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Nursing - LVN to RN

Chabot College offers a program to assist Licensed Vocational Nurses to achieve eligibility to sit the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX - RN). Licensed Vocational Nurses holding a current license to practice in California, worked for one year as an LVN, completed your prerequisites and attended the mandatory orientations listed below are eligible to apply to the program  It is encourage you earn an Associate in Arts degree while completing the nursing program courses, although it is not a requirement for eligibility to take the NCLEX - RN.

Mandatory Orientation for Fall 2014 will be held on  December 10th 10:00 AM Room 2271, Building 2200 2nd floor.   NO reservations are required.  May meeting will also be held, date/time/room TBA.   Please bring a copy of your LVN License and current BLS CPR card.


  Getting Started


  Course Prerequisites

  Application Process

Clinical Sequence

 Skills Validation  



Employment Outlook

The long-term employment outlook for Registered Nurses is excellent. About half the job openings in the health occupations will be in nursing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurses with advanced training will be especially in demand in positions as administrators, teachers, clinical specialists, community health nurses, critical care nurses, and in such career paths as nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.

Work Conditions & Earnings

Nurses have the opportunity to work in a number of clinical and community settings. In private industry, most nursing salaries are above the average for non-supervisory personnel. Salaries of nurses in acute care hospitals of the Bay Area for a new graduate average $54,800 to $62,900 annually. Fringe benefits normally include paid holidays, sick leave, paid vacation, continuing education leave, as well as health insurance and a retirement pension.


Costs to students who are California residents include fees, books, uniforms, examination fees, and background check/drug screen clearance. The total cost will be approximately $3,000 plus transportation costs to the hospitals and other agencies. There is minimal local and federal scholarship help available for qualified students; interested students should consult the Financial Aid Office, Building 700.

Registered Nursing Program for Licensed Vocational Nurses

LVN's who enter into the second year of the Nursing Program must be currently licensed in California.  They may choose one of the three following options:

The 30-unit option is offered and accepted only in the State of California. Graduates of any of these options are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX -RN). However, unlike the A.A. graduate, whose eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse is recognized by a process called "endorsement" in all of the United States, the licenses of graduates who choose the Non-Degree or 30-unit option may not be recognized in other states. Please see the Nursing Program Director regarding the latter two options.

The program meets the requirements of Section 2736.6 of the Nursing Practice Act and Section 1429 of the California board of Registered Nursing Rules and Regulations.

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