Licensed Vocational Nurse to RN (AS Degree S1201)

Technology and Health Division
Degree S1201

The Mt. San Antonio College Nursing Program, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, is a two-year program designed to prepare students to give direct nursing care to clients in various practice settings. The program consists of course work in nursing, science, general education, and clinical nursing practice at local hospitals and health agencies. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

The Licensed Vocational Nurse is provided career mobility in the Nursing Program. The Licensed Vocational Nurse may choose between earning an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing or completing the LVN 30-Unit Option track which leads to a certificate, not a degree.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Prerequisite Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Human Anatomy, including a laboratory component.4
Human Physiology, including a laboratory component.4
Microbiology, including a laboratory component.4
CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development 33
or PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology
ENGL 1AFreshman Composition 14
or ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition - Honors
or ENGL 1AM College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
or AMLA 1A College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology 23

Minimum grade of C.


PSYC 1A must be completed prior to entrance into NURS 5.


CHLD 10 or PSYC 14 must be completed prior to entrance into NURS 6.

Non-course Requirements

  1. An overall grade point average of 2.5 for the Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Microbiology prerequisite courses with no grade less than a “C” for each course and no more than one repetition of any one of these courses.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 for all college coursework completed.
  3. Eligibility for MATH 110 or MATH 110H or MATH 130
  4. High school graduation or GED or academic degree from an accredited college/university in the United States.
  5. Possess a current, active California Licensed Vocational Nurse license.
  6. A physical examination, including specific immunizations is required of all candidates prior to the beginning of nursing classes.
  7. Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
  8. Criminal background check and drug screening must be completed prior to any patient contact.
  9. Nursing 70: Role Transition must be completed with a credit grade prior to entrance into the program. (NURS 70: Role Transition – Due to the clinical component of NURS 70, applicants must submit their names to the Nursing Office for approval prior to enrollment in this course. Applicants must have completed all prerequisite courses prior to taking NURS 70. Applicants must provide proof of current Vocational Nurse License, physical, CPR card, Background Check, and drug testing prior to the start of class).

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Required Nursing Courses
NURS 4Maternity Nursing3
NURS 5Psychiatric Nursing3
NURS 6Pediatric Nursing3
NURS 7Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition/Elimination/ Surgical Asepsis7
NURS 8Medical-Surgical Nursing: Circulation and Oxygenation5
NURS 9Leadership in Nursing1
NURS 10Medical-Surgical Nursing: Integration/Regulation4
NURS 11Preceptorship in Nursing2
Requirements for the Major
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
Human Anatomy
and Human Physiology
Introductory Human Anatomy
and Introductory Human Physiology
MICR 1Principles of Microbiology4-5
or MICR 22 Microbiology
ENGL 1AFreshman Composition4
or ENGL 1AH Freshman Composition - Honors
or ENGL 1AM College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
or AMLA 1A College Composition for Non-Native English Speakers
CHLD 10Child Growth and Lifespan Development3
or CHLD 10H Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
or PSYC 14 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
or SPCH 2 Survey of Communication Studies
or SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking
or SPCH 8H Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
Total Units54-57

Nursing Website

Selection Process

Students applying for admission to the Nursing Program are required to see either a counselor or educational advisor to verify their eligibility to enter the Nursing program.


Students must complete all course prerequisites prior to requesting an appointment for certifying readiness to enter into the Nursing program. Once eligibility has been established and the Admission Assessment Test has been passed, students will enter on a first come first served basis.

The Eligibility Appointment

  1. Once a student has completed all course prerequisites, they may request an appointment with a counselor or educational advisor.
  2. Students who have completed coursework at other colleges must bring the following information to their eligibility appointment:
    1. Official transcripts of all college work completed at all colleges.
    2. If the prerequisite courses were completed at another college, a course description and a copy of the course syllabus.
    3. Students completing college coursework outside of the United States will need to have their transcripts evaluated by an approved international transcript evaluation agency and must bring the final evaluation to their appointment (students may be able to obtain a list of agencies from the Admissions & Records Office).
    4. Due to specific college deadlines for International Student application, please inform the Counseling/Educational Advisor that this applies to you.
    5. All students will need to bring official proof of high school graduation, GED, or college graduation from an accredited institution in the United States.

Students should also be aware that once they have been admitted to the Nursing program and before beginning the clinical portion of the program, they will need to be able to pass both a criminal background check, including a screening by the Office of Inspector General for welfare or Social Security fraud, as well as testing negative for drug use.

All applicants are required to meet the essential functions for success in the nursing program.

Physical Demands

  • Perform prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking, lifting positioning, pushing, and/or transferring patients
  • Possess the ability to perform fine motor movements with hands and fingers
  • Possess the ability for extremely heavy effort (lift/carry 50 lbs. or more)
  • Perform considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching

Sensory Demands

(May be corrected with adaptive devices)

  • Color vision: ability to distinguish and identify colors
  • Distance vision: ability to see clearly 20 feet or more
  • Depth perception: ability to judge distance and space relationships
  • Near vision: ability to see clearly 20 inches or less
  • Hearing: able to recognize a full range of tones

Working Environment

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
  • Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
  • Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes
  • Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
  • Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
  • Subject to burns and cuts
  • Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
  • Handle emergency or crisis situations
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Requires judgment/action which could result in death of a patient
  • Exposed to products containing latex

English Language Skills

Although proficiency in English is not a criteria for admission into the nursing program, students are encouraged to be able to speak, write and read English to complete classes successfully and to ensure safety for themselves and for others.


The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) protects the consumer by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The BRN may deny applications for interim permits, temporary licenses, and permanent licensure, if the applicant has been found guilty of dishonesty, fraud or deceit, felony child abuse, sex offender crimes, acts involving narcotics, dangerous drugs or devices, assault and/or battery, and other crimes. Applicants who have questions regarding limitations related to licensure, should contact the California Board of Registered Nursing at (916) 322-3350 or access its website at


California Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 322-3350 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Successfully complete the Role Transition course to be accepted into the Nursing Program in the second semester.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ANAT 10A Introductory Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 10 Chemistry for Allied Health Majors 5
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
Winter Term 1
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
A/AS PE .5
Spring Term 1
ANAT 10B Introductory Human Physiology 4
PSYC 1A Introduction to Psychology 3
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 3
Summer Term 1
Fall Term 2
MICR 22 Microbiology 4
CHLD 10 OR PSYC 14 3
Fall Term 3
NURS 4 Maternity Nursing 3
NURS 6 Pediatric Nursing 3
Spring Term 3
NURS 5 Psychiatric Nursing 3
NURS 7 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Nutrition/Elimination/ Surgical Asepsis 7
Fall Term 4
NURS 8 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Circulation and Oxygenation 5
NURS 9 Leadership in Nursing 1
NURS 10 Medical-Surgical Nursing: Integration/Regulation 4
NURS 11 Preceptorship in Nursing 2
Licensed Vocational Nurse to RN, AS S1201 1
Submit petition:, Student Tab#45 5
 Total Units68.5
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