Registered Nurse Bridge Program
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Prerequisites to the LVN-to-RN Program

Active California LVN License
Completion of the following courses with a grade "C" or better
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Reading Composition
  • IV Certification.
Recommended completion of the following:

Elementary Algebra

Anatomy, physiology and microbiology must have been completed within the last 5 years. A recency waiver can be individually evaluated based
on experience, education or training.  An appointment with the program director can be requested if you would like to discuss this option.  
Applicants must have completed at least two of the sciences and the English prerequisite at time of application. An applicant can have one
science pending during the semester in which the applicant is applying.

It is strongly encouraged that all general education requirements for the Associate Degree be completed prior to entering the nursing courses.  
All general education (graduation) requirements except for the nursing coursework must be completed by the term at which the student is
accepted to the program.

Notice: As a potential advance standing student, all LVN to RN applicants should have safe working knowledge of clinical skills prior to applying
to the LVN to RN Bridge Program. Actively working in the clinical area and performing these skills will help a student to be successful in the
program, but it is EXPECTED that students have this knowledge base prior to admission.  Skills will need to be successfully demonstrated by
each student in the lab setting prior to starting clinical courses.  No student will be allowed in the clinical setting without being able to safely
perform first year RN level skills as noted below:

LVN-to-RN Courses

The first semester of LVN-to-RN Bridge coursework consists of a transitions course in which LVNs are instructed on issues of role transition,
concepts of Nursing Diagnoses, pathophysiology, and critical thinking concepts. Skills competencies are evaluated in a separate lab course. It is
strongly recommended that students have some recent acute care medical-surgical experience as an LVN before starting this course. A math
exam consisting of dosage calculations is also given in this course.  The exam must be passed at a grade of 90% or more in order for the
student to continue in the program.  See catalog for course description for LVN-to-RN Transition Course.

The second semester involves twelve clinical hours and two lecture days (approximately 5 hours per day) that also have an open skills lab
component (3 hours per week). The clinical day involves travel to outside facilities, and transportation is the responsibility of the student.  Clinical
sites may require considerable driving time so dependable transportation and funds to cover fuel costs and auto repairs are essential for
student success.  Courses include Complex Medical-Surgical Nursing, Leadership and Management, Nursing Seminar and Pharmacology. See
catalog for course descriptions for Complex Med Surg Nursing I, Leadership and Management I, Pharmacology III and Nursing Seminar I.

2nd Semester Skills

  • Neuro assessment
  • Health assessment of eye and ear
  • Flushing and maintaining CVAD
  • Cardiac emergencies; basic cardiac rhythm
  • Pediatric assessment
  • Assessing normal growth and development
  • OB assessment                   

The third semester involves clinical hours (vary between one 12 hour shift and mini-intensives where three or more shifts are done over a short
period of time at distance learning sites) as well as two lecture/lab days (approximately 5 hours per day). Courses include Complex Medical-
Surgical Nursing, Advanced Leadership and Management, Mental Health Nursing, and Advanced Nursing Seminar. See catalog for course
descriptions for Complex Med Surg Nursing II, Leadership and Management II, Pharmacology IV, and Nursing Seminar II.
LVNs that complete the LVN-to-RN Degree Program receive their Associate of Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the RN licensure
examination in California (NCLEX-RN).
The UWC School of Nursing Program is pending approval by the California State Board of
Registered Nursing.
For those students who want to continue their nursing education after becoming licensed as an LVN, the UWC School of
Nursing curriculum is three semesters in length (not including prerequisite and general education courses).
  • Handwashing
  • PPE
  • Vital Signs
  • Pulses
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Bed Making
  • Body Mechanics
  • Foot care, peri care, oral care, bathing
  • Chest assessment, abdominal assessment, cardiac assessment
  • ROM, positioning, moving patient's up in bed, transfer
  • Enemas, bedpan, urinals
  • Intake and output
  • Crutches, walkers
  • Sterile field, sterile gloving
  • Skin assessment, Braden scale, application of hot/cold
  • Catheterization and Catheter care
  • NG placement and NG feeding
  • Medications (po, IM, SC, otic, optic, topical, NG, buccal, SL)
  • TED hose
  • Glucometer
  • Nasopharyngeal and Oral suctioning
  • IV Monitoring, site care, IV starts
  • Blood transfusions