LVN Pathway to Licensure as a Registered Nurse

Nursing is a blend of science, technology and compassion that allows the practitioner to provide health care in a variety of settings. California is expected to undergo a nursing shortage which is predicted to last well into the 21st century. As a result, job opportunities are available and salaries are very competitive. Upon licensure, Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) graduates can expect to earn $70,000 a year or more.

The LVN to ADN Program leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN), following successful completion of the national NCLEX examination. RN's work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They are health advocates and educators for patients, families, and communities.

In hospitals, RN's observe, assess, and evaluate patient progress and determine nursing care needs. They may provide basic bedside care, give medications, and perform needed procedures. RN's often supervise LVN's, Nurses Aides, and other members of the health care team. Hospital RN's may be assigned to specialty areas such as the emergency room, surgery, pediatrics, maternity, or intensive care. RN's can also work in a variety of health care settings, including offices, clinics, corporations, schools, home health, and serve in the military.

LVN to ADN Career Ladder Program

To enter the career ladder program, Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN's) must first complete all prerequisites for the ADN program, with the exception of NURS 26 (Pharmacology). All course prerequisites must be complete with grades and all official transcripts must be on file with Admissions & Records prior to applying to the program. Students must attain a 62% on the TEAS, be prepared to take pre-admission exam if selected, and hold a valid LVN license that includes IV Therapy Certification at the time your application is submitted. Please review the LVN/RN Admission Requirements page for detailed application and admission information, once you have complete the admission packet return to  the Nursing Department Office (#2105) located in the Health & Public Safety building. Program applications may be downloaded at any time, but will only be accepted during the open submission timeframes listed on the Department of Nursing Web-Site.

Clinical: Yuba College Nursing Programs offer clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, offices and clinics. Lectures are broadcast via interactive TV to Yuba College in Marysville, Woodland Community College. Some classes are available online and many are web enhanced. Learning takes place in a state of the art simulation lab in Marysville.  The skills lab in Marysville is also staffed with a RN instructional assistants to provide additional support to students. Media, including videotapes, computer-assisted instructional programs, resource books and professional journals are available at all three campuses. 

Technology: Yuba College Nursing courses are integrated significantly with computer technology.  It is imperative that the student be proficient in computer learning, word processing and use of computer technology in the clinical setting. 

Costs: In addition to living expenses, enrollment fees, books and ATI program enhancement, nursing students have the additional cost of uniforms, malpractice insurance, health examination, drug testing and others. There are many grants, scholarships and loans available to nursing students who meet qualifying criteria. Please contact the Financial Aid Department for more information.

Drug/Background Screening: All students enrolled in nursing and allied health programs are subject to the district drug policy and procedure and background screening. Violation of this policy can result in denial of admission, rescinding offer of admission or permanent dismissal from the program. Please see the ADN Student Handbook for more information.

Recommended Courses:

Although these courses are not required, they may facilitate learning if taken prior to formal admission into the ADN program.

NURS 51 Medical Terminology............... 3 units
ECE 3 Child Growth and Development........ 3 units

BCA 15 Business Computer Application ..... 3 units or

COMSC 10L Computer Literacy ...... 3 Units
 

Course Repeats: 

Yuba College Nursing students are only allowed one repeat, or readmission into, any core nursing course throughout the progression of the program. ‚ÄčIf a student withdraws or fails to complete a course with an acceptable passing grade (75% or above) a second time, the student will be permanently suspended from the program. Students will not be allowed to repeat more than one course, and cannot enroll in the same course a third time. This policy applies to NURS 36, and all nursing core coursework (semesters I through IV) which lead to the Associate Degree in Nursing.

"C" Grade Definition: 

Unless otherwise noted, all courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (75%) or higher. This policy applies to all prerequisite nursing courses ( NURS 36), as well as all core nursing courses which lead to the Associate Degree in Nursing.

 

LVN to ADN MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The following prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to applying to the LVN to ADN program.

Prerequisite Coursework:

Prerequisites

Units

BIOL 4, Human Anatomy

4

 

BIOL 5, Human Physiology

4

 

BIOL 6, Microbiology

Above Courses Require a Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or Higher
                  
4

 

ENGL 1A, College Composition

Above Course Requires a GPA of 2.5 or Higher

4

NURS 36, Pathophysiology

Above Course Requires a GPA of 2.5 or Higher

4

MATH 52, Intermediate Algebra

4

 

CHEM 2A or 2B

4-5
FCS/HLTH 10, Principles of Nutrition
3
PSYCH 1A, General Psychology
3

 

 

 

General Education and Support Courses:

Course

Units

SOCIL 1, SOCIL 2, SOCIL 5, or ANTH 2

3

 

SPECH 1, Public Speaking or SPECH 6, Group Discussion

3

 

Humanities Elective (see Yuba College Catalog)

3

 

Nursing courses cannot be scheduled around general education and support courses. It is recommended that students plan ahead and take all courses prior to beginning the Nursing Program.

Students must be selected to enroll into the Nursing Department, achieved 62% on the TEAS, completed all ADN course prerequisites (except NURS 26 - Pharmacology), hold a valid LVN license, including a IV Therapy Certification, required for admission in the ADN program. Please review the LVN/RN Admission Requirements page for detailed application and admission information.

Sequence of Nursing Courses:

3rd. Semester

4th. Semester

NURS 3 - Med/Surg III (4/3) 7
 
NURS 21 - Pediatric Nursing (1.5/2) 3.5
NURS 4A - Med/Surg IV (2/1.5) 3.5
NURS 33 - Mental Health Nursing (2/2) 4
NURS 4B - Leadership & Preceptorship (1/2) 3
 
   

Nursing Courses:

NURS 3 - Med/Surg III (7 units) - Includes 4 units of theory and 3 units of clinical.

 

NURS 21 - Pediatric Nursing (3.5 units) - Includes 1.5 unit of theory and 2 units of lab. 

NURS 4A - Med/Surg IV (3.5 units) - Includes 2 units of theory and1.5 units of clinical. Prerequisite: NURS 3. 

NURS 33 - Mental Health Nursing (4 units) - Includes 2 units of theory and 2 units of clinical. Prerequisite: Program admission.

NURS 4B - Leadership & Preceptorship (3 units) - Includes 1 units of theory and 2 units of preceptorship.  Prerequisite:  NURS 4A.


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