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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 ProgramAdmission 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.


Program Learning Outcomes 

Once you successfully complete these programs, you should be able to:

  • Pass the National Council Licensure Examination for licensed registered nursing (NCLEX-RN).
  • Be prepared for employment as an entry level licensed registered nurse.
  • Use critical thinking and nursing standards to plan and deliver effective nursing care to clients with stable health conditions within structured health care settings.
  • Use effective written and oral communications with clients, family members and the health care team.
  • Provide culturally centered care that respects the clients’ health beliefs, values and practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function in a collaborative manner as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team. 
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and practices within the legal and ethical framework of a licensed registered nurse.
  • Assume responsibility for ongoing learning and professional growth.