Bakersfield College


The study of nursing is the application of knowledge from the arts and sciences.  The purpose of the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Program is to provide the foundation for students to become competent registered nurses.

The LVN-ADN Program respects the individuality of students and recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds and a unique support system.

The aim of the Program is to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills so that the graduate nurse is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.


The mission of the Bakersfield College LVN-Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare entry-level registered nurses as providers and managers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members within the profession. Graduate nurses will collaborate with members of the health care team, be effective communicators, be politically aware, and demonstrate a commitment to life long learning.

Important Information

Math Requirement

Students in the LVN-RN Bridge program are required to take MATH B75 or a higher placement level as of Fall 2019. The previously-accepted MATH B70 will still be acceptable.

Program Supply Information

Students will be required to purchase uniforms, textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites and pay current college fees.  See the LVN to RN Bridge Program Projected Costs Per Semester for an estimated cost for books, uniforms, fees and required equipment for the first term of the Program.  In addition to registration fees and books, the ADN fourth semester’s expenses will include Program Completion activities, Program pin, ATI test, and State Board application fees.

Gainful Employment

LVN to RN Bridge Program Estimated Program Costs

Program Accreditation

The California Board of Registered Nursing accredits the BC Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The ACCJC is one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Basic Life Support- BLS

Students are required to show proof of a valid American Heart Association BLS cardThis BLS card must be valid at all times.

Students Transferring to CSUB

Students who plan to obtain their Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Cal State Bakersfield after completing the Bakersfield College LVN-RN Program should consult the CSUB Nursing Website for current requirements.


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.)