What are my first steps to get into a program at the Health Occupations Center?

The majority of our programs require an orientation. Visit our "How to Get Started" page for information on our application and registration process!

A handful of our courses are for skill advancement and do not require an orientation. Please refer to individual course handouts to see if orientation is listed as a requirement.  


If I skip the orientation can I still apply for a program? 

The orientation is an important part of our onboarding process for prospective students.  You will verify that you viewed the orientation video when you apply.  By verifying you acknowledge that you understand and are accountable for the information shared within the video.  Please refer to the "How to Get Started" page for more details.


Do I have to register for orientation?

Starting with our Spring 2021 orientation, you do not.  The orientation is available for anyone to view and only those that choose to apply will then register. Please visit the "How to Get Started" page for more information on the updated process. 


Does the Health Occupations Center have a Registered Nurse (RN) program?

No, but we do have an RN Refresher program.  RNs who hold a current and active license without probationary status attached reports or filed accusations are eligible.  Here is additional information


What is the total cost of the class I'd like to take?  

To find out what a course costs, visit the HOC Courses page and click on the course in which you are interested.  You will find the registration cost as well as any additional costs (textbooks, scrubs, background check fees, licensing exam fees, etc.) that may be included.  


Does the Health Occupations Center accept financial aid?

Sorry, we aren't able to accept financial aid.  We do have our programs listed on CalJobs and the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, which can provide tuition assistance.  Please visit contact the East County Career Center for more information and to see if you qualify - (619) 873-9300.


To apply for the Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Program do I have to be a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)?

Yes, to apply for our LVN program you must have your CNA certification no later than the LVN application due date.  Sorry, but we are not able to substitute other certifications such as Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy to fulfill this state-mandated requirement.  


What is the difference between an RN and an LVN?

Please click here for comparison!  https://www.nurseregistry.com/blog/difference-between-rn-and-lvn/