Prospective Students

LVN Information Sheet

Click here to view or download the Vocational Nursing Program Information Sheet for the January 2015 Class

If you still have questions after reading the LVN Information Sheet, please call to set up an appointment with a counselor, at 707-253-3040, to discuss your questions.

The Program
The courses are designed to prepare qualified men and women to practice Vocational Nursing. The program at Napa Valley College is a patient-centered course operated in cooperation with community hospitals. The regular Vocational Nursing Program has been extended to 23 months to accommodate the working student. The class meets two full days per week (Thursdays and Fridays). A new session will begin in the Spring, every 2 years.

The college grants a certificate in Vocational Nursing after completion of the program, and the student is eligible to take the examination for licensure. The academic subjects for both the Certificate and Associate in Science Degree are offered at NVC.

Employment Opportunities
Vocational nurses perform basic nursing services under the supervision of a licensed physician or registered nurse. They may work in public or private hospitals, public health agencies, and more commonly in doctor’s offices, long-term care/ skilled nursing facilities or for private individuals. Opportunities are available for both men and women in vocational nursing.

Cost of the Program
Please click here  for a breakdown of estimated costs for the entire program. Please keep in mind these are only estimated costs and may increase.

While waiting to enter the program, students are encouraged to take the following courses: ENGL 60 (Study & Test Taking Skills); HEOC 172 (Nutrition); PSYCH 125 (Human Development).

Admission Requirements
(All new admission, re-admission and advanced placement applicants will follow this procedure)

  • Complete an application for admission to the college. (You can only do this online at
  • Complete the matriculation requirements of English and Math assessment and college orientation. Contact Counseling if you have any questions at 707-253-3040.  Then contact the Learning Skills and Testing Center at 707-253-3270 for testing.
  • Completion of all Prerequisite courses before submitting application for LVN program. Applications will not be accepted without meeting this requirement. 
  • Submit to Admissions & Records at the time of application or prior official verification (transcripts) high school graduation or equivalent (GED, CHSPE, or AA/AS or a higher degree). All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an International Evaluation Service prior to Submission of application, and supply NVC with a certificate from the International Evaluator. Admission & Records or Health Occupations has the forms needed to submit your official transcripts for evaluation.

Please refer to the Information Sheet for the most up to date information regarding general information and application requirements for the LVN program.

You will then be required to:

  • Take part in a mandatory orientation meeting (date to be announced by mail).
  • Submit a current physical, and immunization record (Tetanus, MMR, Hep B, Varicella & PPD) or Titers:  Immunization Info and Physical Form 2014.pdf
  • Show proof of current CPR (AHA Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer ONLY


Certificate Requirement – 51 Units   




CNA (current)

Certified Nurses Aide

HEOC 100

Anatomy & Physiology


HEOC 101






First Semester


NURS 131

Vocational Nursing


HEOC 172






Second Semester


NURS 132

Vocational Nursing


PSYC 125

Human Development





Third Semester


NURS 233

Vocational Nursing





Above courses complete VN Certification.

Fourth Semester (For an Associate of Science Degree, a Fourth semester is taken)

Natural Science






English Composition






Communication & Analytical Thinking






All applicants meeting these requirements will be eligible for provisional acceptance into the program. The first 30 applicants certified eligible will be accepted for admission to the program and will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

1.    Certificate Program: NURS 131, 132, 233; HEOC 100, 101, 172 & PSYC 125 (meets eligibility for State Board Examination)

2.    A.S. Degree: All courses listed above – All four semesters (66 units – GPA 2.0) for required courses, see AA/AS Program planning sheet for AS Degree or see a counselor.

3.    Transfer to a four-year college: Consult the catalog of the college of your choice and a Napa Valley College counselor for specific requirements


Program Contacts
Janice Ankenmann, RN, MSN, CCRN,FNP
VN Program Coordinator