The Cuesta College LVN program is a full time program that requires a commitment of rigorous study for one year (3 semesters). This program is offered on our North County campus in Paso Robles.  Students attend classes and clinical rotations five days a week for 6-9 hours each day and are expected to maintain a flexible schedule in order to accommodate the scheduling demands of the clinical rotations. Students must have reliable transportation and be prepared to potentially drive as far south as Arroyo Grande and as far north as King City.

Licensing Exam and Pass Rates

The LVN program prepares students for entry-level vocational nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Vocational Nursing Licensure examination (NCLEX-PN). Passing this exam is required to be employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and must be taken at the applicant's expense, upon successful completion of all program requirements. NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

Application/Admissions

LVN Program applications are accepted online once a year in January. During that time, a link to the online application and current application instructions will be posted here.  While the previous year's application instructions are provided below for your reference, it is the applicant's responsibility to follow current application instructions and meet all current requirements and due dates.  

LVN Application Information

LVN Online Application

  • Online Applications will be accepted from January 1st - January 31st by 4:00pm, for Fall 2017 admission.

Program Eligibility

All persons who submit a complete online LVN application during the current application acceptance period, and who meet the general Cuesta College admission requirements, LVN program prerequisites and additional LVN program admission criteria are eligible for admission into the LVN Program. 

NOTE:  Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may constitute grounds for denial of licensure.  Meet with the Director of Nursing to discuss any concerns before applying to the program.

Class Selection

30 students are admitted to the LVN program every August. If there are more eligible applicants than available seats, a computerized random selection of all the eligible applicants will be used to determine admission.  There is no waiting list for the LVN program.  Applicants not admitted in a current admission cycle must re-apply in a future application period. 

Accreditation

Cuesta College is a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The Cuesta College Licensed Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).  All courses and curricula have been approved by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.