A.S., Licensed Vocational Nursing
C.A., Nursing Licensed Vocational Nurse
C.S., Licensed Vocational Nurse, Basic Intravenous Therapy, Blood Administration, and Phlebotomy


The Licensed Vocational Nursing Program (LVN) prepares students for entry-level vocational nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings. LVNs provide hands-on care under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse, for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Vocational Nursing Licensure examination (NCLEX-VN). Hands-on internship experience is part of the training.


A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment. To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must: 

  1. complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0,
  2. earn at least 12 units in residency at Cuesta and
  3. submit a Certificate Application to Admissions and Records.

Licensed Vocational Nursing Program admission requirements

The LVN Program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Licensed Vocational Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Passing this exam is required to be employed as a licensed vocational nurse and must be taken at applicants’ expense, upon completion of all program requirements.

Students interested in applying to the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program are strongly urged to consult with a counselor before they register for coursework in prerequisite classes.

All persons who meet Cuesta College’s admission requirements, additional Pre-LVN Program admission criteria, and submit a LVN Program application are eligible for admission into the program. 

Eligible applicants are admitted into the LVN program by random selection from a pool of qualified applicants. Students are admitted once per year into the 12 month program with minimal breaks. The LVN program is only offered on the North County Campus in Paso Robles, CA.

Entrance requirements are subject to change. For most current information please refer to the Nursing and Allied Health Division webpage at 

2015 -2016 LVN Program Admission requirements include:

  • Biology 212* ( Human Biology, lab portion not required) 
  • English 156* (College Reading and Writing) 
  • Math 007* (Pre-Algebra)
  • High School Diploma or GED 
  • Current Healthcare Provider or CPR certification 
  • Current California CNA certificate (must be submitted by the application due date) 
  • Pre-program requirements must be complete at the time of application.
  • Prerequisite courses or equivalent courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • College courses must be taken to satisfy all of the prerequisite course requirements.
  • Math and English Assessment test scores will NOT be accepted in place of coursework.  

*Higher level courses may be used in lieu of the listed prerequisite courses. For example: BIO 205 (Anatomy) or BIO 206 (Human Physiology), ENG 201A (English Composition), and/or Math at a level higher than Pre-Algebra, such as Algebra, Pre-Calculus and above.

Additionally, admitted students are required to complete a background check, drug screen, physical exam, and provide proof of immunity.

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Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer