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Thank you for your interest in our LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program. This one to one and a half-year full time program is based on space availability and designed for currently licensed Vocational Nurses wishing to become a Registered Nurse. LVN to RN Upward Mobility students join our Associate Degree Nursing program students in either the second or the third semester to complete their pre-licensure education. Students completing the program are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

30-unit LVN Option

The 30-unit LVN option plan is offered on a space available basis for LVNs currently licensed in California. Requirements include completion (or challenge) of acceptable college level courses in physiology and microbiology with grades of “C” or better prior to enrollment in the program and completion (or challenge) of NRSR 23 and 24 in sequence. Those who complete this option do not graduate or receive a degree. 

Program Requirements

Essential Functions Required of All Nursing Students

Motor Capability

  1. Move from room to room and maneuver in small places.
  2. Transfer patients who may require physical assistance.
  3. Guard and assist patients with ambulation.
  4. Lift and carry up to 50 pounds and exert up to 100 pounds force for push/pull.
  5. Squat, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, kneel, use standing balance, and climb stairs.
  6. Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity.
  7. Adjust, apply, and clean therapeutic equipment.
  8. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  9. Travel to and from academic and clinical sites.
  10. In the average clinical day, students sit 1-2 hours; stand 6-7 hours, travel 1-2 hours.

Sensory Capability:

  1. Coordinate verbal and manual instruction.
  2. Assess a client 10 feet away to observe client's posture and respond to treatment.
  3. Respond to a timer, alarm, or cries for help.
  4. Monitor vital signs.
  5. Auditory, visual, and tactile ability sufficient to assess patient status and perform treatments (Example: color changes in skin, hear heart and lung sounds).

Communication Ability:

  1. Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing (Example: explain treatment procedures, teach patient and families, document in medical records).
  2. Effectively adapt communication for intended audience.
  3. Interact, establish rapport with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  4. Assume the role of a health care team member.
  5. Function effectively under supervision.

Problem Solving Ability:

  1. Function effectively under stress.
  2. Test taking within predefined time constraints.
  3. Respond appropriately to emergencies.
  4. Adhere to infection control procedures.
  5. Demonstrate problem solving skills in client care (measure, calculate, reason, prioritize, synthesize data).
  6. Use sound judgment and safety precautions.
  7. Address problems or questions to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
  8. Organize and prioritize tasks.
  9. Follow policies and procedures required by clinical and academic settings.

Prerequisites

The Nursing Program office cannot complete prerequisite course evaluations. If you have taken a prerequisite course outside of Sierra College and it is not listed on the Equivalency Grid - accessed below and under the Application and Selection accordion - you may wish to contact a Sierra College academic counselor. The Counseling Center can be reached at: (916) 660-7400. Additionally, online counseling is available through the Sierra College website.

All prerequisites must be completed, with a grade “C” or better, and posted to the appropriate Official College Transcript before submitting an application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Prerequisites “in progress” are not accepted.

Some prerequisite courses must be completed within seven (7) years of application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Required Course Name Units
English 1A Composition and Literature 3
Psychology 100 [formerly Psych 1] Introduction to Psychology 3
Human Development 1 Human Development 3
Bio Science 4 or 8A/B Microbiology** 5
Bio Science 5 or 7A/7B Anatomy** 4
Bio Science 6 Physiology** 5
Nutrition 10 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition** 3

** Indicates courses which must be completed within seven (7) years of application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. FOR FALL 2017 APPLICATIONS: Courses must have been taken Spring 2010 or later.

Required - One of the Following Course Name Units
Math A Elementary Algebra
Meets program prerequisite but does not meet college graduation requirement.
4-5
Math D Intermediate Algebra 4-5
Math E Practical Math 6
Math 12 College Algebra 4
Math 13 Statistics 4
Math 16A or 16B Calculus Life and Social Sciences 4
Math 29 Pre-Calculus 4
Math 30 Calculus I 4
Math 31 Calculus II 4
Math 42 Business Calculus 4
Completion of one year (or block schedule equivalent) of Algebra I or higher level mathematics in high school with grades of “C” or better) Meets program prerequisite but does not meet college graduation requirement. 0
REQUIRED – ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
Completion of one of the following courses with a grade “C” or better: English 1B, 1C, 11, 50, N, ESL 30C, ESL 30R; History 35; Philosophy 4.
Possession of either a Bachelor or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Reading Assessment from Sierra College: copy of test result from the Sierra College Assessment Center or printed from mySierra.
Reading Assessment From Another institution: Download a Nursing Reading Competency form. This form must be evaluated and approved by the Assessment Center. To obtain the form, visit the Assessment page of our website or contact the Assessment Center via email to request a copy: assessment@sierracollege.edu.

NON SIERRA COURSES: Please refer to the Equivalency Grid to determine if a course taken outside of Sierra College meets our program requirement.

Equivalency grid (Updated as of 2/17/16.)

REQUIRED – TEAS V
The TEAS V must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in the program. TEAS V results from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) may be sent electronically to the Sierra College Nursing office; or may be included in the nursing application packet. Students must achieve a cumulative score of 62% to be accepted into the program.
The Sierra College Nursing program will provide testing for students selected for the program who have not completed TEAS V prior to application.

This link may be helpful for locating testing sites/dates and resource materials: atitesting.com

Advisory: Co-requisites must be completed prior to beginning the final semester of the program in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. It is highly encouraged that you complete your co-requisites BEFORE entrance into the nursing program. This is due to possible impaction of classes, as well as the overall difficulty of the nursing program.

If completed, Co-Requisites may be listed; however, course descriptions are not required. Courses must be completed with a grade “C” or better.

Co-Requisite Courses Course Name Units
Communication 1 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Sociology 1 or
Anthropology 2
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Anthropology
3
3

Application and Selection

LVNs interested in pursuing an Associate Degree Nursing and taking National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to be a Registered Nurse may be admitted to the Upward Mobility program on a space available basis. Readiness/Assessment testing is required.

LVNs wishing to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse through the Upward Mobility option must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

LVN-RN UPWARD MOBILITY PROGRAM - REQUIRED
Successful completion of an accredited Licensed Vocational Nursing program.
Active, unrestricted California LVN license.
Meet the ADN program prerequisites and admission.
Upon admission, the student must complete NRSR17, NRSR 23, NRSR 24, and the remaining required program and general education courses. Credit for previous pediatric and maternal newborn LVN education will be determined through proctored examinations once the candidates are selected. This may result in spring, rather than fall semester entrance, to ensure a successful program completion.

Applications are ACCEPTED ONCE A YEAR, during the Spring semester.

The Acceptance Period is: APRIL 1 until 4:00 p.m. APRIL 30 (or the last business day prior).

Applications may be mailed or delivered to:

Sierra College Nursing Department
Bldg RN-1
5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA 95677

Do not drop off applications outside of normal business hours, please.

Normal business hours are:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Only one submission will be accepted per applicant; multiple applications will result in disqualification.

Only complete application packets are evaluated for potential admission. A complete application packet consists of the following:

Complete Application Checklist

1 Official College Transcripts for all prerequisite courses, INCLUDING SIERRA COLLEGE.
  Official Transcripts for all courses referenced in the Program Application (reading competency, etc.).
  • Official High School transcript ONLY if using high school math to meet math prerequisite.
  • All transcripts must be included with the application. DO NOT have transcripts sent to the Nursing Office.
2 Official course descriptions for all prerequisite or qualifying courses referenced in the application that are not listed on the Equivalency grid and were completed at colleges OTHER THAN SIERRA COLLEGE. (See Advisory below for explanation of official course description.)
3 Official transcripts from institution where LVN courses were completed.
4 TEAS V Results if Completed - electronic copy sent to the Nursing office or a printed copy included with the application. Minimum cumulative score of 62 % required.
5 Active, legible email address. This is the means by which Qualified applicants will be notified. Only Qualified applicants will be contacted.
6 Copy of current and active/unrestricted LVN license.
7 Signature and printed name.

Course descriptions are not required for courses found on the Equivalency Grid below. If not listed on the Equivalency Grid, official course descriptions must be provided for all courses referenced in the application - prerequisite courses and any course documented on the application to meet the qualifying requirements (reading competency, etc.).

Co-requisites, if completed, may be listed; however, course descriptions are not required.

Equivalency grid (Updated as of 2/17/16.)

Advisory - Official Course Descriptions must be from the College Catalog. The course descriptions must state the name of the college, the year, and the semester in which the course was completed as documented on the Official Transcript. Course descriptions submitted without the above “official” information are not accepted. College schedules, counseling notes, and/or course information typed on a sheet of paper by the applicant are not accepted.

Official course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online on the college's catalog web page.

SELECTION

Once the application acceptance period has ended, all applications will be randomized then evaluated - in order of the randomization –to fill the space-available positions.

Qualification is based on the following criteria:

  • Submission of a complete application.
  • Completion of all program prerequisites.
  • An 84% Chancellor’s Office Predictor of Success score (Community College Nursing Prerequisite Validation study).

Chancellor's Office Predictor of Success Formula Data Elements

1 Grade Point Average (GPA) from all colleges attended where prerequisites were completed.
2 Grade for most recent English Composition course completed and documented on a transcript.
3 Cumulative GPA in sciences: microbiology, anatomy, and physiology
4 The number of times microbiology, anatomy, or physiology courses have been repeated (Repeats after withdrawals have the same negative impact as do repeats after a failure).

RN Qualifying Worksheet or RN Qualifying Worksheet. Used to determine individual data elements.

Chancellor’s Predictor of Success Formula: Excel spreadsheet formula (.xls). Used to determine your qualifying score.

SUCCESSFFULLY SELECTED applicants ONLY will be contacted via the email address provided on the application within 4 weeks of the close of the acceptance period (April 30). Please be sure the email address is legible.

Admission into the nursing program is contingent upon a clear background check, drug screening, health screening, and CPR certification (American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers).

NON-SELECTED applicants will not be contacted. No telephone verification is provided by the Nursing Department or the Counseling Center. If not selected, all submitted materials will be destroyed; transcripts of selected students only will become property of the District and posted.

Sierra College does not retain the applications of non-selected applicants. A new, complete application must be submitted each application cycle.

QUALIFIED applicants ONLY will be contacted via the email address provided on the application within 4 weeks of the close of the acceptance period (April 30). Please be sure the email address is legible.

Admission into the nursing program is contingent upon a clear background check, drug screening, health screening, and CPR certification (American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers).

NON-QUALIFIED applicants will not be contacted.   No telephone verification is provided by the Nursing Department or the Counseling Center.  If not qualified, all submitted materials will be destroyed; transcripts of selected students only will become property of the District and posted.

Sierra College does not retain the applications of non-qualified applicants. A new, complete application must be submitted each application cycle.

Sierra College does not maintain a waitlist for nursing.

APPLICATION

Frequently Asked Questions

How many applications do you receive, and how many students are selected?
For the past 3 years we have received 25-50 applications for the LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program. The number of applicants selected is based on space available in the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Do I need to take the CPR course before applying to the program?
Applicants do not have to provide a copy of their CPR card to apply; however, selected students must complete the American Heart Association course for Healthcare Providers prior to enrolling in the class.

I have one pre-requisite course left to take. Can I still apply to the program?
No. All prerequisite courses must be completed and posted to the appropriate transcript prior to applying for the program.

Do I have to have my Communication Studies and Sociology/Anthropology courses completed before I apply?
No; however, Co-requisites must be completed before completion of the final semester of the program in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. It is highly encouraged that you complete your co-requisites BEFORE entrance into the nursing program. This is due to possible impaction of classes, as well as the overall difficulty of the nursing program.

I took my pre-requisites at another college. You are asking for course descriptions for those courses. How do I obtain the course descriptions?
Official college course descriptions may be obtained by photocopying the college catalog for the year and semester the course was completed. Official college catalogs with course descriptions may also be available online through the institution's website.

I am confused about Math D being required. Can you explain this?
We recommend you see an academic counselor for all graduation requirements.

I see that the science courses and Nutrition cannot be more than seven years old when I begin the program. One of my courses is older than seven years. Do I need to retake the course?
We recommend that you see an academic counselor regarding course repetition and/or course challenge process.

I took my Anatomy and Physiology at a school where the courses were combined for two semesters. At Sierra they are offered separately. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. We accept equivalent course work. Two semesters of combined Anatomy and Physiology is equivalent to two semesters of separate course work.

Some of my pre-requisites are upper division from a four-year university. Is this okay?
We will accept upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites. Students using upper division coursework to satisfy prerequisites will not receive units for the upper division courses and they may need to complete coursework to satisfy graduation requirements. We recommend that these students see an Academic Counselor for guidance.

Is it okay if I turn my application in late? I have a really good reason.
No. All applications must be received by the due date/time. Postmarks are not acceptable.

I was not accepted into the nursing program. Will my application materials be returned to me?
If not selected, all submitted materials will be destroyed; transcripts of selected students only will become property of the District and posted.

I applied last semester and was not admitted. Will I have a better chance when I apply this semester?
Qualified applicants for the LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program not selected due to randomization must submit a complete application each application cycle.

My employer wants to write a letter of recommendation for me to get into the nursing program. Should I enclose that with my application?
Our method is random selection. Letters of recommendation are not considered. We request that you not enclose any in your application packet.

I attended several colleges. Do you need all the transcripts or just those where I took pre-requisites? How do I get them to you?
You must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended in the completion of your pre-requisite courses and all colleges referenced in your application. All official transcripts must be submitted in the application packet. Official transcripts sent directly to the nursing department are not accepted.

Can you tell me why I was not accepted into the nursing program?
Each applicant will be notified of the results of the random selection.

Is the TEAS V required to apply?
No. The TEAS V can be taken prior to application but will also be administered in May to those who are selected for our program.

When should I expect to hear the results of the selection process and how will I be notified?
Only selected students are notified via e-mail using the e-mail address clearly documented on their application. It takes approximately 4 weeks after the close of application acceptance to complete the selection and notification process.

If I have committed a previous legal infraction, or have ended employment in a negative fashion with any clinical site used by Sierra College, can I still be in the program?
All clinical sites have final right of approval regarding who may participate in clinical rotations in their facility.

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