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, continued 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 of 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:
- Submit an application to the Graduate and Professional Center, indicating interest in becoming a nursing major and pursuing the LVN to BSN. Include in that application the following information:
- A copy of the LVN license
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- A one-page statement of professional goals in nursing
- 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.
- Submit evidence of a minimum of 48 units of transferable credit (units can come from general studies and nursing prerequisites) see list below.
- Submit proof of achieving a minimum cumulative college or university grade-point average of B (3.0) or better.
- 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.
- Provide a writing sample that demonstrates written communication skills.
- Eligible candidates may be interviewed by the program director and will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
- Candidates accepted into the program will be notified by the admissions representative and assigned to the appropriate semester.
- 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 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 220||General Microbiology||4|
|BIOL 250||Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 251||Human Physiology||4|
|CHEM 123||General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 1||4|
|Prerequisite General Education Requirements|
|Skills and University Requirements|
|WRIT 110||Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing||3|
|COMM 111||Public Communication 2||3|
|Humanities: Fine Arts Requirement||3|
|Humanities: History Requirement||3|
|Humanities: Literature Requirement||3|
|PSYC 110||General Psychology 2||3|
|PSYC 290||Human Growth and Development 2||3|
|Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation General Education requirement varies based on number of units transferred.|
Meets the General Education Natural Science requirement.
Meets the General Education Social Science requirement.
|Nursing Requirements for the LVN to BSN program|
|Foundations in Professional Nursing/Aging|
and Foundations in Professional Nursing - Practicum 1
|UNRS 113||Pharmacology 1||2|
|Nursing Care of Adults/Aging|
and Nursing Care Of Adults/Aging Practicum
& UNRS 220L
|UNRS 260||Nutrition 1||2|
|UNRS 270||Professional Concepts in Nursing||3|
|UNRS 299||Statistics and Data Management for Nursing and Health Care 2||3|
|UNRS 306||Writing 2: Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing 3||3|
|Mental Health Nursing|
and Mental Health Nursing Practicum
|Nursing Management of Adults|
and Nursing Management of Adults Practicum
and Restorative Nursing Practicum
|Community Health Nursing|
and Community Health Nursing Practicum 4
|Nursing Care in Maternal, Newborn, and Women's Health|
and Nursing Care in Maternal, Newborn, and Women's Health Practicum
|UNRS 403||Leadership and Management in Professional Practice||2|
|Nursing Care of Children and Young Adults|
and Nursing Care of Children and Young Adults Practicum
|Advanced Nursing Care of Adults and Aging|
and Advanced Nursing Care of Adults & Aging - Practicum
|UNRS 412||Clinical Residency Nursing 5||2|
|UNRS 425||Nursing Research||3|
|UNRS 496||Writing 3: Ethics and Issues in Health Care 6||4|
|UNRS 384||Urban/Rural Health Nursing 7||3|
May receive academic credit through Competency Assessment.
Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.
Meets the General Education Writing 2 requirement.
Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.
Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.
Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.
Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.
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.