Earn your BSN degree in as little as 34 months at the Accelerated program pace
Complete 120 credits to obtain your Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Your previous nursing licensure grants you 9 credits toward your BSN degree
Balance of classroom education and hands-on practice through simulation labs and on-site clinical experience
Training on the fundamental duties of being an RN in various simulated medical settings, from ORs to labor and delivery rooms
Individualized support, including help selecting a clinical practice site, no-cost tutoring, and NCLEX study tools
A Career Services team assisting your job search and ongoing professional development
With California expecting a nursing shortage through 2029 and a higher percentage of older registered nurses planning to retire or quit in the near future,1 there is currently a great need for RNs. The LVN to BSN program at our Ontario campus puts you on a path toward earning your bachelor’s degree and becoming a registered nurse.
In our program, you can earn credits for your existing experience as a licensed vocational nurse, bringing you closer to achieving your educational goals. We provide our students with a well-rounded curriculum that covers all the competencies for a career as an RN, along with practical, hands-on experience through on-campus simulations and clinical practice at a healthcare facility.
We want to help you take your nursing education to the next level!
|Course Number||Course Name||Total Credit Hours|
|PHIL 434||Medical Ethics and Issues||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||6|
|NURS 199D||Advanced Placement Credit (LVN)||9|
|Category and Requirements||WCU Course Requirements||Transferable / Options|
|Cat. and Req.||Trans. / Options|
|Foundational Course||FYS 001(0): First Year Seminar|
(only offered at Los Angeles and Ontario Campuses prior to Spring II 2024)
FHE 100(3): Foundations of Higher Education
(offered at all Campuses; Los Angeles and Ontario Campuses starting Spring II 2024)
|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 Communication||Any equivalent courses that meet the General Education categorical requirements.|
|A3. Critical Thinking|
(2.5 Semester Credits Minimum)
|**PHIL 341(3): Critical Reasoning||Any 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(3): Psychology|
**PSYC 290(3): Life Span Psychology
**HUM 370(3): Cultural Pluralism
|Equivalent to 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)
|ANAT 260(4): Human Anatomy|
MICR 290(4): General Microbiology
|Equivalent to ANAT 260|
Equivalent to PHYS 261
Non-transferable at the Orange County Campus starting Summer I 2023
Equivalent to CHEM 280
Equivalent to MICR 290
|B3. General Education Capstone|
(3 Semester Credits)
|CAPS 401(3): General Education Capstone|
(only offered at Los Angeles, Ontario Campuses prior to Spring II 2024)
|A minimum of 46 credits is required for graduation.|
**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.
|Course Number||Course Name||Total Credit Hours|
|NURS 110||Introduction to Professional Nursing||2|
|NURS 190||Physical Assessment||2|
|NURS 201||Medical Surgical Nursing-Promoting Wellness||3|
|NURS 210L-AB||RN Skills Laboratory||2|
|NURS 211L||Medical Surgical Nursing||3|
|NURS 222||Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing: Promoting Wellness in the Mentally Ill||3|
|NURS 223L||Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum||2|
|NURS 225||Nutrition in Health and Disease||3|
|NURS 306||Expanding Family and Community (OB)||2|
|NURS 307||Developing Family and Community (PEDS)||2|
|NURS 316L-A||Expanding and Developing Family and Community Practicum (OB)||1.5|
|NURS 317L-A||Developing Family and Community Practicum (PEDS)||1.5|
|NURS 340||Public Health Nursing||3|
|NURS 342L||Public Health Nursing Practicum||2|
|NURS 350||Research in Nursing||3|
|NURS 420||Principles of Leadership and Management||3|
|NURS 431||Disaster Management||2|
|NURS 440||Issues and Trends in Nursing||3|
|NURS 480||Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum||3|
|NURS 481L||Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing: Promoting Wellness Practicum||3|
|NURS 493*||Integration of Nursing Concepts||3|
|NURS 497||Nursing Capstone||1|
|NURS 498L||Integration of Nursing Practices||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||59.0|
NURS 210L: (LVN/LPN to BSN students only)
|Program Credit Distribution (LVN/LPN-BSN)|
|Program Credit Dist.(LVN/LPN-BSN)|
|Approved Credits from Previous Licensure||9.0|
|General Education Semester Credits||46.0|
|General Education within the Area of Study||6.0|
|Core Nursing Courses||59.0|
|Total Program Semester Credits||120.0|
How Much Does the LVN to BSN Program in Ontario 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 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 LVN to BSN program costs at West Coast University-Ontario.
We offer several financial aid options — including scholarships, grants, and loan access — to help support you through your studies.
Los Angeles and Ontario Campuses
Bachelor of Science
(Prior to Spring 2 2024)
Bachelor of Science
(Starting Spring 2 2024)
|Total Program Credits|
|Program Length (Full-Time)||7 semesters||7 semesters|
|Full-Time Status (12 to 18 credits)||$17,892||$17,892|
|3/4-Time Status(9 to 11 credits)||$14,914||$14,914|
|1/2-Time Status (6 to 8 credits)||$11,578||$11,578|
|Less than 1/2-Time Status1 (under 6 credits) (per credit)||$1,986||$1,986|
|Total Tuition Costs (Full-Time)||$125,244||$125,244|
|Registration Fee (refundable)||$75||$75|
|Estimated Total Book Costs3||$4,948||$4,948|
|Estimated Total Book Shipping Cost3||$495||$495|
|Estimate for Uniforms Fees3||$130||$130|
|Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees3||$2,345||$2,345|
|Technology Fee3($100 per semester)||$700||$700|
|General Education Resource Fee4||$775||$500|
|Estimated Total Program Costs||$135,049.50||$134,772|
Orange County Campus
Bachelor of Science
(Starting Fall I 2023)
|Total Program Credits||1201|
|Program Length (Full-Time)||7 semesters|
|Full-Time Status(12 to 18 credits)||$17,892|
|3/4-Time Status(9 to 11 credits)||$14,914|
|1/2-Time Status(6 to 8 credits)||$11,578|
|Less than 1/2-Time Status1(under 6 credits) (per credit)||$1,986|
|Total Tuition Costs(Full-Time)||$125,244|
|Estimated Total Book Costs3||$4,948|
|Estimated Total Book Shipping Cost3||$495|
|Estimate for Uniforms Fees3||$130|
|Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees3||$2,345|
|Technology Fee3($100 per semester)||$700|
|General Education Resource Fee4||$500|
|Estimated Total Program Costs||$134,772|
|10 Month Academic Year5|
|with parents||off campus|
|Federal Student Loan Fees||$100||$100|
|Course Materials (Personal Electronic Device-1st year only)||$1,000||$1,000|
|Living Expenses (Food & Housing)||$2,980||$9,920|
|Miscellaneous Personal Expenses||$6,740||$6,740|
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:
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).
5 The purpose of the Cost of Attendance (COA) is to provide students and families with an estimated cost to attend West Coast University. The COA includes both direct and indirect cost estimates. Direct costs are paid directly to West Coast University and are shown separately for each program. Indirect costs are not paid to West Coast University and are estimates students may use to budget expenses they may incur while attending school. While actual indirect costs may vary, West Coast University estimates these amounts based on the number of months in an academic year and whether students will live with parents or off campus.
For admissibility into the LVN to BSN program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
For more information on program requirements, please visit our catalog.
New academic terms begin, on average, every 10 weeks. The number of semesters required for your program varies based on the program pace you select. To see a list of term start and completion dates, view the Academic Calendar.
At WCU, we believe that students learn by doing. That’s why we offer technologically advanced simulation labs that put students right into the action.
In our WCU-Ontario simulation center, LVN to BSN students practice all types of medical scenarios and settings (medical and surgical units, pediatrics, maternity/OB, mental health, etc.), where they get to practice patient care on high-fidelity manikins that can respond like real patients. These manikins mimic physiological responses like dropped blood pressure, dilated pupils, sweat, tears, and more.
Simulations are an excellent way for students to practice their skills and gain feedback from instructors before completing their clinicals.
We invite you to attend one of our informative presentations on our programs
One way we support our Ontario LVN to BSN students is by helping them with their clinical placements. We have a dedicated team that can assist you with site selection when it comes time to choose a healthcare facility for your clinical practice hours.
We have local hospitals and other healthcare facilities that we partner with, which provides you with more options for your clinicals. We can assist you with and general support along the way.
At WCU-Ontario, we give you the tools and support you need to properly prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). We know how important it is for you to pass your test and become an RN, and that’s why we offer resources such as:
We want to support you not just throughout your program, but throughout your nursing career as well. As a WCU student and alumnus, you will have access to our Career Services department, which assists with everything from career planning to assistance with your job search.
Our Career Services team can help you spruce up your resume, practice your interview skills, connect with industry recruiters, find nursing positions that match your interests, and more. This is your one-stop hub for career guidance and resources! 2
There are many different types of job opportunities that are available to registered nurses. These are the most common employers of RNs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
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.
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.
The LVN to BSN program at WCU-Ontario is offered at an Accelerated pace and takes 34 months to complete.
Our LVN to BSN program makes it possible for you to take your experience as a licensed vocational nurse and turn it into credits toward your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This creates a “bridge” between your existing experience and your bachelor’s degree so you can streamline your path to a BSN.
After completing your program, you will be able to sit for your RN licensure exam. Our Ontario LVN to BSN program helps you prepare for the exam through your coursework, clinical experience, and additional study resources that we offer, such as NCLEX boot camps and no-cost tutoring.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. You can visit our Financial Aid page to learn about the various forms of aid that may be available you (depending on your eligibility). We offer many different institutional scholarships and grants that you may want to consider. Speak with a WCU financial aid advisor to learn more about your options.
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 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
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1 University of Southern California, San Francisco, “Forecasts of the Registered Nurse Workforce in California,” August 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
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.