Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse, Thirty-Unit Option - Licensure Only (No paper award given)
It is strongly recommended that part or all of the
general education requirements be completed prior
to admission to the nursing education program.
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. Students who complete this option (30 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.
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
aspx. Applications for the nursing program are
also available on the Nursing website at: http://
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
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.
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.
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