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LPN Training in California

To become an LPN in California (which is known in the state as an LVN) you will need to:

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  1. Attend a nursing school approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
  2. Get licensure application forms from the director at your nursing school. Complete and sign both the Application for Vocational Nurse Licensure and Record of Conviction forms and attach the appropriate application fee in the form of a check made out to BVNPT.
  3. Submit fingerprints from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the Board. You can use the Live Scan or manual fingerprinting options, but the Board prefers California residents to use the Live Scan method.
  4. Register for the NCLEX-PN exam online here and pass it. The exam fee is $200.
  5. Apply for licensure with the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and pay the appropriate license fee. This is in addition to the application fee.
  6. Receive your license from the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

Licenses are generally processed in 4-6 weeks.

Did you know that LPNs in California earn a mean hourly wage of $23.27 or a mean annual wage of $48,400?

*Salary data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008


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            Platt College , Alhambra
            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
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            Unitek College , San Jose
            • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
            • Established its main campus in Fremont, California, with satellite campuses in San Jose and Sacramento.
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            UEI College , Anaheim
            • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
            • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
            • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
            • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
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            • Provides hands-on training led by instructors who have relevant, on-the-job experience.
            • Each campus features a public salon and spa for student practice.
            • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and Council on Occupational Education (COE).
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            • Offers a program that translates work and military experience into college credit, transfers in credit from other college programs, and offers the flexibility of day, evening and online coursework.
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