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Earn your Associate Degree in Nursing and prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).1

At a Glance

  • Complete your Nursing Bridge degree in as few as 12 months

  • Complete your Registered Nursing LVN to ADN degree in as few as 8 months

  • Offered at two locations in California and Idaho

  • Earn your Associate of Science Degree and prepare for licensure exams1

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Carrington’s Nursing Bridge and LVN to ADN programs enable licensed vocational or licensed practical nurses (LVNs/LPNs) to advance their skills and knowledge to become registered nurses.

Our Nursing Bridge and LVN to ADN courses are designed to train LVNs/LPNs to become qualified to perform advanced functions such as devising patient care plans, starting intravenous drips, and dispensing certain types of medication.

Program Outcomes

Registered nurses provide some of the most critical health care available to patients. Whether it’s taking medical histories, recording vital signs and symptoms, performing diagnostic tests, drawing blood, or giving injections, they work in conjunction with other health care professionals to serve the sick or injured. Graduates of the Nursing Bridge and LVN to ADN programs earn an Associate of Science degree and are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)*.


Upon completion of the Nursing Bridge program, graduates will be able to:

  • Collaborate with the patient, family, significant others, and members of the healthcare team to provide safe, quality patient-centered care using the nursing process.
  • Examine critical thinking and nursing judgement in the delivery of patient-centered care to promote and restore health for patients.
  • Evaluate effective communication with patients, families, significant others, and other professionals within the context of the healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
  • Create an environment that promotes caring and professionalism with consideration for the patient’s cultural/societal beliefs and practices.
  • Apply scientific and evidence-based knowledge, regarding alterations in health, to guide actions which promote human flourishing and maintain patient-centered care.
  • Integrate commitment, accountability, integrity, and discretionary judgment in their professional nursing role.
  • Examine their role in safe healthcare delivery.


Upon completion of the LVN to ADN program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to utilize the nursing process to provide care to clients in a variety of clinical settings
  • Demonstrate academic preparedness to take the NCLEX-RN* examination
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and professionalism

*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.


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

Boise, ID

Sacramento, CA

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid.2

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Our Nursing Bridge and LVN to ADN programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduating from the Nursing Bridge or LVN to ADN program, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Program Specific Disclosures


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

Career Opportunities

Registered Nurses provide patient care in a variety of settings including hospitals, private medical offices, clinics and home health care services.

Because patients in hospitals and nursing facilities need care around-the-clock, nurses often work in shifts. This means they will work nights, weekends, and holidays. They may be on-call, which means that they are on duty and must be available to work on short notice.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, 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

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.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

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Nursing Bridge/LVN to ADN FAQ

What is a bridge program?

An LVN to ADN program, sometimes called a “nursing bridge” program, is designed for licensed vocational/practical nurses to continue their education and gain an Associate Degree in Nursing. An Associate Degree in Nursing is one possible path to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). 

How long is the LVN to ADN program?

The LVN to ADN program at Carrington College can be completed in as few as eight months and is available at the Sacramento campus. The Nursing Bridge program at the Boise campus can be completed in as few as 12 months. Both programs are designed to advance an LVN/LPN-level nurse to an Associate Degree in Nursing. 

Is a RN the same as an ADN?

The ADN is a two-year nursing degree that can lead to becoming an RN. The RN credential includes holding an RN diploma, ADN degree, passing the NCLEX-RN, and completing state licensing requirements. 

What can I do with an Associate Degree in Nursing?

An Associate Degree in Nursing is one degree that can prepare you for licensure as a registered nurse.

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  1. 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.
  2. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.