Introduction to Pharmacology
54 Theory hours pursuant to California Code of Regulations
Division 25 Article 4 Licenses 2516 (b)(2)
We are very pleased to extend an invitation for you to learn more about our ONLINE pharmacology course we are offering to Certified Nursing Assistants/Medical Assistants/Nursing Assistants seeking licensure as vocational nurses in California based upon equivalent experience and/or education.
The California Board of Vocational Nursing (LVN Board) refers to this approach to licensing as “Method 3: Qualification Based on Equivalent Education and/or Experience Authority per section 2873 of the Vocational Nursing Practice Act and section 2516(b) of the California Code of Regulations.” What Method 3 does is recognize that experience gained as a CNA/MA/Nurse Assistant can be the equivalent to formal education.
Although there may be variants in experience acceptable to the Board, according to regulation, you must have 51 months of “paid general duty inpatient bedside nursing experience” consisting of the following:
- 48 months medical/surgical nursing
- 6 weeks maternity or genitourinary nursing
- 6 weeks pediatric nursing
In addition, the applicant must also complete a 54 hour course of
instruction in pharmacology that covers the following areas:
- Knowledge of commonly used drugs and their action
- Computation of dosages
- Preparation of medications
- Principles of administration
So that you will have a complete understanding of Method 3, visit the California LVN Board’s website (www.bvnpt.ca.gov) . CNA to LVN (Method 3)