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LVN-to-RN Bridge Program

LVNs that complete the LVN-to-RN Degree Program receive their Associate of Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the RN licensure examination in California (NCLEX-RN). The Mendocino College Nursing Program was approved in 2003 by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. For those students who want to continue their nursing education after becoming licensed as an LVN, the Mendocino College nursing curriculum is three semesters in length (not including prerequisite and general education courses).

Prerequisites to the LVN-to-RN Program

  • Active California LVN License
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade "C" or better
    • BIO 230 Anatomy
    • BIO 231 Physiology
    • BIO 259 Microbiology
    • HLH 114 or HLH 115 Nutrition
    • SOC 200 or SOC 201 or SOC 202 or ANT 201
    • SPE 200 or SPE 210 Speech/Interpersonal Communication
    • PSY 205 or PSY 215 or CDV 200 or PSY 210 Psychology
    • ENG 200 Reading Composition
    • HLH 173 or IV Certification. For IV certification contact one of the following:
  • All applicants must complete their degree GE requirements and nursing prerequisites by the end of semester in which application submitted:
    • MTH 56 Intermediate Algebra
    • All GE coursework for AS Nursing degree

Anatomy, physiology and microbiology must have been completed within the last 10 years if you got an "A"  or  "B" grade in the course, or within the last 5 years if you got a "C" in the course.

Applicants must have completed at least two of the sciences and the English prerequisite at time of application in order to have formula score components (all others can be in progress). 


**Notice: As of 4/2013 ALL students must take MTH 56 (or equivalent) and ENG 80 (or equivalent) prior to taking their Anatomy and Physiology at Mendocino College**

Attention LVN Students or Recent LVN Grads!!


Want to do the LVN to RN Bridge Courses at Mendocino College but think your sciences are too old???    


If you have completed the LVN program in the past three years you can use your original sciences even if they are out of the 5-10 year range.   

Your recent LVN training gives you an exemption from the science time limit that applies to other applicants that do not have recent LVN training.

 Don’t let old sciences stand in your way!!

Notice: As a potential advance standing student, all LVN to RN applicants should have safe working knowledge of clinical skills prior to applying to the LVN to RN Bridge Program. Actively working in the clinical area and performing these skills will help a student to be successful in the program, but it is EXPECTED that students have this knowledge base prior to admission.  Skills will need to be successfully demonstrated by each student in the lab setting prior to starting clinical courses.  No student will be allowed in the clinical setting without being able to safely perform first year RN level skills as noted below:

1st Semester Skills

  • Handwashing 
  • PPE
  • Vital Signs
  • Pulses
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Bed Making
  • Body Mechanics
  • Foot care, peri care, oral care, bathing
  • Chest assessment, abdominal assessment, cardiac assessment
  • ROM, positioning, moving patient's up in bed, transfer
  • Enemas, bedpan, urinals
  • Intake and output
  • Crutches, walkers
  • Sterile field, sterile gloving
  • Skin assessment, Braden scale, application of hot/cold
  • Catheterization and Catheter care
  • NG placement and NG feeding
  • Medications (po, IM, SC, otic, optic, topical, NG, buccal, SL)
  • TED hose
  • Glucometer
  • Nasopharyngeal and Oral suctioning
  • IV Monitoring, site care, IV starts
  • Blood transfusions

2nd Semester Skills

  • Neuro assessment
  • Health assessment of eye and ear
  • Flushing and maintaining CVAD
  • Cardiac emergencies; basic cardiac rhythm
  • Pediatric assessment
  • Assessing normal growth and development
  • OB assessment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

LVN to RN                  


LVN-to-RN Selection Criteria

Mendocino College will consider all applicants who meet the minimum requirements for admission to the LVN-to-RN Program. The number of qualified applicants, however, usually exceeds the capacity of the class. In order to fairly select students for admission, the Nursing Department uses a grade based acceptance formula in addition to a lottery system.

  1. Each applicant's grades will be entered into a database according to a standardized formula. The formula is derived from the "Predicted Probability of Success" study by the CA Community College Chancellor's Office. The formula consists of weighting the following:
    • Overall College GPA (all college courses attempted in past 7 years or longer if courses from extended timeframe being used as prerequisite courses)
    • College English GPA
    • Biology Courses GPA (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology)
    • Number of course repetitions in Biology Courses (counts negatively if applicant has retaken a science course due to a grade of D or F.  If applicant has retaken a science to improve a passing grade of C or B the grades are averaged).
  2. All applicants who score at or above 80 on the Predicted Probability of Success formula will be placed into a lottery draw in which computer generated numbers are used to choose applicants for admission. 
  3. All applicants need a TEAS 5 composite score of at least 62% (info available on line at If you are interested in applying you should prepare and schedule to take the TEAS 5 and submit your score with your application. Testing is offered at the college on a first come, first serve basis. Scheduing is done through NOT the college.
  4. All those invited for admission will then be subject to a background screening

Any 30-unit option applicants will be admitted on a space-available basis after degree applicants have been admitted.  As noted above, there are usually far more applicants to the degree program then there are slots and the degree applicants are admitted first making the 30-unit option an unlikely road to admission. 

LVN-to-RN Courses

The first semester of LVN-to-RN Bridge coursework consists of a transitions course (NUR 50) in which LVNs are instructed on issues of role transition, concepts of Nursing Diagnoses, pathophysiology, and critical thinking concepts. Skills competencies are evaluated in a separate lab course (NUR 52T). It is strongly recommended that students have some recent acute care medical-surgical experience as an LVN before starting this course. A math exam consisting of dosage calculations is also given in this course.  The exam must be passed at a grade of 90% or more in order for the student to continue in the program.  See catalog for course description for NUR 50 LVN-to-RN Transition Course.

The second semester involves twelve clinical hours and two lecture days (approximately 5 hours per day) that also have an open skills lab component (3 hours per week). The clinical day involves travel to outside facilities, and transportation is the responsibility of the student.  Clinical sites may require considerable driving time so dependable transportation and funds to cover fuel costs and auto repairs are essential for student success.  Courses include Complex Medical-Surgical Nursing, Leadership and Management, Nursing Seminar and Pharmacology. See catalog for course descriptions for NUR 122 Complex Med Surg Nursing I, NUR 121 Leadership and Management I, NUR 125 Pharmacology III and NUR 126 Nursing Seminar I.

The third semester involves clinical hours (vary between one 12 hour shift and mini-intensives where three or more shifts are done over a short period of time at distance learning sites) as well as two lecture/lab days (approximately 5 hours per day). Courses include Complex Medical-Surgical Nursing, Advanced Leadership and Management, Mental Health Nursing, and Advanced Nursing Seminar. See catalog for course descriptions for NUR 132 Complex Med Surg Nursing II, NUR 131 Leadership and Management II, NUR 135 Pharmacology IV, and NUR 136 Nursing Seminar II.

Note: For information on LVN-to-RN 30-unit option (no degree) contact Nursing Department for requirements and admission criteria.

*All repeated coursework that is a pre-requisite nursing requirement will result in the average of the two courses being used in computations for admission*

Created: March 03, 2003 @ 12:00 AM
Last Modified: October 02, 2014 @ 11:02 AM


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