Vocational Nursing to ADN Program

VN to ADN Bridge -- on hiatus 2019/2020

The VN to ADN program is on hiatus for the 2019/2020 semesters. We will not be accepting any applications during this time. Please check back on the website in Spring 2020 for updates and changes. 



Two options exist for Licensed Vocational Nurses who wish to become RNs at Santa Rosa Junior College. Students may apply for the VN to ADN bridge program and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing or complete the 30 unit option, which does not include a certificate or degree.

LVN to ADN Bridge
The Vocational Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Major has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, and prepares the student for entry into the practice of professional registered nursing. Students receive clinical experiences in a variety of clinical facilities and community agencies throughout Sonoma County.  Eligible LVNs enroll in two Bridging courses in their first semester of attendance. Those students who successfully complete the courses join the NR 75C and NR 75D courses to complete their program. LVN to ADN students take the same prerequisites and meet the same admission criteria as all students who apply to the ADN program. In addition, they must meet the following experience requirements: 1,520 hours providing direct patient care in an LVN position in the past 3 years, or 950 hours in the past year, or graduation from an accredited VN program in the last year.

This program has been designed to provide an opportunity for the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to complete the requirements for an associate in science degree in Nursing (ADN) and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, the professional licensing examination to become a registered nurse, in less time than required to complete the generic ADN Program.

Students are admitted into the program each year in the spring semester. Program duration is three semesters (summers excluded) after prerequisites are completed. Clinical rotations are scheduled during the day, evening, and/or weekend shifts. Applications are accepted for the LVN to ADN bridge program and the 30 unit option annually during the month of September.

The link below will take you to the Vocational Nursing to ADN Major for a complete listing of program requirements. In addition to the major requirements, all students must complete all SRJC general education requirements for a degree.


Schedule of Classes

All courses taken in conjunction with this program must be completed with a letter grade of "C" or better. The following courses may be taken for credit/no credit: Humanities, American Institutions, Social Science, and Speech. If the credit/no credit option is selected, the student must receive a credit for the course.

Please review the other ADN sections for applicable program information.

Thirty Unit Option
This option requires fewer academic units than LVN to ADN. LVNs who complete the 30 unit option do not receive an Associate Degree, and are eligible to practice only in the state of California. Work experience requirements are the same as for LVN to ADN. For more information about this option, please see: Thirty Unit Option