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LVN to RN CA 30 unit option

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I am considering the CA 30 unit option for LVN to RN. Anyone who has gone this route plese let me know what effect this has had on them or if any. I know it is only good in CA.

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pink2blue1 specializes in Med-Surg.

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I WAS going to do this as well, I am in CA. The thought of sitting in a classroom again after my long LVN program just killed me. Also I had heard that my RN license would say non degreed RN. So I enrolled in the LVN to BSN distance learning through the college network. It is good in California and is listed on the Ca board of registered nurses as an approved program.

Good luck with your decision, and check out the college network if you haven't already :-)

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not now has 3 years experience as a RN and specializes in LTC, med-surg, critial care.

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The 30 unit option isonly valid in CA. If you move you have to start all over again and go back to school. So if you absolutely sure you'll never move out of CA and work then you're fine.

I know quite a few nurses with this license. They liked it because it was shorter than an LVN-RN bridge. The school that offered it around here stopped because hardly anyone in the 30 unit option passed boards.

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I would not recommend this based on what I was told is the case. I was told that other states might not recognize this certification and that it was NOT possible to convert it to a degree certificate after the fact (i.e., you can't take only the necessary courses and get relicensed with a degree -- you have to start all over again). Our dean actually dissuaded anyone from doing this unless they are absolutely sure they will NEVER move out of California.

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I WAS going to do this as well, I am in CA. The thought of sitting in a classroom again after my long LVN program just killed me. Also I had heard that my RN license would say non degreed RN. So I enrolled in the LVN to BSN distance learning through the college network. It is good in California and is listed on the Ca board of registered nurses as an approved program.

Good luck with your decision, and check out the college network if you haven't already :-)

How far along are you in the program? Also have you firgured out where and how you are going to do your clinicals. I was looking into this option also but since I live and work in a tiny town I was unsure how I could do the clinical portion.

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I would not recommend this based on what I was told is the case. I was told that other states might not recognize this certification and that it was NOT possible to convert it to a degree certificate after the fact (i.e., you can't take only the necessary courses and get relicensed with a degree -- you have to start all over again). Our dean actually dissuaded anyone from doing this unless they are absolutely sure they will NEVER move out of California.

There are no states that will accept the educational curriculum for licensure in the other states. The 30 option program does not meet the requirements in any other state.

And even though you may think that you will never leave CA, things do happen. And then you will be in a real bind, your RN license in CA will not get you the RN license in any other state. Remember that the NCLEX-RN has reciprocity, but each state can set their own educational requirements.

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is this available in new york i just finished a nursing program passed all requires courses for my RN but one class i got 77.42 when i need 77.5 so i can not get my degree crazy you think six years of hard work washed away cant transfer nursing processing class anywhere

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nursynurseRN has 12 years experience and specializes in TELEMETRY.

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There are no states that will accept the educational curriculum for licensure in the other states. The 30 option program does not meet the requirements in any other state.

And even though you may think that you will never leave CA, things do happen. And then you will be in a real bind, your RN license in CA will not get you the RN license in any other state. Remember that the NCLEX-RN has reciprocity, but each state can set their own educational requirements.

Ok I pose this question......... if you get your 30 unit option and move out of California but eventually get your BSN. Can you retake boards in another state and get licensed? Also if you let your California RN license non degree lapse, can you retake boards with a BSN and have the license changed?

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LVNdeluxe specializes in mostly med/surg, a little ER, some ICU.

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sabrosura98:

Your post is almost a year old, but I'm just now finding it...Apparently this is a question nobody here seems to be able to answer. I think it's a good question...and there seems to be a lot of confusion about 30 unit option in general. Lately I'm thinking I'll just call the California BRN and ask them! After that, maybe I'll call the board in Utah or somewhere and see what they have to say about it! sheesh...it really shouldn't be this difficult...since your post is so old...may I ask? Did you ever get a satisfactory answer from anyone outside these forums?

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Altra is a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

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sabrosura98:

Your post is almost a year old, but I'm just now finding it...Apparently this is a question nobody here seems to be able to answer. I think it's a good question...and there seems to be a lot of confusion about 30 unit option in general. Lately I'm thinking I'll just call the California BRN and ask them! After that, maybe I'll call the board in Utah or somewhere and see what they have to say about it! sheesh...it really shouldn't be this difficult...since your post is so old...may I ask? Did you ever get a satisfactory answer from anyone outside these forums?

If you are considering this route, I'd recommend reading through the following thread from someone who took this path in CA ... but eventually moved to another state.

https://allnurses.com/forums/f283/what-degree-213532.html

California is the only state that allows RN licensure without graduation from an approved, accredited RN program. It's easy to say, "I'll never leave CA" ... but there's a lot of truth to the old joke about how to make God laugh.

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SaraO'Hara has 5 years experience and specializes in LTC, Subacute Rehab.

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I think it's a bad idea, personally. My college offers it, but their 30-unit-optioners have a very low NCLEX pass rate - not to mention the RN program begins IV skills very heavily in 2nd semester (out of 4), and 30-unit option students start in 3rd. You might be very behind in the curriculum.

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PMFB-RN has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response.

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I have a friend who did the Ca 30 unit option and now wok as an ICU nurse here in Wisconsin, for the VA. You can work for the VA anyplace in the country on any state license. He works as an RN here in Wisconsin at the VA on his CA license.

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