Vocational Nursing Degree Program in Gardena, CA with Course Info

Several schools in the Gardena, CA, area have vocational nurse training options. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of program and admission requirements at two colleges located within about 15 miles of the city's center.

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Gardena Vocational Nursing Schools

Aspiring vocational nurses have several program options to choose from in the Gardena area. The vocational nursing programs at both of the following schools prepare students to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses); passage of this exam is required to obtain licensure and practice as a vocational nurse in California. This article discusses the course topics and clinical education requirements at the colleges; it includes a table of school facts and statistics for comparison as well. A bit of information on a couple of other school options in the area is also provided.

  • Long Beach City College, also roughly 15 miles from Gardena's downtown area, offers a vocational nursing certificate program. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or students who have completed a Fundamentals of Nursing course have already met one of this program's prerequisites.
  • Situated about 9 miles from central Gardena, American Career College in Lynwood offers a vocational nursing program that requires community service as part of its graduation requirements. Students are awarded a diploma in the field.

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Comparison of Schools

Now that you've learned about their nursing programs, take a glance at the following table to get additional details about the profiled schools. The info on tuition, fees and financial aid, along with several other stats, could help you decide which college best fits your needs.

Long Beach City College American Career College
School Type 2-year, public < 2-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 24,403* 202*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $2,380 (estimated total program cost)*** $34,450 (2015-2016)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 78%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 73% of full-time students* 83% of full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 24%* 42%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, ***Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College (LBCC) is a public school with 2 campus locations and a student-to-faculty ratio of 29:1. The college has a number of scholarships and other financial assistance available. LBCC offers various educational options, including certificate and associate degree programs, as well as vocational programs, distance learning and general education courses.

Licensed Vocational Nursing Program

LBCC offers this program through its School of Health and Science. Students receive the training necessary to work in clinics, home health situations, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Courses include common health deviations, mental health nursing, nursing care for children and nursing applications of pharmacology. In addition to qualifying students to take the NCLEX-PN, this 1-year program can prepare them for the associate degree nursing (ADN) program to become an RN.

American Career College

American Career College is an adult learning institution with a location in Lynwood. The school's vocational nurse program is offered at the Lynwood campus.

Vocational Nursing Diploma Program

The 4-semester vocational nursing diploma program takes approximately 18-20 months to complete. Students complete courses in human anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, and pharmacology. Several nursing-specific courses are included, such as mental health nursing, medical surgical nursing, obstetrical nursing and pediatric nursing. The required 1,593 hours consist of 621 theory-based hours and 972 hours of clinical education. Vocational nursing students also must complete 65 hours of community service as a graduation requirement. These hours can be fulfilled through health fairs, educational workshops or other medical center-related activities.

Other Schools

A little farther out, local students can explore program options at CES College in Burbank and Pasadena City College in Pasadena. Both are located about 25 miles from Gardena and offer vocational nursing programs.

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