Quote from lizz
Actually, there can be a lot of additional course work, depending on the program. Schools do vary in their requirements but, at my ADN program there are eight additional courses required besides the basic science pre-requisites (Anatomy, Physio and Micro). And, it's important to remember that students have to take basic bio and chem before they can get into those nursing pre-requisites, so that brings the total to 10 additional courses.
At my school they require English, Sociology, General Psych, Developmental Psych, Humanities, Speech, Physical Education and a Math course. And I believe most, if not all of these courses are waived with the 30 unit option.
So, in this particular program, it can save quite a bit of time. At least a year, if not more.
My original intent was to do the 30 unit option in San Diego at either Grossmont or San Diego City College when I was an LVN. Different programs work better for different people.
I compared the programs and I figured that by the time I finished the 30 unit option I might as well have finished the "fluff" general ed courses required to complete the ADN.
If you can complete the required science general ed classes and nursing courses for the 30 unit option, the other classes that Lizz listed above are really not that difficult to complete in the grand scheme of things. You may regret not taking those classes later if your life takes you to another state.
My final decision was made not to go the 30 unit route when I called 7 or 8 state boards where I thought I might work one day and ALL of them told me the same thing : No associate degree or diploma, no RN licensure. You need to have actually graduated from an approved school of nursing. In the 30 unit option, you are not a graduate either by diploma or degree. The CA schools make it very clear that you will not be a graduate of their school going this route.
If you are sure that you plan to stay in CA, I think it's a fine way to go.
Regarding the previous comment about the 30 unit option being California's way of addressing the nursing shortage, I agree, it's a good option.
But I think that it's ironic that this option leaves the student without a diploma or degree and other states will not recognize this for RN licensure. At the same time, CA being the only state that has this 30 unit program is trying to not recognize people for licensure who have accredited associate degrees.
Makes no sense to me.