Rd, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Request Information30277 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638 Request Information3325 Wilshire Boulevard, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010 Request Information5900 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 101, Van Nuys, CA 91411 Request Information3600 M St, Merced, CA 95348 Request Information1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056 Request Information3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054 Request Information1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, CA 92583 Request Information2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558 Request Information385 N Muller St, Anaheim, CA 92801 Request Information3799 E Burnett St., Long Beach, CA 90815 Request Information530 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101 Request Information134 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 Request Information4550 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505 Request Information2121 W. Garvey Ave. North, West Covina, CA 91790 Request Information7850 Edgewater Dr., Oakland, CA 94621 Request Information7445 Mission Valley Road, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92108 Request Information1 College Dr, Blythe, CA 92225 Request Information1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106 Request Information1000 South Fremont Avenue, Building A9W, Alhambra, CA 91803 Request Information100 E. College Ave., Porterville, CA 93257 Request Information12901 Ramona Blvd, Irwindale, CA 91706 Request Information920 Hampshire Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361 Request Information3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601 Request Information4800 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92506 Request Information3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822 Request Information816 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93536 Request Information5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207 Request Information295 E Sierra Ave, Fresno, CA 93710 Request Information5300 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309 Request Information34275 Monterey Avenue, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Request Information303 East Plaza Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454 Request Information721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 Request Information1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Request Information11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003 Request Information3611 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93309 Request Information900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910 Request Information2041 Business Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92612 Request Information1360 South Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805-6205 Request Information851 South Cooley Drive, Colton, CA 92324 Request Information970 Klamath Ln, Yuba City, CA 95993 Request Information1149 West 190th Street, Suite 2000, Gardena, CA 90248 Request Information575 W Maple Ave, Tulare, CA 93274 Request Information1056 N Bush St, Ukiah, CA 95482 Request Information4670 Auto Mall Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538 Request Information21615 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541 Request Information257 Longford Drive, Rm 5, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Request Information1111 Howe Ave #300, Sacramento, CA 95825 Request Information1901 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA 95131 Request Information44055 Sierra Hwy, Lancaster, CA 93534 Request Information3110 E Houston Ave, Visalia, CA 93292 Request Information291 S La Cienega Blvd #500, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Request Information3700 E. Inland Empire Blvd. Suite 235, Ontario, CA 91764 Request Information330 E Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95340 Request Information3031 Tisch Way, San Jose, CA 95128 Request Information1130 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95202 Request Information
Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.
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California LVN Licensing Requirements
To become an LVN in the state of California the applicant must complete 1,530 education hours at a vocational, trade, or private LVN school approved by the California Nursing Board—576 of these hours are in theory and 54 in pharmacology. Training includes coursework in: anatomy and physiology, psychology, communications, patient education, nutrition, growth and development, rehabilitation, maternity, and much more. The program can take anywhere from 12 to 20 months, depending on the level of commitment—part-time or full-time coursework.
Once training is complete, the student must register and pass the required test—NCLEX-PN.
Other requirements to become an LVN may include physical strength requirements, including the ability to life patients, pulling and pushing patients and machinery, and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running.
An individual can also become an LVN in the state of California by endorsement (transferring with a license from another state), in which he or she must have completed one of the following:
- Graduated from an approved LVN program
- Graduated from another state’s approved LVN/LPN program
- Completed and education and experience equivalent
- Completed the education and experience equivalent in the US military
- The applicant applying for endorsement must have received a passing score on either the NCLEX or SBTPE and submit verification of current licensure.
There are no continued education requirements for those holding an LVN license, but licenses must be renewed biennially. If the license holder fails to renew for 2 or more years, he or she will be required to complete an additional 30 hours of continued education over the next 2 years.
Learn more about California LVN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.
Additional CA Nursing Resources
California Board of Vocational Nursing
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 263-7800
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our California LVN to RN programs page.
- American Nurses Association of California (http://www.anacalifornia.org/)
- California Board of Registered Nursing (http://www.rn.ca.gov/)
- Vocational Nurse Licensure Application Forms (http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/licensing/forms.shtml)