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

  1. Formulate accurate nursing diagnoses based on multiple sources of collected data.
  2. Plan, implement, and evaluate strategies with patient-related identified nursing diagnoses.
  3. Work with families across the lifespan to identify learning needs and implement teaching strategies to achieve mutually defined healthcare goals.
  4. Manage multiple patients in a variety of settings by prioritizing and appropriately using/incorporating available resources.
  5. Effectively communicate with both patients/families and other members of the healthcare team.
  6. Assume professional, ethical, and legal behavior upholding the standards of entry into the profession.
  7. Practice professional nursing using theory and knowledge as a basis for practice.
  8. Demonstrate competency by meeting standards of care in providing nursing care to a diverse set of clients in a multicultural community.
  9. Demonstrate competency and leadership in organizing care for a caseload of clients.
  10. Analyze and synthesize current findings from nursing research and research in related fields.
  11. Evaluate current findings from relevant research for utilization in practice.
  12. Develop a critical stance on professional issues related to nursing practice, education, and knowledge development by analyzing the historical and contemporary environments in nursing.
  13. 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.

Required Preparation (4 courses; 12 quarter units)

Nursing Core Courses (6 courses; 27 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):