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Nursing-LVN to RN, Associate in Science Degree

Banner code: 2_AS_LVN
Financial aid: Eligible 

Program Requirements

Applicants who are selected must successfully meet or complete the following requirements and are responsible for any costs incurred. Specific information will be provided to the selected applicants once they have accepted their place in the nursing program.

  1. Proof of a current LVN license in the State of California with no restrictions or limitations.
  2. Physical Examination and immunizations: The results of this required physical examination must indicate appropriate physical and emotional health standards for the program.
  3. Proof of a current American Heart Association BLS CPR card.
  4. Registered Student Nurse/LVN Malpractice Insurance.
  5. Uniforms and professional supplies and equipment.
  6. Transportation: Adequate, reliable transportation is required.
  7. Background Check and urine drug testing.
  8. Achieve a passing score on the designated pre-enrollment assessment exam (TEAS).

Course and unit credit is awarded for NURS G130 Health and Illness 1, NURS G131 Professional Nursing 1, and NURS G140 Health and Illness 2

A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in each course required for this program.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide safe, quality patient-centered care for individuals and families across the health-illness continuum in a variety of settings to promote positive patient outcomes.
  2. Utilize current knowledge from research and other credible sources to make nursing clinical judgments and provide patient care with a family and community context.
  3. Utilize information technology in collaboration with nursing and healthcare teams to facilitate communication and coordinate patient care.
  4. Demonstrate professional behaviors and adhere to legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
ENGL G100Freshman Composition4
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
BIOL G210General Microbiology5
COMM G110Public Speaking3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Semester 1
NURS G190LVN to RN Transition4
Semester 2
NURS G240Health & Illness 38
NURS G241Professional Nursing 21
Semester 3
NURS G270Health and Illness 48
NURS G271Professional Nursing 31
Nursing Graduation Requirements
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics 14
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature 14
Total Units60

Placement in the nursing program is based on an individual assessment of academic readiness, clinical competence and work experience.