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LVN to RN Step-Up

Associate Degree Nursing (LVN-RN Step-Up) Program

Licensed Vocational Nurses have the opportunity to step up to RN at College of the Siskiyous' state-of-the-art Rural Health Science Institute. The program takes two semesters after completing a 3 unit Transition class. Graduates from the program will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

The program admits a new class once a year.

How to Apply

There is currently a two year waiting list for our LVN-RN Step-Up Program. The soonest possible open application period will potentially be the Fall of 2023, for a cohort that would begin in Summer 2024. We are sorry we don’t have anything sooner to offer at this time.

Program applications, instructions and deadline information will be available online during the next open application period. Only complete applications will be accepted. Please continue to check the website for updates. All applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by the deadline. Applicants to the ADN (LVN-RN Step-Up) Program must meet prerequisite and other degree requirements before application is submitted. Students must supply documentation that all requirements have been met. Official transcripts are required.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (T. E. A. S.) is required to apply – see T. E. A. S. Policy information below.

For further questions about pre-requisites, please contact the Counseling office at (530) 938-5353 or You can also connect with them on Zoom through the Counseling web page.

All candidates are required to complete a background check prior to admission into the program, and after graduation before applying for licensure.

To learn more about the Board of Registered Nursing’s policy regarding arrests, convictions and other violations:

For more information about our pass rates:

Applicants must retain copies of all submitted documents. It is the student's responsibility to confirm that all documents have been received by the program.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance during the spring semester prior to the beginning of the summer Transitions course.

Transfer and Challenge Procedure

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Veterans with health care training, and other health care workers may be eligible to obtain placement in the nursing program on a space available basis through challenge exams, portfolio assessment, and credit for equivalent courses. Any student granted credit for previous education and/or experience shall be expected to enroll in the final semester of the associate degree nursing program regardless of the number of clinical hours previously completed in another program.

T. E. A. S. Policy

Applicants to the program must complete the most recent edition of the T. E. A. S. prior to submitting their application. The T. E. A. S. will be offered during the application period at the Rural Health Sciences Institute building on the Yreka Campus. There is no charge to applicants the first time. Students who completed the T. E. A. S. outside COS can request their official results be sent to us for a transcript fee. A minimum score of 62% is required.


The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved through the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Board of Registered Nursing
P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100
Phone: (916) 322-3350

Contact Information

2001 Campus Drive
Yreka, CA 96097

Director of Nursing
Hallie Coppi, MSN, RN

Nursing Admin Office
(530) 938-5929