Class Starts JANUARY 2024

Vocational Nurse

Licensing and Training


North Orange County ROP Vocational Nurse Training Program

The 2024-2025 Vocational Nurse Training Program Cohort will begin in January 2024. To apply, simply click the APPLY NOW button above. Thank you.

Certification for Vocational Nursing

The North Orange County ROP is proud to offer training to become a licensed vocational nurse. A Vocational Nursing certificate provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a licensed vocational nurse. A vocational nurse (VN) provides patient care to residents of short-term and long-term healthcare facilities. VNs must receive licensure and become licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) to work in the field and work under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or doctor. LVN duties include assisting patients in basic hygiene, monitoring patient vital signs, and providing preliminary nursing care. Licensed vocational nurses also provide emotional support for patients, and may work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, or residential care facilities. Some tasks performed by an LVN can include checking blood pressure, performing wound care, helping bathe or dress patients, helping to deliver, care for, and feed patients of all ages, administer medication, collect samples for testing, and much more. To be successful, LVNs must be compassionate and caring individuals. With a certificate in Vocational Nursing from The College of Health Care Professions, you will be able to receive your vocational nursing license and enter the workforce as an LVN.

Program Outcome:

Students who successfully complete the program will be assisted with the application process to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

North Orange County ROP’s Vocational Nurse Training Program is approved by the California Department of Education and licensed by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. All North Orange County ROP courses are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Employment Outlook: Dental Assisting Median Pay: $21.61 Job Outlook: 11% increase in the next 10 years

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the start date for the LVN course? What about the schedule?

A: We will start the Vocational Nurse Training Program on January 18, 2024. This is a full-time Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. program.  Occasional evenings/weekends may be required depending on facility availability


Q: Is your program accredited?

A: All North Orange County ROP courses are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Q: What are the program minimum requirements?

A: Minimum Program Requirements

  • Current/valid government photo ID indicating the prospective student is 18 years of age or older
  • Valid Social Security Card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Official, sealed transcript(s) indicating possession of a high school diploma or equivalent. All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated for US equivalency by an official US service before submission.
  • Medical Terminology course or equivalent with a C or better
  • Anatomy and Physiology course or equivalent with a C or better
  • Valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support card. Certification must stay current throughout the program.
  • Cumulative score of 70% or higher on the HESI Admission Assessment Exam. Opportunities for testing will be available during the admission process.


Q: What is the total cost of the program and is there any payment option?

A: The total cost of the program is $19,550 with the first payment of $3,910 due one week before the start of class.  Four additional payments of $3,910 are spread throughout the program.


Q: Do you offer financial aid for the cost of the program?

A: Unfortunately, we currently do not offer financial aid for this program. The cost of the program is paid out of pocket by the students.


There are scholarship opportunities that may be available to you, though. It may take a little bit of research on your part but foundations and businesses are a great place to begin your search. I have listed a few below:

  • The Doyle Foundation
  • Local Credit Unions (ex: School’s First FCU – Member Education Award Scholarship)
  • Businesses provide scholarships (ex: Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship)

Also, check out Register with your profile and this site will search for you.

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM NOCROP: All courses and facility training partners will follow COVID-19 safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Governor’s office, California Department of Public Health, and the Orange County Health Care AgencyRecommendations may include, but are not limited to, full COVID-19 vaccination status before participating in onsite clinical training or externships. Please take this into consideration prior to enrolling/registering for classes.