College of the
Licensed Vocational Nursing



Application Requirements Are Changing!


  1. The first semester of the LVN program includes BIO 8. English 150 or its equivalent is required for BIO 8. It is a pre-requisite. You must have English 150 or its equivalent to apply to the program in Spring of 2017.
  2. BIO 8 may be an application requirement in Spring of 2019. Please check this website for updates. In the meantime, it is STRONGLY recommended that you take BIO 8 prior to Spring of 2019. Remember, English 150 or its equivalent is required before you take BIO 8. You should plan to complete both courses prior to Spring of 2019.
  3. Certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is required for program application. Certification can be obtained by taking HO 110 Basic Patient Care at College of the Redwoods. Certified Nurse Assistant Coures are also offered by skilled nursing facilities and others in the community.


Note: The LVN program is offered every other year. The next offering of the LVN program is Fall of 2017. The application period will open in Spring of 2017



Licensed Vocational Nursing at College of the Redwoods


Nursing Program Handbook - 2015-2016

The Licensed Vocational Nursing Program is a three-semester program preparing the individual to work as an LVN under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Licensed Vocational Nurses work in acute and convalescent hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, and other health care facilities. Admission to the LVN Program is determined by a lottery selection process.  

For additional information about this career visit the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse.
The LVN Program provides students with learning opportunities to develop interpersonal and technical skills. The LVN functions as a member of the health care team providing basic nursing care, administering medications, reporting and documenting patients' signs and symptoms, and carrying out therapeutic and rehabilitative measures. The LVN Program is offered at both the Eureka and Del Norte campuses every other year (odd years).

Upon completion, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed as a Vocational Nurse. An additional one semester of college work provides the student with the opportunity to earn the Associate in Arts Degree.

Please note: The LVN program is a three-semester program. All students admitted will complete the program in three semesters of consecutive coursework. (Fall/Spring/Fall). Time from program admission to program completion is 18 months.  For example, an LVN class was admitted Fall 2015. Required coursework will be completed in December 2016.  


FAQ  Frequently Asked Questions

When does the LVN Program start?
On both Del Norte and Eureka campus, the LVN Program starts every other year in the odd years and completes the fall semester of the even years - 8/2015-12/2016; 8/2017-12/2018.

How many students are admitted to each class?

We accept 30 students to each program.

When can I apply to the LVN Program?
The Application Period occurs in the Spring semester of odd numbered years. Check "LVN Program Packet" above for updated brochure and information on submitting your application for the program. Immediately following the Application Period, the Selection Process will randomize qualified applicants who have submitted a complete Application to the LVN Program with all specified verification documents attached as requested. Unverified and/or invalidated entries on the application form will cause disqualification of the applicant.

Qualified applications to the LVN Program will be selected by lottery until all available seats are filled. If more qualified applications are received than there are seats available, qualified applicants who apply during the Application Period who are not awarded seats will be maintained in order of the random lottery on a waiting list. The Health Occupation Office will notify students by letter of their acceptance into the LVN Program or their waitlist number. Acceptance will be subject to completion of all prerequisite courses in progress with a grade of 'C' or better during the spring semester.

From the end of the Application Period until the first day of class in the fall, seats that become available will be filled in order from the waiting list. Once the program has begun in the fall semester any remaining qualified applicants who applied during the Application Period will be carried forward for the award of a seat in the next LVN Program.

Students must keep the Health Occupations Office apprised of any changes in their contact information by either faxing new information to 707-476-4419 or emailing updates to janet-humble@redwoods.edu. Students must also update their information with the College through Web Advisor.

Applications received after the Application Period will not be maintained on a waiting list. Reapplication will be required for applications received after the Application Period. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the applicant to qualify for enrollment by submitting a complete application with all specified documentation attached during the Application Period.

What are the entrance requirements?  
Note - Information is subject to change. Entrance to the Program is subject to an application process.  In filing an application for entrance to the LVN Program, the applicant must verify enrollment at College of the Redwoods, high school graduation or equivalent (verified by official transcript), and successful completion of "prerequisite courses"  English 150 or equivelent and HO 110 Basic Patient Care with a grade of "C" or better (verified by official transcript if taken at a college other than College of the Redwoods). Certifed Nurse Assistant documentation, if obtained in California, will substitute for HO 110. If applicants completed the "prerequisite courses" at accredited colleges/universities other than College of the Redwoods, courses must be comparable in course content and unit value.

How do I apply to the LVN Program?


    1. File a completed enrollment form to the College of the Redwoods through Web Advisor. Students must be accepted by the College to participate in the LVN Program.
    2. Obtain and read an Application to the LVN Program. Applications can be obtained from Counseling Services, the Health Occupations office, or, when available, downloaded from this webstite.
    3. During open application periods, submit an Application to the LVN Program with all documents of verification attached to the Health Occupations Office. Applications may be either personally delivered or mailed to the Health Occupations Office during the application period. We suggest using certified mail to ensure receipt/verification of your application.


7351 Tompkins Hill Road
Eureka, CA 95501

707 476.4214
FAX: 707 476.4419