CNA to LVN 54-hour Theory Pharmacology Course

In addition to the required paid bedside nursing experience, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) seeking eligibility to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam in the State of California must complete a pharmacology course of at least 54 theory hours that covers the following content:

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


This course is designed to provide in-depth overview of pharmacology concepts and practice application for entry-level nurses. Contents include principles of medication preparation and administration, dosage calculation, and commonly used medications and their actions, delivered through an online course.


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.


Start anytime but must be completed within 3 months from registration.

Online Course includes self-study modules, videos, animations, audio glossary, drug handbook, and practice questions for the NCLEX.

Graded exams are done online. A grade of at least 75% will earn you 54 hours credit for Pharmacology which you can use to satisfy the Pharmacology course requirement under the Equivalency Method 3 of the CA Board of Vocational Nursing.

Course Disclaimer: This course is mainly used to meet the requirements for EQUIVALENCY METHOD. It does not grant any degree. The work experience requirement will be the applicant/student's responsibility. Whether you already have the experience or still working on it does not affect your ability in taking the course. You can enroll and start completing this required course anytime.