Information for LVNS
LASC does not offer a career ladder option (LVN to RN) for Licensed Vocational Nurses
The 30-Unit Option
- The 30-Unit Option is mandated by the Board of Registered Nursing as an option for applicants who are a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the state of California.
- Applicants should receive objective counseling regarding this option and admission is on an individual basis. Admission will depend upon spaces available throughout courses required to complete the 30-unit option.
- Completion of this option makes the student eligible to apply for licensure by examination as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
- Graduates of this option will not be considered a graduate of the College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program and is ineligible to wear the Nursing Program’s cap or pin.
- Other states in the United States may not recognize persons licensed under this option as registered nurses even though they may have passed the NCLEX-RN examination.
Challenging for Nursing Course Credit
- Eligibility to challenge is only offered to students officially admitted to the generic nursing program. Once admitted the LVN may seek to receive credit for selected nursing courses via examination.
- A maximum of 15 units acquired through challenging examination my be applied toward a specialization in nursing.
- Any clinical nursing course(s) may be challenged by the LVN or by the nursing student provided the student's application to challenge indicated appropriate education and experience.
- Application to challenge must be in writing. The written examination may be followed by a clinical practicum.
- Grading standards are the same as those for students enrolled in the course(s). Credit is given only to the student who passes the challenging exam, officially registered for the course(s) and has paid the course fee. Refer to the college catalog for further information.