Long Beach City College Nursing Program Review

Long Beach City College (LBCC) was founded in 1927, and currently enrolls over 28,000 students each semester. There are two campus locations in Long Beach, and LBCC is accredited by Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior
Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

For those that enjoy athletics along with learning, LBCC has 21 different intercollegiate athletic programs from which to choose. LBCC has a tradition of athletic excellence, with more state and national titles and bowl appearances than any other Community College in California. LBCC is recognized as having one of the nation’s best community college athletics programs.

The Registered Nursing Program at LBCC falls under the School of Health and Science.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The ADN program at Long Beach City College is a full-time, two year program. Students attend classes during the day, and will have daytime and evening clinical rotations. Classes are held at the Liberal Arts Campus.

To apply to the ADN program, students must have a high school diploma or GED, have successfully completed the LBCC reading proficiency test, and have taken the required math, information proficiency, English, Anatomy, Biology, and Physiology prerequisite courses. In addition, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

To graduate, a student must complete a minimum of 68 units of core nursing courses, and at least 19 units of general education courses. After completion of all degree requirements, graduates are eligible for the Registered Nurse National licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to qualify for their California RN license.

Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN)

The LVN to RN program has been designed as a career ladder for LVNs who want to become RNs. This course of study is structured so that students can complete all the requirements listed above during the course of two and a half semesters. Graduates of this program will receive an ADN and a certificate of completion, and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN to qualify for their California RN license.

Vocational Nursing Program

A full-time one year program, the Vocational Nursing Program is designed to help Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) transition to LVNs. Once the students have taken the required courses in Common Health, Maternal, Infant, and Child Care, and completed the clinical requirements, they are able to sit for the vocational-practical nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-VN/PN).

After completing this program, LVNs that wish to pursue an associate degree may take the prerequisite courses listed above and apply for the ADN program.

Thirty Unit Option Certification Program

LBCC offers a thirty unit option certification program as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The Board has mandated that colleges must make this option available to anyone who is currently in possession of a valid LVN license and wants to advance to become an RN. Upon completion of this program, a student is allowed to take the NCLEX-RN.

Students should note that those who have completed the thirty unit option are not considered graduates of LBCC, do not obtain an ADN degree, and are not recognized as licensed RNs outside of the state of California. This course of study could also cause problems for the student if they want to pursue a higher degree, such as a BSN, as they may not meet entry requirements at other institutions.


Long Beach City College
5000 East Lew Davis Street
Long Beach, CA 90808

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