CNA to LVN Equivalency Method

Are you a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Patient Care Technician with a minimum of 51 months of "paid" general duty INPATIENT bedside nursing experience in a clinical facility?

D&D can help you become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in the State of California through the "Equivalency Method."
Eligible candidates can challenge the NCLEX-PN exam based on their work experience and education without attending a traditional LVN Program.


Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations section 2516(b), the 51 months of paid general duty inpatient bedside nursing experience must include a minimum of each of the following:


In addition to the required paid bedside nursing experience, the applicant must also have completed a pharmacology course of at least 54 theory hours.

D&D's Pharmacology Course is fully compliant to California Code of Regulations Division 25 Article 4. Licenses ยง 2516(b)(2).

Refer to the California Board of Vocational Nursing website for additional information regarding this method. D&D does not evaluate your experience and education. Only the Board of Vocational Nursing can determine your eligibility to challenge the NCLEX-PN.


Please be informed that our D&D South San Francisco, CA office will be closed on October 19 and 20, 2017 (Thu & Fri). Our staff will be going out-of-state to attend a conference. Our regular office hours (8am-4pm, California Time) will resume on Monday, October 23. For program inquiries, please fill out our CONTACT US form. For new enrollments and online course extensions: Registrations will be processed on Monday, October 23. Thank you.

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Program Description:

The main goal of this program is to assist applicants complete the Board of Vocational Nursing's requirements by providing high quality instruction with the knowledge, skills, and judgment needed to challenge the NCLEX-PN.

Module I: Pharmacology Course

Online Course; Self-study
Start anytime but must be completed
within 3 months from registration.

Module II: LVN Challenge Course

Online Course Enrollment
Live In-Class (South San Francisco, CA)
Every Saturdays, 8am to 2pm

Module III: NCLEX-PN Preparation

Online Course Enrollment
Live In-Class (South San Francisco, CA)