Bakersfield College

Nursing

LVN to Non-Degree Nurse

Certificate of Achievement

Students seeking information regarding the 30-unit option preparation for the registered nurse licensing examination may receive further information from the Dean of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The 30 unit option is specific to California only. As a 30 unit option you are not a graduate of Bakersfield College’s Nursing Program.

Transfer and Challenge by Exam Policy

For transfer and challenge by exam policies, contact the Nursing Department for further information.

Career Opportunities in Registered Nursing

Employment in a variety of healthcare facilities and settings.

Prerequisite Requirements

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submission of program application. Courses in-progress at the time of application will not be considered.

The following courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher:

  • Introductory Physiology (with lab) must meet Board of Registered Nursing requirements in Physiology.
  • General Microbiology (with lab) must meet Board of Registered Nursing requirements in Microbiology.

Additional Prerequisites:

  • Graduation from high school or an equivalent education.
  • Possession of a current California Vocational Nurse License.
  • Employment as a LVN for at least 1 year.
  • IV Certification.

30 Unit Option Curriculum*


Third Semester

Course # Name Units
NURS B25 Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing 3.5
NURS B26 Medical Surgical Nursing 3 5.5
NURS B70 Role Transition: Bridging Nursing Theory to Practice 2.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Name Units
NURS B28 Medical Surgical Nursing 4 7.0
NURS B29 Gerontology - Community Nursing 2.0

*The prerequisites of microbiology and physiology equal 10 units.

Pursuant to SB 1393, a student of a registered nursing program with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution is not required to complete any coursework other than that which is unique and exclusively required to earn a nursing degree from that institution. All course work must meet the graduation requirements and licensure eligibility requirements as set forth by the Board of Registered Nursing.

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