Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

What will I learn in this program?

Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) – This three semester (18 months) Vocational Nursing Program prepares students for a career in vocational nursing. The program study for the certificate of completion in Vocational Nursing is designed to prepare students for employment in acute care facilities, clinics, long-term care facilities, physician’s offices, home care, and health centers. The program includes three levels of preparation representing the three full-time semesters of the program: VOCN 41 (14.5 units), VOCN 42 (15.5 units), and VOCN 43 (14.5 units). Critical thinking concepts and principles will serve as a framework for studying the nursing and behavioral sciences within a health promotion/risk reduction, multi-cultural based curriculum.  This program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Students who complete the program take a state examination for licensure in vocational nursing. The LVN program is located at John Adams Campus.  (Credit Program)

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay?  What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses


Average Demand


Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Enrollment is open to all interested students who are in good physical and mental health, and over 17 years of age.

Be a graduate of the 12th grade in high school or its equivalent (ie., GED, High  School Proficiency Examination).

Attend mandatory program orientation at John Adams campus. Application to the program will be handed out during the orientation. Program orientation is valid for one year.

File with the Vocational Nursing Department a completed application for admission to City College (for dates, see “Calendar of Instruction”).

Apply for admission to the program for the Fall semester between February 15 and May 1, and for the Spring semester, between September 15 to November 1.

Take the City College placement tests in English and Mathematics.

On the basis of the placement tests and counseling or course work, demonstrate eligibility for ENGL 93 or completion of ESL 160 and MATH 840.

Applicants must submit official transcripts. High school transcripts must show proof of completion of the 12th grade. Transcripts must be submitted in keeping with the application deadline. Applicants who are accepted in Vocational Nursing and who wish to receive credit for prior nursing education courses completed must submit official transcript within application deadline.

Admission of Certified Nurse Assistant, Board Challenge transfer students, State of California CNA certificate and completion of a CNA program from a credit-granting college within the previous 5 years qualifies a student for at least 4 units. Transfer students from other accredited L.V.N. or R.N. pro grams are accepted in the CCSF Vocational Nursing Program. Acceptance is based on equivalent nursing education and availability of space. Board challenge applicants who need required courses for state boards should contact the vocational nursing office. Credit may not be given toward satisfying the Vocational Nursing course requirement, for courses completed 5 or more years prior to application for admission.

Complete the following prerequisites within 5 years prior to enrollment with a C or higher in each class starting with Fall Semester 2006: Anatomy and Physiology course 3 units (e.g., VOCN 41E or ANAT 14, or ANAT 25, and PHYS 1 or 12)

Credit by Examination.  Applicants who qualify for admission into the Vocational Program and who have had health training courses in the military, psychiatric technician and certified nurse assistants graduates from noncredit programs who wish to receive credit, or advanced placement should contact the vocational nursing office for additional information. Admission is based on space available only.

Does this program have any special costs?

Students must buy the required textbooks for the course offerings, uniforms for the clinical setting, I.D. badge, background checks mandated by clinical sites, fingerprinting for Board of Vocational Nursing application, and application fee to take the State licensure (NCLEX-PN).

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Certificate of Achievement Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

18 Months

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department contact information:
John Adams Campus
1860 Hayes Street, Room 128, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 561-1912

Program coordinator information: 
Ann Mayer
(415) 561-1909