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Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs)

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) accepted into the career mobility phase of the Associate Degree Nursing program are required to complete a combination of general education and nursing courses with related laboratory experience in local health agencies. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student to take the National Licensing Examination to become registered as a nurse and eligible for employment. A grade of "C" or better is required in each nursing course for progression in the program and for an Associate Degree in Nursing. There are morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend clinical experiences that may change with limited notice.

LVN to RN Program Quick Facts

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Quick Facts LVN to RN Program

Length of Program The LVN to RN program is 1 year. Students complete a summer bridge course, and then enter the RN program in the 3rd semester.
Prerequisites Students must complete the same prerequisites as the RN program, as well as Speech and Sociology or Cultural Anthropology. See the Nursing General Information Sheet on the Nursing website for details.

 Students must have the following to qualify for the LVN to RN Program:

  • Active California LVN license
  • 6 months recent full time equivalent LVN work experience
Application The application is available on the nursing website from October to January.
Grant Funding The LVN to RN program is grant funded, which means that it is not guaranteed to run every year. Students should check the Nursing website to stay up to date on program details.
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Start-up costs

Start-up costs are approximately $2,500. The student is responsible for providing uniforms, books, laboratory fees, malpractice insurance, physical exam, immunizations, drug screen, current CPR, background check, equipment, transportation and parking to off-campus laboratory locations. Upon completion of the Nursing program, students should expect fees of approximately $575.00 to take the R.N. licensure exam. All costs/fees are subject to change.

NOTE: The California Board of Registered Nursing

NOTE: The California Board of Registered Nursing protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The law provides for denial of licensure for crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, functions or duties. At time of licensure application, all convictions must be reported except for minor traffic violations. (Business and Professions Code 480 and Nurse Practice Act Article 3 Section 2761)

LVN-RN Summer 2024 application will be open October 2, 2023 - January 30, 2024

Program Enrollment -  LVN to RN application


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