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.

  • LVN Programs in California

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    Advanced College
    13180 Paramount Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280
    (562) 408-6969 Visit Homepage
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    Allan Hancock College
    800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454
    (805) 922-6966 Visit Homepage
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    Allied Medical & Health Services, Inc.
    730 S. Central Ave Ste 208, Glendale, CA 91204
    (818) 637-7871 Visit Homepage
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    American Career College at St. Francis
    3680 E Imperial Hwy, Lynwood, CA 90262
    (310) 900-8050 Visit Homepage
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    American Career College, Los Angeles
    4021 Rosewood Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
    (323) 668-7555 Visit Homepage
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    American Career College, Ontario
    3130 Sedona Ct, Ontario, CA 91764
    (909) 218-3253 Visit Homepage
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    American Career College, Orange County
    1200 N Magnolia Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 763-9066 Visit Homepage
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    American College of Nursing
    1855 Gateway Blvd # 180, Concord, CA 94520
    (925) 689-9900 Visit Homepage
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    American Medical Sciences Center
    225 W Broadway #115, Glendale, CA 91204
    (818) 240-6900 Visit Homepage
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    Angeles College
    3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 487-2211 Visit Homepage
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    Angeles Institute
    11688 South Street, Suite 205, Artesia, CA 90701
    (562) 531-4100 Visit Homepage
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    Annenberg School of Nursing
    19300 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335
    (818) 757-4431 Visit Homepage
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    Antelope Valley College
    3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536
    (661) 722-6300 Visit Homepage
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    Bakersfield Adult School
    501 South Mount Vernon, Bakersfield, CA 93307
    (661) 835-1855 Visit Homepage
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    Bakersfield College
    1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305
    (661) 395-4011 Visit Homepage
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    Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
    8265 Aspen Ave Suite 100, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
    (909) 980-6490 Visit Homepage
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    Beaumont Adult School
    1575 Cherry Avenue, Beaumont, CA 92223
    (951) 845-6012 Visit Homepage
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    Blake Austin College
    611 Orange Drive Suite K, Vacaville, CA 95687
    (707) 455-0557 Visit Homepage
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    Butte College
    3536 Butte Campus Dr, Oroville, CA 95965
    (530) 895-2511 Visit Homepage
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    California Career College
    7003 Owensmouth Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303
    (818) 710-1310 Visit Homepage
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    California Career Institute Nursing
    12141 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92841
    (714) 539-5959 Visit Homepage
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    California Nurses Educational Institute
    5200 Ramon Rd #1, Palm Springs, CA 92264
    (760) 416-5955 Visit Homepage
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    Career Care Institute
    43770 15th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534
    (661) 942-6204 Visit Homepage
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    Career Care Institute, Moreno Valley
    22500 Town Circle, Suite 2205, Moreno Valley, CA 92553
    (951) 214-6446 Visit Homepage
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    Career Care Institute, Ventura
    43770 15th Street West, Suite 115, Lancaster, CA 93534
    (661) 942-6204 Visit Homepage
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    Career Development Institute
    1830 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
    (310) 559-0225 Visit Homepage
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    Carrington College Pleasant Hill
    380 Civic Drive, Suite 300, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    (925) 298-6299 Visit Homepage
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    Carrington College Sacramento
    8909 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95826
    (916) 585-7770 Visit Homepage
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    Carrington College San Jose
    6201 San Ignacio Ave., San Jose, CA 95119
    (408) 337-3829 Visit Homepage
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    Casa Loma College, Anaheim
    12540 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
    (310) 220-3111 Visit Homepage
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    Casa Loma College, Van Nuys
    6725 Kester Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405
    (818) 785-2726 Visit Homepage
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    Cerro Coso College
    3000 College Heights Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    (760) 384-6100 Visit Homepage
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    CES College
    401 S Glenoaks Blvd #211, Burbank, CA 91502
    (818) 563-9822 Visit Homepage
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    Chaffey College
    5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
    (909) 652-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
    5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824
    (916) 643-7400 Visit Homepage
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    Citrus College
    1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA 91741
    (626) 963-0323 Visit Homepage
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    City College of San Francisco
    50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
    (415) 239-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Clovis Adult Education School
    1452 David E Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611
    (559) 327-2800 Visit Homepage
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    CNI College
    702 Town and Country Rd, Orange, CA 92868
    (888) 982-0420 Visit Homepage
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    College of Nursing & Technology
    18700 Sherman Way #203, Reseda, CA 91335
    (818) 343-1022 Visit Homepage
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    College of the Desert
    43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 346-8041 Visit Homepage
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    College of the Redwoods
    7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, CA 95501
    (707) 476-4100 Visit Homepage
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    College of the Redwoods, Del Norte Education Center
    883 W. Washington Blvd, Crescent City, CA 95531
    (707) 464-7457 Visit Homepage
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    College of the Siskiyous
    800 College Ave, Weed, CA 96094
    (530) 938-5555 Visit Homepage
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    Colton Redlands Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
    1214 Indiana Ct, Redlands, CA 92374
    (909) 793-3115 Visit Homepage
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    Concorde Career College, Garden Grove
    12951 S Euclid St #101, Garden Grove, CA 92840
    (714) 703-1900 Visit Homepage
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    Concorde Career College, North Hollywood
    12412 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606
    (818) 766-8151 Visit Homepage
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    Concorde Career College, San Bernardino
    201 East Airport Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408
    (909) 884-8891 Visit Homepage
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    Concorde Career College, San Diego
    4393 Imperial Ave., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92113
    (619) 688-0800 Visit Homepage
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    Copper Mountain College
    6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    (760) 366-3791 Visit Homepage
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    Cuesta College
    Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
    (805) 546-3100 Visit Homepage
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    Curam College of Nursing
    6520 44th St, Sacramento, CA 95823
    (916) 427-4400 Visit Homepage
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    Downey Adult School
    12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, CA 90241
    (562) 940-6200 Visit Homepage
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    Eastern Sierra College Center
    101 College Parkway, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
    (760) 934-2875 Visit Homepage
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    El Monte – Rosemead Adult School
    10807 Ramona Blvd, El Monte, CA 91731
    (626) 258-5800 Visit Homepage
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    Feather River College
    570 Golden Eagle Ave, Quincy, CA 95971
    (530) 283-0202 Visit Homepage
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    Fresno Adult School
    2500 Stanislaus St, Fresno, CA 93721
    (559) 457-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Gavilan Community College
    5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020
    (408) 848-4800 Visit Homepage
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    Glendale Career College
    240 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
    (818) 243-1131 Visit Homepage
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    Grossmont Health Occupations Center
    9368 Oakbourne Rd, Santee, CA 92071
    (619) 956-4300 Visit Homepage
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    Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, Concord
    1401 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520
    (925) 687-9555 Visit Homepage
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    Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, Fresno
    7335 North Palm Bluffs Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711
    (559) 222-1903 Visit Homepage
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    Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, Modesto
    4712 Stoddard Road, Suite 200, Modesto, CA 95356
    (209) 521-1821 Visit Homepage
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    Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, San Mateo
    2121 South El Camino Real, Building C-200, San Mateo, CA 94403
    (650) 685-6616 Visit Homepage
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    Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
    14101 E Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91746
    (626) 934-2801 Visit Homepage
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    Hartnell Community College
    411 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901
    (831) 755-6700 Visit Homepage
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    High Desert Medical College
    701 W Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93534
    (661) 940-9300 Visit Homepage
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    Homestead Schools, Inc.
    23800 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90505
    (310) 791-9975 Visit Homepage
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    Imperial Valley Community College
    380 E Aten Rd, Imperial, CA 92251
    (760) 352-8320 Visit Homepage
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    Inland Career Education Center
    1200 North E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405
    (909) 388-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Institute of Technology - Redding
    1755 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA 96002
    (888) 319-7180 Visit Homepage
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    Lassen Community College
    478-200 Hwy 139, Susanville, CA 96130
    (530) 257-6181 Visit Homepage
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    Long Beach City College
    4901 Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808
    (562) 938-4111 Visit Homepage
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    Los Medanos Community College
    2700 E Leland Rd, Pittsburg, CA 94565
    (925) 439-2181 Visit Homepage
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    Madera Community College Center
    30277 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638
    (559) 675-4866 Visit Homepage
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    Marian College - Los Angeles
    3325 Wilshire Boulevard, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 388-3566 Visit Homepage
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    Marian College - Van Nuys
    5900 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 101, Van Nuys, CA 91411
    (818) 782-6163 Visit Homepage
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    Merced Community College
    3600 M St, Merced, CA 95348
    (209) 384-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Mira Costa College
    1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
    (760) 757-2121 Visit Homepage
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    Mission College
    3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (408) 988-2200 Visit Homepage
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    Mt. San Jacinto Community College
    1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, CA 92583
    (951) 487-6752 Visit Homepage
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    Napa Valley Community College
    2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 253-3000 Visit Homepage
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    North Orange County ROP
    385 N Muller St, Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 502-5800 Visit Homepage
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    North West College - Long Beach
    3799 E Burnett St., Long Beach, CA 90815
    (562) 546-5171 Visit Homepage
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    North-West College - Pasadena
    530 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 389-8536 Visit Homepage
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    North-West College - Pomona Valley
    134 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
    (909) 236-7106 Visit Homepage
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    North-West College - Riverside
    4550 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505
    (951) 324-4157 Visit Homepage
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    North-West College - West Covina
    2121 W. Garvey Ave. North, West Covina, CA 91790
    (626) 343-5266 Visit Homepage
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    Oikos University
    7850 Edgewater Dr., Oakland, CA 94621
    (510) 639-7879 Visit Homepage
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    Pacific College
    7445 Mission Valley Road, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92108
    (510) 639-7879 Visit Homepage
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    Palo Verde Community College
    1 College Dr, Blythe, CA 92225
    (760) 921-5500 Visit Homepage
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    Pasadena City College
    1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
    (626) 585-7123 Visit Homepage
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    Platt College - Alhambra
    1000 South Fremont Avenue, Building A9W, Alhambra, CA 91803
    (626) 300-5444 Visit Homepage
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    Porterville College
    100 E. College Ave., Porterville, CA 93257
    (559) 791-2200 Visit Homepage
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    Premiere Career College
    12901 Ramona Blvd, Irwindale, CA 91706
    (626) 814-2080 Visit Homepage
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    Professional Medical Careers Institute
    920 Hampshire Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361
    (866) 500-6274 Visit Homepage
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    Rio Hondo College
    3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601
    (562) 908-3415 Visit Homepage
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    Riverside City College
    4800 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92506
    (951) 222-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Sacramento City College
    3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822
    (916) 558-2111 Visit Homepage
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    Saint Joseph’s School of Nursing
    816 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93536
    (661) 726-5060 Visit Homepage
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    San Joaquin Delta College
    5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207
    (209) 954-5151 Visit Homepage
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    San Joaquin Valley College - Fresno
    295 E Sierra Ave, Fresno, CA 93710
    (559) 448-8282 Visit Homepage
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    Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield
    5300 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309
    (661) 835-1100 Visit Homepage
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    Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
    34275 Monterey Avenue, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
    (760) 341-2602 Visit Homepage
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    Santa Barbara Business College - Santa Maria
    303 East Plaza Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454
    (805) 922-8256 Visit Homepage
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    Santa Barbara City College
    721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
    (805) 965-0581 Visit Homepage
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    Santa Rosa Junior College
    1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    (707) 527-4011 Visit Homepage
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    Shasta College
    11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003
    (530) 242-7500 Visit Homepage
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    Southern California Medical College
    3611 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93309
    (661) 832-2786 Visit Homepage
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    Southwestern College
    900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (619) 421-6700 Visit Homepage
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    Stanbridge University
    2041 Business Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
    (949) 794-9090 Visit Homepage
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    Summit College - Anaheim
    1360 South Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805-6205
    (714) 635-6232 Visit Homepage
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    Summit College - Colton
    851 South Cooley Drive, Colton, CA 92324
    (909) 954-3208 Visit Homepage
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    Tri-County ROP
    970 Klamath Ln, Yuba City, CA 95993
    (530) 822-5120 Visit Homepage
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    Trinity School of Health and Allied Sciences
    1149 West 190th Street, Suite 2000, Gardena, CA 90248
    (310) 834-3065 Visit Homepage
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    Tulare Adult School
    575 W Maple Ave, Tulare, CA 93274
    (559) 686-0225 Visit Homepage
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    Ukiah Adult School
    1056 N Bush St, Ukiah, CA 95482
    (707) 463-5217 Visit Homepage
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    Unitek College - Fremont
    4670 Auto Mall Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
    (888) 775-1514 Visit Homepage
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    Unitek College - Hayward
    21615 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
    (800) 611-4054 Visit Homepage
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    Unitek College - South San Francisco
    257 Longford Drive, Rm 5, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    (650) 871-0701 Visit Homepage
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    Unitek College, Sacramento
    1111 Howe Ave #300, Sacramento, CA 95825
    (888) 735-4355 Visit Homepage
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    Unitek College, Santa Clara
    1901 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
    (888) 775-1514 Visit Homepage
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    University of Antelope Valley
    44055 Sierra Hwy, Lancaster, CA 93534
    (661) 726-1911 Visit Homepage
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    Visalia Adult School
    3110 E Houston Ave, Visalia, CA 93292
    (559) 730-7655 Visit Homepage
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    West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Beverly Hills
    291 S La Cienega Blvd #500, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    (310) 289-5123 Visit Homepage
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    West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
    3700 E. Inland Empire Blvd. Suite 235, Ontario, CA 91764
    (909) 483-3808 Visit Homepage
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    WestMed College - Merced
    330 E Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95340
    (209) 386-6300 Visit Homepage
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    WestMed College - San Jose
    3031 Tisch Way, San Jose, CA 95128
    (408) 236-1170 Visit Homepage
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    Xavier College
    1130 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 941-0968 Visit Homepage
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    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

    And:

    • 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
    http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/

    1. American Nurses Association of California (http://www.anacalifornia.org/)
    2. California Board of Registered Nursing (http://www.rn.ca.gov/)
    3. Vocational Nurse Licensure Application Forms (http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/licensing/forms.shtml)

     

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our California LVN to RN programs page.