LVN to BSN

Admissions Requirements - Texas Campus

  1. Provide proof of current unobstructed licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in California or in the United States (Texas campus only); and
  2. Pass the required admission test:
  • HESI with a minimum score of 80% overall; Or
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) with a minimum overall level of proficient:
    • Overall score of 58.7%; Or
  • SAT score of 1000 (old version) or 1500 (current version with essay); Or
  • ACT with proof of a minimum composite ACT score of 20

Applicants will have a maximum of two attempts to sucessfully pass the admissions exam.  If an applicant does not pass the admissions exam after two attempts, he or she must wait a period of 6 months to retest and must provide proof of remediation. 

HESI exam scores must be within 3 years of enrollment date.  TEAS exam scores must be within 1 year of enrollment date.

Applicants will be required to submit ALL postsecondary transcripts no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled term start.  It is imperative that all postsecondary transcripts are received prior to this deadline, as the University will only evaluate coursework received before this deadline. 

Failure to disclose previous education may result in dismissal from the program and/or university. 

Must be 18 years of age prior to clinical rotations.

Applicants will be evaluated in one of two ways:

  1. Applicants with 18 or more postsecondary credits will be evaluated on their cumulative grade point average and proof of high school graduation. 
  2. Applicants with fewer than 18 postsecondary credits will be evaluated based on their high school performance.

An applicant whose transcripts are unavailable (including foreign applicants without a grade point average, or individuals with a GED) will be required to take the TEAS V and receive a score of 58.7 or higher in order to be admitted to the university.

Transcript Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs must submit all postsecondary transcripts to be eligible for acceptance. All postsecondary transcripts will be used for evaluation purposes in determining the appropriate level of NCLEX assistance required.

  • Applicants with 18 or more postsecondary credits will be required to submit (i) all postsecondary transcripts and (ii) proof of high school graduation.
  • Applicants with fewer than 18 postsecondary credits will be required to submit (i) all postsecondary transcripts and (ii) official high school transcripts.

Applicants will be required to submit all postsecondary transcripts no later than 5:00pm on the Friday two weeks prior to the scheduled term start. The university will only evaluate coursework received before this deadline.

Applicants unable to meet the deadline for submission of transcripts may refer to the Exception Policy located in the University catalog. Exceptions will be considered under mitigating circumstances.

Must be 18 years of age prior to clinical rotations.

LVN to RN 30 Unit Option
In addition to the 120 Unit LVN to BSN program, West Coast University offers a 30 unit option for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  Students considering taking the 30 unit option will take Physiology, Microbiology, and selected pre-licensure nursing courses.  Students who choose the 30 unit option will not receive a certificate or degree from West Coast University and are not considered a graduate of the University.  Students interested in the 30 unit option must declare this option prior to enrolling in the WCU LVN to BSN program.  Once students have enrolled and have started the WCU LVN to BSN program, the 30 unit option is not available.  Financial aid is not available for students choosing the 30 unit option since this is not an option leading to a degree. 

Students who successfully complete the LVN to RN 30 Unit Option will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination.