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Vocational Nursing


Vocational Nursing

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$32,510 to $60,420*
Tuition and fees:
$28,371 to $34,827
Program length:
51 to 60 weeks

Prepare for a Career as a Vocational Nurse

Train to become a vocational nurse in just over a year.

Imagine a career where you touch lives every day and work as a valued member of a healthcare team. If you are interested in caring for others and making a difference, a career in vocational nursing could be for you. The medical field is growing and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and practical nurses are essential to providing quality, compassionate patient care.*

A vocational nursing school can help you turn your desire to help others and begin a successful career into reality. Brightwood College offers vocational nursing programs in Texas and California that can provide the professional skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in nursing.

Vocational Nursing Diploma and Career Training

Combining classroom learning with hands-on clinical lab experience, our nursing diploma program can prepare you to deliver direct care to patients under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse (RN).

Through a comprehensive vocational nursing program at Brightwood College, you could gain experience performing nursing duties that include:

  • Data collection
  • Basic bedside nursing
  • Wound management
  • Medication administration and documentation
  • Patient education

Experience What LVN Nursing is like with a Clinical

Mastering clinical skills is an important part of working towards a nursing career. As a part of our vocational nursing program, you will complete a clinical under the supervision of a doctor, registered nurse, or other medical professional. In your clinical, you will apply the skills and knowledge you’ve learned in class to real-world scenarios. It’s an opportunity to gain on-the-job LVN training and make connections.

Prepare for a Career as a Vocational Nurse

The goal of our vocational nursing program is to help you gain the vocational nursing skills to enter the medical field. It takes practice and patience to learn nursing concepts. That’s why our classes focus on the skills that directly apply to patient care.

Our instructors offer support and guide you in clinical simulations. In addition, our vocational nursing program incorporates professional skill development into our classes. You will gain experience performing nursing duties including:

  • Data collection
  • Basic bedside nursing
  • Wound management
  • Medication administration and documentation
  • Patient education

By earning a Vocational Nursing Diploma, you may pursue entry-level positions such as:

  • Acute care staff nurse
  • Home health nurse
  • Licensed vocational nurse (after passing state exam)†
  • Long-term care charge or staff nurse
  • Phlebotomy/blood bank nurse
  • Public school LVN/health clerk

How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

To work as a vocational nurse or practical nurse, you must earn the appropriate nursing license. Brightwood College's vocational nursing program is designed to prepare eligible graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as a vocational/practical nurse.†

California students: Vocational nursing license examination pass rates are available at

How Much Does a Vocational Nurse Make?

The demand for nurses is growing, and vocational nursing jobs are expected to grow must faster than the average for all occupations. According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average licensed vocational nurse salary is $43,170 per year.* But what makes working as a nurse a rewarding is the opportunity to brighten patients’ lives and make a difference.

Take the First Step to a Nursing Career

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a vocational nurse, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out our information form or give us a call to learn more about our vocational nursing school.

Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $44,090 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $60,420. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at (visited September 08, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Clinical/Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of the relevant campus catalog for further guidance.

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