Vocational nurses work in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical and healthcare facilities to provide basic medical care to patients. Typically, LVNs work under the guidance of a registered nurse, physician's assistant and/or doctor.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Vocational ethics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Math of dosage
  • Nursing fundamentals
  • Nutrition
  • Growth and development
  • Introduction to pharmacology
  • Diet therapy
  • Maternal and child care nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nursing care of the medical-surgical patient

Career Options

Program graduates go on to work in a variety of health care settings including retirement homes, private hospitals, mental health facilities, physician offices, and home healthcare facilities.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete one of Job Corps' basic Heath Care career technical training program.
  • Possess state certification as a nurse assistant.
  • Submit letters of recommendation from Job Corps health and wellness personnel.
  • Submit letters of recommendation from Job Corps staff and any previous health-related employment.
  • Be at least 17½ years old.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a positive behavior record with no major incidents in the past 90 days.
  • Have a clean criminal record.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Advanced Licensed Practical/ Vocational Nurse Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Ability to multitask
Communication skills
Concern for others
Physical endurance
Quick decision-making skills
Stress tolerance