San Bernardino Valley College Nursing Program Review

San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) has been educating students for over 85 years.

Nursing Programs

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing

The SBVC nursing program teaches students to assist patients in achieving or maintaining an optimal level of health. Courses take place on campus and in local community healthcare facilities.

The nursing program admits students every fall and spring semester. To be accepted into the program, students must have completed the prerequisites of Freshman Composition and Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or better, and Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology with a GPA of 2.75 or better. In addition, it is recommended to complete the Speech and Sociology courses required for graduation.

Only students that have been accepted into the nursing program may enroll in nursing courses. The program is 4 semesters long, and classes and clinical rotations are scheduled during the day and evenings, Monday through Friday.

If a student seeking an associate degree in nursing has a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing subject, they will only need to complete the course work required for the nursing program. This includes the prerequisites listed above and nursing classes. They will not be required to complete any other courses normally required by the college for an associate degree.

Graduates of the SBVC nursing program are allowed to take the national licensing exam and become a Registered Nurse in the state of California.

Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN) Program

The LVN to RN program was designed to help LVNs obtain their Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and to become RNs. LVNs may choose to apply to the regular RN program detailed above, or to the LVN to RN program. The LVN to RN program admits students once a year in the spring semester. Students must have completed the prerequisites listed above, and also have a current LVN license and one year of LVN work experience. They must also take the LVN to RN Transition course.

Foreign Nurses Seeking California Licensure

As space is available in the program, nurses who graduated from programs outside of the United States that are looking to become licensed in California may gain admittance to specific nursing courses if recommended by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Students must apply to the BRN to receive a letter of requirements, and apply for admission to the Department of Nursing at SBVC.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer into the SBVC Department of Nursing from another accredited nursing program if space is available and if the student had no more than one withdrawal or failure in a nursing course at their previous school. Potential transfer students must have met the same prerequisites listed above, and must apply with their official transcript, a recommendation letter from their previous school’s nursing program director, and the syllabi of all courses completed previously.

Credit from Previous Education or Experience

Students may transfer credit from classes taken at another accredited institution if the classes are equivalent to an SBVC course. Students may also earn credit by examination if they have knowledge in a nursing subject equivalent to a course offered by the nursing program. To do this, the student must show the instructor of the course they have extensive knowledge or experience. They must also have completed at least 12 units at SBVC or be a permanent employee of the college district, and they must be enrolled in the college to take the examination.


San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92410

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