CNA to LVN Challenge Course

CNA TO LVN CHALLENGE (courses completed in 4-5 months)
Upcoming Sessions: August 1st to december 31st ( Application Deadline: July 20th, 2016)

Mandatory Orientation July 27th 8am-12pm

*All Applications must be received before deadline.

According to the Board of Vocational Nursing. There are 4 methods to qualify to become an LVN. With method 3, you can challenge the board if you have 4 years full time INPATIENT bedside nursing experience as a nursing assistant (CNA). You also need paid pharmacology, work experience in Pediatrics and Maternity nursing. – PLEASE visit: The Board of Nursing and Psychiatric Technician’s Website for more information on the methods.

Must be CNA, nurse’s aide, patient care technician, etc. who has verifiable experience working inpatient bedside nursing in nursing facility at least 3 1/2- 4 years full time ( NO home care).
People who have completed some formal nursing education will be considered after evaluation.

The LVN challenge courses apply to method 3 because the courses provide you with Pediatric nursing and genitourinary/maternity job placement. In addition, they allow you to cover the content and skills that a student would need to know to succeed as an LVN. Each course comes with an advisor that helps you fill out your paperwork to submit to the board.

Student has 4 months from enrollment to complete Clinical assignments.
Clinical is scheduled based on worker availability (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

COURSES: (please see detailed description below)

  • Clinical Pharmacology Course for the Vocational Nurse (CLINICAL)
  • Vocational Nursing Curriculum Review (CLINICAL)
  • Vocational Nursing Skills and Health Assessment (CLINICAL)
  • Vocational Nursing Advanced Curriculum (IV therapy, Blood Withdrawal and NCLEX Review)

Clinical Pharmacology Course for the Vocational Nurse Cost: $2500 (Includes all course materials) This is an clinical course that fulfills the pharmacology requirement required by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) for challenging the board. The course covers the following content:

  • Knowledge of commonly used drugs and their action
  • Computation of dosages
  • Preparation of medications
  • Principles of administration

In addition, this course also includes paid work experience in the clinical setting in family nursing (Peds, Adult, and GYN etc.)

Vocational Nursing Curriculum Review- Cost: $2500 (Includes all course materials)
This course covers an in depth review of the vocational nursing curriculum.
It includes but is not limited to:

  • Gain an understanding of current philosophy, social, and economic trends, and objectives in nursing today.
  • Understand the functions of the LPN/LVN in assessing patient needs and in planning individualized care.
  • Review and increase knowledge of selected medical and surgical conditions, therapies and procedures, current diagnostic and treatment measures, and patient care needs.

In addition, this course also includes paid work experience in the clinical setting in family nursing (Peds, Adult, GYN etc)

Vocational Nursing Skills and Health Assessment- Cost: $2500 (Includes all course materials)
This course covers and in depth review of practical skills that are within the LVN scope of practice. It includes but is not limited to:

  • ADLs
  • Skin Care
  • Genitourinary- foley catheter insertion, care, etc
  • Gastrointestinal- NGT insertion, feedings
  • Admission and Discharge
  • Medication Administration
  • Pre-intra- post-operative care
  • Data Gathering skills
  • Dressings and Bandaging
  • Infection Control
  • Patient Assessment

In addition, this course also includes paid work experience in the clinical setting in family nursing (Peds, Adult, GYN etc)

Vocational Nursing Advanced Curriculum (IV therapy, Blood Withdrawal and Nclex Review)– FREE OR $2500
This course consists of 8 IN CLASS and hands-on sessions that is an intensive review of the vocational nursing curriculum and skills. It also includes a comprehensive, content-based NCLEX review class that provides students with strategies to successfully pass the NCLEX-PN exam.

Cost: This course is FREE to students enrolled in at least 2 challenge courses. Otherwise it is $2500. Students enrolled in this course will also be allowed to take the BVNPT approved IV therapy/Blood Withdrawal course for FREE. This is a dual certification course. After the student gets their LVN license by successfully passing the NCLEX-PN exam, the title IV therapy/Blood Withdrawal will be added to their license.

Enroll at:

Quest Nursing Education Center
2135 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612
PH: 510 452 1444
FAX 510 452 1444
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Payment must be money order/cashier’s check, (NO personal checks or cash). Payable to QUEST NURSING EDUCATION CENTER.


Is this an LVN Program? I do not see it listed on the board’s website.
This is NOT an LVN program, the courses are to assist you in challenging the board. LVN programs use method 1. The courses apply to method 3. PLEASE VISIT THE BVNPT Website about method 3.

Do I have to enroll in ALL the courses listed?
No, each student has different work experiences and education, you have to determine which courses you need to meet the challenge requirement.

Will I get an LVN license after taking any of the challenge courses you offer?
Yes, only if you meet and complete the requirements as specified by the board, the BVNPT (Board of Vocational Nursing) determines eligibility for licensure (but it is based on 4 years full time inpatient nursing, pharmacology, peds/maternity work experience). When you enroll in any of our courses, an advisor will work with you to ensure that you submit a complete application.

Will my license show that I challenged the board rather than attending LVN school?
No, the license is the same, People who challenge the board and who went to LVN school take the same Examination.

Can I use the LVN license out of the state of California?
No, when you challenge the board, generally states do not allow you to use the license outside of California.

Can I attend an LVN-RN bridge program if I get my LVN by challenging the board?
Yes, although, you should always check each bridge program as they may have different requirements

I have not been a CNA for 4 years can I still take the course.
Maybe, you would have to talk to an advisor.

I am out of State, can I take this course.
Yes, call to speak with an advisor.

Is there financial aid? Do you have payment plans?
No, at this time there is no financial aid. Payment plans are available for students enrolled in more than 1 course.