LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program

Overview

LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program

The LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program is a one or one and a half-year, full-time program. It is based on space availability and designed for currently licensed vocational nurses (LVN) wishing to become registered nurses (RN).

LVN to RN Upward Mobility students join our Associate Degree Nursing program students in either the second or third semester to complete their pre-licensure education. The determination of semester entrance is dependent upon the results of placement exams that will be administered after candidate selection. Students completing the program are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

30 Unit LVN Option

The 30-unit LVN option plan is offered on a space available basis for LVNs currently licensed in California. Requirements include completion (or challenge) of acceptable college level courses in physiology and microbiology with grades of “C” or better prior to enrollment in the program and completion (or challenge) of NRSR 23 and 24 in sequence. Those who complete this option do not graduate or receive a degree. 

Getting Started

LVNs wishing to obtain licensure as a registered nurse through the LVN to RN Upward Mobility program must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Successful completion of an accredited licensed vocational nursing program.
  • Active, unrestricted California LVN license
  • Meet the ADN program prerequisites

Prerequisites to Apply

Prerequisite Course Evaluations

The Nursing Program office does not complete prerequisite course evaluations. If you have taken a prerequisite course outside of Sierra College and it is not listed on the Equivalency Grid, contact a Sierra College academic counselor

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Prerequisites “in progress” are not accepted.

All prerequisites must be completed with a grade “C” or better, and posted to the appropriate Official College Transcript before submitting an application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Required

Course Name

Units

English 1A

Composition and Literature

3

Psychology 100 (formerly Psych 1)

Introduction to Psychology

3

Human Development 1

Human Development

3

Bio Science 4 or 8A/B

Microbiology**

5

Bio Science 5 or 7A/7B

Anatomy**

4-5

Bio Science 6

Physiology**

5

Nutrition 10

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition**

3

** Indicates courses which must be completed within 7 years of application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. For Fall 2019 Applications: Courses must have been taken Spring 2012 or later.

Required (One of the following)

Course Name

Units

Math A

Elementary Algebra (Meets program prerequisite but does not meet college graduation requirement)

4-5

Math D

Intermediate Algebra

4-5

Math E

Practical Math

6

Math 12

College Algebra

4

Math 13

Statistics

4

May 16A or 16B

Calculus Life and Social Sciences

4

Math 29

Pre-Calculus

4

Math 30

Calculus I

4

Math 31

Calculus II

4

Math 42

Business Calculus

4

Completion of one year (or block schedule) of Algebra I or higher level mathematics in high school with grades of “C” or better

Meets program prerequisite but does not meet college graduation requirement.

0

Non-Sierra Courses: Please refer to the Equivalency Grid to determine if a course taken outside of Sierra College meets our program requirement.

Prerequisite TEAS Exam

The TEAS exam must be completed prior to applying in our program. 

  • An unofficial copy must accompany your application and your score must be reflected on the multi-criteria form.
  • An official copy of the test results must be sent electronically to the nursing office website.

Only the latest edition of the TEAS exam will be accepted by Sierra College. TEAS V and earlier will not. A minimum cumulative score of 62% is required.

Visit atitesting.com to locate TEAS testing locations, dates and resource materials.

Co-Requisites

Co-requisites must be completed prior to beginning the final semester of the program in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

It is highly encouraged that you complete your co-requisites before entrance into the nursing program. This is due to possible impaction of classes, as well as the overall difficulty of the nursing program.

If completed, co-requisites may be listed; however, course descriptions are not required. Courses must be completed with a grade “C” or better.

Co-Requisite Course

Course Name

Units

Communication 1

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

Sociology 1 or Anthropology 2

Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology

3

 

Application and Deadline

Applications are accepted once a year, during the Spring semester.

Deadline

The Acceptance Period is: April 1 until 4:00 p.m. on April 30 (or the last business day prior).

Applications may be mailed or delivered to:

Sierra College Nursing Department
Bldg RN-1
5100 Sierra College Blvd.
Rocklin, CA 95677

Please do not drop off applications outside of regular business hours. Postmarks are not acceptable.

Regular business hours are:

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Application Forms

Only one submission will be accepted per applicant. Multiple applications will result in disqualification.

Application Checklist

Only complete application packets are evaluated for potential admission. A complete application packet consists of the following:

1A

Official College Transcripts for all prerequisite courses.

1B

Official Transcripts for all courses referenced in the Program Application (reading competency, etc.)

 

Official High School transcript only if using high school math to meet math prerequisite.

2

Official course descriptions* for all prerequisites or qualifying courses referenced in the application that are not listed on the Equivalency grid and were completed at colleges other than Sierra College. (See Advisory below for explanation of official course description).

3

TEAS Results: electronic copy sent to the Nursing office and a printed copy included with application. A minimum cumulative score of 62% is required.

4

Active, legible email address. This is the means by which selected applicants will be notified. Only selected applicants will be contacted.

5

Copy of current and active/unrestricted LVN license.

6

Signature and printed name.

7

Achievement of 84% or higher on the Chancellor’s Predictor Score, which uses the following formula data elements:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) from all colleges attended where prerequisites were completed
  • Grade for most recent English Composition course completed and documented on a transcript
  • Cumulative GPA in sciences: microbiology, anatomy and physiology
  • The number of times microbiology, anatomy or physiology courses have been repeated. (Repeats after withdrawals have the same negative impact as do repeats after a failure.)
  • RN Qualifying Worksheet: Used to determine individual data elements.
  • Excel spreadsheet formula: Used to determine your Chancellor’s Predictor of Success qualifying score.

*Official course descriptions are not required for courses found on the Equivalency Grid. If not listed on the Equivalency Grid, official course descriptions must be provided for all courses referenced in the application, including prerequisite courses and any course documented on the application to meet the qualifying requirements (reading competency, etc.). NOTE: Co-requisities, if completed, may be listed; however, course descriptions are not required.

Advisory: Official Course Descriptions

Official Course Descriptions must be from the college catalog. The course descriptions must state the name of the college, the year, and the semester in which the course was completed as documented on the Official Transcript. Course descriptions submitted without the above “official” information are not accepted. College schedules, counseling notes, and/or course information typed on a sheet of paper by the applicant are not accepted.

Official course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online on the college’s catalog web page.

Selection Process

Once the application acceptance period has ended, all applications will be evaluated. All qualified applications will be randomized and a cohort will be chosen.

Qualification is based on the following criteria:

  • Submission of a complete application.
  • Completion of all program prerequisites and requirements.
  • An 84% or higher Chancellor’s Office Predictor of Success score (Community College Nursing Prerequisite Validation study)

Only successfully Selected Applicants will be contacted via the email address provided on the application within 4 weeks of the close of the acceptance period (April 30). Please be sure the email address is legible.

Admission into the nursing program is contingent upon:

  • a clear background check, drug screening and health screening
  • CPR certification (American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers).

Once admitted into the program, the student must complete NRSR 17, NRSR 23, NRSR 24, and the remaining required program and general education courses. Credit for previous pediatric and maternal newborn LVN education will be determined through proctored examinations once the candidates are selected. This may result in Spring, rather than Fall semester entrance, to ensure a successful program completion.

Non-selected applicants will not be contacted. No telephone verification is provided by the Nursing Department or the Counseling Center.

If not selected: 

  • all submitted materials will be destroyed. Sierra College does not retain the applications of non-selected applicants.
  • A new, complete application must be submitted each application cycle.

Sierra College does not maintain a waitlist for nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications do you receive, and how many students are selected?
For the past 3 years we have received 25-50 applications for the LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program. The number of applicants selected is based on space available in the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Do I need to take the CPR course before applying to the program?

Applicants do not have to provide a copy of their CPR card to apply. Selected applicants must complete the American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers prior to enrolling in the class.

I have one pre-requisite course left to take. Can I still apply to the program?
No. All prerequisite courses must be completed and posted to the appropriate transcript prior to applying for the program.

Do I have to have my Communication Studies and Sociology/Anthropology courses completed before I apply?
No. Co-requisites, however, must be completed before completion of the final semester of the program in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. It is highly encouraged that you complete your co-requisites before entrance into the nursing program. This is due to possible impaction of classes, as well as the overall difficulty of the nursing program.

I took my pre-requisites at another college. You are asking for course descriptions for those courses. How do I obtain the course descriptions?
Official college course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online through the institution’s website.

I am confused about Math D being required. Can you explain this?
We recommend you see an academic counselor for all graduation requirements.

I see that the science courses and nutrition courses cannot be more than seven years old when I begin the program. One of my courses is older than seven years. Do I need to retake the course?
We recommend that you see an academic counselor regarding course repetition and/or course challenge process.

I took my anatomy and physiology at a school where the courses were combined for two semesters. At Sierra they are offered separately. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. We accept equivalent course work. Two semesters of combined anatomy and physiology is equivalent to two semesters of separate course work.

Some of my prerequisites are upper division from a four-year university. Is this okay?
We will accept upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites. Students using upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites will not receive units for the upper division courses and they may need to complete coursework to satisfy graduation requirements. We recommend that these students see an academic counselor for guidance.

Is it okay if I turn my application in late? I have a really good reason.
No. All applications must be received by the due date/time. Postmarks are not acceptable.

I was not accepted into the nursing program. Will my application materials be returned to me?
If not selected, all submitted materials will be destroyed. Only transcripts of selected applicants will become property of the District and posted.

I applied last semester and was not admitted. Will I have a better chance when I apply this semester?
Qualified applicants for the LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program not selected due to randomization must submit a complete application each application cycle.

My employer wants to write a letter of recommendation for me to get into the nursing program. Should I enclose that with my application?
Our method is random selection. Letters of recommendation are not considered. We request that you not enclose any in your application packet.

I attended several colleges. Do you need all the transcripts or just those where I took prerequisites? How do I get them to you?
You must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended in the completion of your pre-requisite courses and all colleges referenced in your application. All official transcripts must be submitted in the application packet. Official transcripts sent directly to the nursing department are not accepted.

Can you tell me why I was not accepted into the nursing program as an upward mobility student?
Each applicant will be notified of the results of the random selection. If you weren’t selected into the upward mobility program, you may contact the nursing office. We are happy to discuss next steps if you weren’t able to meet the 84%.

When should I expect to hear the results of the selection process and how will I be notified?
Only selected applicants are notified via email using the email address clearly documented on their application. It takes approximately 2 weeks after the close of application acceptance to complete the selection and notification process.

If I have committed a previous legal infraction or have ended employment in a negative fashion with any clinical site used by Sierra College, can I still be in the program?
All clinical sites have final right of approval regarding who may participate in clinical rotations in their facility.