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Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (L.V.N. - to - B.S.N.)

Lead Faculty: Dr. Diane Breckenridge

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides the foundation for professional nursing practice as a beginning generalist clinician who provides care to individuals, families, communities and populations. The baccalaureate degree prepares nurses for leadership in providing direct care and collaborating within care teams that work to improve the quality and safety of health care. Graduates are eligible to take the professional nurse licensure exam (NCLEX) to earn a State license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop caring, therapeutic nursing relationships with individuals, families and groups.
  2. Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
  3. Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
  4. Use nursing judgment to manage, prioritize, and delegate patient care in a variety of health care settings.
  5. Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients and the interdisciplinary team.
  6. Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
  7. Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.


To receive an Accelerated Degree 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. Second degree students' general education requirements from the first degree are accepted in lieu of University General Education requirements.  Students must meet the University's upper division and Diversity General Education requirements. Transfer credits may be accepted if the courses taken elsewhere are comparable to the required courses listed below. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. The following courses are specific degree requirements.

Preparation for the Major (17-18 courses; 64.5-66 quarter units)
Nursing Core Courses (28 courses; 105 quarter units)
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