Program Facts

Learn foundational skills to care for patients from birth to the elder years.

Program includes NCLEX-PN review to help you prepare for the licensure exam.†

Daytime 12-month program or evening/weekend 20-month program available.*


Train to become an important member of the health care team—and to qualify to pursue roles in a variety of health care settings. Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic care to patients under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and physicians.
As an LVN, you could do everything from help to feed new babies, change bandages in acute care, keep chemotherapy patients comfortable during treatment, or help older patients dress. You’ll also update patient charts and communicate important information to the rest of the health care team.

Daytime or Evening/Weekend Program Format

You can pursue your vocational nursing diploma in a full-time daytime format or part-time on evenings and weekends.

Daytime students can complete their diploma in as few as 12months.* Evening/weekend students can complete graduate in as few as 20 months.* The curriculum and clinical experiences will be the same.

Vocational Nursing Curriculum

Concorde San Diego’s vocational nursing diploma program teaches the knowledge and skills you need to prepare to serve patients with a wide range of conditions and needs. You’ll learn practical skills for taking vital signs, inserting catheters and more in the classroom. Then, you’ll apply those skills during clinical experience in a variety of real-world settings.ᶛᶛ

  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing Care
  • NCLEX Review
  • Pharmacology

Approval Statement

The Vocational Nursing program is approved by the California State Board ofVocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). Board of VocationalNursing and Psychiatric Technicians: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205,Sacramento, CA 95833; 916-263-7800. Approved by the Board of RegisteredNursing as a continuing education provider.

†Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.
*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes.