LVN Option

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The 30-unit option provides the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) the opportunity to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This option is available to LVNs entering the SCC Nursing Program but does not meet the requirements for an associate degree in nursing.

In addition to regular expenses such as enrollment fees, living costs, activity fees, and books, nursing students have the expense of uniforms, equipment, malpractice insurance, graduation, and licensing costs. They also are responsible for their physical examination, immunizations, background check, and drug screen, as well as transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. All enrolled students must have a current health provider CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) card. The nursing program is a full-time rigorous course of study. In order to ensure academic success and to protect students’ health, full-time employment is not advisable. It is recommended that students who must continue outside employment reduce their hours to 8-12 hours or less per week.

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grade of “C” or better or equivalent.

NOTE: In accordance with Regulation 480 of the State Board of Registered Nursing, a person convicted of any offense, other than a minor traffic violation, may not qualify to be licensed as a Registered Nurse. If there are any questions regarding this matter, please contact the State Board of Registered Nursing or visit their website at www.rn.ca.gov.

Required Program Units
CourseUnits
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology with lab5
BIOL 440 General Microbiology with lab4
NURSE 308 LVN-RN 30-Unit Option8
NURSE 437 Nursing in Complex and Multiple Patient Care12
TOTAL REQUIRED UNITS29 

A 75% passing grade is mandatory in theory and clinical of each nursing course for progression in the program.

NOTE: In accordance with Regulation 480 of the State Board of Registered Nursing, a person convicted of any offense, other than a minor traffic violation, may not qualify to be licensed as a Registered Nurse. If there are any questions regarding this matter, please contact the State Board of Registered Nursing or visit their website at www.rn.ca.gov.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Possession of a current clear and active California Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) license at the time of application and throughout program completion.
  • Completion of a minimum of six months recent LVN work experience, preferably in the medical-surgical area.
  • Completion of BIOL 431 or equivalent 4-5 semester-unit physiology course and BIOL 440 or equivalent 4 semester-unit microbiology course with a grade of “B” or better prior to enrollment in the nursing courses.
  • Completion of the current curriculum planning summary sheet including the semester in which the pre-enrollment packet is being submitted.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • integrate the nursing process with critical reasoning skills, in direct and indirect nursing care to meet the patient’s developmental and basic human needs.
  • revise individualized nursing interventions to safely provide care to assist patients of all ages in need of preventative, restorative, or rehabilitative patient-centered care.
  • incorporate evidence-based practice, patient care standards, informatics, and critical thinking skills to enhance safety, quality improvement, and effectiveness in nursing care.
  • generate therapeutic, respectful, and caring communication with patients and families, while promoting collegiality with peers and colleagues.
  • formulate accurate and timely documentation and reporting of patient assessments, interventions, progress, and outcomes of care in the written and electronic medical record.
  • design patient-centered teaching plans and assist patients and their families in developing self-advocacy skills necessary to maintain optimum levels of functioning and health.
  • manage the nursing care for a group of patients, utilizing leadership skills, collaboration, teamwork, resource utilization, and supervision of team members consistent with their scope of practice.
  • prioritize patient care needs, using critical thinking and time management skills, to organize and provide safe nursing care in a responsible and accountable manner.
  • integrate ethical provisions, legal boundaries, and cultural competency in all areas of nursing practice.
  • assess his or her own learning needs through reflective thinking and use resources to engage in continuous improvement in skills and knowledge.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares the student for employment as an entry-level staff nurse in:

  • hospitals
  • physician’s offices
  • skilled nursing or long-term care facilities
  • surgery centers
  • ambulatory care settings
  • occupational health
  • other related agencies

Registered nurses provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan. The State of California allows the LVN-RN 30-unit option student to be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The LVN seeking this path to RN licensure may not receive reciprocal RN licensure in other states. LVNs considering moving out-of-state are encouraged to consult with that state’s board of nursing for RN licensure requirements before committing to the 30-unit option.

Applying to the Program

Download and complete a 30 Unit Option Application to the registered nursing program.

Please direct all inquiries to SCCNursingApplication@losrios.edu or 916-558-2271.

Provide official transcripts and course descriptions of physiology, microbiology, and a previously attended licensed vocational nursing (LVN) program. Provide proof of current California LVN license.

Please submit all required documents, sealed transcripts and application at one time in a manila envelope. Send completed application packet to:

Sacramento City College RN Nursing
30 Unit Option Program
Mohr Hall Room 18
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento CA 95822