Luz Reyes-Martin, Director of Communications
The School of Nursing at Santa Barbara City College has once again received recognition as one of the top five colleges in California offering the best Vocational Nursing Programs. TopNursing.org, which provides a step-by-step professional guide for those interested in pursuing careers in nursing, announced its rankings earlier this month. The full ranking can be viewed here.
Earlier in the year PracticalNursing.org also rated SBCC’s Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program among the top five in the state. See their ranking here.
“We are really proud of our ranking, and of our nursing students who work so diligently at being successful,” said Rosette Strandberg, Director of SBCC’s Vocational Nursing Program. Praising the dedication of the faculty, she continued, “We share a common philosophy and mission to provide a high quality vocational program that is sensitive to the individual needs of each student and our community.”
TopNursing.org ranked schools according to the following criteria: a higher pass rate of alumni in the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX); the financial aid that a school provides; and a higher number of students. Additional criteria included such factors as superior technology and world-class opportunities.
SBCC’s Vocational Nursing Program prepares students to practice as LVNs in a variety of health-related settings: skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, memory-care units, sub-acute care units, hospice and home health agencies, school districts, jails, clinics, surgery centers and physician’s offices.
According to the California Occupational Guides published by the State of California
EDD, job prospects look favorable for those who complete the program, with projections
of employment for LVN’s in California expected to grow faster than the average growth
rate for all occupations. Jobs for Licensed Vocational Nurses are expected to increase
by 20.9 percent, or 13,700 jobs between 2014 and 2024.
Describing what students can expect at SBCC, Ms. Strandberg said, “We create a close-knit
supportive family environment during the 18-month program. College resources such
as Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs
and Services (EOPS), personal counseling, and Gateway tutoring also play a vital role
in student support. When students feel supported by our college, faculty and their
peers, the more likely they are to succeed.”