Are you looking to join the LVN-to-RN Apprenticeship Program and obtain the education and skills to become a Registered Nurse, but lack some of the difficult prerequisite coursework?  The CCHCS and SEIU Local 1000 LVN -to-RN Preapprenticeship Program is aimed at supporting LVNs in participating facilities throughout the state to prepare to enter their target nursing apprenticeship program.

This year, we established the LVN-to-RN Preapprenticeship Program in partnership with San Joaquin Delta College, Sacramento City College, and Riverside City College!  SEIU Local 1000’s research efforts secured California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) grant funding provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to establish a Preapprenticeship Program that will academically prepare LVNs for their targeted nursing apprenticeship program.

The program will help LVNs complete the science prerequisite and nursing transition coursework required to enter an Associate’s Degree in Nursing program. Tuition and books will be covered by the grant, and paid release time may be provided to support academic success.  Additionally, once LVNs complete all coursework requirements for the apprenticeship program, they will be eligible to receive a one-time reimbursement for nursing school entrance exam fees (either ATI TEAS or Riverside City College’s HESI exam, dependent on the requirements of the targeted college). This program will be offered to LVNs working in the participating institutions listed below:

Sacramento City College & San Joaquin Delta College LVN-to-RN Preapprenticeship Institutions

  • California Central Women’s Facility
  • California Health Care Facility
  • California Medical Facility
  • California State Prison – Sacramento
  • California State Prison – Solano
  • Folsom State Prison
  • Mule Creek State Prison
  • San Quentin State Prison
  • Sierra Conservation Center
  • Valley State Prison

Riverside City College LVN-to-RN Preapprenticeship Institutions

  • California Correctional Institution
  • California Institution for Men
  • California Institution for Women
  • California Rehabilitation Center
  • California State Prison – Los Angeles County
  • Calipatria State Prison
  • Centinela State Prison
  • Ironwood State Prison
  • North Kern State Prison
  • Kern Valley State Prison
  • Richard J. Donovan Prison
  • Wasco State Prison

Application Information

If interested in applying to the program, please review the Application Memo below. This document will answer many questions applicants may have.  Additionally, please find a link to the online application below: 

Participating Colleges

Links to the nursing departments of participating colleges are below:

Preapprenticeship Applications for the next cohort must be received by Friday, October 6, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, email