Program Overview

The nursing programs have been built upon the “ladder concept,” providing the opportunity for upward mobility, while continuing to work in a fulfilling career. At the completion of any step, you may continue or stop, go to work and return for more education later. Physical exam, TB test, and CPR are required for all programs once excepted. In addition, the clinical agencies requires background checks and drug screening.

The Registered Nursing program is  fully accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing. It is a two semester program offered every year starting spring semester. Graduates from accredited vocational nursing programs are eligible to apply. The LVN-RN program is specifically designed to provide the LVN with an opportunity for career advancement and prepares the LVN for the additional responsibilities required of the registered nurse. 

The Nursing program is separated into the three areas of education:

Why choose a career in nursing?

The demand for health care professionals is high in all areas. This need is projected to increase for at least the next 30 years and has resulted in higher wages and more diverse job opportunities. There is presently a major nursing shortage, and jobs are plentiful in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, research study programs, and more. Specialties include obstetrics, surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, intensive care, and emergency room/trauma.

  • Wages range from $9-$12/hr for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Certified Home Health Aides have reported earnings of $12-$16/hr. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered for most post-CNA courses. 
  • An entry level wage for an LVN is approximately $16-$18 per hour. Jobs are plentiful and may be found in acute hospitals, long term care facilities, physicians' offices, home health care and clinics. 
  • An entry level wage for a Registered Nurse (RN) is approximately $28-33 per hour, with veteran nurses earning $30 per hour and up. 

How do I know if nursing is right for me?

To be a nurse you need to enjoy working with people. Good communication and critical thinking skills are central to the nursing role. Nursing practice is based on scientific principles and a solid knowledge base of anatomy and physiology is important. Math skills are essential to safe medication administration. The ability to read and understand scientific literature and communicate effectively in writing are the fundamentals to success in nursing.

What if i have more questions about certification?

Registered Nursing
California State Board of Registered Nursing (B.R.N.)
PO Box 944210 Sacramento, CA 94244-2100
Ph: 916-322-3350 web address:
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (B.V.N.P.T.)
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205 Sacramento, CA 95833
Ph: 916-263-7800 web address:
Certified Nurse Assistant (includes Home Health Aide)
Aide and Technician Certification
PO Box 997416, MS3301 Sacramento, CA 958999-7377
Ph: 916-327-2445 


Health Sciences Department, Building M (RM M132)
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3384


Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Last Modified Apr 25, 2019