Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (L.V.N.-TO-B.S.N.) (California)
Dr. Diane Breckenridge
Departmental Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission to the LVN-BSN program, 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 in the state of California
- Submit the appropriate Nursing program application
- Attend a Pre-Nursing Program Information Forum
- Complete all prerequisites courses
- Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills
- Complete a proctored written essay
- Submit the appropriate nursing program application
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 healthcare goals.
- 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 multicultural community.
- 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 in practice.
- Develop a critical stance on professional issues related to nursing practice, education, and knowledge development by analyzing the historical and contemporary environments in nursing.
- Use computer technologies to augment productivity and to gain access to multiple informational resource services.
To receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. The following courses are specific degree requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, students may take additional general electives to satisfy the total units required for the degree. Students exiting after completing the courses required for licensure by the California Board of Registered Nursing (as designated below) without completing at least 180 quarter units (at National University or through credit transfer) will not be granted the BSN degree.
Required General Education Preparation (18 courses; 69 quarter units)
The following areas of General Education must be completed prior to beginning any preparation for the Major or Nursing Major core coursework: Area A1, A2, B, C, D E, and F.
AREA A: ENGLISH COMMUNICATION (10.5 quarter units)
AREA B: MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING (4.5 quarter units)
AREA C: INFORMATION LITERACY AND TECHNOLOGY (4.5 quarter units)
AREA D: ARTS AND HUMANITIES (9 quarter units)
AREA E: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (9 quarter units)
AREA F: PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (18 quarter units)
AREA G: MODERN LANGUAGE (9 quarter units)
AREA A-G: GENERAL EDUCATION (4.5 quarter units)
Nursing Core Courses (16 courses; 64.5 quarter units)