Bakersfield College


LVN to Associate Degree Nursing Program Associate in Science

The study of nursing is the application of knowledge from the arts and sciences. The purpose of the Bakersfield College LVN to 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. Mission 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 lifelong learning.

Estimated Program Costs (Gainful Employment):

The estimated cost for the entire program is approximately $7,435. (This includes tuition for Nursing courses only.) For information on Estimated Program Costs, please visit our website at:

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate the standards of competent performance as defined by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The successful graduate will be considered competent when he/she consistently demonstrates the ability to transfer knowledge scientific knowledge from social, biological, and physical sciences in applying the nursing process as follows:
  • formulates a nursing diagnosis through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior, and through interpretation of information obtained from the client and others, including the health team.
  • formulates a care plan, in collaboration with the client, which ensures that direct and indirect nursing care services provide for the client’s safety, comfort, hygiene, and protection, and for disease prevention and restorative measures.
  • performs skills essential to the kind of nursing action to be taken, explains the health treatment to the client and family and teaches the client and family how to care for the client’s health needs.
  • delegates tasks to subordinates based on the legal scopes of practice of the subordinates and on the preparation and capability needed in the tasks to be delegated, and effectively supervises nursing care being given by subordinates.
  • evaluates the effectiveness of the care plan through observation of the client’s physical condition and behavior, signs and symptoms of illness, and reactions to treatment and through communication with the client and health team members, and modifies the plan as needed.
  • acts as the client’s advocate, as circumstances require, by initiating action to improve health care or to change decisions or activities which are against the interests or wishes of the client, and by giving the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided. (Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Division 14 – Board of Registered Nursing, Article 4, Section 1443.5)
  • perform Nursing practice, which includes those functions, including basic health care, that help people cope with difficulties in daily living that are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems or the treatment thereof, including all of the following:
  • direct and indirect patient care services that ensure the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients; and the performance of disease prevention and restorative measures. (Business and Professions Code, Division 2, Chapter 6, Section 2725)
  • direct and indirect patient care services, including, but not limited to, the administration of medications and therapeutic agents, necessary to implement a treatment, disease prevention, or rehabilitative regimen ordered by and within the scope of licensure of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or clinical psychologist, as defined by Section 1316.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
  • the performance of skin tests, immunization techniques, and the withdrawal of human blood from veins and arteries.
  • observation of signs and symptoms of illness, reactions to treatment, general behavior, or general physical condition, and:
  • determination of whether the signs, symptoms, reactions, behavior, or general appearance exhibit abnormal characteristics.
  • implementation, based on observed abnormalities, of appropriate reporting, or referral, or standardized procedures, or changes in treatment regimen in accordance with standardized procedures, or the initiation of emergency procedures

Requirements for the LVN to ADN program:

Conditional Enrollment: As a condition of enrollment in any Nursing/Allied Health Program, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening, a background screening, and physical examination clearance (at the student’s expense). Please note the following:

  • A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
  • If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program. In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited. Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
  • A physical examination completed by a physician of the student’s choice is required after acceptance to the Program to demonstrate that a student meets the technical standards necessary to meet the Program objectives. Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations and mask fit testing are also required and are performed at the student’s expense.
  • Proof of IV Certification is required. Students may meet this requirement by taking MEDS B66 prior to entering the LVNADN Program.
  • One year experience working as an LVN.
  • Possession of current California Vocational Nurse License
  • American Heart Association BLS - Healthcare Provider card - current within one year. (MEDS B52 fulfills this requirement).
  • Graduation from high school or an equivalent education.
  • Overall GPA of 2.5

General education courses are required to graduate from Bakersfield College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. It is suggested that most of these courses be completed prior to beginning the Nursing Program.

Courses must be completed with a C grade or better

Prerequisite Coursework

  • ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • MATH BD/B70 Intermediate Algebra or higher 3 units at Bakersfield College or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • CHEM B11 Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHEM B1A General Chemistry at Bakersfield College or an equivalent Chemistry course (3-5 units) from another accredited college.
  • BIOL B16 General Microbiology 5 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • BIOL B32 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
  • BIOL B33 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 units at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
    Anatomy and Physiology requirement can also be met with Human Anatomy (min. of 4 units) AND Human Physiology (min. of 4 units) of equivalent courses from another accredited college.)
  • Social Science (3 units) – any course listed in Area D3 of the Bakersfield College General Education Pattern
  • Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Foreign Language (3 units) –any course as listed in Area C of the Bakersfield College General Education Pattern.
  • COMM B1*
  • ANTHB2* or SOC B1*
  • PSYC B1A*
  • Physical Education (1 unit) required from PHED courses numbered from B2-B33 or B49.
  • HLED Health Education (3 units) is waived for RN students
  • NURS B100 Educational Planning - recommended or any course listed under Bakersfield College General requirements for graduation.

(A student development course is recommended to be taken during the first semester of courses at Bakersfield College to assure priority registration.)

Career Opportunities:

Employment in a variety of healthcare facilities and settings

To Achieve the Associate of Science Degree

Upon completion of graduation requirements and the required degree courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a LVN to Associate Degree Nursing Program Associate of Science Degree.

Total Units: 20

Required Courses

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

More information can be found on the Allied Health website or in the Bakersfield College Allied Health Office, MS 178.

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.