Is there a waiting list for the LVN-RN bridge program in California?

  1. I am finishing LVN school next week... yay me! I have two more pre req classes to complete and then I am ready to apply to the RN program! I really want to apply to the bridge program and dont want to wait for any waiting list. Does anyone know about the LVN-RN programs in California or if there is any information that can help me out? Thank you
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Where are you located? Northern CA? Southern CA? The Central Valley? Which bridge program would you like to attend? There's several bridge programs in CA, so it is imperative that you be a little more specific and give more information.
  4. by   luckystudentnurseRN
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Where are you located? Northern CA? Southern CA? The Central Valley? Which bridge program would you like to attend? There's several bridge programs in CA, so it is imperative that you be a little more specific and give more information.

    Im in southern california. Specifically the los angeles area
  5. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    You might want to try WGUs program. They have a prelicensure program and the minimum is a CNA, and since you will have your LVN you might be done a bit quicker. You may want to contact them for more information. Good Luck
  6. by   JennJillO
    Hi there! First of all congrats on almost finishing! Be very proud of yourself.

    As for myself, I am starting the LVN-Rn Bridge in a couple of weeks here in So Cal (LA). First and foremost, most schools here require 6 months of work experience as an LVN to enter the bridge and cannot apply until this and all pre-reqs are done (nothing can be "in progress"). Most schools do have a relatively short wait list but it really depends on how well their students are doing in the generic RN program. I mean by this, most schools do not cater to or have a specific LVN to RN program. We take a semester of a Bridge course and then have to wait to see if a student fails or drops out before a seat opens in the 3rd semester of the generic program. At that point we are integrated into the generic program.

    Be careful cuz each school has very different pre-reqs and application deadlines. Most I found to accept aps twice a year with the exception of Antelope Valley, they take aps and start classes year round. COC, accepts aps twice a year but only offers the Bridge Program in the Spring once a year, and only if they have enough qualified applicants. Some schoold require Chem, Soc, LifeSpan Development where others do not.

    I started the application process last year this time. I applied at COC, Pasadena and Antelope Valley. There is a new entrance exam to be taken called the TEAS that must be done. I was accepted in to all 3 but had to declined due my getting pregnant. I reapplied only to COC (I failed to mention, I got accepted but they stated I had to reapply for Spring since the BRidge wouldn't be offered for Fall) in the Fall for Spring. I got accepted. I now start in 2 weeks.

    COC told me that I will continue all the way through - enter 3rd semester in Fall of 2010. However, there are many cases that although you get accepted in to the Bridge portion, people had to wait a semester or 2 before they entered the 3rd semester (again having to wait for a previous student to either fail or drop out).

    I hope this info helps! If you have any questions, please let me know! Good luck and again Congrats!!!

    P.S. I am glad I've been a LVN for the past 6 years. However, getting in to the Bridge isn't as easy as everyone tells you when you sign up for the LVN program. Remain positive, get your experience and you'll do well!!!! : )
  7. by   JennJillO
    Oh, one more thing.... try to go to a reputable school. Stay away from the on-line courses like The College Network (big time scam!!!!). I found out the hard way!
  8. by   pnsiny
    hi jennilo i've been looking for rn schools for 4 years does coc want u to have at least a 2.5 gpa on ur science? cuz i got all c u must have gotten good grade for u to be able to be accepted twice @ COC LET ME KNOW PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
  9. by   caliotter3
    Suggest the OP contact nursing programs that they are interested in and find out first hand what the admissions situation is at this time.
  10. by   chuckkcm
    Hi JenJillO,

    Thank you very much for your posting. It contains very helpeful information.
    I have one question. Those "COC, Pasadena and Antelope Valley" are all
    community college and what stands for "COC"?

    I am searching some LVN to RN ladder course in California too.
  11. by   luckystudentnurseRN
    It stands for college of the canyons
  12. by   omgitsmari
    Quote from Darleneisdarlene
    It stands for college of the canyons

    did u end up finding up finding an lvn-rn school?
  13. by   couriousgirl
    Can you guys tell me what is the prerequisite for LVN to go to RN school? Thank you a bunch....
  14. by   caliotter3
    Quote from couriousgirl
    Can you guys tell me what is the prerequisite for LVN to go to RN school? Thank you a bunch....
    Same as for anyone else. Depends upon the school. Take any school you are interested in, look up their website, and you can find the prerequisites listed on the School of Nursing link.

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