Associate of Science Degree: Nursing Education
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (Advanced Placement)

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) LVN to RN step-up 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).

Program Prerequisites

Course# Course Name Units
BIOL 205 General Microbiology
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy
BIOL 235 Human Physiology

Courses Required for the Major

Course #Course Name Units
ENGL 101 Reading and Composition
PSYC 101 General Psychology
COMS 103Oral Communication or
COMS 135 Interpersonal Communication
 ANTH 103Introduction to Cultural
Anthropology or
 SOCO 101Principles of Sociology or 
 SOCO 110Contemporary Social Problems 3
 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 = 45

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

Award Notes: The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires 6 units of Communication, verbal, written and group; satisfied by ENGL 101 and SPEE 103; and 16 units of Natural, Behavioral and Social sciences; satisfied by the BIOL 205, 230 and 235 prerequisites, PSYC 101 & ANTH 103 or SOCO 101 or 110. *It is strongly recommended that part or all of the general education requirements (including 2 Exercise Science (formerly Physical Education) activity and American Institutions courses) be completed prior to admission to the nursing education program.

last updated: 8/8/2014