Questions about LVN to RN Program

  1. I will be starting Nursing School in Fall 2008 or Fall 2009 for sure-LVN program and I was wondering what does the 30 unit option mean? My local CC told me that after I finish the LVN program and pass the NCLEX-PN they will credit me 2 semesters of the RN program and I can take third and when I finish that I can take the NCLEX-RN, on the packet i got it said that it was the 30 unit option is that the same as the ADN degree? if not will I still be able to be a Registered Nurse if I do the 30 unit option? Any advice or tips would be greatly apprecited, thanks!!!
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    The California LVN-to-RN 30 unit option leads to 2 outcomes: a terminal education and a limited RN license.

    The 30-unit education is terminal because it does not lead to a degree or diploma, and you simply cannot return to school to take a few classes and earn a degree once you have completed this option. You'll have to start from scratch as if you had never attended school before, and complete an entire 2 year ADN program or 4 year BSN program if you want the degree.

    The 30-unit education leads to limited RN licensure because it can never be endorsed to any other state. Other states do not accept the 30-unit program and, therefore, will not allow you to practice registered nursing in their states with this education. You may think you'll never leave California at this point in your life, but situations do change.
  4. by   MAmom81
    Quote from TheCommuter
    The California LVN-to-RN 30 unit option leads to 2 outcomes: a terminal education and a limited RN license.

    The 30-unit education is terminal because it does not lead to a degree or diploma, and you simply cannot return to school to take a few classes and earn a degree once you have completed this option. You'll have to start from scratch as if you had never attended school before, and complete an entire 2 year ADN program or 4 year BSN program if you want the degree.

    The 30-unit education leads to limited RN licensure because it can never be endorsed to any other state. Other states do not accept the 30-unit program and, therefore, will not allow you to practice registered nursing in their states with this education. You may think you'll never leave California at this point in your life, but situations do change.
    Thanks I wasn't really sure what the 30 unit option was. I do want become an LVN fisrt and then an RN and I want to get my degree do you have suggestions on how to get my degree after I become an LVN? sorry about all the questions, I just want to make the best and most informed decision because this is my second chance at a career and school and i cannot afford to mess it up. I really appreciate your advice, I realize that I am not in Nursing School yet, I am just so excied about finallbeing able to call myself a pre-nursing student and a Nursing Student soon!!! Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated, thanks so very much!!!

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