Vocational Nursing Program

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The Vocational Nursing program is a full time 3-semester program with a summer break.  A new cohort of students begins every 18 months. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a Certificate of Achievement in Vocational Nursing, and are eligible to receive an Associate of Science Degree in Vocational Nursing if all college AS degree requirements are met.


The Vocational Nursing program prepares applicants to practice as competent, compassionate and ethical Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). The program provides a high quality vocational education program which is sensitive to the diverse needs of our students and our community. We facilitate educational access and academic excellence through a learner-centered nursing program, and prepare students to successfully pass the National Licensing Exam (NCLEX PN) and to practice Vocational Nursing 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. 

The VN program accepts applications year-round from applicants who have completed the program requirements.  The next cohort begins on January 10th 2022.  Following this, the next cohort begins in August 2023.  The seats are filled in the order of received completed applications.   A waitlist is maintained when we receive more applications than seats.  Submit applications and questions to ljmichalak@pipeline.sbcc.edu  See application procedure


CAREER OUTLOOK: The projections of employment for LVN’s in California is expected to grow faster than 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 according to the California Occupational Guides published by the State of California EDD. The median wage in 2016 for Licensed Vocational Nurses in California was $52,743 annually, or $25.36 hourly.  http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/OccGuides/Detail.aspx?Soccode=292061&geography=0604000071

Vocational Nursing Learning Outcomes

  • Take and pass the licensure exam.

  • Function within the scope of practice of LVN, as outlined by the California Board of Vocational Nurses.

  • Practice within professional and legal standards, ethical principles and demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural differences of patients.

  • Apply the nursing process by collaboratively assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care and teaching maintenance of health and prevention of disease.

  • Apply principles of oral, written and verbal communication to convey relevant, accurate and complete information.

  • Provide compassionate holistic nursing care by maintaining patients’ psychological safety and acting as a patient advocate.

Program Information:

Lorraine Michalak
(805) 965-0581
ext 2366

The Health Technologies Office: 
room A218
inside the Administration Building

Mailing address:  
SBCC  Health Technologies Office,
721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA  93109

Nursing Academic Counselor:
Kimberly Taylor