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 1
  • Winter Quarter—August 1
  • 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.
  2. Be a licensed vocational nurse.
  3. Have a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate approved by the American Heart Association.
  4. Have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on all college course work. Grades below a "C" are nontransferable.
  5. 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.
  6. Have completed science courses within the past five years or have them validated at Loma Linda University.
  7. Complete entrance tests required of all incoming students who are not registered nurses.  
  8. Complete an interview arranged by the director of admissions.
  9. 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.)
Humanities (12 units minimum):
Must include at least three of the following areas: civilization/history, fine arts, literature, modern language, 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 laboratory 28
Basic medical microbiology with laboratory5
Social Sciences (12 units minimum):
Sociology or Anthropology4
General psychology4
Developmental psychology (life span development)4
Domain 3: Communication (12 quarter units)
English composition, complete sequence9
Domain 4: Health and wellness (5 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 and total degree requirements of 185 quarter units.



Some of these may be completed while a student at LLU


 A combined organic and biochemistry course of less than 8 units may be accepted if determined the course has covered the necessary content adequately.

Religion is required for all students.

NRSG 217Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing6
NRSG 224Nursing Pathophysiology5
NRSG 230Principles of Professionalism, Clinical Reasoning, and Self-Care4
NRSG 233Health Assessment3
NRSG 301Adult Health Nursing I6
NRSG 302Adult Health Nursing II8
NRSG 303Adult Health Nursing III8
NRSG 305Nursing Pharmacology2
NRSG 314Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing5
NRSG 315Child Health Nursing5
NRSG 316Wellness and Health Promotion3
NRSG 324Nursing Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice3
NRSG 375Introduction to Applied Biostatistics for Nurses3
NRSG 375LComputer Applications in Biostatistics1
NRSG 404Introduction to Epidemiology for Nursing2
NRSG 405Health Transitions and Post-Acute Care3
NRSG 408Critical Care Nursing8
NRSG 416Public Health Nursing4
NRSG 416LPublic Health Nursing Clinical Laboratory4
NRSG 418Capstone Nursing Practicum6
NRSG 419Leadership Principles and Trends in Nursing5
NRSG 429Nursing Research3
REL_4__Upper-division Religion 110
Select one course from the following:2
Adventist Beliefs and Life
Loma Linda Perspectives
Adventist Heritage and Health
Current Issues in Adventism
Total Units109

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 185 quarter units (transfer units plus above-listed courses).

Normal time to complete the program

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