Thank you for your interest in our LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program. This one-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 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).
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 under the Application and Selection link, 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.
Note: Statistics courses at any level do not meet the math prerequisite.
The TEAS V must be completed prior to, and within one year of, applying to the program. The official TEAS V results from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) may be sent to the Sierra College Nursing office; unofficial results may be included in the nursing application packet. Students must achieve a cumulative score of 62% to be accepted into the program.
This link may be helpful for locating testing sites/dates and resource materials: atittesting.com
Advisory:Co-Requisites must be completed before the student enters the last semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Courses must be completed with a grade “C” or better.
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:
Applications for the LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program are ACCEPTED EACH SPRING SEMESTER beginning APRIL 1st until APRIL 30th (or the last business day prior) at 4:00 p.m. Only complete application packets are evaluated for potential admission.
Only one submission will be accepted per applicant; multiple applications will result in disqualification.
A complete application packet consists of the following:
All transcripts must be included with the application. DO NOT have transcripts sent to the Nursing Office.
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 through the institution’s website.
Please allow 4 weeks from the close of the acceptance period (April 30) for this process to be completed and results communicated via the email address provided on the application. Please be sure the email address is legible.
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?
No. We no longer require CPR as an application requirement.
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. Communication studies and Sociology/Anthropology are co-requisites to third semester of the nursing program. This means you may take these courses concurrently with nursing courses in the third semester or before completion of the fourth semester. This must be completed in order to meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
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?
Yes. Effective Fall 2015 the TEAS V must be completed prior to, and within one year of, applying to the program (February 1st). Students must achieve a cumulative score of 62% to be accepted into the program.
Can I use my assessment results from another college?
If assessment is completed at another institution, contact the Assessment Center at Sierra College (916-660-7430) for an equivalency form. Include completed form with application.
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.