Vocational Nurse Program (VN)

Admission to the RN program is based on a lottery system and is extremely competitive. However, six spaces are held for students who are already LVNs. These students can then enroll in the LVN to RN bridge program. This increases the likelihood of getting into the RN program and reduces the time to complete your coursework from 24 months to 18 months. You will still need to complete all prerequisites*

Description: Upon completion of the Vocational Nursing program, graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX licensure exam. LVNs work in a variety of settings, including acute care, rehab, long-term care and doctors’ offices, clinics and in-home environments. Projected increase in need for LVNs over the 10 years between 2012 and 2022 is up to 25%.

Contact info: Alice Gilbert, Director: [email protected]

Time: 18 months

Cost: $6,500 tuition plus approx. $1,500 in additional fees; financial aid may be available.

Salary potential: $17-$29 per hour

Application and more information available online: Ukiah Adult School VN

Pre-Requisites: 18 years of age, High school diploma or equivalency, a passing score on the entrance examination (TEAS V), and ability to pass drug screening and background check.

*Registered Nurse Pre-Requisites

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sociology or Anthropology
  • English
  • Speech
  • Psychology

For more information or to sign up for classes go to https://www.mendocino.edu/ and click Apply Now in the upper right hand corner of the home page. Science classes fill quickly so be sure to register early.