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The LVN to RN Career Mobility is 1-year program to assist the Licensed Vocational Nurse in upgrading to the Registered Nurse level. The Department of Health Occupations at College of the Redwoods offers two LVN to RN program options that are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) seeking Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. The nursing content for each program is offered over three semesters and is available on a space available basis yearly at the Eureka campus.

Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). There are two options to chose from:

 

LVN to RN Career Mobility (Graduate Status) - ADN : The LVN to RN Career Mobility (Graduate Status) ADN program is a 1-year Career Mobility program to assist the Licensed Vocational Nurse in upgrading to the Registered Nurse level. Program content includes second year registered nursing courses and additional coursework in physiology, IV pharmacology skills, chemistry, microbiology, communication skills, social and behavioral sciences, and AS degree requirements. Upon completion, the student is awarded an Associate of Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) for licensure in the State of California with reciprocity in other states in the U.S.

LVN to RN 30 Unit Option : The LVN to RN 30 Unit Option program is a 1-year program to assist the Licensed Vocational Nurse in upgrading to the Registered Nurse level for licensure in the state of California, only, with no reciprocity in other states within the U.S. Program content includes material covered in the second year curriculum of the RN program including mental health and psychiatric nursing, advanced medical-surgical nursing, geriatric nursing, principles and practices of IV therapy, management of patient care and leadership skills, and bioethics. In addition the student must take courses in physiology, microbiology, and IV pharmacology skills.

 


 

Program requirements and courses are being updated. Application information will be available October 1st, 2014.  The next application period for Spring 2015 admissions will occur in mid October 2014 rather than February 2014.

 

Please Note: Information is Subject to Change

Please note the following:

 

  • Only LVNs who possess a valid California LVN license are eligible to participate in the program. It is highly recommended that the applicant complete one full year’s experience as an LVN prior to applying for the LVN to RN program.
  • Limited space is available each year.
  • Following the application period, all qualified applications will be ranked for admission by lottery
  • LVN to RN 30-Unit Option applicants will be accepted during the Application Period only after all the qualified LVN to RN Degree Option applicants have been accepted.

 

Nursing Programs Handbook

This handbook has been designed to guide you through the complexities of the nursing program by providing professional codes and standards as well as program information, curriculum and policies. It supplements the College of the Redwoods? Board Policies and the College Catalog. Faculty, students, and administration have collaboratively developed this Handbook and adopted the nursing policies to provide mutual understanding of the program?s expectations, roles and responsibilities.

You will find this handbook a useful tool throughout the entire nursing program and reference it often.

 


 

FAQ  Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are accepted into the program?
Please note the following:

  1. Only LVNs who possess a valid California LVN license are eligible to participate in the programs. It is recommended that the applicant have completed one full year?s experience as an LVN prior to applying for the LVN to RN Programs.
  2. Limited space is available each year.
  3. All qualified applications submitted during the Application Period will be ranked for admission by lottery each spring semester.
  4. LVN to RN 30-Unit Option applicants will be accepted during the Application Period only after all the qualified LVN to RN Degree Option applicants have been accepted.

When can I apply to the Career Mobility Program?
The Application Period is during Spring semester, and the application dates and more details are available in the Program Brochure which is posted on our main Health Occupations? web site.? Immediately following the Application Period, the Selection Process will randomize qualified applicants that have submitted a complete Application to the LVN to RN Career Mobility Program.? ?Unverified and/or invalidated entries on the application form will cause disqualification of the applicant.

Qualified applications to the LVN-RN Program will be selected by lottery.? At this time, there is a one to two year waiting list for qualified applicants.? Students will be maintained in order of the random lottery on a waiting list until a seat becomes available for them.? The Health Occupation Office will notify students by letter of their acceptance into the LVN-RN Program or their waitlist numbers.???

From the end of the Application Period until the first day of class in the fall, seats that become available will be filled in order from the waiting list. Once the Program has begun in the fall semester any remaining qualified applicants who applied during the Application Period will be carried forward to the following year.? ?

Students must keep the Health Occupations Office appraised of any changes in their contact information by either faxing new information to 707-476-4419 or emailing updates to janet-humble@redwoods.edu.? Students must also update their information with the College through Web Advisor.???

Applications received after the Application Period will not be maintained on a waiting list. ?Reapplication will be required.? Therefore, it is in the best interest of the applicant to qualify for enrollment by submitting a complete application with all specified documentation attached during the Enrollment Period.

What are the entrance requirements?
Entrance to the LVN to RN Programs is subject to a yearly application process. In filing an application for either LVN to RN option, the applicant must verify: Enrollment at College of the Redwoods; Current California LVN licensure; High School graduation or equivalent (verified by official transcript); and Successful completion of ?prerequisite courses?.? For applicants who have completed the ?prerequisite courses? at accredited colleges/universities other than College of the Redwoods, these courses must be comparable in course content and unit value and verified by submitting an official transcript and course description with your application packet.

How do I apply to LVN to RN Career Mobility Program?

  1. File a completed enrollment form to the College of the Redwoods through Web Advisor.? Students must be accepted by the college to participate in the LVN-RN Program. Please indicate pre-nursing as your major.
  2. Obtain and read an Application to the LVN to RN Program. Applications can be obtained from Counseling Services, the Health Occupations office, or from our main Health Occupations web site.
  3. When all program prerequisites are completed (except NURS 60 ? this course does not need to be taken before you apply to the Program), submit an application to the Health Occupations? Office during the application period with all documents of verification attached.? Applications may be either personally delivered or mailed to the Health Occupations? Office during the admission application period. We suggest using certified mail to ensure receipt of your application.

7351 Tompkins Hill Road
Eureka, CA 95501

707 476.4214
FAX: 707 476.4419

healthocc@redwoods.edu