Application Information

Important changes to the LVN-RN Bridge program application timeframes

For the 2023-2024 school year only, the EVC Nursing program will accept applications for the LVN-RN Bridge program in both Fall and Spring: during the October 1st to 31st window and the February 1st to 29th window. Fall applicants will be considered for placement as early as the following Spring semester, and Spring applicants will be considered for placement for the next Fall semester. For the 2024-2025 school year and after that, the EVC Nursing application cycle for the LVN-RN Bridge program will occur in Spring only, from January 15th to the end of February. 

Application School Year LVN-RN Bridge Application Period
2023-2024 October 1st to 31st (2023) & February 1st to 29th (2024)
2024-2025 January 15th, 2025 to February 29th, 2025

A link to the LVN-RN Bridge application will be available on this page during the application window.

Applicants must have a valid EVC/SJCC student ID number to apply. If you do not yet have a student ID number you can fill out the free application to EVC. After applying, you will receive your student ID number within 48 hours. 

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Application Policy and Procedures

The application cycle for the EVC LVN-RN Bridge program runs once a year, from October 1st to 31st. During that time, a link to the LVN-RN Bridge application will be available on this page. 

Minimum Criteria for applying for the LVN to RN Bridge program

RN Licensure

  • You must have an active California LVN license at the time of your application

Note that unlike applicants to the 2-year Associate's Degree in Nursing program, LVN-RN Bridge applicants do not need to take the TEAS prior to applying and are not evaluated using the Multicriteria Scoring Rubric. 

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Microbiology, with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA 
  • Completion of English 1A (or equivalent) with a "C" or higher

Prerequisite coursework must be evaluated for equivalency to prerequisite requirements. Please see the tab below (Important Equivalency Instructions) for more information.

Important Course Equivalency Instructions

Before you apply to the EVC Nursing program, you need to verify that the coursework that you have completed will satisfy our course prerequisite requirements. If your coursework is not verified for prerequisite equivalency, you will not be credited for completing the prerequisite requirements. How to verify the equivalency of your coursework is outlined below.

If you took the courses specified above at EVC or SJCC your courses satisfy the prerequisite requirement. No action is required. 

If you took your prerequisite coursework at any other California community college check the Course Equivalency Chart for your college and the courses you took. If your community college is listed on the chart and the courses that you took are identified as equivalents of the Nursing prerequisites then your coursework satisfies the prerequisite requirements.

If you completed prerequisite coursework at a university or at a community college not found on the Course Equivalency Chart then you will need to:

(1) Gather up the course descriptions and syllabi from the courses that need to be verified for equivalency.

(2) Fill out a Course Substitution petition for each course that needs to have it’s equivalency to EVC prerequisites verified.

(3) Email the filled-out course substitution form(s) along with the course description and syllabus for each course to our Nursing Counselor William Sapigao at William will forward those material to EVC faculty and they will review your coursework for equivalency.

(4) If your course substitution is approved, upload it to your application when you apply in October along with your transcripts.

Please note that all of the above applies not only to course prerequisites but also to courses that you can gain multicriteria points for on your application. For psychology, developmental psychology, oral communications and statistics, check the Course Equivalency chart. For pharmacology and pathophysiology consult the Pharmacology and Pathophysiology Equivalency chart.

Please make sure that you have your prerequisite course equivalencies verified well before the October 31st application deadline, as the process is likely to take a few weeks at minimum.

What to expect after you apply to the RN Program

  • Admission process overview: Once you apply to the LVN-RN Bridge program your application will be screened for meeting the minimum requirements. If your application meets the minimum requirements you will be invited to take the Nursing Challenge Exam. If you pass the exam, you will be invited to take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) if you have not taken it already. If you pass the TEAS, you will be placed on a waitlist for entry into the Nursing program.  

  • The Nursing Challenge Exam: This exam is based off of material from the EVC Nursing Fundamentals course. You can learn more about the topics covered by consulting the reading list and syllabus for that course. You can prepare for this exam by reviewing the topics found in the reading list and syllabus in your Nursing Fundamentals textbook from your LVN program. The Nursing Challenge Exam typically will be given in December, you will be notified by email.  You will be required to bring your California LVN License and Photo ID to take this exam, if you fail to bring these, you will not be allowed to take the exam. After you complete the exam, you will be notified of your pass/fail status via email. 

  • Once you pass the Challenge Exam you will be asked to take the TEAS test if you haven't passed it already. (Please visit to access more information on the TEAS process and study material). A score of 62% or higher constitutes a passing score. Please note that we require applicants to pass the TEAS version 7, so if you have earned a passing score on the version 6 or before, you will need to retest. 

  • If you pass the TEAS test, you will then be placed on the waitlist for entry into the EVC Nursing program. Waitlisted students will be placed as space becomes available in the Nursing program. Applicants that get placed are usually placed in the third semester of our four semester program. 

LVN 30-Unit Option Coursework

In addition to our regular LVN to RN Bridge program, EVC Nursing also offers a '30-Unit Option' for Licensed Vocational Nurses seeking to become Registered Nurses. The application and selection process for the 30-Unit Option is the same as the LVN-RN application process outlined above: an applicant who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to take the Nursing Challenge Exam;  if the applicant that passes, they will be invited to take the TEAS; if the applicant passes, they will be placed on a waitlist for entry into the EVC Nursing program. 

Program Details

BIOL 072 Human Physiology 5.0
BIOL 074 General Microbiology 5.0
(Note that the 30-Unit option does not require English 1A or Human Anatomy)

Nursing Major Courses
NURS 012- 2.0 Units
NURS 013- 9.0
NURS 014A- 3.0
NURS014B- 6.0

Unit Breakdown
Prerequisite Course 10
Nursing Major Courses 20
Total Units 30.0

Following completion of the 30-Unit Option, LVNs are Eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN. But please note that completing the 30-Unit Option does not constitute graduation from the Nursing Program. In addition, completing the 30-Unit Option may limit the ability to gain licensure endorsement in other states or impact employment mobility in some health care institutions.

How to apply for the 30-Unit Option

Prospective students interested in the 30-unit option can apply using the LVN to RN Bridge application. Please indicate your interest in the 30-Unit Option on your application to differentiate yourself.

Contact Us

Dr. S. Lu Crary
Dean of Nursing & Allied Health
(408) 223-6779 

Will Sapigao
Nursing Counselor
(408) 223-6711

Austin Hunter
Nursing Program Coordinator
(408) 270-6448

Denise Medina
Instructional Support Lab Tech IV
(408) 274-7900 ext. 6890