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Vocational Nursing Program

Graduates from DNI’s  Vocational Nursing (VN) program will be prepared to begin a career providing general nursing care in a variety of environments, including:

  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Home health care agencies
  • Correctional institutions
  • Specialty hospitals


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) is expected to grow 16 percent between 2014 and 2024, much faster than average for all occupations. Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program will meet eligibility requirements to sit for the state licensing examination, NCLEX-PN. With LVN job placement rates of 91%* in 2014, DNI graduates are known by employers for their preparedness, having established comprehensive nursing skills in:

  • Implementing nursing procedures in a variety of settings
  • Predicting, planning, and implementing comprehensive care plans
  • Maintaining accountability and professionalism within the legal and ethical standards of the nursing program
  • Discussing therapy with clients, their significant others, and the multidisciplinary health care team

*The disclosed placement rates reflect historical outcomes of graduate employment and should not be relied on by anyone as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future employability for any graduate. The placement rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduates who complete within 150% of the program length during the reporting period, were available for employment, and found a job in their field of training; by the total number of graduates available for employment. The reporting period for these placement rates was July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.


Students who pursue a certificate from DNI will benefit from hands-on, rigorous training and individual guidance from faculty. Relying on three components of nursing care — biology, psychology, and sociology — students will be empowered to start their careers by learning the following:

  • Proper patient care
  • Medical terminology
  • Medication administration
  • Body systems
  • Body growth and development
  • Patient care assessment
  • Nursing procedures

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Whether it’s through bringing health care awareness and services to underserved areas or helping future nurses attain their goals, graduates continue to be inspired by their experience at DNI, making a difference in their communities long after they have left the classroom.


Graduates will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN, the licensing exam for vocational nurses.

Program Cost

Continuing our focus on guiding students to a successful career in nursing, DNI rolls the costs of the books, materials, and equipment into the tuition for all of our programs.  In addition to making it easier for students to focus on their studies rather than tracking down the necessary equipment, this process ensures that all of our students are working with up-to-date, clean, and precise materials. In addition to federal financial assistance, numerous payment options are also available through DNI dependent on student need. Please contact the financial aid department for more details. Included with the tuition:

  • Textbooks — including online resources and videos
  • Nursing kit
  • 2 sets of nursing scrubs
  • Health screening
  • Immunizations
  • Admissions Entrance Assessment
  • POE verification
  • Kaplan exam preparation
  • Unlimited tutoring sessions
  • Wireless access
  • Comprehensive final exam
  • And more

LVN $7,166 per semesterThere is also a one-time $100 application fee. Disclosures

Actual program costs are determined by the number of transferable credits as well as student performance. Please consult your financial aid advisor for more accurate costs.

Educational Requirements

Standardized Test Requirements for Admission-All accepted applicants must achieve performance on one of the following:

  • An American College Test (ACT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 19 or above; or
  • A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score taken before 2016 within the last five years with a composite score of 1350 or a composite score of 990 or above if taken since 2016; or
  • The VN Admissions Entrance Assessment minimum score taken at DNI within the last two years with a score of 74 on Reading, 70 on Math, and 40 on Critical Thinking and a maximum of one retake attempt after four weeks.

Applicant must complete an essay scored by program director or designee. Applicant must pass a drug screen (Board of Nursing 213.29 Criteria and Procedure Regarding Intemperate Use and Lack of Fitness in Eligibility and Disciplinary Matters) Applicant background check must meet the Board of Nursing 213.28 criteria regarding licensure of Person with Criminal Offenses. Minor criminal offenses [Class C misdemeanor(s)] will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Decision of the Executive Director is final.

Program Time to Completion

51 weeks full-time 68 weeks part-time

Actual program length is determined by the number of transferable credits as well as student performance. Please consult your admissions representative for more information.

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