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Understanding Licensed Vocational Nurse Requirements
A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Program is a healthcare academic program that aids aspiring nurses to complete their vocational studies in as short as 12 months. LVNs are otherwise known as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in other parts in the United States. In the states of Texas and California, the term LVN is more widely used. The first step to become an LVN is to enrol at an accredited and state-approved LVN Program. These programs are usually offered in community colleges, private institutions, and even big universities. There are basic requirements to enrol at an LVN program, such as:
- Age requirements. In most states, you have to be at least 18 years old to be eligible for enrolment to an LVN Program. For this, you may need to prepare your birth certificate as a proof of your age.
- Academic requirements. You have to be at least a high school graduate to qualify for enrolment. You may need to present your high school diploma, or if home-schooled, a General Education Development (GED) certificate can suffice. Additional academic requirements include your high school transcript of records (TOR) that should be sent directly to your LVN school of choice. Some schools may require a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 from a scale of 4.0, although this depends per institution. As an addendum, it is a good idea to bank on your grades in high school, especially with health-related and sciences subjects, if you are planning to take up an LVN Program.
- Pre-requisite courses. In some institutions, you may need to take in advance some pre-requisite courses before proceeding to the actual LVN Program. Some of these courses include, but are not limited to the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, and Math. This, however, depends on the LVN Program’s course outline. It is also a good idea to take additional courses during your high school, such as basic CPR and healthcare courses. You may choose to cross-enrol to other schools for the pre-requisite courses. You also have the option not to take the courses beforehand. However, this may result to a delay in your completion of your LVN Program.
Other requirements for an LVN Program may include (1) an entrance exam from your respective school, which is more or less like an IQ test; (2) medical check-up, to clear you from any health-related risks; (3) character references of at least three; (4) a comprehensive resume; and (5) criminal background check. Entrance fees may also apply.
To be more accurate, it is best to check on your respective school for their specific requirements for their LVN program. Requirements may vary per institution, as well as the age requirements per state. A word of advice is to prepare all the basic requirements stated above.