will this program do for me?
This program will prepare students to sit for the State Board Examinations.
Passing this examination provides program graduates with a license to
practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
kind of job can I get once I complete the program?
Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses work for acute care hospitals,
convalescent hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician's offices, home
care and community health facilities.
much can I earn in this career?
An average of $13.00 to $15.00 an hour can be earned as a LVN, depending
on the area of employment selected. Generally, the pay is less in convalescent
facilities, but job opportunities are more plentiful. Please refer to
Outlook Handbook for current information on salary and
long will the program take?
City College of San Francisco offers an 18-month LVN training program
which includes a break for ten weeks during the summer and approximately
one month during the Christmas holidays. Instruction is held Monday
through Friday or Saturday.
will classes be held?
Instruction is held at the John Adams Campus at 1860 Hayes Street, with
clinical sessions offered at local Bay Area Hospitals.
do I get more information?
Call (415) 561-1912. Or visit the department
Web page: Department of Licensed Vocational Nursing.
time of day are classes offered?
Classroom instruction is held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., two days
per week. Clinical sessions are also held two days per week, from 6:45
a.m. to 3:15 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
do classes start?
Classes begin each Fall Semester in August and each Spring Semester
do I enroll?
Contact the Office of Vocational Nursing for enrollment instructions.
are the requirements for certification?
For Program Certification, graduates must complete 85% of the objectives
for each course and must demonstrate safe practice. For State License,
see the following excerpt from the California Vocational Nurse Practice
An applicant for a licensed vocational nurse license shall comply with
each of the following:
(a) Be at least 17 years of age.
(b) Have successfully completed at least an approved course of study
through the 12th grade or the equivalent thereof as specified by the
(c) Have successfully completed the prescribed course of study in an
accredited school of vocational nursing or have graduated from a school
which, in the opinion of the Board, maintains and gives a course which
is equivalent to the minimum requirements for an accredited school of
vocational nursing in the state.
(d) Not be subject to denial of licensure under Section 480. (Amended
by Stats. 1990, Ch. 520, Sec. 1.)
much money can I expect to spend?
Please refer to Tuition
Information for specifics on costs. Financial
Aid is available for those who qualify. You may also
call the Financial Aid Office at (415) 239-3576. The program requires
completion of 50 units. Additionally, students are required to pay a
$10 fee each semester for Student Health Services. Textbooks, uniforms,
physical examinations and CPR card will cost approximately $1,000.
About the Perlita Perocho Mendoza Becker Award
Students who will graduate from the City College of San Francisco's
Vocational Nursing Program and meet the requirements below are eligible
to apply for the About the Perlita Perocho Mendoza Becker Award sponsored
by Theresa Mostasia. This award was first established in December 2002
and has since been distributed to graduates. This award is in honor
of Perlita Mendoza Becker, a mother , a nurse and instructor who had
been battling cancer. Perlita has unselfishly contributed her life
to caring for her family and others. As a nurse and instructor, she
exuded courage and perseverance that students can appreciate. The recipient
of the award will be announced and presented a certificate of recognition
on graduation night and receive one hundred dollars.
Requirements for eligibility
Students must:Be a CCSF Vocational Nursing Graduate
Be in good academic standing
Submit completed application to CCSF Vocational Nursing Office by
Write in their own words a 250 word essay on the topic of "Caring
for Someone with Cancer"
Agree to relinquish all rights to their essay (All essays non-returnable)
Attach essay to this application
Selection of the Recipient
The recipient of the award is
based on recommendation by the Perlita Peroch Mendoza Becker Committee.
The selected recipient will be announced during graduation.
For any inquiries, please call Theresa Mostasisa, sponsor for the
Perlita Perocho Mendoza Becker Award at (415)561-1912.