LVN to BSN Overview

Enroll in our Advanced Placement BSN Track

Are you a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with an Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing (ASVN) degree? If you earned your ASVN degree or completed the required Gen Ed courses, you can apply for our Advanced Placement BSN program. Through Advanced Placement, you can skip the first three semesters of the BSN program, allowing you to earn your BSN degree in as little as two years.

With a BSN degree, Registered Nurses can advance their careers, pursue leadership roles, and earn higher salaries. In addition, a BSN is a common prerequisite for teaching, administrative, consulting, and research roles.

If you qualify for our accelerated BSN degree, we encourage you to submit a contact form so one of our admissions representatives can provide you with additional information.

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- Siveen A. (Nursing College Graduate)

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know

Aspiring LVN-to-BSN students are welcome to enroll at any of our five campus locations in California or Nevada:

While Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care, Registered Nurses (RNs) coordinate patient care, educate patients, and supervise LVNs. RNs can also perform more complex nursing tasks due to the extra years of schooling and rigorous testing.

On average, RNs earn more money than LVNs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, LVNs earned an average salary of about $52,000, as of May 2021. Alternatively, RNs received an average salary of around $83,000 per year.

Please note that wage data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or other third-party sources may not be an accurate reflection of all areas of the country, may not account for the employees’ years of experience, and may not reflect the wages or outlook of entry-level employees, such as graduates of our program. (accessed on 11/15/2021)

LVNs can earn the title of Registered Nurse (RN) by enrolling in an LVN-to-BSN educational program. They must also pass the NCLEX-RN exam to become fully licensed Registered Nurses.

LVN-to-BSN is an advanced placement pathway that allows you to skip the first year of a BSN program. This pathway is geared to prepare aspiring Registered Nursed for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

The list of prerequisites for the Advanced Placement LVN-to-BSN option includes but is not limited to proof of an active LVN license, successful completion of a nursing board approved Vocational Nursing program and completion of basic life support certification.

The LVN-to-BSN pathway can be completed in as little as two years. Without this advanced placement option, the BSN program typically requires three years of study.

Out-of-pocket costs for the LVN-to-BSN pathway can vary depending on your situation. There are several financial aid options available to students who qualify. If you want to learn more, our financial aid team can help you build a plan to manage educational costs.

LVN to BSN Curriculum

At Unitek College, our hybrid-online LVN-to-BSN curriculum will prepare you for a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse. You will acquire vital healthcare skills and medical experience through traditional classroom instruction, virtual practice, and clinical nursing experiences. Our facilities feature innovative lecture rooms, skills labs, and clinical practice rooms with stations that simulate real-world healthcare settings.

To graduate, you will complete 82 semester hours of nursing core classes. Some of our course subjects include the fundamentals of nursing, medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology, maternal/newborn/pediatric nursing, and nursing informatics. In addition, you will be ready to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and pursue supervisory positions in the field.

LVN to BSN graduates receive training in:

  • Patient care
  • Nursing fundamentals
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutic treatment interventions
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Leadership
  • Mental health nursing
  • Mother/baby and pediatric nursing
  • Public Health
  • Licensure examination preparation

Furthermore, you will learn how to:

  • Act as a positive change agent in health care
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge to shape nursing practice
  • Adhere to ethical, legal, regulatory, and professional nursing standards
  • Incorporate sensitivity to physical, social, cultural, and spiritual patient diversity

Even after you graduate, (Unitek) will still help you and send you job referrals. That is what i like about them.

- Joseph E. (Unitek College Graduate)

LVN to BSN Admissions Requirements

How do I apply?

Our admissions process will help you understand all the options surrounding your education. An admissions representative will guide you through every step of the enrollment process so that you feel confident and prepared to begin your first day of classes.

To apply for the LVN to BSN pathway, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Proof of an active, nursing-board-approved Vocational Nursing License
  • Completion of a nursing-board-approved Vocational Nursing program
  • Copy of a government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of Basic Life Support certification by the American Heart Association
  • Proof of immunizations and titers
  • Completed health history and physical exam done no more than three months prior to starting the BSN program
  • Clear a criminal background and drug screening
  • Within 24 months prior to enrollment in the BSN program, score a minimum of 58.7% on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

LVN to BSN Campus Locations

Contact any of our campuses to learn more about how to become a Registered Nurse or to enroll in the program.  Your future starts at Unitek College.

At the end, with the help of Career Services, I ended up getting hired at the first place my resume was sent to, and I really enjoy it.

- Charlene Z. (Nursing School Graduate)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Out-of-pocket costs for the BSN program can vary depending on your financial situation. At Unitek, we offer several financial aid options to students who qualify. In addition, our team of financial aid experts can help you develop a financial plan to manage your education costs.

Some of our financial aid options cover expenses like the below:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Computer equipment
  • Living expenses

Please visit the School Catalog for more details.

Registered Nursing Career

Registered Nurses (RNs) provide medical care for patients in many healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, schools, and assisted living facilities. Additionally, they strive to educate patients and their families on various health conditions and can offer them tips on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

The duties of an RN may include assessing patient symptoms, recording medical histories, overseeing treatments, and developing treatment plans alongside doctors or other healthcare professionals. In some states, RNs may also operate medical equipment and assist with diagnostic exams.

Registered Nurses who hold a BSN degree may qualify for additional responsibilities, specializations, and opportunities. For example, they can seek specialization in pediatrics, surgery, ICU, palliative care, or other focus areas. They may also pursue advanced roles as researchers, department supervisors, or nursing instructors.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has stated that the employment of RNs is projected to grow 9% by 2030. Becoming a Registered Nurse can lead to a stable source of income. According to the BLS, the average salary of an RN is about $83,000. Registered Nurses who earn salaries in the top 10th percentile can earn as much as $120,000 or more.

Please note that wage data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or other third-party sources may not be an accurate reflection of all areas of the country, may not account for the employees’ years of experience, and may not reflect the wages or outlook of entry-level employees, such as graduates of our program. (accessed on 11/15/2021)

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Unitek College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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