LVN Pathway to Licensure as a Registered Nurse

LVN to ADN Career Ladder Program

The LVN to RN 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.

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN's) must first complete all prerequisites for the ADN program (exception of NURS 26 Pharmacology), and pass Nursing 37 the Yuba College Bridge Course. 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. 

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: About $2,500. 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.



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

Prerequisite Coursework:



NURS 37 Nursing Bridge Course                                    



BIOL 4, Human Anatomy



BIOL 5, Human Physiology



BIOL 6, Microbiology

Above Courses Require a Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or Higher


ENGL 1A, College Composition

Above Course Requires a GPA of 2.5 or Higher


NURS 36, Pathophysiology

Above Course Requires a GPA of 2.5 or Higher


MATH 52, Intermediate Algebra



CHEM 2A or 2B

FCS/HLTH 10, Principles of Nutrition
PSYCH 1A, General Psychology




General Education and Support Courses:






SPECH 1, Public Speaking or SPECH 6, Group Discussion



Humanities Elective (see Yuba College Catalog)



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.

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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