98.3% NCLEX-PN exam pass rate in 20181

Full-time and part-time schedules available

Hands-on training in high-fidelity Simulation and Nursing Skills Labs

Students in the Vocational Nursing program.


Vocational Nurse

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Why Stanbridge?

Find your calling as a Vocational Nurse (VN)

Learning to think critically and to treat others with compassion are the core components of a good nursing education. The Vocational Nurse program prepares you to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with real-world healthcare practices in our advanced training facilities on campus, guidance from experienced and caring educators, and comprehensive NCLEX-PN exam preparation. We are training the next generation of Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), whose confidence in their skills is coupled with a genuine concern for helping others get well, and stay healthy.

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Video: Hands-On Training for Student Success: Vocational Nurse (VN) Program

Hands-On Training for Student Success: Vocational Nurse (VN) Program

Video: Learning Pediatric Nursing Skills with SimMom

Learning Pediatric Nursing Skills with SimMom

Video: Networking at the Vocational Nursing Career Fair

Networking at the Vocational Nursing Career Fair

Video: The Best Choice: Nursing Valedictorian and LVN Shares Success

The Best Choice: Nursing Valedictorian and LVN Shares Success

Video: Compassion and Care: Nursing Students Use Music to Help Clinical Site Patient

Compassion and Care: Nursing Students Use Music to Help Clinical Site Patient

Video: How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN/LPN)

How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN/LPN)

Multi-Term NCLEX-PN Exam Prep

With a 98.3% NCLEX-PN exam pass rate in 2018,1 we're committed to your preparation in becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Throughout each term and after graduation, you'll get practice tests, online mentorship, subject-specific reviews, and assessments to help your preparation.

World-Class Simulation Lab

Hands-on training in our world-class Simulation Lab helps you improve confidence to care for patients in a fast-paced environment. This lab features high-fidelity simulation manikins with pre-programmed patient scenarios including cardiac arrest, stroke, and birth. These breathing, talking, and crying manikins help test your skills and response time to critical conditions. You’ll review your actions and the patient’s real-time physiological responses with your instructors via video recorded simulations to help you focus on areas of improvement.

Nursing Skills Labs

Three Nursing Skills Labs emulates professional patient care environments with 26 hospital beds, mobile electronic medical records charting carts, and patient manikins. In these labs, you’ll apply concepts and procedures to real-life scenarios in a safe and supervised environment.

Virtual Reality Meets Classroom Concepts

Experience the next innovation in learning inside one of the largest virtual reality labs for medical training in the U.S. Delve into high-fidelity, virtual-holographic 3D models and animations of over 1,000 biological and anatomical structures.

Human Cadaver Lab

The Human Cadaver Lab houses both real and synthetic human cadavers giving you an in-depth and tactile understanding of human anatomy. As the first cadaver lab on the West Coast to feature full-body synthetic human cadavers, you can get hands-on training with life-like body systems, bones, muscles, and organs.

Full-Time and Part-Time Schedules

Choosing from a full-time or part-time schedule gives you the option to balance your life, work, and school schedules. Whether you’re a working professional, parent or caregiver, we give you the opportunity to be a successful Vocational Nursing student at the same time.

Serve Your Community with Your Skills

Providing the local community with healthcare services brings concepts learned in class to life in real healthcare environments. Prepare to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with real-world training while making a difference.

Stanbridge Vocational Nursing Students’ Association

Join a collaborative, active, and engaging group of fellow Vocational Nursing students and work together to serve local community needs and promote overall health and wellness.

An Early Focus on Career Development

One-on-one guidance gives you the tools to make a positive, lasting impression on future potential employers.

Small Class Sizes with High Faculty-to-Student Ratio

Learning in small groups in your clinical labs optimizes your time with instructors and gives you a deeper understanding of skills.

Innovative Digital Classrooms

Each classroom operates with a SMART Board, laptop workstations, and digital exams with instant score results. Access to online PowerPoint presentations with note-saving availability, instant student polling and the digital Learning Resource System heightens the academic experience.

Inside the Classroom

Nursing School Human Cadaver Lab

Nursing students get an in-depth look at human anatomy and body systems in the Human Cadaver Lab on our OC campus.

Nursing School Virtual Dissection Table

Nursing students at our campus in Irvine, Orange County learn in the Virtual Reality Lab with the Anatomage Table, a virtual dissection table for human anatomy education.

Nursing School Virtual Reality Lab

In the Virtual Reality Lab at our Orange County campus, you can interact with high-fidelity, 3D models to gain an in-depth look at the inner workings of anatomy and biology

LVN School Nursing Simulation Lab

Vocational Nurse students at the Irvine, Orange County campus practice CPR in the Nursing Simulation Lab with high-fidelity simulation manikins.

Stanbridge University Vocational Nursing Student Association

The Stanbridge Vocational Nursing Student Association (SVNSA) executive board leads fellow students in working together to promote health and wellness to the local community while hosting networking and service events.

LVN School Nursing Skills Lab

Three Nursing Skills Labs located on our Irvine, Orange County campus give our students the ability to practice valuable skills with 26 hospital beds, simulation manikins, EMR carts, and professional nursing supplies.

LVN School Human Simulation Lab

Students at our Orange County campus practice client care on a high-fidelity human simulator that provides them with real-time feedback.

LVN School Birthing Simulation

The Stanbridge Nursing Simulation Lab in Irvine, Orange County houses high-fidelity human birthing simulation mother and infant manikins, for students to practice their labor and delivery skills.

LVN School Films Student Performance

Students learn from their actions as they review recorded footage of their performance in simulated patient care scenarios on SMART Board technology in the labs at the OC campus.

LVN School Nursing Simulation Manikins

The Nursing Simulation Lab on our Orange County campus includes seven high-fidelity simulation manikins and EMR carts to teach students proper patient care skills.

LVN School High Tech Classroom

Classrooms on campus in Irvine, Orange County, equipped with advanced learning technology, including SMART Boards, help students focus on their coursework and instruction.

Stanbridge University Student Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center at our Orange County campus provides students with private collaboration rooms, quiet study rooms, and a computer lab.

Program Guidebook



The Vocational Nurse program’s full-time schedule is offered at the Orange County and Los Angeles campuses. The part-time schedule is offered only at the Orange County Campus.

Vocational Nurse Program Duration2

1808 Clock Hours including theory and clinical/105 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 13 – 14 months for full time and 26 – 28 months for part time, including national holidays, breaks between terms and Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Schedules will be provided upon orientation.)

Vocational Nurse Program Schedule3


Theory 2 days a week 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Clinical 3 days a week 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Theory 2 evenings a week 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday
Tutoring 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Clinical Sat. & select Sundays 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

NCLEX Exam Prep

NCLEX Exam Prep

Created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX - PN) is the exam required for all nursing students to pass in order to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in the United States. Consequently, the questions focus on your ability to make decisions in various patient care scenarios under critical conditions. The NCLEX test requires that you understand the basic principles of nursing and apply this to different elements of patient safety management.

With a 98.3% NCLEX-PN exam pass rate in 2018,1 Stanbridge University gives you every opportunity to ensure that you are fully prepared to take the NCLEX-PN exam and get one step closer to becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). The Vocational Nurse program includes cumulative reviews and exit exams in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3. Term 4 includes a comprehensive practice test, in addition to NCLEX licensure preparation with multiple standardized diagnostic exams. You will receive learning materials with 3,000 NCLEX examination practice questions, yours to keep. After graduation, Stanbridge University continues your exam preparation with online mentorship and subject-specific reviews and assessments while you wait for board authorization to take the test.



Stanbridge University accepts applications for admission to our Vocational Nurse program on an open enrollment basis. To apply, please visit the Stanbridge University Portal to access the application form. Your Admissions Representative will provide you with details for each step.

  • Complete an online application form. Click here to start.
  • Meet with your Admissions Representative for a personal tour of the campus.
  • Take the entrance exam appropriate for your educational level and program.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation, a GED or a higher degree.
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Representative to review your tuition funding options.
  • Attend an interview with a designated member of the VN program.
  • Complete enrollment paperwork and background check.
  • Attend an orientation prior to the start of your program. In the orientation, you receive course books, uniforms and important information to help you begin your classes and manage your time at Stanbridge University.


The Stanbridge University Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) in Orange County and Los Angeles. The BVNPT is located at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95833 and can be reached at (916) 263-7800. Their website is www.bvnpt.ca.gov.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.

Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge University has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • Cal Grants

WIOA Title-I financial assistance programs and activities are an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Transfer Information

Transfer Information

Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit

Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge University, they give the Registrar of the university proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation, and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge University course.

Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.

Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:

  • for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
  • which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge University.
  • Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 2 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the university in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current Stanbridge University catalog.

US Military/VA Students

US Military/VA Students

Stanbridge University recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge University provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.

For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge University will:

  • conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
  • grant appropriate credit;
  • shorten the training period proportionately; and
  • notify the VA and student accordingly.

“My decision to go to Stanbridge was absolutely the best choice I could make. I have made friends, I've had experiences, and best of all, it’s actually helped me to get the job I was really hoping to get.”

Kris Kline, LVN, Stanbridge University Graduate, Vocational Nursing

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"Nursing graduates from Stanbridge University are highly-skilled, compassionate, and ready to work. Their level of professionalism reflects the level of training they received. We are proud to refer our staff to Stanbridge University for quality education."4

Ms. Susan Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Premiere Health Group, Inc.

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“My decision to go to Stanbridge University opened up more career paths for me. I had a four-year university degree in healthcare, but I couldn’t find a job. Coming to Stanbridge and getting my LVN license, I now have the experience as a nurse that solidifies what I want to be in the future.”

Patricia Buendia, Stanbridge University Graduate, Vocational Nursing, 2012

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"West Anaheim Medical Center endeavors to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare to our patients in a convenient and compassionate manner. Stanbridge University graduates’ competency, professionalism, friendliness, and ability to work well with others helps assist us in our mission to provide quality healthcare."4

Mr. Virg Narbutas, Chief Executive Officer, West Anaheim Medical Center

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“Going to Stanbridge was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Stanbridge University equipped me with the right knowledge and skills that prepared me to take on the challenges of a nursing career.”

Sheila Nazareth, Stanbridge University Graduate, Vocational Nursing, 2011

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Student Resources

Guidance for Your
Academic and Professional Goals

Stanbridge University focuses on providing you with a rigorous education and the unwavering support of our Student Services and Career Services to help you prepare to start a career as a leader in your industry. We provide you with a suite of comprehensive services from the moment you begin your training, to the day you graduate, and beyond.

Student Services

Academic Advising

One-on-one advising with a faculty advisor or Student Services representative is available when you need it most. You can discuss academic or personal issues at any time, and we’re here to listen, help, and ultimately guide you to the resources you need.

Tutoring Services

When you need help on coursework, concepts, or clinical skills, Student Services offers you a wide range of options for both didactic and clinical tutoring. Course instructors and program faculty are available for one-on-one and group didactic tutoring. If your program has medical math requirements, and you need assistance to better understand medical dosages, extra tutoring is available for you. Clinical tutoring gives you one-on-one time with our instructors in our simulation and skills labs. And to help give you more insight into difficult concepts and study tips when you need it, our robust peer tutoring program pairs you with experienced students and graduates.

Academic Success Coordination

To foster your academic success, Student Services is ready to help you with time management, study and reading skills, test-taking strategies, and test anxiety management. When you need assistance, we’ll set up one-on-one coaching sessions to plan out strategies, learn how to use online apps to inventory your time, and practice applying these resources to your coursework and exams.

The Writing Center

Having exemplary writing skills is critical to academic success and career preparation. The Writing Center on campus gives writers of all skill levels, academic support for paper writing skills, including best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps you manage and resolve challenging situations. Because we understand balancing academic excellence and a life outside of school can be overwhelming, we are committed to your well-being. The SAP includes:

  • Free counseling services
  • Prescription drug discount program
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial consultation
  • Legal services

Learning Resource System

To better serve our students, we developed a comprehensive Learning Resource System that is uniquely effective in providing academic support. It includes the on-campus Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Online Library, and the Online Learner. The LRC provides you with spaces including quiet rooms, collaboration rooms, and a computer lab for individual and group study. You can use these resources to help guide your coursework, research, study, and exam preparation.

Career Services

Career Advising

From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

Digital Portfolio Builder

As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression. Click here to view a sample digital portfolio.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the university’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge University. Click here to visit the Stanbridge University Alumni Association.

Campus Locations

Located in the heart of Southern California.

Stanbridge University’s Irvine, CA campus is minutes away from Orange County’s cities including Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Orange, Whittier, Tustin, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Buena Park, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, Yorba Linda, Stanton, Newport Beach, Westminster, La Mirada, La Habra, and more!

Stanbridge University’s Los Angeles Campus is located at the center of Los Angeles County neighboring the San Gabriel Valley, downtown Los Angeles and the cities of El Monte, Montecito Heights, Montebello, Glendale, Pasadena, Rosemead, Temple City, Monterey Park, Whittier, and West Covina.

Orange County Campus:

2041 Business Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92612

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Los Angeles County Campus:

2215 W Mission Rd, Alhambra, CA 91803

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