LVN/Paramedic to RN Career Mobility LVN/Paramedic to RN Career Mobility

LVN/Paramedic to RN Career Mobility


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Our LVN/Paramedic to Registered Nurse program is three semesters long and assists a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Paramedic in becoming a Registered Nurse. 

LVNs who possess a valid California LVN license and Paramedics who possess national registration are eligible to participate in the program. It is highly recommended that the applicant complete one full year’s experience as an LVN or a Paramedic prior to applying for the Career Mobility Program.

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How to apply

CR has two pathways in this area.

LVN/Paramedic to RN Career Mobility Associate Degree Program
Program content includes nursing courses and additional coursework in physiology, chemistry, microbiology, communication skills, social and behavioral sciences, and Associate of Science degree requirements.

LVN to RN 30 Unit Option
This option is legal only in the state of California, only, with no reciprocity in other states within the U.S. Program content includes 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.

Applicants for the LVN to RN 30 Unit Option must meet with the Director of Nursing of Health Occupations prior to the application period to obtain an application.

Prerequisites, requirements and important information

  • Limited space is available each year.
  • Following the application period, all qualified applications will be ranked for admission by lottery
  • The LVN/Paramedic to Registered Nurse program has prerequisite courses in English, Biology and Chemistry as well as suggested additional courses to take prior to beginning the program. Scheduling general education courses can be problematic once nursing courses begin. It is your responsibility to be aware of all prerequisites for all courses. General Education Requirements can change. Please speak with an advisor for clarification regarding prerequisites for all courses and see program application for more information.
  • A 10-panel urine drug screen is required 30 days before the beginning of your first clinical rotations and every Fall following a summer break. Positive results mean you cannot attend clinical per clinical agency contract. Inability to attend clinical will result in being dismissed from the course.
All Information is Subject to Change

Employment opportunities include:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Home health agencies
  • Health clinics
  • Outpatient services

Projected California Employment Statistics


Registered Nurse


Job Growth (2014-2024)


Job Openings (2014-2024)

256,000  300,300


Contact Us

Contact Information

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 Roberta Farrar, Director

 Jencie Smith, Administrative Secretary

 Health Occupations Office, AT-100C

It is the policy of College of the Redwoods not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its educational programs and its employment practices.

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