Licensed Vocational Nurse Program, offered through Lompoc Adult Education. This program received a four-year accreditation on its first try. In November 2007, the program graduated its first class.
The class started with 14 students. Eight graduated. The next class starts in April and there are already 85 applicants for the 15 spots. This program allows working people with families a way to continue their education while still helping to provide for their families.
Lompoc Adult Education
515 W College Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436
Other programs are full time, which means you can’t work and go to school. This program is ideal because classes are in the evenings and on Friday and Saturday, making it possible to juggle work, family and school. LVN students must complete 1,530 hours – 576 hours of theory and 954 clinical hours – in 18 months to graduate.“
The LVN program’s partners include the Lompoc Valley Medical Center, the Convalescent Care Center, Sansum Clinic, state preschools through Santa Barbara County offices and the Santa Barbara County Health Clinic. Having partners such as these helped in the accreditation by allowing the program to provide access to clinical experience that otherwise would not have been possible for such a small program.
In the nursing hierarchy, LVN are right in the middle with certified nursing assistants (CNAs) requiring less training and having fewer duties and registered nurses (RNs) requiring more training and having greater duties. While CNAs can be certified after completing a 12-week or 160-hour program, LVNs must complete 1,530 hours of theory and clinical training. RNs require either a bachelor’s degree or completion of accredited programs.
Adult LVN program admission is competitive. Candidates must apply and meet certain criteria: They need to have a high school diploma or the GED and be an active CNA. They must also take a test for occupational math and language skills. If they have met the criteria and passed the tests, they are then invited to an interview, after which the students are ranked.