Advance Your Career: LVN to Registered Nursing

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The LVN to Registered Nursing Associates Degree from Bakersfield College is a program designed for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) who wish to advance their careers and become Registered Nurses (RNs).

The program provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in nursing theory, pharmacology, health assessment, and patient care, among others. Students will also gain clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings, allowing them to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world situations. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become licensed as RNs, opening up a wider range of job opportunities in the nursing profession.


In accordance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act, Bakersfield College provides services and benefits to students regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, religion, marital status, medical condition or disability.  The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to administration and participation in vocational education programs.  (Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.)

What is LVN to Registered Nursing?

LVN stands for Licensed Vocational Nurse, also known as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in some states. LVNs/LPNs are healthcare professionals who work under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) or physicians. They provide basic nursing care such as monitoring patients' vital signs, administering medication, and assisting with daily activities like bathing and dressing. LVNs/LPNs may work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and home health care. They typically complete a one-year certificate program and must pass a national licensing exam to practice as an LVN/LPN.

Is Studying to be an LVN to Registered Nurse Right for Me?

An LVN who wishes to advance their career and become a Registered Nurse (RN) would benefit from an LVN to Registered Nursing associate degree program. This program is designed for individuals who have already completed their LVN/LPN training and are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills to become an RN. It is also suitable for those who want to increase their earning potential and take on more responsibilities in their healthcare career. Additionally, individuals who have a passion for patient care and a desire to provide advanced nursing care would benefit from this program.

Here are some key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying LVN to Registered Nursing:

  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Communication Skills:
  • Attention to Detail:
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Physical Stamina
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Time Management
  • Cultural Competence

Overall, an individual who possesses these traits and skills would be a good fit for studying LVN to Registered Nursing.

LVN to Registered Nursing Degree

LVN to Registered Nursing Associate Degree of Science (AS)

LVN to Non-Degree Nurse (30 Unit Option) Note: Before considering this option, please meet with an advisor or counselor.

LVN to Registered Nursing Careers

Here are some career options that someone with an LVN to Registered Nursing associate degree can pursue:

  1. Registered Nurse (RN): With an LVN to Registered Nursing associate degree, individuals can become licensed RNs after passing the NCLEX-RN exam. RNs work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and schools. They provide advanced nursing care, including administering medication, monitoring patients, and developing care plans.
  2. Charge Nurse: Charge nurses are RNs who oversee a unit or department within a healthcare facility. They are responsible for managing staff, coordinating patient care, and ensuring that the unit runs smoothly.
  3. Clinical Nurse Manager: Clinical nurse managers are RNs who oversee the daily operations of a healthcare facility or department. They manage staff, develop budgets, and ensure that the facility is in compliance with regulatory standards.
  4. Home Health Nurse: Home health nurses provide care to patients in their homes. They work with patients who have chronic illnesses or disabilities and provide services such as wound care, medication management, and physical therapy.
  5. Hospice Nurse: Hospice nurses provide end-of-life care to patients who are terminally ill. They work with patients and families to manage symptoms and provide emotional support.
  6. Public Health Nurse: Public health nurses work in community settings, such as schools, clinics, and health departments. They provide education and support to individuals and communities to promote health and prevent disease.
  7. Travel Nurse: Travel nurses work on short-term contracts in various healthcare facilities across the country. They provide nursing care in different settings and gain experience working with diverse patient populations.

Overall, an LVN to Registered Nursing associate degree can open up a range of career opportunities in the nursing profession, providing individuals with the ability to advance their careers and take on more responsibilities in healthcare.

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Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

LVN to Registered Nursing Department and Pathway

Academic Department: Nursing

Career & Learning Pathway: Health Sciences (HS) Pathway


See the entire list of Registered Nursing (NURS) courses available at BC in the catalog.

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