LVN Options

APU’s School of Nursing offers two programs for the licensed vocational nurse (LVN): the LVN to BSN and LVN to RN (30-unit option). These programs operate on a space-available basis for didactic and clinical coursework.

The School of Nursing acknowledges that licensed vocational nurses acquire formal nursing training, continuing education units, and on-the-job experiences that may be assessed for academic credit. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) guidelines and the American Council on Education (ACE) are used to ensure a responsible evaluation. Students are evaluated individually. Open enrollment is available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

LVN to BSN Option

Admission to the LVN to BSN Program

Transfer applicants interested in the LVN to BSN program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Submit an application to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, indicating interest in becoming a nursing major and pursuing the LVN to BSN. Include in that application the following information:
    1. A copy of the LVN license
    2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    3. Two letters of recommendation
    4. A one-page statement of professional goals in nursing
    5. A résumé reflecting volunteer and paid work experience within the past three years. Please include leadership positions held within volunteer organizations, community service experience and/or employment where applicable.
  2. Submit evidence of a minimum of 48 units of transferable credit (units can come from general studies and nursing prerequisites) see list below.
  3. Submit proof of achieving a minimum cumulative college or university grade-point average of B (3.0) or better.
  4. Successfully complete Human Anatomy with lab (4 units), Chemistry with lab (4 units), Human Physiology (4 units), and General Microbiology with lab (4 units) with no lower than a B- (2.7) grade-point average.  
  5. Provide a writing sample that demonstrates written communication skills.
  6. Eligible candidates may be interviewed by the program director and will be reviewed by the admissions committee.  
  7. Candidates accepted into the program will be notified by the admissions representative and assigned to the appropriate semester.
  8. An acceptance letter will be mailed to the candidate from the School of Nursing.

Requirements and Sequences for the LVN to BSN Program

All undergraduate nursing programs are designed with a specific course sequence determined by the School of Nursing. When each student is accepted into a program, a progression schedule is reviewed by the student and the academic advisor. Courses must be taken in the assigned sequence. The LVN to BSN program is based on a cohort model.

Prerequisite Nursing Requirements for the LVN to BSN Program
BIOL 220General Microbiology4
BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
PRCH 123General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 14
Prerequisite General Education Requirements
Skills and University Requirements
PRCO 111Public Communication 23
PRWR 112Writing 1A: Writing and Rhetoric for Professional Students2
PRWR 113Writing 1B: Research and Writing for Professional Students 32
Humanities: Fine Arts Requirement3
Philosophy Requirement3
Humanities: History Requirement3
Humanities: Literature Requirement3
PRPS 110General Psychology 43
PRPS 290Human Growth and Development 43
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation General Education requirement varies based on number of units transferred.
Total Units49
Nursing Requirements for the LVN to BSN program
UNRS 105
Foundations in Professional Nursing/Aging
and Foundations in Professional Nursing - Practicum 1
UNRS 113Pharmacology 12
UNRS 212
Nursing Care of Adults/Aging
and Nursing Care Of Adults/Aging Practicum
UNRS 220Health Assessment3
UNRS 260Nutrition 12
UNRS 270Professional Concepts in Nursing3
UNRS 299Statistics and Data Management for Nursing and Health Care 23
UNRS 306Writing 2: Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing 33
UNRS 310
Mental Health Nursing
and Mental Health Nursing Practicum
UNRS 312
Nursing Management of Adults
and Nursing Management of Adults Practicum
UNRS 313
Restorative Nursing
and Restorative Nursing Practicum
UNRS 367Pathophysiology3
UNRS 382
Community Health Nursing
and Community Health Nursing Practicum 4
UNRS 402
Nursing Care in Maternal, Newborn, and Women's Health
and Nursing Care in Maternal, Newborn, and Women's Health Practicum
UNRS 403Leadership and Management in Professional Practice2
UNRS 404
Nursing Care of Children and Young Adults
and Nursing Care of Children and Young Adults Practicum
UNRS 411
Advanced Nursing Care of Adults and Aging
and Advanced Nursing Care of Adults & Aging - Practicum
UNRS 412Clinical Residency Nursing 52
UNRS 425Nursing Research3
UNRS 496Writing 3: Ethics and Issues in Health Care 64
UNRS 384Urban/Rural Health Nursing 73
Total Units72

Previous Education Credit

Students may be awarded credit for prior learning/coursework and clinical experience, including military education and experience, through a challenge examination and/or competency testing.

LVN to RN 30-unit Option

Students choosing this option are admitted as terminal nondegree students. Upon completion of the requirements of the 30-unit option with a 2.0 GPA or better in all courses, the student receives a certificate of completion, which establishes eligibility to take the California Board of Registered Nursing examination for RN licensure as a nongraduate. Students should see a School of Nursing academic advisor for requirements.


Associate Professor

Najood Azar, Ph.D., MSN-Ed, MSN, RN

Program Directors

Meaghan Ellis, Psy.D., MSN, RN, PHN, (Inland Empire Regional Campus)

Kathryn Cortes, DNP(c), MSN-Ed, RN, (Monrovia Regional Site)

Assistant Professors

Rebecca Kolb, MSN, RN, PHN

Orel Ramirez, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, PHN, CCRN

Perry Sahagun, MSN, FNP-C, RN

Janette Tingson, MSN, RN


Tara Devila, MSN-Ed, RN, PHN

Lynde Peralta, MSN-Ed, RN, PHN

Melissa Muddell, DNP(c), MSN-Ed, RN