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 next cohort begings in August 2023.  Deadline to submit completed applications is April 28, 2023. The VN program accepts applications year-round from students who have completed all program requirements. A waitlist is maintatined if we receive more applications than seats. Submit questions to healthtech@pipeline.sbcc.edu 

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. 


In California, the number of Licensed Vocational Nurses is expected to grow much faster than average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Licensed Vocational Nurses are expected to increase by 15.1 percent, or 11,600 jobs between 2018 and 2028.

The median wage in 2021 for Licensed Vocational Nurses in California is $63,676 annually, or $30.62 hourly. 


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Program Information:

Ivena Sakelarieva
(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