LVN to RN Bridge Program
The Nursing Department offers an LVN/RN Bridge program whereby Licensed Vocational Nurses can become Registered Nurses via the completion of the required prerequisites and nursing coursework. The program is fully accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.
Changes to LVN-RN Bridge Program Beginning December 2, 2014
Due to great impaction, effective December 02, 2014, LVN-RN Bridge students will no longer be admitted to the nursing program via the waitlist. Instead, students will be required to apply on the same point system as the Generic ADN students. Therefore, all prerequisites must be completed with grades posted at time of application. Once applications are submitted and reviewed by the nursing department, eligible students will then be invited to take the HESI Exam. The application period for the LVN-RN Bridge will be the same as the Generic ADN program.
Please note that students will no longer be admitted to a waitlist. Applications to the Bridge program will either be immediately accepted or denied. Students are welcome to reapply if their application is denied and they are recommended to meet with our nursing counselor to discuss recommendations for re-application.
Additionally, note that students admitted to the waitlist prior to December 02, 2014, will not be required to apply on the point system. Students will be admitted via the already existent waitlist.
With the coexistence of the current LVN-RN Bridge waitlist and new implementation of the point system, the nursing department will be admitting 50% of applicants directly from the waitlist and the remaining 50% from the new application pool via the point system. Once the current waitlist is diminished, all students applying for the LVN-RN Bridge program will be required to apply via the point system and will no longer be placed on a waitlist of any kind.
Lastly, please note that students applying on the point system for the LVN-RN Bridge program will not be competing with the Generic ADN applicants. Instead, they will be considered for admission using a separate pool inclusive of only LVN-RN Bridge students.
For Those Applying Before December 01, 2014
Students may elect to either apply for the LVN/RN Bridge Program or the Generic ADN Program. In order to apply for the LVN/RN Bridge Program, students must have all prerequisites completed or have one prerequisite in progress. Sociology 100 or Anthropology 102, Communication Studies 100 or 111 and the required Humanities are required to be completed at time of application for the Bridge Program. Additionally, note that LVN/RN Bridge students are admitted once per year in the spring semester. LVN/RN Bridge students will be given a challenge exam and may be placed in either Semester 1, 2 or 3 dependent on their challenge exam results.
If a student elects to apply via the point system, they must have all prerequisites completed inclusive of all required general education and science prerequisites and have taken the HESI. The student will also be required to complete the full 2-year Generic ADN program. If a student applies on the point system and is not admitted, they will remain on the LVN/RN Bridge waitlist as long as they have applied for the bridge and follows the reactivation procedure.
Note: A background check and health requirement verification must be completed prior to enrollment in the program. California may deny a Registered Nurse license to an applicant based on a conviction or legal action substantially related to the nursing practice.