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LVN to RN Certificate

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California Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) who want to complete the minimum number of units required by the State of California to take the NCLEX examination may apply for this option.

Upon successful completion of the LVN to RN program, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX for Registered Nursing in California only. You will not receive a degree from Concordia University Irvine or be a graduate of an accredited program, and you may not be eligible for licensure in other states.

LVNs who select this 30-unit, non-degree method to meet the requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in California only should consult the CUI Director of Nursing for an individual program consultation.

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Admission Requirements for LVN-RN

Students must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible for admission to the 30 Unit Option non-degree certificate:

  • Hold a current California LVN license
  • Employed full-time as an LVN for at least 1 year (within the last 5 years)
  • High School graduate or equivalent GED exam.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on all transcripts completed since high school graduation
  • Possession of current American Heart Association CPR card

Steps to apply:

  • Complete the Prerequisite Plan Form
  • Complete and sign the Background Check Waiver Form
  • Submit an application with $50 processing fee
  • Submit official high school and college transcripts
  • Submit a Statement of Intent / Personal Essay
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation
  • Submit resume
  • Submit a copy of your current California LVN license

Requirements for certificate conferral:

  • Completion of all health requirements prior to the first clinical day
  • Complete a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken after admission
  • Perform satisfactorily in the clinical areas to receive credit in any nursing clinical course
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