RN Bridge
LVN to RN Bridge Programs
How Licensed Vocational Nurses can become Registered Nurses

Nursing schools in California allow licensed vocational nurses to become registered nurses with just one to two years of additional training. Now, through the use of LVN to RN bridge programs most LVNs can become registered nurses in two to three years. Today it is difficult to get accepted into a nursing program. With prerequisites and the waiting lists it takes an average student up to six years to become a registered nurse with an associate’s degree. Most vocational nursing programs are less difficult to get into and only take 12 to 16 months to complete. When graduates successfully take the NCLEX PN and become licensed nurses, they can apply to one of many RN bridge programs offered at California colleges and other out of state programs.
California Department of Health training ID # S-1104 and S-1115
Working as an LVN is certainly rewarding, but when you are ready to move to a different level in your career, you can join the ranks of more than one-quarter million working registered nurses (RNs) in California. BRIDGE programs offer degree pathways such as LVN to ADN and LVN to BSN.
Professional Medical Careers Institute in Westlake Village offers an academically strong vocational nursing program with about 600 hours of theory in all areas of nursing science and nearly 1000 hours of hands-on clinical experience. The program at PMCI is designed to prepare students for licensure, employment and advancement in nursing. Completion of an LVN to RN bridge program is recommended after successful completion of the vocational nursing program at PMCI and licensure.
Local LVN to ADN programs includes the following colleges:
National LVN to RN programs & UC's:
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