The LVN program-a part-time. two-year program which includes summers. (a predominately weeknight/weekend program.Â )
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The Licensed Vocational Nursing Program at MiraCosta College was founded in January 1965, and is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technicians. The curriculum is designed to prep the Certified Nursing Assistant to function as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Students must complete 1536 hours in classroom and clinical experience in order to be eligible to take the state board examination.
LVN graduates have a 92% pass rate on the State Board Exam!
Graduates of this program have successfully found employment. The annual salary for Licensed Vocational Nurses, according to the Department of Labor May, 2003 is approximately $39,000. They may seek employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physiciansâ€™ offices, industry, public health agencies or various governmental agencies. The Licensed Vocational Nurse may also work at private duty in hospitals or homes.
MiraCosta College article
Aspiring registered nurses will have another place to acquire their credentials now that MiraCosta College plans to offer an academic and professional training program.
Palomar, San Diego City, Southwestern and Grossmont colleges, as well as San Diego State University and Cal State San Marcos, already offer RN programs. Nevertheless, the number of applicants to MiraCosta’s new program shows a continuing need for more opportunities for students.
Despite the increases, California still lags when it comes to the ratio of nurses to patients. The state now has 647 registered nurses for every 100,000 patients â€” far less than the national average of 825 nurses.
The report predicts the state will face a shortage of registered nurses in coming years â€” as many as 47,600 by 2010 and 116,600 by 2020. The shortages are expected to be driven in part by the retirement of baby-boomer nurses and as more baby boomers in general seek increased medical care.
At MiraCosta College, the addition of an RN program rounds out its other course offerings in nursing. The college already has a licensed vocational nursing program, as well as a nurse’s aide program. MiraCosta also offers a program for LVNs who want to become registered nurses. But it doesn’t have an RN program for people with no prior training or experience in nursing.
The college’s new RN program, which will cost students about $2,000, was approved in September by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Comstock said. The approval was needed before the college could offer the program.
â€œWe think we have a good relationship with hospitals in North County, and we try to provide the best, most realistic (training) environment for students,â€ Comstock said.(source)