Vocational Nursing Program

Opportunities for vocational nurses are paramount in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, physician offices/clinics, and acute care agencies.

The three-semester curriculum provides education in nursing care and technical and manual skills in working with patients of all age groups. The vocational nurse works under the direction of the registered nurse or physician.

Upon successful completion of the three-semester program, the student receives a certificate of completion from Shasta College and is qualified to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

The Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) publishes the NCLEX-PN first time pass rates.  First-time pass rate reflects the percentage of graduates that pass the NCLEX-PN exam the first time.

Licensed Vocational Nurses interested in becoming a Registered Nurse can access the Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN) page to finding out more information regarding LVN-to-RN upgrade options.


Students, at their expense, are required to have a physical examination and immunizations​ prior to entering the Vocational Nursing program.  Students must meet established  physical criteria to participate in the clinical area and have a current Basic Life Support - Health Care Provider card​ (two-person rescue and infant resuscitation).  Students must also comply with drug screen and background clearance​ for clinical placement.

We here in the Health Sciences programs have found that the most reliable method of communication with persons on our Wait Lists or applicants to our programs is through email.  Therefore, if you are on one of our Wait Lists or interested in any of our programs, please make sure that we have your current contact information -- especially email address -- by filling out our online Contact Information Change Form.

If you are currently on the Wait List and wish to have your name withdrawn, please notify us by submitting the Nursing Programs Wait List Withdrawal form.