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Vocational Nursing Program


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The Vocational Nursing Program is designed to equip adult students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in California.  Students who successfully complete the program take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).  The program lasts 13-14 months and is divided between 1000 hours of clinical experience and 600 hours of theory.  Classroom instruction is full-time during the weekdays, with possible afternoon/evening clinical rotations.


Selection into the program is a competitive process which includes completing an application and interview.  All applicants are required to provide proof of the following:

  1. a current/valid government photo ID indicating 18 years of age;

  2. a valid Social Security Card;

  3. an official, sealed transcript(s) indicating possession of a high school diploma or equivalent (note: all foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated for US equivalency by an official US service prior to submission);

  4. an American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers card which has an expiration date through the end of the program.

Once selected for admission into the VN Program, students will be required to pay for, complete, and clear a background check, drug test, and physical examination/lab tests/titers/immunizations. 


The criteria for selection includes secondary and post-secondary educational attainment, related coursework completion, recent health-related work experience, and academic competencies.  The highest scoring students will advance to an interview process from which only 60 students will be selected for the program.    


Potential applicants can strengthen their education and work experience by doing the following:

  1. completing ROP health/medical pathway coursework in high school OR fee-based classes as an adult with semester grades of an A or B.  Examples include: Medical Careers, Body Systems & Disorders, Medical Assistant*, Medical Terminology*, Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Sports Medicine & Therapy, Principles of Biomedical Science, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovations.  Note:  courses listed above with an asterisk (*) are available to adults as fee-based classes.

  2. completing other laboratory science coursework in high school or college with semester grades of A or B.  Examples include: anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and microbiology.

  3. completing 15 or more college units or earning a degree

  4. working in a health-related field (family-related care is excluded) or health-related military experience.


Instructional units and a summary of the concepts and skills students will learn include: 

1.  Fundamentals of Nursing I:

Classroom instruction about the care of patients with simple health problems, a summary of nursing history, skills related to activity and movement, initiating nursing care, vital signs, medical terminology, ethics and legalities related to the nursing profession

2.  Fundamentals of Nursing II:

Classroom instruction, skills lab, and clinical experience in the acute/long-term care facility; safety, documentation, asepsis, anatomy and physiology overview, pre and post-op care, fluids and electrolytes, communications the grieving process, and nursing theory

3.  Pharmacology:

Medications, their source and uses, calculation of dosage and safe administration of prescribed medications, classifications of drugs according to body systems

4.  Medical-Surgical Nursing:

Nursing care and pre/post-operative care for Endocrine System patients with diseases of the thyroid, diseases of the adrenal glands, diabetes mellitus, and complications associated with these conditions

5.  Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition

Basic principles of nutrition as it relates to health and disease, assessment of the nutritional status of the hospitalized patient, and therapeutic interventions

6.  Medical-Surgical Nursing: Gastrointestinal System

Signs, symptoms, and treatment for common conditions of the esophagus, stomach, intestine and associated organs (liver, gallbladder and pancreas)

7.  Medical-Surgical Nursing: Neurosensory System

Basic neuro anatomy and physiology, intervention/management of common neurological diseases and disorders of hospitalized patients

8.  Medical-Surgical Nursing: Integumentary System

Care of patients with problems of the skin, including dermatological conditions, infections, ulcerations, tumors, dermatological and plastic reconstructive surgery

9.  Medical-Surgical Nursing: Cardiovascular

Basic cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, assessment, intervention and evaluation of cardio vascular diseases and disorders

10. Medical-Surgical Nursing: Musculoskeletal

Basic musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, care of patients with musculoskeletal problems from trauma and inflammatory diseases; pre and post-op care of patients with surgical interventions

11. Medical-Surgical Nursing: Genitourinary

Basic renal system anatomy and physiology; diagnostics, treatments, and nursing care of patients with urinary and renal diseases/disorders

12. Medical-Surgical Nursing: Respiratory

Basic respiratory anatomy and physiology; assessment of respiratory function; care of patients with respiratory diseases/disorders

13. Mental Health Nursing:

Legal and ethical issues, mental health concepts, communication and interpersonal skills, major mental disorders, addressing the psychosocial issues of the physically ill patient

14. Maternal – Child Nursing:

Male and female anatomy and physiology and development changes; stages of pregnancy and delivery complications of pregnancy; newborn care (both normal and those with disorders); contraception and sexually transmitted diseases

15. Pediatric Nursing:

Growth and development history and theory; life span development (newborn, infant, toddler, preschool child, school-age child, adolescent; nursing care of the hospitalized child, for both chronically and terminally ill children; health problems throughout life span

16. Geriatric Nursing:

The aging process; psychosocial changes and needs of the elderly; nursing care of the elderly hospitalized patient; promotion of healthy elders

17. Leadership:

Communication; legal-ethical issues in the workplace; preparation for licensure; career opportunities; professional nursing organizations; team leading and supervision

North Orange County ROP's Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the California Department of Education and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

For more information about the VN Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714-502-5950.


  • Contact Phone: (714) 502-5950
  • Prerequisite(s): Current CPR (AHA) card, no criminal convictions, valid Social Security number, completion of Fundamentals of Nursing 1 (passing with an A or B)
  • Registration Status: Closed - Will open March 2019
  • Class Location: ROP Trident Education Center, 1800 West Ball Road, Anaheim
  • Payment Types: MasterCard, Visa Card, Money Order
  • Cost: $15,000 - 20,000
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