LVN to RN 30-Unit Option

The 30 unit option (Non-Graduate) program is a four-semester program for the applicant with a valid California Vocational Nurse license, who wishes to quickly meet the requirements to take the NCLEX-RN examination as a non-graduate.

This specialized option aims to prepare students to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. All individuals who select this option to be a Registered Nurse may not be eligible for licensure in states other than California and may have difficulty applying to a college/university for an advanced degree (e.g. BSN, MSN). In addition, LVNs in this option will not be able to change their status as a 30 unit option RN with the Board of Registered Nursing after licensure. Licensure as a Registered Nurse via the 30 unit option has no restrictions on registered nursing practice within California. Please note, this option does not lead to conferral of a Master of Science in Nursing degree at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science. 

We seriously encourage all applicants, including LVNs who are interested in the Nursing Programs (i.e. 30 unit option) to attend a Nursing Information Session during one of our CDU Discover Days to discuss prerequisites, general education requirements, assessment tests, and the application/selection process. Applicants may also make an appointment with the Counseling Department at 323-563-4839 to discuss individual situations.


The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing recognize that general education courses are not required for the LVN to RN student, but strongly recommends that students complete general education courses before admission to the selected nursing program.

LVN to RN 30-Unit Courses


Course Tile


MIC 223

Applied Microbiology


NUR 516



NUR 520

Physical Assessment


NUR 510



NUR 512

Medical Surgical


NUR 517

Psych/Mental Health Nursing


NUR 619

Leadership Management (Capstone)





*Students in this option will complete 2 units of the NUR520: Physical Assessment course.

The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing – Entry Level Master’s program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.