LPN Training in California

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

  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


Schools offering LPN Programs in California


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  • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Transferable Credits
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  • Phoenix Career Services™ help students find careers that match their interests & map out a personalized career plan.
  • Mentorships & networking opportunities available through Alumni Association of 800,000+ graduates.
  • Flexible start date and class schedules.
  • 100+ locations and online options.
  • Offers special military rates and special advisors who have a military background.
  • Students can earn credits for applicable military training and education.
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  • Phoenix Career Services™ help students find careers that match their interests & map out a personalized career plan.
  • Mentorships & networking opportunities available through Alumni Association of 800,000+ graduates.
  • Flexible start date and class schedules.
  • 100+ locations and online options.
  • Offers special military rates and special advisors who have a military background.
  • Students can earn credits for applicable military training and education.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • A member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Century Club, for maintaining more than 100 years of ACICS accreditation.
  • Several scholarships opportunities are available for qualifying students.
  • Most program place students in externship opportunities for real-world experience.
  • Offers program options for international students, as well as several English as a Second Language courses.
  • 5 locations in Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Rancho Mirage, Santa Maria, and Ventura, with online options as well.
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  • A member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Century Club, for maintaining more than 100 years of ACICS accreditation.
  • Several scholarships opportunities are available for qualifying students.
  • Most program place students in externship opportunities for real-world experience.
  • Offers program options for international students, as well as several English as a Second Language courses.
  • 5 locations in Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Rancho Mirage, Santa Maria, and Ventura, with online options as well.
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  • Accredited
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  • Transferable Credits
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  • Began in 1909 as a single classroom in Los Angeles.
  • Offers no-cost dental clinic in Anaheim, where students gain experience by offering a selection of free dental services.
  • Involved in philanthropy, through partnerships with several organizations, such as the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare (CINHC) and Shriner’s Hospital.
  • Accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.
  • 4 California campuses and 2 other campuses in Florida and Texas.
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  • Began in 1909 as a single classroom in Los Angeles.
  • Offers no-cost dental clinic in Anaheim, where students gain experience by offering a selection of free dental services.
  • Involved in philanthropy, through partnerships with several organizations, such as the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare (CINHC) and Shriner’s Hospital.
  • Accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.
  • 4 California campuses and 2 other campuses in Florida and Texas.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Through an agreement with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, its Yellow Ribbon Program provides tuition contributions to eligible students at a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students at over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states.
  • Classes are offered year-round, typically in the daytime and evening. Online courses can be accessed anywhere, 24 hours a day. 
  • Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. 
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  • Through an agreement with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, its Yellow Ribbon Program provides tuition contributions to eligible students at a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students at over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states.
  • Classes are offered year-round, typically in the daytime and evening. Online courses can be accessed anywhere, 24 hours a day. 
  • Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. 
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  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and the American Veterinary Association (AVMA).
  • Programs include an externship, allowing students to gain field experience.
  • Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • 13 campuses located across Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, with online options.
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  • Programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and the American Veterinary Association (AVMA).
  • Programs include an externship, allowing students to gain field experience.
  • Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • 13 campuses located across Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, with online options.
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  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 2 main campuses located in San Diego and San Marcos, California, with online options and a satellite location in National City, California.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
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  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 2 main campuses located in San Diego and San Marcos, California, with online options and a satellite location in National City, California.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
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  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
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  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Offers flexible class times including weekends.
  • Programs range from 8  or 9 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has been providing  career training since 1975.
  • Admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Offers flexible class times including weekends.
  • Programs range from 8  or 9 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has been providing  career training since 1975.
  • Admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
  • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
  • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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  • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
  • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
  • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
  • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
  • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 locations in Cathedral City and Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
  • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
  • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 locations in Cathedral City and Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid