Vocational Nurse Program (VN)

Available at

San Mateo Campus

Prerequisite Start Date: September 30, 2019

Core Program Start Date: January 6, 2020

Concord Campus

Core Program Start Date: September 23, 2019

Prerequisite Start Date: September 24, 2019

Modesto Campus

Prerequisite Start Date: October 1, 2019

Core Program Start Date: January 6, 2020

Fresno Campus

Prerequisite Start Date: August 19, 2019

Core Program Start Date: September 23, 2019

Program Description

The Vocational Nurse program (LVN or LPN) utilizes the plan that nursing courses progress along the continuum of simple to complex.The organizing principle is homeostasis as it relates to the study of representative client problems by addressing the various anatomical systems and specialty areas in nursing. The program includes didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge.

As a result of preparation, students will be able to work as a Vocational Nurse in hospitals or medical clinics.

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in other states as well as in California may also be called: Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Attendants, Nursing Technicians, Home Health Nurses, and Home Health Care Providers.

Vocational Nurse Program is a diploma program.

Mission Statement



Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses are offered in online and residential formats and cover general medical science courses such as: Essential Medical Bioscience (80 hours). Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts offers Prerequisite Courses that are not accredited by ABHES.

Clinical Training

We, at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, consider clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Students are required to be rotated throughout our affiliated medical facilities, while attending our nursing school.

Admission Requirements

Program Length and Schedule


13 months (52 weeks/1570 clock hours)

4 modules

Clinical and Lab

950+ hours in affiliated medical facilities and skills laboratory

Didactic / Lab Sessions Schedule

Information may vary per campus. Please check in with admission advisor for details.

Morning: 9:00 am — 2:00 pm
Evening: 5:00 pm — 10:00 pm

Clinical Sessions Schedule

Information may vary per campus. Please check in with admission advisor for details.

Morning: 6:30 am — 3:30 pm
Evening: 2:30 pm — 11:30 pm

The didactic training correlates with the lab and clinical education. Click here for Schedule Details.

Program Fees

The table below reflects our Concord Campus September 23, 2019 start.

Registration Fee (non-refundable) $75.00
Textbooks & Materials $1,488.00
Uniform Fee (2 sets of scrubs + 1 sweater) $110.00
Library Fee (non-refundable) $44.00
Laptop Fee (non-refundable) $750.00

Tuition Fee

Total program cost $33,945.50
Prerequisite fees (additional, if applicable): $1,900.00

* Student must participate and complete the PASS Program in order to be eligible for a test schedule voucher.

The table below reflects our San Mateo, Modesto, & Fresno Campuses January 6, 2020 start.

Registration Fee (non-refundable) $100.00
Textbooks & Materials $100.00
Laptop Fee (non-refundable) $750.00

Tuition Fee

Total program cost $34,220.00
Prerequisite fees (additional, if applicable): $1,900.00

* Student must participate and complete the PASS Program in order to be eligible for a test schedule voucher.


Gurnick Alumni Grant (for Medical Assistant Graduates): $1,900.00

Please contact your Admissions Advisor for more details and how you can qualify for this grant. 

Financial Aid 

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance.

For details please call:

State Licensure and Certification for Vocational Nurses (LVNs)

Find more information about Licensure, Certification and Registry Disclaimer.
Click here for license examination pass rate information.

LVN Salary and Job Outlook for LVN in California

Employment of LVN/LPN in nursing care facilities is expected to grow faster than the average. Such facilities will offer the most new jobs for LVN as the number of aged and disabled persons in need of long-term care rises. In addition to caring for the aged and the disabled, LVN in nursing care facilities will care for the increasing number of patients who will have been discharged from the hospital, but have not recovered enough to return home.

Employment of LVN/LPN in home healthcare services is also expected to grow much faster than average. This growth is in response to an increasing number of older persons with functional disabilities, consumer preference for care in the home, and technological advances that make it possible to bring increasingly complex treatments into the home.Occupational Information Network (O*NET): Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 29-2061.00.

For more information about the median wages for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in California, visit  Detailed Guide for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses. Additionally, some information is presented by County: LVNs in San Francisco Bay Area, LVNs in East Bay Area, LVNs in Fresno County, LVNs in Stanislaus County.

Frequently Asked Questions


Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians: www.bvnpt.ca.gov

Facts and Fun Statistics

This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our nursing school and our Programs. Vocational Nursing Program is offered at our San Mateo, Concord, Modesto, and Fresno campus locations. Let us share with you some facts:

  • More than 48% of our Main Campus, San Mateo campus: students come from Daly City, San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward and South San Francisco. 29% from  other Bay Area cities - Fremont, Newark, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro and Sunnyvale.
  • More than 57% of our Concord Campus: students come from Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, Fairfield, Oakland, Pittsburg and Vallejo, California. 23% come from Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Livermore, Oakley, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.
  • More than 47% of our Fresno Campus: students come from Fresno. More than 35% of our Modesto Campus: students come from Modesto. Of course there are many nursing students from neighboring cities to Modesto and Fresno who choose Gurnick Academy. For example, Modesto campus has students from Atwater, Ceres, Escalon, Livingston, Manteca, Merced, Oakdale, Riverbank, Sonora, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock (50.5%), and Fresno - from Clovis, Hanford, Madera, Sanger and Visalia (30.5%).

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