LVN to RN - 30 Unit Option

Nursing Education
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse, Thirty-Unit Option - Licensure Only (No paper award given)

Award Description:
It is strongly recommended that part or all of the general education requirements be completed prior to admission to the nursing education program.

Award Notes:
Note: Other states may not recognize the LVN Thirty Unit Option as a method to satisfy the requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Interested candidates are urged to contact the respective Boards of Nursing for additional information.

Program Description:

The LVN to RN 30 Unit Option program curriculum prepares entry-level Registered Nurses (RN) as providers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession. The curriculum respects the individuality of the student and aims to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills so that the graduate nurse is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduate nurses collaborate with members of the health care team, are effective communicators, are politically aware, and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Admission to the program is by special application. Information is available on the nursing website at: ProgramsofInstruction/NursingEducation. aspx. Applications for the nursing program are also available on the Nursing website at: http:// NursingAdmissions/RN_APP_updated_01-13-11.pdf. Prospective students are responsible for obtaining these materials in order to acquaint themselves with the admission policies and procedures. Information is also available at the Nursing workshops, held once a month. Schedule found on Nursing website.

The San Diego City College Nursing Education program is fully accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Inquiries regarding accreditation may be made by contacting the BRN at P.O. Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244, 916-322-3350 or ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-975-5000

Program Goals:
Upon completion of the LVN to RN 30 Unit Option the nursing student will be able to:

1. Apply nursing concepts and skills to be successful on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
2. Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure accurate and safe client care.
3. Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of professional nursing practice.
4. Use standards of nursing practice to perform and evaluate client care in entry level practice.
5. Participate in life-long learning.

Program Emphasis:
Curriculum and course sequence progress from simple to complex knowledge and skills with emphasis on nursing process, caring, problem solving and critical thinking. The person who completes the LVN to RN 30 Unit Option is prepared as a clinician to think critically, using the nursing process, to safely perform nursing care, teach individuals, families, communities and members of the health care team, function as a client advocate, provide leadership, manage resources, delegate and supervise within the legal scope of practice of the Registered Nurse. The student who completes the LVN to RN 30 Unit Option will meet the standards of competency, delineated by the Board of Registered Nursing for the State of California.  Students who complete this option (30/45 unit) will take NCLEX-RN as a non-graduate.  This status will not change even if student goes on to obtain a degree.  There is no restriction to practice within California.  The student may have difficulty in transferring to another state or territory.  The student may also have difficulty applying to a college/university for an advanced degree.

Career Options:
The Registered Nurse cares for clients of all ages and may be employed at the entry level in a variety of settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics and home health agencies. Some careers in nursing require education beyond the associate degree.
BIOL 205, General Microbiology
BIOL 235, Human Physiology
courses required for the majorUnits
 NRSE 235LVN to RN Transition
 NRSE 240Medical/Surgical Nursing III 4.5
 NRSE 242Mental Health & Gerontological
 NRSE 244Medical Surgical Nursing IV 4.5
 NRSE 246Leadership in Nursing 4.5
Total Units = 29

Recommended electives: Nursing 108, 206, 241, 243, 245.

last updated: 8/8/2014