here is a listing of all the approved lvn courses in california:
you would need to ask each individual lvn to rn bridge program what the criteria is for admittance into their program. here is the link on the board web site to the listing of rn approved schools:
i have to tell you that most lvn programs are full time meaning that between class and clinicals you will find yourself spending a good 40 hours sitting in class and taking care of patients. that does not include studying for tests and completing assignments. working a fulltime job while going through an lvn program is nearly impossible. they are vocational programs because they are preparing you to do a job, so consider it job training. the majority of lvns work in nursing homes.
personally, i think getting an lvn first and then going back to get an rn is a waste of time. the two jobs are very different. i saw lots of lvns who went back for their rns and they struggle with the rns curriculum just as much as the people who have never been lvns. what you learn as an lvn is covered in the first 6-8 weeks of rn school. rns are taught to problem solve, think critically. prioritize care, delegate tasks to subordinate members of the healthcare team, to make decisions, and manage the care of the patient, something that lvns do not learn. i started out getting an aa degree and then going back for my bsn. if i could do it all over i would have just gone straight for my bsn. if you desire to get into supervision and management you will need a bsn.
you can go part-time to finish up all the pre-requisites before you apply for actual nursing classes. once you start actual rn nursing classes, however, most programs require that you must take them full time.
consider this: we all have been in your position of having to make decisions and having to complete pre-requisites and in some cases do remedial classes before taking the pre-requisites as well. i was 24 and had been a bookkeeper before deciding to go to nursing school. that was over 30 years ago. at the time i thought i was too old to make the change. now, i am really old and have been an rn for over 30 years.
suggest you read all the information for students considering a nursing career on these websites: