Nursing — LVN to B.S.

The Admissions Committee is looking for individuals who reflect a high degree of personal integrity, dependability, self-discipline, intellectual vigor, and a caring and thoughtful manner.

Application deadlines

Applicants seeking undergraduate admission must have the application process completed by the dates indicated in the following:

  • Autumn Quarter—March 31
  • Winter Quarter—August 15
  • Spring Quarter—November 1

In addition to Loma Linda University admission requirements, the applicant must:

  1. Have completed a high school diploma or its equivalent from an accredited secondary school.
  2. Be a licensed vocational nurse in the state of California.
  3. Have a current first aid certificate.
  4. Have a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate approved by the American Heart Association.
  5. Demonstrate basic computer literacy.
  6. Have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on all college course work. Grades below a "C" are nontransferable.
  7. For students considering transfer of nursing course work, provide course descriptions or outlines for clinical nursing courses in order for the school to determine the amount of transfer credit to be granted.
  8. Have completed science courses within the past five years or have them validated at Loma Linda University.
  9. For an incoming student who is not a registered nurse, complete entrance tests.
  10. Complete an interview and an onsite essay arranged by the director of admissions.
  11. Complete prerequisite courses listed below:

Course work will be evaluated to determine transfer status in clinical nursing classes.

The licensed vocational nurse may choose to complete a bachelor's degree or the 45 quarter units of nursing, as prescribed by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

Domain 1: Religion and humanities28
Prorated, based on units taken at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university. (See University Division of General Studies for religion and humanities specifics.)
Minimum of 12 units that must include a modern language (required; Spanish preferred) and at least two of the following areas: civilization/history, fine arts, literature, philosophy, or performing/visual arts (not to exceed 4 quarter units)
Domain 2: Scientific inquiry and analysis (43 quarter units)
Natural Sciences (31 units minimum):
Intermediate algebra (or high school algebra II—not counted toward domain total)R
Introduction to physics (or high school physics—not counted toward domain total)R
Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence8
Introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry, with laboratory8
Basic medical microbiology with laboratory5
Social Sciences (12 units minimum):
Sociology or Anthropology4
General psychology4
Developmental psychology (life span development)4
Domain 3: Communication (13 quarter units)
English composition, complete sequence9
Domain 4: Health and wellness (2-6 quarter units)
Physical education (two separate physical activity courses)R
Nutrition (may have been integrated into LVN content)4
Domain 5: Electives
To meet total GE requirements of 68 quarter units and total degree requirements of 193 quarter units.

Some of these may be completed while a student at LLU



Religion is required for all students.

NRSG 217Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 16
NRSG 224Nursing Pathophysiology4
NRSG 225LVN Bridge Course 24
NRSG 305Nursing Pharmacology3
NRSG 308Adult Health Nursing I8
NRSG 314Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing6
NRSG 315Child Health Nursing6
NRSG 316The Nursing Role in Health Promotion4
NRSG 317Adult Health Nursing II8
NRSG 324Nursing Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 404Introduction to Epidemiology for Nursing3
NRSG 408Critical Care Nursing6
NRSG 409Home Health Nursing3
NRSG 415Community Mental Health Nursing4
NRSG 416Public Health Nursing4
NRSG 416LPublic Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory4
NRSG 418Capstone Nursing Practicum8
NRSG 419Capstone: Management and Leadership in Nursing5
NRSG 420Professional Preparation2
NRSG 429Nursing Research3
DTCS 311Human and Clinical Nutrition for Nursing 34
ENGL 300Writing Seminar for Health-Care Professionals 42
REL_4__Upper-division Religion 510
Select one course from the following:2
Adventist Beliefs and Life
Loma Linda Perspectives
Adventist Heritage and Health
Current Issues in Adventism
STAT 414Introduction to Biostatistics I3
STAT 415Computer Applications in Biostatistics1
Total Units116

May be taken concurrently while at junior-level status


Upon successful completion, students are credited with NRSG 214 Fundamentals of Professional Nursing (8 units), NRSG 216 Basic Nursing Skills and Health Assessment (2 units), and NRSG 309 Gerontological Nursing (2 units)


DTCS 312 Clinical Nutrition for Nursing may be taken in place of DTCS 311 Human and Clinical Nutrition for Nursing if transfer credit includes articulated course in human nutrition 


Course may be waived based on selected admission criteria


Students are required to take at least one course from the content areas of RELE, RELR, and one of the required RELT courses listed above. Total units required are based on the percentage of course work from an SDA college/university. The maximum requirement is 16 units including transfer credit.

Total unit requirement for graduation is 193 quarter units (transfer units plus above listed courses).

Normal time to complete the program

2.33 years (7 academic quarters) at LLU — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted