LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses) interested in becoming licensed RNs in California have the option of taking online coursework leading to a nursing degree. Online programs have become increasingly popular alternatives to brick-and-mortar educational institutions, for students who don't want to give up their full-time job to get a degree. These programs prepare graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam (those who pass become certified RNs).
University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix offers an LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Their programs are dedicated to helping students develop the knowledge and skill sets needed in a variety of health care and related health settings. This and all nursing programs offered by the University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For more information, visit their website or contact them directly at (866) 766-0766.
Indiana State University
Indiana State University offers a bachelor of science degree in nursing online. The school is recognized by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The university works with The College Network which offers students comprehensive learning materials for several college equivalency exams. Students can earn up to 76 credit hours of general education and elective college courses. Students go on to take 43 hours of upper division nursing courses, all available online. There is no waiting list, and clinical hours can be completed locally with a preceptor.
Indiana State University School of Nursing Nursing Building, Room 328 Terre Haute, IN 47809-9989 888-293-4842 web.indstate.edu/nursing/
Mount St. Mary's College
LVN students who enroll in the Mobility Option at Mount St. Mary's College are given the opportunity to take the National League for Nursing Mobility Exam. A minimum score of 75 percent is the requirement to continue in the school's Mobility Option. Students in this program can complete the BSN program in three years. Those students under the minimum score can continue in the basic associate degree nursing program.
Mount St. Mary's College Department of Nursing 12001 Chalon Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90049-1599 msmc.la.edu/undergraduate-bachelor-programs/nursing.asp
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