FAQs

What are the requirements for admission?

  1. Attend program orientation at John Adams Campus
  2. An official U.S. accredited high school transcript showing completion of the 12th grade, G.E.D. or U.S. high school equivalent
  3. City College of San Francisco Credit Placement Test in Math & English
  4. Eligibility for English 93 or completion of ESL 160 from CCSF
  5. Eligibility for math 840 or higher from CCSF
  6. Anatomy & Physiology from school accredited by WASC.  The course must be at least 3 units, and with a C grade or better completed within the last 5 years.
  7. 17 years of age or older

 

Who gives the licensure examination for LVNs?

The examination for licensure as a licensed vocational nurse shall be the NCLEX-PN examination of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

 

Where can I find information regarding the LVN program's NCLEX-PN pass rate?

You can access the LVN program's pass rate by going to www.bvnpt.ca.gov.

 

What will this program do for me?

This program will prepare students with all the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the State of California.  Completion of the program will allow students to apply for the licensure examination for LVNs called the NCLEX-PN.  Passing this examination provide program graduates with a license to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

 

What 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, schools, home care and community health facilities.

 

How much can I earn in this career?

An average of $16.50 to 21.50 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 Occupational Outlook Handbook for current information on salary and job prospects.

 

How 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.

 

What time of day are classes offered?

All theory classes are taught during daytime class hours.  Clinical days and hours vary.

 

Where will classes be held?

            John Adams Campus

            1860 Hayes Street,

            San Francisco, CA 94117.

 

What 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 Act (#2866):

Qualifications of Applicants:

  1. An applicant for a licensed vocational nurse license shall comply with each of the following:
  2. Be at least 17 years of age.
  3. Have successfully completed at least an approved course of study through the 12th grade or the equivalent thereof as specified by the Board.
  4. Have successfully completed the prescribed course of study in an accredited school of vocational nursing of 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.
  5. Not be subject to denial of licensure under Section 480.  (Amended by Stats.  1990, Ch. 520, Sec. 1.)

 

How 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 44.5 units.  Additionally, students are required to pay a $17 fee each semester for Student Health Services.  Texbooks, uniforms, physical examinations, background check, fingerprinting and CPR card will cost approximately $1,000.