Chabot College offers a program to assist Licensed Vocational Nurses to achieve eligibility to sit the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX - RN). Licensed Vocational Nurses holding a current license to practice in California are eligible to apply to the program. It is possible to earn an Associate in Arts degree while completing the program, although it is not a requirement for eligibility to take the NCLEX - RN.
The long-term employment outlook for Registered Nurses is excellent. About half the job openings in the health occupations will be in nursing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurses with advanced training will be especially in demand in positions as administrators, teachers, clinical specialists, community health nurses, critical care nurses, and in such career paths as nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.
Nurses have the opportunity to work in a number of clinical and community settings. In private industry, most nursing salaries are above the average for non-supervisory personnel. Salaries of nurses in acute care hospitals of the Bay Area for a new graduate average $54,800 to $62,900 annually. Fringe benefits normally include paid holidays, sick leave, paid vacation, continuing education leave, as well as health insurance and a retirement pension.
Costs to students who are California residents include fees, books, uniforms and license examination fees. The total cost will be approximately $5,000 plus transportation costs to the hospitals and other agencies. There is minimal local and federal scholarship help available for qualified students; interested students should consult the Financial Aid Office, building 700.
LVNs who enter into the second year of the nursing program may opt for one of the three following: A.A. in Nursing, Non-Degree option, or 30-unit option. The 30-unit option is offered and accepted only in the State of California. Graduates of any of these options are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX -RN). However, unlike the A.A. graduate, whose eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse is recognized by a process called "endorsement" in all of the United States, the licenses of graduates who choose the Non-Degree or 30-unit option may not be recognized in other states.
The program meets the requirements of Section 2736.6 of the Nursing Practice Act and Section 1429 of the California board of Registered Nursing Rules and Regulations.