VN Program information
call 714-502-5957, or email 

Vocational Nursing Program


The Vocational Nursing Pathway

The VN Program is part of the Health Sciences and Medical Technology Career Pathway and is offered to both high school students and to adult students.


 > Nursing Pathway for HS Students - PDF  

High School students have priority in ROP classes. 
Nursing Pathway for HS Students - PDF  


 > Nursing Pathway for ADULTS - PDF 

Adults are encouraged to attend a VN INFORMATION MEETING.  The demand for Vocational Nurses is, and will continue to remain high.  Labor market growth of 22% is expected for LVNs between 2010 and 2020 according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.    
More VN Program Details for Adults  -  Adult Nursing Program Timeline

  VN Program Description

The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the California Department of Education, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is approved and accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The program has a model curriculum award. (The VN program is NOT a fee-based course.)

Theory and clinical experiences assist the student in gaining knowledge and skills to become a licensed vocational nurse in a number of settings. The student will learn basic concepts of pharmacology, nutrition, psychology, anatomy, physiology, medical-surgical nursing, care of the mother and her newborn, normal growth and development, and concepts of leadership for health care. Completion of the Vocational Nursing Program will qualify a student to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, (NCLEX-PN).

  VN Program Length

The 13-month program is divided between 1000 hours of clinical experience, and 600 hours of classroom theory.  Classroom instruction is full-time during the day, with possible afternoon/evening rotations.

  Program Expenses - Cost Lists

• High School VN Cost  List       High school student expenses    (1/2014)

Adult VN Cost List     Adult program expenses


  Pre-entrance Assessment

The TABE Pre-entrance assessment test is for adults and high school students interested in the VN Program.  Sign up in person at the East Ball Road Facility in Anaheim.

Next Sign up period for Vocational Nursing Program pre-entrance assessment is in March of, 2014.  

High School Admission Requirements

As a high school student you have some course options as you pursue your medical career.  You may take Medical Academy and medical program high school courses.

High school students: View the Nursing Pathway Checklist and
contact your Career Guidance Specialist, or the VN Program.


 Adult Admission Requirements

VN Program Admission is based on a Points System

Admission to the program is based on a points system.  The application rubric chart explains the points system.  Download Application Points System Rubric.
Adult admission requirements are as follows:

   ADULT ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS - Pre-entrance Assesment Registration... Read More

  Program Schedules

Dates and Details for Nursing Pre-entrance Assessment

Students should sign up for the Reading and Math (TABE) Test on one of the (March  or October) sign-up dates.  Payment is $20 cash.
  SIGN UP DATES:  See March 2014    
Pre-entrance assessment for the Vocational Nursing Program is between 9 am and 5 pm.
March 4, 5, 6 or
March 11, 12, 13

Pre-entrance assessment for the Vocational Nursing Program is between 9 am and 5 pm

sample image*Sign up in person for a pre-assessment testing date at the East Ball Road Campus.  EBR Address: 1617 East Ball Road, Anaheim, CA  92805. The assessment is a computerized pre-entrance reading and math skills examination (TABE) test.
Your actual examination dates and times will be assigned when you register for the test.

The adult fee for the exam is $20.
Fee is non-refundable - and payable in cash at the time of registration
There is NO exam fee for high school students.  High school students must bring school ID.

The Reading and Math (TABE) Test is required for starting the VN Program Pathway. Sign up for testing in person at the EBR Campus. Registration by phone in NOT available. 


Regarding VN Pre-Entrance testing for High School Students

High school students: Upon passing the assessment, students will be eligible to enter the eleven week Fundamentals of Nursing I class at the East Ball Road Facility beginning the week of January 27, 2014, or May, 2014.

If students are retaking the test, they must complete the PassKey Program in the computer lab at East Ball Road before retesting.

Eleventh graders in the 2014/15 school year may take Fundamentals of Nursing during 12th grade.  Taking the two-semester class at Savanna High School is recommended.



Fundamentals of Nursing I
(Pre-nursing Class)

Fundamentals of Nursing I is a pre-nursing screening class, held twice a year.  About 150 students are accepted for each class.

This night class runs approximately 11 weeks, The class has no clinical component.
You must take the pre-entrance test and pass before you can be considered for the Fundamentals I class.

Fundamentals of Nursing I
Course length:  Approx. 11 weeks
Class is Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 pm-9 pm;
or Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 pm-9 pm

Next Fundamentals of Nursing I courses:
begin January 27, 2014,
and May, 2014

Acceptance into the
13-Month VN Program

After completion of  Fundamentals of Nursing I, students must interview and have their points for the program evaluated. All diplomas, transcripts, proof of medical pathway, or items the students wish to receive points for must be submitted by the deadline established by the Fundamentals of Nursing I instructor to be counted for the interview. Download Rubric.

Sixty students and alternates are accepted into the Vocational Nursing Program based on students with the highest points.  This selection process takes place twice each year.  High school students who have followed the pathway have priority.


The 13-Month Vocational Nursing Program 

The 13-month VN Program is divided between 1000 hours of clinical experience, and 600 hours of classroom theory.  Classroom instruction is full-time during the day, with possible afternoon/evening rotations. The 13-month VN Program has two start dates each year... and two graduation ceremonies are held each year as well.

The 13 Month Vocational Nursing Program is scheduled to start in June, and also in October.

The course runs Monday through Friday.

Classroom Hours

Classroom hours: 8:30 am-2:30 pm,
2-3 days a week.

Clinical Hours

Clinical hours: 6:45 am - 3:15 pm,
2-3 days a week.  Some evening rotations may be available if clinical sites are not available during the day.

The first 2 weeks for the 13-month program is entirely classroom.  Hours are 8:30 am-2:30 pm.

High school students: see your counselor.

Two Schedules for the 13-Month Vocational Nursing Program

1) June Program Schedule

If accepted into the 13 Month Vocational Nursing Program that begins in June, the schedule is:

• Mondays and Tuesdays are class days, and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are clinical days, until the end of Fundamentals II, which is approximately two months.

• Beginning September, and until the end of the program, class days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and clinical days are Thursdays and Fridays.

2) October Program Schedule

If accepted into the 13-month Vocational Nursing Program October class, the schedule is:

• Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are clinical days, until the end of Fundamentals of Nursing II (approximately two months), and Thursdays and Fridays are class days.

• Beginning in January, until the end of the Vocational Nursing Program, clinical days are Mondays and Tuesdays, with class days on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.




VN Pre-entrance TESTING

Next sign ups will be announced.
Cost is $20 cash when you sign up .


VN Program Pathway


For information about the VN program call 714-502-5957. Email:
Are you an adult student starting the Nursing Pathway?  Find out how to enter the VN Program Pathway and earn points quickly to reach your goals.  Click here for Adult VN Program Pathway Entrance Requirements.


For information about the VN program call 714-502-5957. Email:

 Pre-entrance Assessment

The TABE Pre-entrance assessment test is for adults and high school students.  Sign up in person at the East Ball Road Facility in Anaheim.

Pre-entrance Assessment Registration

Important Notice

Health Science and Medical Technology classes include the study of reproductive and other body systems.  The curriculum requires students to practice procedures on other students and/or patients, both male and female, of differing ages.  Participation in these activities is necessary for students to gain competency in the skills needed to pass the class and earn a certificate.  Heavy lifting and deep bending are also activities required of students.

Student Commitment

All students should consider the Vocational Nursing Program their primary commitment, as many hours of study are required for completion. This time includes classroom theory, clinical experience, homework assignments, research, and writing.

We recommend that students employed during the program limit their hours to less than 16 hours per week in order to be successful.

Related Links

School Calendar

ROP School Calendar / School Holidays

Health Sciences and Medical Technology Classes

Students should enroll in Medical Core first, before registering in the health occupations classes listed below. Medical Core is not a prerequisite for the VN Program. Attainment of required academic level in pre-entrance assessment, or approval by ROP administration is required to enroll in Medical Core.

Medical Assistant Front Office/Health Unit Coordinator
Nursing Assistant - Long Term Care
Telemetry Technician/EKG Aide
CPR for Health Care Professionals
CNA CEU (Continuing Education Units) for CNAs