VN to RN 45 Unit Option

42 units (total time to complete the program may vary based on school holidays and breaks and averages 10 months)

Employment Job Title: Registered Nurse

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) who desire to complete the minimum number of units required to take the licensure examination may apply for this option. LVNs who select the “30- Unit Option” method to satisfy the requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse must consult the Director of Nursing (RN Programs) for an individual program consultation to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this option prior to enrollment. Students who satisfactorily complete all required courses and pass the program exit examination at the required level will be awarded Diploma, and a notice will be sent to the Board of Registered Nursing of satisfactory completion (for licensing exam authorization).


Course Number and Title TheoryLabClinicalTotal Units
SCI 1040 Human Physiology5106
SCI 1050 General Microbiology61.507.5
NUR 1302V-Transitions in Nursing3003
Total  142.5016.5
NUR 1201 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 4.50 26.5
NUR 1700 Advanced Nursing I5038
NUR 1800 Advanced Nursing II60410
Program Total42

Graduation Requirements for VN 45 Unit Option Students

In addition to passing each course with a minimum passing grade, VN 45 Unit Option students must achieve a cumulative GPA of “C+” or above in the program and pass the nursing program exit examination with a minimum score of 90% predicted probability of passing the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt (in accordance with the scoring rubric of the examination). If the predicted probability of passing the licensure examination is not calculated, the required minimum score for passing is at or above the National Mean for that version of the examination. In order to graduate, VN 45 Unit Option students must complete a minimum of 4 hours of community service per term during terms 1 through 7, or a total of 28 community service hours by the end of the program. Students in the VN 45 Unit Option program must also complete enrollment in the Orange County Medical Reserve Corps before the end of the second term of the program.