LVN to BSN Program in Los Angeles

Our LVN to BSN program in Los Angeles is designed to help licensed vocational nurses earn their bachelor’s degree and gain the skill needed to become registered nurses.

34 Months

Earn your BSN in as few as 34 months at the Accelerated program pace

120 Credits

Complete 120 credits to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

9 Units of Advanced Placement Credit

Your previous nursing licensure grants you 9 credits towards your BSN degree


LVN to BSN Program Highlights

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Simulation labs to help you develop both skills and confidence in a safe environment

Clinical experiences at local healthcare facilities to help you gain real-life experience


All prerequisites included in the curriculum so you can segue from general education to nursing courses

No-cost tutoring to help you prepare for the licensure exam

Why Choose the LVN to BSN Program at WCU-Los Angeles?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area is the metropolitan area with the second highest employment level for registered nurses in the nation.1 There are a range of diverse opportunities for RNs in the area.

Our LVN to BSN program in Los Angeles is designed to help licensed vocational nurses advance their education and prepare them to pursue new opportunities as registered nurses. You’ll build on your knowledge as a vocational nurse, practicing new skills and obtaining real-world experience through clinical rounds.


Overview: LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Program Details

Program Pace


120 Credits

34 Months

7 Semesters


General Education within the Area of Study

Course NumberCourse NameTotal Credit Hours
PATH 370Pathophysiology3
PHIL 434Medical Ethics and Issues3
Total Credit Hours:6

Approved Credits

NURS 199DAdvanced Placement Credit (LVN)9

General Education Redesign

Category and RequirementsWCU Course RequirementsTransferable / Options
Foundational CourseFYS 001(0): First Year Seminar
(Los Angeles, Ontario, Miami {prior to Spring II 2023}, and Orange County {prior to Summer I 2023} Campuses)
or FHE 100(3): Foundations of Higher Education
(Texas, Miami {starting Spring II 2023} and Orange County {starting Summer I 2023} Campuses)
A1- Written Communication (5 Semester Credits and 2 Courses Minimum)**ENGL 140(3): Written Communication I

**ENGL 240(3): Written Communication II

Any equivalent courses that meet the General Education categorical requirements.
A2. Oral Communication
(2.5 Semester Credits Minimum)
**SPCH 142(3): Oral CommunicationAny equivalent courses that meet the General Education categorical requirements.
A3. Critical Thinking
(2.5 Semester Credits Minimum)
**PHIL 341(3): Critical ReasoningAny equivalent courses that meet
the General Education categorical requirements.
A4. Quantitative Reasoning
(5 Semester Credits and 2 Courses Minimum)
MATH 108(3): College Mathematics I

MATH 211(3): Statistics

Any equivalent courses that meet
the General Education categorical requirements.
B1– Social and Behavioral Sciences / Cultural Diversity, Tradition
(8 Semester Credits and 3 Courses Minimum)
  • PSYC 160
  • Equivalent to PSYC 290
  • Any equivalent courses that meet the General Education categorical requirements.
B2. Life and Physical Sciences
(12 Semester Credits and 4 Courses Minimum)
B3. General Education Capstone
(3 Semester Credits)
CAPS 401(3): General Education Capstone
(Los Angeles, Ontario, Miami {prior to Spring II 2023}, and Orange County {prior to Summer 1 2023} Campuses)
A minimum of 46 credits is required for graduation.

Note: The following course must have been taken in the last 5 years: ANAT 260, CHEM 280,MICR 290, and PHYS 261.

Note: If scheduled, the following courses are to be taken at WCU:FYS 001, FHE 100, CAPS 401, and PATH 370 and PHYS 261 (Orange County campus only, starting Summer 1 2023).

**As of April 2019, this course will be delivered online, asynchronously, through the institution’s Learning Management System except where otherwise authorized by the Program Dean/Director.

Core Nursing Courses

Course NumberCourse NameTotal Credit Hours
NURS 110Introduction to Professional Nursing2
NURS 180Pharmacology3
NURS 190Physical Assessment2
NURS 201Medical Surgical Nursing-Promoting Wellness3
NURS 210L-ABRN Skills Laboratory2
NURS 211LMedical Surgical Nursing3
NURS 222Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing: Promoting Wellness in the Mentally Ill3
NURS 223LMental Health/Psychiatric Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum2
NURS 225Nutrition in Health and Disease3
NURS 306Expanding Family and Community (OB)2
NURS 307Developing Family and Community (PEDS)2
NURS 316L-AExpanding and Developing Family and Community Practicum (OB)1.5
NURS 317L-ADeveloping Family and Community Practicum (PEDS)1.5
NURS 340Public Health Nursing3
NURS 342LPublic Health Nursing Practicum2
NURS 350Research in Nursing3
NURS 420Principles of Leadership and Management3
NURS 431Disaster Management2
NURS 440Issues and Trends in Nursing3
NURS 480Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum3
NURS 481LAdvanced Medical Surgical Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum3
NURS 493*Integration of Nursing Concepts3
NURS 497Nursing Capstone1
NURS 498LIntegration of Nursing Practices3
Total Credit Hours:59.0

NURS 210L: (LVN/LPN to BSN students only)

*NURS 493R- Taken if student is unsuccessful in NURS 493.

Note: Upon satisfactory completion of the transition courses (NURS 110 and NURS 210L), the LVN/LPN to BSN student will receive 9 units of Advanced Placement Credit (NURS 199D or NURS 199E).

Program Credit Distribution (LVN/LPN-BSN)

Approved Credits from Previous Licensure9.0
General Education Semester Credits46.0
General Education within the Area of Study6.0
Core Nursing Courses59.0
Total Program Semester Credits120.0
Tuition & Financial Aid

How Much Does the Los Angeles LVN to BSN Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Los Angeles LVN to BSN tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the BSN program costs in Los Angeles at West Coast University.

We offer several financial aid options — including scholarships, grants, and loan access — to help support you through your studies.

LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

10 Month Academic Year
with parentsoff campus
Food & Housing$2,980$9,920
Personal Expenses$6,740$6,740

Los Angeles and Ontario Campuses


Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

(Prior to Fall I 2023)

Bachelor of Science

(Starting Fall I 2023)

Total Program Credits12011201
Program Length (Full-Time)7 semesters7 semesters
Full-Time Status (12 to 18 credits)$17,371$17,892
3/4-Time Status(9 to 11 credits)$14,480$14,914
1/2-Time Status (6 to 8 credits)$11,241$11,578
Less than 1/2-Time Status1 (under 6 credits) (per credit)$1,928$1,986
Total Tuition Costs (Full-Time)$121,597$125,244
Registration Fee (refundable)$75$75
STRF Fee2(non-refundable)$325$337.50
Estimated Total Book Costs3$4,524$4,948
Estimated Total Book Shipping Cost3$453$495
Estimate for Uniforms Fees3$130$130
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees3$1,945$2,345
Technology Fee3($100 per semester)$700$700
General Education Resource Fee4$775$775
Estimated Total Program Costs$130,524


Orange County Campus


Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

(Prior to Summer I 2023)

Bachelor of Science

(Summer I 2023)

Bachelor of Science

(Starting Fall I 2023)

Total Program Credits120112011201
Program Length (Full-Time)7 semesters7 semesters7 semesters 
Full-Time Status(12 to 18 credits)$17,371$17,371$17,892
3/4-Time Status(9 to 11 credits)$14,480$14,480$14,914
1/2-Time Status(6 to 8 credits)$11,241$11,241$11,578
Less than 1/2-Time Status1(under 6 credits) (per credit)$1,928$1,928$1,986
Total Tuition Costs(Full-Time)$121,597$121,597$125,244
Registration Fee(refundable)$75$75$75
STRF Fee2(non-refundable)$325$325$335
Estimated Total Book Costs3$4,524$4,524$4,948
Estimated Total Book Shipping Cost3$453$453$495
Estimate for Uniforms Fees3$130$130$130
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees3$1,945$1,945$2,345
Technology Fee3($100 per semester)$700$700$700
General Education Resource Fee4$775$500$500
Estimated Total Program Costs$130,524$130,249$134,772

1Includes 9 transfer credits for LVN license.

2 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

3 The Estimate for Book, Uniform, and Supply fees reflect the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price totals compiled in December 2022 and are subject to change. Supplies become student purchases once issued to student. Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds. For details on all of the supplies, contact the Bursar Office.

LVN to BSN | Supplies issued in NURS 210L RN Skills Laboratory.

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

4 The General Education Resource Fee includes costs associated with ATI Smart Prep materials. The General Education Resource Fee will be waived for Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

Note 1: Students who wish to take Challenge Exams will be subject to a fee of $100 for each Challenge exam. Please see the campus Bursar Office for a full price listing.

Note 2: Course Audits - If a course(s) is being audited. credits for these courses will be included for the student's schedule status for billing, based on the schedule statuses and amounts shown above. Pre-licensure Nursing students should refer to the program's Dismissal Policy for information surrounding course auditing.1 Students enrolled less than 1/2-Time are billed by the credit hour.

Note 3: The Total Tuition Cost can be converted to Cost per Credit Hour by using the following calculation:

Total Tuition Cost (Summer I 2023) ($121,597) divided by the Total Program Credits (120) = Cost per Credit Hour ($1,013.31).

Total Tuition Cost (Starting Fall I 2023) ($125,244) divided by the Total Program Credits (120) = Cost per Credit Hour ($1,043.70).

Admission Requirements

For admissibility into the LVN to BSN program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a completed WCU application for admission
  2. Submit WCU-approved documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
    1. Foreign high school diplomas/credentials or their equivalent must have an official evaluation performed by an approved organization
  3. Participate in an admissions interview arranged by a university admissions advisor
  4. Achieve a HESI composite score of 76 or higher
    1. HESI exam scores must be within three (3) years of enrollment date
    2. HESI exam scores below 76 are denied admission
    3. Examination Retake Details:
      1. BSN applicants will have a maximum of two attempts, a week apart, to successfully pass the admissions exam
      2. If an applicant does not pass the admissions exam after two attempts, he or she must wait a period of 1 months to retest and must provide proof of remediation
    4. Additional acceptable external scores are eligible for full admission:
      1. TEAS score of 43 or higher
        1. TEAS exam scores must be within three (3) years of enrollment date
      2. SAT score of 835 or higher & ACT score of 16 or higher
        1. SAT and ACT and must be within three (3) years of enrollment date
        2. WCU only collects Verbal and Quantitative scores for SAT and ACT
  5. Complete an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)
  6. Meet program-specific entrance requirements
    1. Applicants to the LVN-BSN program must provide proof of current unobstructed licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

For more information on program requirements, please visit our catalog.

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Academic Calendar

New academic terms begin, on average, every 10 weeks. The number of semesters required for your program depends on the program pace you choose. For the most updated list of term start and completion dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Simulation Centers

Master Fundamental Nursing Skills

When you study nursing at our Los Angeles campus, you can get hands-on practice at our technologically advanced simulation labs. With our immersive learning labs equipped with industry-current technology and high-fidelity manikins, you’ll be able to master your skills while gaining confidence in an environment where it’s okay to make mistakes.

Our LVN to BSN students work through simulated scenarios that mimic various types of medical settings, including:

  • Medical and surgical units
  • Pediatrics
  • Maternity/OB
  • Mental health
Schedule an Info Session

We invite you to attend one of our informative presentations on our programs.

Clinical Placements

Get Real-World Clinical Experience

WCU-Los Angeles has a dedicated Clinical Placements team that builds relationships with healthcare facilities in the Los Angeles area. They can assist you in finding a local placement and preceptor that meets your needs. Additionally, the Clinical Placements team can help you with the process of tracking your hours to ensure you meet all your requirements.

NCLEX Support

Preparing for Your Licensure Examination

As a WCU-Los Angeles student, you have access to a variety of tools to help you approach the NCLEX exam with confidence. Some of the resources at your disposal include:

  • A library of study books and videos
  • Practice exams to test your performance
  • NCLEX advisors who can help answer questions
  • No-cost tutoring and one-on-one guidance


Career Services

Career Services for Students and Alumni

The WCU Career Services team is your one-stop hub for career advice, professional development, and one-on-one assistance during your job search.2
As a WCU-LA student or graduate, you can go to the Career Services team for a variety of services, including:

  • Help locating open nursing jobs
  • Resume writing workshops
  • Interview coaching
  • General career guidance and professional development

Registered nurses can work in wide range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, schools, and doctor’s offices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs most commonly work in the following settings:

  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Ambulatory healthcare services
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government
  • Educational services (state, local, and private)3

Featured Faculty

Katie Kay, DNP, RN, PCCN-K

Dean, College of Nursing

Dr. Katie Kay is the Dean for West Coast University’s College of Nursing where she provides direct oversight to the academic quality and delivery of prelicensure-through-doctoral nursing education. She is a nurse educator and leader with a collaborative, service-oriented mindset. Dr. Kay remains passionate about accessibility for both education and healthcare to improve the way we are delivering care to the communities we serve.  Prior to her appointment at West Coast University, Dr. Kay served as the Vice President of Healthcare Academics at Emeritus where she was the in-house expert for nursing and healthcare education. In her time at Emeritus, she partnered with several leading academic institutions to create high-quality, accessible, and affordable upskilling and reskilling programs to address key gaps in healthcare delivery and healthcare leadership.  Dr. Kay has also previously held the title of Senior Director of National Academic Operations at Chamberlain University, where she was responsible for providing leadership to university-wide academic, quality, and experiential learning initiatives. In her tenure at Chamberlain University, she also worked as adjunct faculty and held the role of Associate Dean of Faculty in the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner track.

Her passion for accessibility also stems from her work as an administrator at a large metropolitan hospital where she had oversight of the day-to-day operations of 22 inpatient units. Primary areas of leadership included patient safety, acuity management, throughput, accreditation, advocacy for professional nursing practice, and re-attainment of Magnet distinction.

The most recent publications for Dr. Kay include The 3 P’s: Pharmacology Physical Assessment, and Pathophysiology (Crowley, Wallace, Letz, and Kay) and a poster presentation titled “Innovative Approaches to Clinical and Practicum Placements.”

Dr. Kay is a member of the American Association for Critical Nurses, the National League of Nursing, and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, and she serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.

Chiarina P. Piazza, PhD, MEd, RN

Dean, College of Nursing | California Program Director

Dr. Piazza has been working in the university since 2009. Her past roles included Faculty; Campus Associate Dean of Nursing, Academics; Campus Dean of Nursing; and Associate Dean, College of Nursing. Most recently, she has been appointed to the position of Dean, College of Nursing.

She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of San Diego, a Master of Education from Cambridge College, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles.

With a commitment to community service, Dr. Piazza is a Commissioner for the Sister Cities Commission of Anaheim. And has previously served as Commissioner, Orange County Human Relations, and Board Member for the School Nurses of California Foundation.


How long does it take to earn your BSN as an LVN?

At WCU-Los Angeles, students can earn their BSN in as little as 34 months.

What is an LVN to BSN bridge program?

The LVN to BSN program in Los Angeles helps your bridge the gap between your knowledge as a vocational nurse and the knowledge expected of a BSN graduate. The program builds on your previous experience and education to help you earn your degree.

Am I eligible to become an RN after completing the LVN to BSN program?

Yes! Graduates of the LVN to BSN program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX licensure exam to become registered nurses. Additionally, as a student or graduate of WCU, you get one-on-one support as you prepare for your licensure exam, including access to advisors, practice exams, and more.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. When you apply to our LVN to BSN program, our financial aid advisors can help you explore your options. For more information on the institutional grants available at WCU-Los Angeles, please visit the Undergraduate On-Ground Scholarships and Grants page on our online catalog.

And for more information on other forms of financial aid available, visit our Financial Aid page.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Coast University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 877-6791 (

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Last modified March 31, 2022
2 WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, “Work Environment,” Updated Sept. 8, 2022