RN 30 unit option

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by Jhope16 (New) New

Hello,

I am currently an LVN in California and have been planning to go back to get my RN. I have been curious about the RN 30 unit option. I understand that you would only be able to use your license in California and it would be on your license online but from what I understand is you can still get your AA or bachelors. So why is it so bad? Also I am curious if anyone has taken this course towards their RN and if they had regretted it or if they are working already with the 30 unit.

caliotter3

38,332 Posts

It is bad when you decide to move to another state and attempt to obtain a nursing license there and your application is rejected because you did not graduate from a nursing program. Once you obtain a 30 unit nursing license you can’t go back and change that fact with a degree.

ghardeepak, LVN

Has 4 years experience. 4 Posts

do you find work after rn 30 unit option. just curious

Jhope16

11 Posts

I am actually not an RN 30 unit, I am still an LVN. I was just looking into the options that the colleges offered and asked if anyone had ever done the RN 30 unit and if they are working but it sounds like no one has lol.

Edited by Jhope16

ghardeepak, LVN

Has 4 years experience. 4 Posts

yeah! well i am back in school again taking prerequisite for lvn to rn program. There are whole bunch of private colleges in the Sf bay area that offers adn programs. i think we need to have the prerequisite first before start applying to schools. Good luck

callinshotz, LVN

Has 1 years experience. 123 Posts

I'm not doing this program but I find it interesting. If you were to do this 30 unit option, do you take the same NCLEX? Could you enroll in a traditional BSN program or a traditional ADN program as a nurse?

I'm looking at schools and bridge programs are 1 year for the traditional lvn to RN. The 30 unit is also one year. Am I missing something?

caliotter3

38,332 Posts

The NCLEX is the NCLEX. Same exam for all kinds of applicants. Have not heard of any BSN or ASN program that would not accept a 30 unit RN, however, remember that this individual is NOT a graduate of a nursing school. Schools/programs deny entry to these nurses based on that fact. I believe all states refuse to license these people so they are forced to apply for a CA license and states refuse to accept said license in reciprocity. You are biting off one situation for yourself should you choose to license in this manner.

callinshotz, LVN

Has 1 years experience. 123 Posts

Yeah it doesn't sound very smart unless you have no other option.

nursedt

Specializes in ER, ICU, PICU, NICU. Has 13 years experience. 5 Posts

I am a 30 unit RN, I have licenses in FL, AL, OR, AZ, CA, WA, IL and NY.  I have never had issues transferring my license.  My specialties are mainly ER and ICU (PICU/NICU).  Once you pass your NCLEX, you will have an RN license like any other RN.  I am currently the clinical nurse manager and educator of a PICU and NICU in Seattle, WA.  Don´t let these misleading posts put you against the 30 unit option if you are an LVN/LPN seeking RN licensure.  

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 45 years experience. 1,784 Posts

19 hours ago, nursedt said:

I am a 30 unit RN, I have licenses in FL, AL, OR, AZ, CA, WA, IL and NY.  I have never had issues transferring my license. 

I am so curious. In what state did you take NCLEX? I thought every state required graduation from an approved RN program in order to sit for the NCLEX? Please fill me in.

nursedt

Specializes in ER, ICU, PICU, NICU. Has 13 years experience. 5 Posts

I was originally licensed in California; that is where I took the NCLEX as I attended a 30 unit option and was living at the time.  When I later applied for other states, I simply applied for reciprocity in the other states as I had already passed the NCLEX.  Was not a big deal like everyone seems to make it...

callinshotz, LVN

Has 1 years experience. 123 Posts

According to the BRN...

LVN 30 Unit Option

Designed as a career ladder for California Licensed Vocational Nurses wishing to become registered nurses. Takes approximately 18-24 months. No degree is granted upon completion. Most other states do not recognize California's LVN 30 Unit Option and will not issue RN licenses to these LVNs. Some LVNs prefer to complete an ADN program in order to obtain a degree and to have the flexibility to get an RN license in other states. Most ADN programs will give LVNs credit for some of the coursework they completed to become an LVN.

https://www.RN.ca.gov/careers/steps.shtml