A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is a graduate from an accredited school of nursing whose qualifications have been examined and approved by the state board of nursing and is then legally authorized to practice as a licensed nurse. The course of study is three semesters long as is designed to prepare the student for licensure as a LVN.
The patient-centered care concept is developed, based upon the nursing process, to meet the total needs of the client. The program is set up to introduce concepts that the beginning level student can comprehend and apply to the practice setting. New material is integrated following a simple to complex format. Client care is viewed using a holistic approach, involving homeostatic maintenance of the individual as well as treatment and care of the illness.
This non- transfer program is part of the career-ladder curriculum which allows students to enter as Certified Nursing Assistants (C.N.A) and move all the way up to the Registered Nursing Program. Students who have completed all necessary pre-requisites are able to enroll in a transition course. Once the transition course has been successfully completed, students are eligible to by-pass the first two semesters of the RN program and enter into the third semester.
All prerequisite courses must be taken for a full letter grade. Vocational Nursing students may not take a course for a Pass/No Pass grade.