LVN to RN Bridge Program

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Change Your LVN to an RN and Get Ahead!

If you are a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) wanting to become a Registered Nurse (RN), LASC’s LVN to RN Bridge Program can help you get there! Our Bridge Program will start your education from the second semester of our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, joining our ADN students through the last three semesters of our Nursing program. Once you complete the program, you will be prepared to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination (NCLEX) to get your licensure as an RN in the State of California.

We also offer a 30-unit Program option that’s mandated by the California Board of Registered Nursing. While you aren’t considered a graduate of LASC’s Nursing program, if you successfully complete the program, it does allow you to take the NCLEX to acquire licensure as an RN in the State of California.

Find out how to apply for the LVN to RN Bridge Program or 30-unit Option below, as well as how to apply to LASC’s Nursing Program so you can advance your skills and your title in this rewarding career!

LVN to RN Bridge and 30-unit Option Requirements

Review LASC’s LVN to RN Bridge and 30-unit Option program requirements, and our required course of study for these programs. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information. You will also need to complete the Nursing Application Process so you can start your path to becoming an RN:

Major Code: 1203.00

Total Required Units: 28-30

  • Pre-requisites, documentation, requirements, and application process are the same as the ADN Program. Admission will depend upon spaces available.
  • In addition to the above requirements, you will need a current Vocational Nursing (VN) License from an accredited VN program.
  • Once you are admitted into the program, you must successfully pass the Challenge Exam and Competency Skills before you can enter into the second-semester courses.
  • Your starting semester may be the following Fall or Spring semester, dependent upon when second-semester courses are offered.
Required Curriculum Course Order: Units
Second Semester  
NURS 502A Medical-Surgical Nursing A 4.5
NURS 503B Psychiatric Nursing 4.5
Third Semester  
NURS 506B Maternal and Child Health Nursing (Obstetrics) 4.5
NURS 506A Maternal and Child Health Nursing (Pediatrics) 4.5
Fourth Semester  
NURS 502B Medical-Surgical Nursing B 4.5
NURS 503A Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing 4.5
NURS 507 Senior Seminar 1

View the current Nursing Student Handbook or Course Catalog for current policy information on how to Petition for Credit by Examination or Challenge for Nursing Course Credit.

The California Board of Registered Nursing mandates this option, and if you complete this, you are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination (NCLEX) to acquire licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. Other states may not recognize this option as valid preparation for R.N. licensure and, therefore, not grant interstate licensure.

If you complete this option, you are not considered graduates of Los Angeles Southwest College’s Nursing Program and are not eligible to wear the program’s cap or pin. The Associate Degree in Science with a specialization in Nursing is not awarded upon completion of the 30-Unit Option. A grade of “C” or better is mandatory for all courses required in the 30-Unit Option. You will be admitted on a space available basis.

Required Prerequisite Courses: Units
PHYSIOL 1 Introduction to Human Physiology 4
MICRO 1 Introductory Microbiology 5
Required Nursing Courses:  
NURS 518 Patient Care Seminar for Transfer Students 2
NURS 526 Communication in Nursing 1
NURS 527 Nursing Process 1
NURS 503A Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing 4.5
NURS 503B Psychiatric Nursing 4.5
NURS 507 Senior Seminar 1
NURS 502B Medical-Surgical Nursing 4.5

Application Process

If you are selecting this option, please go to the Nursing Department Office to receive an application. Once you complete the application, write on the front of the form in the upper right corner, “30-Unit Option”. Return the application to the Nursing Department Office along with:

  1. Verification of a current California LVN license
  2. Verification of U.S. high school graduation, G.E.D., or California Proficiency Examination
  3. Official college transcripts listing the required prerequisite courses
  4. Education Plan completed by a college counselor at LASC.

If you are selecting this option, you are also required to take the Nursing Department’s tests to demonstrate math computation and reading speed, proficiency, and comprehension. If needed, we have assistance services to help you achieve the required skill levels you’ll need prior to enrolling in the first Nursing course.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of all health, immunization and laboratory tests required for students enrolled in the generic Nursing Program.
  2. Professional liability insurance.
  3. CPR certification for health care providers, which includes adult, child, and infant airway management information and competencies

If you have military experience and education in a healthcare occupation, you may qualify for advance placement into LASC’s Nursing program. Find out more about these requirements on our ADN Program page or in our current Course Catalog.

Get Ready Before You Start

Want to be an RN? You can begin preparing for it before your first class starts at LASC.

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s Nursing Program Requirements to review how to apply to these unique programs. Begin gathering your transcripts, and attend an Information Session to find out detailed information on how to apply.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as the Future Nurses of America and Toastmasters, or become a student ambassador, or run for student body government. These create new relationships and enhance your resume to show potential employers your commitment to building leadership skills and furthering your healthcare community.

LASC End of Program Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes include outcomes that are reflected of the six QSEN and four MNOF integrating concepts to promote human flourishing and the development of nursing judgment, professional identify, and a spirit of inquiry.

  • Evaluate nursing care provided to patients, families, and communities across the lifespan from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings to ensure that it is compassionate, age and culturally appropriate and based on a patient's preferences, values and needs.
  • Collaborate with members of the interprofessional health care team to manage and coordinate the provision of safe, quality care for patients, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrate use of best current evidence and clinical expertise when making clinical decisions in the provision of patient-centered care.
  • Use evidence-based information and patient care technology to communicate relevant patient information, manage care and mitigate error in the provision of safe, quality patient-centered care.
  • Use evidence-based quality improvement processes to effect change in the delivery of patient-centered care.
  • Demonstrate effective use of strategies to mitigate errors and reduce the risk of harm to patients, self and others in healthcare, home, and community settings.
  • Use leadership, management and priority-setting skills in the provision and management of safe, quality patient-centered care.
  • Assimilate integrity and accountability into practices that uphold established regulatory, legal, and ethical principles while providing patient-centered, standard-based nursing care.
  • Provide health-related information to patients, families, and communities using varying teaching methods, which facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.
  • Model verbal and nonverbal communication strategies that promote an effective exchange of information, development of therapeutic relationships and shared decision making with patients, families, and communities from diverse backgrounds.

Program (Graduate) Outcomes

  • 80% or greater of graduates from the Los Angeles Southwest College Associate Degree Nursing program will pass the NCLEX-RN Exam on the first attempt.
  • 80% or greater of employers will be satisfied with entry level ADN graduates’ work performance 12 months after beginning employment.
  • 75% or greater of ADN graduates will be employed in the field of nursing or return to advanced education within 12 months.

Nursing Department

Office Hours and Location

Mondays to Thursdays: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed

School of Career & Technical Education, Room 132


Indiana McClellan, Chair
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 241-5461

Satavia Smith
Senior Office Assistant, Nursing Department
Office Direct: (323) 241-5461

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