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The Vocational Nursing Program is a two-semester program, following the completion of prerequisite courses. It is designed to prepare students for employment as a Vocational Nurse, giving care to patients in a variety of settings, such as acute hospitals, extended care facilities, home health care, surgical centers, and medical offices. The program is accredited by the California State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Students who complete the curriculum, and achieve the career certificate, are qualified to apply for the examination leading to licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
Before applying, prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade “C” with an overall College GPA of 2.5 or better.
|Academic Requirements for Applicants|
|Reading 043 Reading College Textbooks (or equivalent - see a counselor)|
|Math 033 Pre-Algebra (or equivalent - see a counselor)|
|English 035 Introduction to College Composition (or equivalent - see a counselor)|
|HS 060 Health Science Core- 7 year recency on course|
|Psy 101 Introduction to Psychology- 7 year recency on course|
|ENGL 101 College Composition and Research
|READ 134 Effective Study Methods|
Educational requirements for program application –
Proof of graduation from an accredited high school in the U.S.A. by transcript, diploma, or official international evaluation; or Associate or Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.A.; or documentation of passing score on the GED (General Education Development) exam.
Students must meet the admission requirements and pass all academic courses with a grade “C” or better. Completion of Reading 43, English 35, Math 33, or equivalent, with a grade “C” or better, or exemption through Multiple Measures (see a counselor for evaluation), or assessment testing. LVN Certificate of Achievement Advising Sheet
If you graduated from high school and/or college in another country, please have your transcripts evaluated by a private International Evaluation Service. Official documents should be sent to Rio Hondo College Admissions and Records Office.
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians requires a valid social security number (SSN)for licensure. “Disclosure of your social security number is mandatory. Section 30 of the Business and Professions Code and Public Law 94-455 [(42 USCA (c)(2)(C))] authorizes collection of your social security number. Your social security number will be used exclusively for tax enforcement purposes and for purposes of compliance with any judgment or order for family support in accordance with Section 17520 of the Family Code, or for verification of licensure or examination status by a licensing or examination entity which utilizes a national examination and where licensure is reciprocal with the requesting state. If you fail to disclose your social security number, your application for initial license will not be processed and you will be reported to the Franchise Tax Board.” The California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians will also accept an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the LVN License.
The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians should be consulted for qualifications for licensure for legal residents without Social Security Numbers or Individual Tax Identification Numbers. The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician can be reached at 916.263.7800 or at https://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/contact.shtml.
Applicants who are interested in the Nursing Programs should attend a Nursing Information Session to discuss prerequisites, general education requirements, assessment tests, and the application/selection process.
09/03/20 – 9/25/20 for Spring 2021
How to Apply:
- Apply to Rio Hondo College to obtain Student Identification Number (ID).
- Submit All official Transcripts to Admissions and Records. All transcripts must be sent directly from college to college.
- Submit Nursing Application to the Health Science and Nursing Division (S207), along with required documentation from the nursing checklist by the deadline date. click here for nursing application
- Transcripts from another country must be evaluated from a NACES approved agency and sent directed to Admissions and Records by the company.
Admissions and Records address:
Rio Hondo College
Admissions and Records
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
NOTE: Applying online to RIO HONDO COLLEGE serves as admission to the college not as admission to the Nursing Programs.
The Vocational Nursing Program uses a random selection process for all applicants meeting the requirements, which include the following;
High school Diploma, GED or equivalent. (attach copy of diploma, transcripts, or copy of certificate with VN application
All college transcripts are to be sent directly to RHC Admission and Records office, by previous colleges or institutions attended.
Health Science Core 60 (or Anatomy w/Lab) Note – 7 year recency on course
Psychology 101 (General or Introduction) Note – 7 year recency on course
Basic Skills in Math, Reading and English (or meeting Multiple Measures criteria, Assessment Score exemption, or Equivalent Course completed, or Associate Degree or higher)