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Lvn Prerequisites???? What Are They????

Can anyone tell me what the usual pre-reqs are for an LVN to receive their Associates Degree.

and this might be a stupid question. But how would you right your degree once you receive it (LVNAS.... or.... ASLVN)


Here where I live, LPN's usually have a Diploma or Certificate. RN's start out with the Diploma (3 years), ASN (2 years) or BSN (4 years).

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TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

I attended a Southern California LVN program last year. The vast majority of LVN programs lead to a diploma, not a degree.

I am wondering is there a difference between LPN and LVN. What do you get when you graduate from a LPN school? I know LPN mean Licensed Practioner Nurse and LVN mean Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Is there a pay difference?

PS- To the question about Prereq. for LVN there's none you just have to pass an entrance exam.

LPN= Licensed Practical Nurse LPN/LVn are the same EXACT thing. texas and California call LPN's LVN which of course means Licensed VOCATIONAL Nurse. But they are 1 in the same

I live in California..I have an associates of science, vocational nursing..Most people just have the LVN certificate meaning that they just completed the required LVN courses..With the associates it means that the person completed the general education requirements for the college plus the required LVN courses..

The prerequisites for the LVN varies among colleges but for the community colleges, people usually have to take anatomy/phisiology...Some community colleges require more courses..I know some private colleges just accept you without any prior course work..

At my school they don't have pre-requisites. However, there are 4 general ed courses are required. I won't have to take them as I took them 7 years ago They are oral communications, writing, math, & psychology. That will help my course load a bunch.


TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

I am wondering is there a difference between LPN and LVN.

Texas and California refer to basic nurses as LVNs (licensed vocational nurses).

The other 48 states refer to basic nurses as LPNs (licensed practical nurses).

It is the exact same type of nurse. I am called an LVN because I have nursing licenses in California and Texas. However, I would be called an LPN if I moved to any state other than California or Texas. I hope this adequately answers your question.

Little Panda RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Assisted Living Nurse Manager.

I am an LPN and have my 2 year (assicociates of applied science) degree. There were many pre-reqs that I had to take, A&P I,II, micro, nursing pharmacology, developmental psychology, composition I, Ethics, Cultural anthropology, Algebra or advanced physiology, I took advanced physiology. I am glad I did it this way so when I decide to go for my RN, I only have 3 semesters to go. Here is the link to the distance education program that I took if anyone is interested. http://distance.minnesota.edu/visitors/nursing/aas/

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Most schools are vocational schools, where they don't offer college credits, but a certificate. If a vocational school graduate wants to become an RN, she would have to start from scratch, taking college level english, psychology and anatomy classes, which, are on a deeper level than the anatomy learned in vocational schools.

My school is trying to create a bridge program so, we had to take RN pre-requisites before applying for candidacy, so that once a student graduates from there, they will have most of the pre-requisites needed to enter into an RN program. I still graduated with a certificate, but I have transferable credits if I choose to enter into an RN program (or actually, I can transfer them to many other programs, such as physical and occupational therapy, or to a science major). It all depends on your school.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

My A and P transferred, as did the psych class, nutrition, and Maternity.

As it's already been stated, it really depends on the school, therefore more accurate information on what's required would be obtained through it.

I have completed my LVN course from Institute of Medical Education (http://www.imededu.com) and 3 year experience. Most vocational nursing programs can be finished in one year which is a great choice for people interested in a fast track to a nursing career. LVN programs have different entrance requirements. Some programs require prerequisites courses such as math, English, and medical terminology; others require only a high school diploma and a passing grade in the LVN pre - entrance exam. After completing the LVN program, graduates receive a certificate or diploma in vocational (practical) nursing. Finally, they are required to take the National Council Licensure Exam. Passing this exam ensures that a LVN is ready to enter the nursing field at an entry level.


Specializes in Cardiac Care.

My LPN school required a CNA as its pre-req and gives college credit but awards a certificate upon completion, although most of the class is doing this to go to the RN blocks faster and have taken all of the pre-and co-reqs for the RN program which then awards a ADN upon completion.

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience.

I had to take college english, drug calc, psyche, life span, AP one and two, micro, and I believe thats it ! I've also completed some other prereqs for my RN and have a few more to go !

Hello, I am trying to find a good college that has lvn programs, now I have found the western career college here in california, and it seems to have a good program my question is what are the prerequesites for the program?

We had to take Nutrition, A&P 1&2, a computer course, and Analytical Thinking & Reasoning before starting our actual nursing classes. Pharmacology gets thrown in with the 3rd quarter nursing classes, too.

My community college didn't require any prerequisites for the LPN program, except for the Accuplacer Test, which is also required for the RN program. The LPN program I am in now is a 2 year part-time certificate program.

Iridescent Orchid, CNA, LPN

Specializes in CNA/LPN. Has 1 years experience.

Pre-reqs will vary to some degree throughout all community colleges - but I have had to take Basic Mathematics, Writing, SCT100 (computer class) and now taking A&P and Psychology and then I'm done. You may be able to go to the website for the school of your choice and find out what they require you to take prior to becoming program ready.

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