Nursing Programs

Nursing Bridge/LVN to ADN

Carrington’s Nursing Bridge and LVN to ADN programs prepare graduates to transition from practical nurses and vocational nurses to registered nurses.
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Nursing Bridge Program Details

Program Details

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Carrington College’s Nursing Bridge and LVN to ADN programs are available at 2 campuses in two states. Program availability varies by location. To learn more about each location, explore their campus pages.

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 428 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415 506 0234 an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

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The Nursing Bridge Program at Carrington College at the campus located in Boise, Idaho is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404 975 5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Nursing Bridge program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Carrington College holds full approval for its Practical Nursing program and its associate degree professional nursing education program. The Idaho Board of Nursing issued a certificate of approval. Board offices: 280 North 8th Street, Suite 210, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720 – 0061, 208 334 3110,

The California Board of Registered Nursing, PO Box 944210, Sacramento, CA 94244–2100, 916 322 3350,, approves the LVN to ADN program at the Sacramento campus.

The LVN to ADN program prepares graduates for an occupation in which passage of a California licensing examination is required. The link below shows exam passage rates for the most recent available year. If you have questions regarding the calculation of these rates, please contact the agency listed.

California Board of Registered Nursing

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) requires that the following student achievement outcome data be made publicly available.

  • Graduates’ success on the licensure and/or certification examination
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program
  • Graduates obtaining a job

To view this information for Carrington College’s ACEN – accredited nursing programs, click here


With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.


Earn your Nursing Bridge degree in as few as 12 months.


Conveniently available at 2 of our campuses.


Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Career Opportunities

Nursing job duties vary depending on the level of nursing you are practicing and the state in which you are licensed. Registered Nurses typically do the following:1

  • Assess patients’ conditions
  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute information to existing plans
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Check out our guide on Nursing Bridge and LVN to ADN.

There is always room for improvement in your nursing career. For example, you may want to get into the workforce fast by becoming an LVN or LPN but later may want to return to your studies and advance to be an RN. Such so-called “nursing bridge” programs, also called an LVN to ADN program or an LVN to RN program, help take licensed practical or vocational nurses and train them to become registered nurses.2

Nursing Bridge/LVN to ADN FAQ

  • How long is the LVN to ADN program?

    At Carrington College, we offer bridge options to an LVN to ADN or Nursing Bridge associate degree (commonly referred to as an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)) that takes as few as 12 months to complete. It offers the coursework, confidence, and credential to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and earn the RN designation. It is basically an LVN to RN bridge program with an associate degree as a bonus.

  • What is a LVN to RN bridge program?

    LVN to ADN and Nursing Bridge are programs designed to offer a licensed vocational nurse (or licensed practical nurse-LPN) an educational “bridge” to the skills and insights they need to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and earn their RN designation. At Carrington College, we offer something similar to an LVN to RN bridge program. Our LVN to ADN or Nursing Bridge program could help take your nursing competencies and career to the next level.

  • What should I expect in LVN to ADN and Nursing Bridge programs?

    You should expect to come away with the confidence and competencies you need to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). At Carrington College, we offer an LVN to ADN or Nursing Bridge program that will help you prepare for the exam to earn your RN licensure as well as the associate-level degree you could use to advance in your career.

  • What is the difference between LVN and RN?

    Both licensed vocational nurses (LVN) and registered nurses (RN) are professional nurses who make a vital difference for patient care. RNs often have more training and shoulder more responsibilities (and have access to greater opportunities) in the medical community. If you’re looking for a way to move from an LVN to RN, Carrington College offers the LVN to ADN and Nursing Bridge programs that can help you prepare to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.


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