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Vocational Nurse Certificate Program

The 13-month Vocational Nurse Certificate Program focuses on nursing outcomes and evidence-based practices. The curriculum is a combination of classroom study and hands-on clinical training in the field to gain real-world experience. The program prepares and qualifies you to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Vocational Nurses to obtain your licensure a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilize the nursing process in assessing, evaluating, planning and implementing nursing care.
  • Collaborate with the healthcare team to promote and maintain health.
  • Provide safe, effective, and individualized care for diverse patients.
  • Uphold ethical and legal standards, including the safeguard of Patient Health Information (PHI).

Employment Prospects:

Employment for LVNs is expected to increase by 21 percent through 2018, which translates into a projected 909,200 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As healthcare expands outside the traditional hospital setting due to advances in technology, and the number of aged and disabled persons in need of long-term care rises, LVNs will continue to be in high-demand. The Vocational Nursing profession is an ideal entryway into generalized nursing and optimal for patient-centered, compassionate, observant and team-oriented personalities. Most importantly, WestMed College reaches beyond the classroom to provide job placement assistance for our graduates.

Job Responsibilities:

Doctors and Registered Nurses (RNs) rely on LVNs to care for sick and injured patients, including the disabled, geriatric population, and infants. LVNs provide basic bedside care, assist with tests and procedures, and monitor and report on their patients’ progress. An LVN can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including: a nursing home, physician office, clinic, hospital, home healthcare, outpatient care center, or government agency.

Advancement Opportunities:

  • Obtain additional certification in specialties, such as WestMed College's IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal program
  • Complete continuing education classes designed to increase skills.
  • Transition to become an RN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from National University. WestMed College provides a VN-to-RN bridge program for students.

For more information:

  • View a PDF of the Vocational Nursing Student Clinical Handbook: click on the link under "Related Downloads" at the top right of this page.
  • Request more information

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