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Licensed Vocational Nursing

The Vocational Nursing program consists of Nurs 131, Nurs 132, and Nurs 233. This program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). 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. 

Catalog Information

LVN Program Information Sheet

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  • Director of Nursing

The LVN Application Period for 2023 is now closed.

The next Vocational Nursing Program (Extended Format only)  will begin a new class in Spring 2023 (January). Applicants with completed applications will be randomly selected for the 30 available seats.

Announcement: At this time, the Health Occupations Division does not have a VN to ADN bridge program and does not anticipate one in the near future. 

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

View 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).


The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the State of California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) a division of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

The mailing address and contact number is:

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA  95833
Phone: (916) 263-7800

Additional information regarding accreditation, including the process to file complaints, can be found at: