LVN Schools in Socal does it matter which one?

  1. Hey guys!

    So i'm kinda panicking about where my life is going. Ever since highschool I always wanted to become a nurse, and now I am 21 and I am no where close to being one. I finished all my pre-req and GE, but I didn't do exceptionally well during college. My GPA is about 2.8 . And I know for a fact thats not even acceptable for nursing school, but i'm trying to look past that and go for schools that do lottery such as community colleges. I just found out that community colleges require a CNA license before you apply (PCC is due on march 15) and I doubt I can find a CNA program that will finish that quickly.

    I was looking into who is accredited in the LVN program and slowly work my way from there. My family is not rich at all, it is just my mom and 2 brothers living on a 20k salary from a restaurant my mother owns. I can't afford to go one of the more expensive schools, I was wondering if there is a big difference where you get your LVN license from? I'm debating if I should play the waiting game at my local community college or cough up the money and just go to a vocational school to get my license.

    I'm volunteering at Kaiser Permanete in Baldwin Park in the department of Urgent care. I've been there for about 2 months so far and I love it, all the nurses are extremely helpful and even taught me a few tricks. I figured if I continue to volunteer and I get my license theres a greater chance that they'll hire me since i've been in the department and know how it works. Plus, to work at Kaiser Permanete would be my dream job!

    If you made this far, I applaud you for taking the time to read everything!

    For those who don't want to read, ( I don't mind )
    I was wondering if there is a big difference where you get your LVN license from (Vocational schools/ Community College / Adult School).
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    You will receive the exact same LVN license, regardless of whether you attend vocational school, community college, or adult school.

    Finding an LVN job in southern CA is extremely difficult in this tough economy, so I wouldn't worsen the situation by having to repay $20,000+ worth of student loan debt with possibly no job to pay back the borrowed money.

    If possible, train at a community college or adult school. It is a cheaper road to the exact same LVN license that everyone else in California has. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  4. by   SquishyRN
    Like TheCommuter said, it does not matter where you get your LVN education, as long as the school is accredited by the BVNPT of course.If you're near Kaiser Baldwin Park, try Hacienda LaPuente Adult School since it's near by. They have two cohorts a year. One for summer and one for winter. It's highly competitive, but no waiting list and, from what I've heard most recently, about $6000 for the whole program. Financial aid is available also. You would have to take a test, and about 100 or so people who take the test get into the Pre-VN portion of the program. From the Pre-VN, they select about 30 students and some alternates for the actual VN program.