LVN-RN (Career Mobility) Program

The LVN TO RN Career Mobility program prepares graduates who are eligible for licensure to practice as a registered nurse.

Graduates of the program are prepared to provide competent care at entry level RN practice, use the nursing process effectively for patients of all ages within healthcare settings, and function within the legal and ethical boundaries of current practice. The program encourages graduates to pursue continuing education in nursing.

Program Information

The program begins with NURSE 307, Transition to Associate Degree Nursing, a 5 unit, 6 week course that includes instruction in theory and clinical.  The student must achieve 75% or higher in NURSE 307, and in each nursing course, to continue in the program. The application is online and consists of a multi-criteria enrollment process. The enrollment criteria includes the LVN license, grade point average, life/special circumstances, veteran status, second language proficiency, and score on an assessment test.

All criteria yield a possible 100 points. An initial worksheet is completed by the student to determine if a candidate is qualified to apply. The worksheet total is reviewed and verified.  A total of 70 points on the worksheet is needed to apply. Supporting documentation is needed to confirm responses. All documents must be submitted with the online application cover page. Incomplete applications are not processed. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure there are no missing documents.


The prerequisite courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • English Writing Composition
  • General Psychology
  • Chemistry is required as a prerequisite to Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology

The program requirements include Public Speaking or Group Communication and Race Ethnicity & Inequality or Cultural Anthropology.  It is recommended that applicants take Nutrition and Growth and Development though they are not required prerequisites for the program. English Writing and Math Competencies must be satisfied by graduation, which may be achieved with a “C” or better in the English writing course and passing Intermediate Algebra. A previous BS/BA degree meets all graduation requirements and competencies.

Financial Requirements

Financial requirements for the program total approximately $3700, which includes:

  • tuition
  • malpractice insurance
  • badge
  • background check and drug screen
  • physical examination
  • immunizations
  • CPR certification
  • books
  • uniforms
  • supplies
  • BRN application licensure
  • graduation expenses

The student must have access to a computer, Internet, printer, ink, and paper; the student must also have reliable transportation to off-campus clinical facilities, days or evenings.

Financial aid is available. It takes months to process an application; begin the process with a completed FAFSA application. Students with a baccalaureate degree or 120 units are no longer eligible for financial aid. Scholarships are available.

Applying to the Program

Application requirements include a current California Vocational Nurse license, a verified minimum of six months of recent LVN work experience, and a high school transcript or GED. The potential applicant must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater in the science prerequisites and a minimum GPA of 2.5 or greater in the remaining prerequisite courses to apply for NURSE 307.

It is highly recommended that all graduation requirements are completed before beginning this rigorous program.

TEAS Assessment

All prerequisites and the Test of Essential Academic Skills Test (ATI TEAS) from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) must be completed in order to apply. Higher GPAs and TEAS scores increase the odds of getting into the program.  Only the first passing score of 62 or higher on the TEAS is required to continue with the application process.  A copy of the TEAS Version 5 Study Manual is available for applicants in the nursing department. Copies of the study manual are also on reserve in the Learning Resource Center.

It is highly recommended that potential applicants study for the test. Registration for testing occurs before the open enrollment period during the spring semester.

Case study of an applicant profile
AA degree in History5
Licensed as a Vocational Nurse5
GPA for BIO 430, 431, 440 = 3.2510
GPA for General Education Prerequisites = 3.7510
Has documented Learning Disability5
Veteran status5
TEAS Score in Reading 66.7%2.5
4 semesters of Spanish at accredited college2.5
Adjusted Individual TEAS score 64%25

Reminder:  A total of 70 points is required to apply.