LVN to RN
Dr. Mary McHugh
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 should consult the Chair of the Department of Nursing for an individual program consultation to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this option.
Departmental Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to the “30 Unit” certificate, candidates must satisfy all of the following criteria: • Have completed the National University undergraduate admission process • Hold a current, active license to practice as a licensed vocational nurse • Have successfully completed the required preparation courses • Submit the appropriate nursing program application • For advising purposes only, complete the ACCUPLACER math and English tests After completing the interview process, successful candidates will be enrolled in classes as spaces become available.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Formulate accurate nursing diagnoses based on multiple sources
of collected data.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate strategies with patient-related
identified nursing diagnoses.
- Work with families across the lifespan to identify learning needs
and implement teaching strategies to achieve mutually defined
- Manage multiple patients in a variety of settings by prioritizing
and appropriately using/incorporating available resources.
- Effectively communicate with both patients/families and other
members of the healthcare team.
- Assume professional, ethical, and legal behavior upholding the
standards of entry into the profession.
- Practice professional nursing using theory and knowledge as a
basis for practice.
- Demonstrate competency by meeting standards of care in
providing nursing care to a diverse set of clients in a
- Demonstrate competency and leadership in organizing care for a
caseload of clients.
- Analyze and synthesize current findings from nursing research
and research in related fields.
- Evaluate current findings from relevant research for utilization
- Develop a critical stance on professional issues related to
nursing practice, education, and knowledge development by
analyzing the historical and contemporary environments in
- Use computer technologies to augment productivity and to gain
access to multiple informational resource services.
Requirements for the Certificate
To receive the “30 Unit Option” certificate, students must complete the 40.5 quarter units as outlined below. The following courses are specific certificate requirements.
(4 courses; 12 quarter units)
Nursing Core Courses
(6 courses; 27 quarter units)