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Admission Guidelines

The advanced program for LPNs provides an opportunity for LPNs to obtain a diploma in professional registered nursing approximately one year after enrollment. The credentials of applicants for admission to the LPN-RN Track will be reviewed on an individual basis. Because the number of applicants may exceed the number that can be admitted, the Nursing Program will select those candidates who present the strongest qualifications and potential as reflected in the applicant record.

The School of Health Professions Nursing Program reserves the right to select those applicants who seem best qualified for the LPN-RN Track based upon the entire applicant record.

  • Must meet all general admission criteria for the School and for the Nursing Program. Click here for School Admissions Requirements and Process
  • Must have worked full-time for one year as a LPN. Documentation of work is required. Employment in an Acute Care or Skilled Long Term Care facility is preferred.
  • Nursing license must be in good standing and unrestricted.
    • Submit application (with application fee), transcripts, and references and have completed the interview by August 1.
  • Completed ALL of the college pre-requisite courses with a C or better. (Exception: If student will be taking MDL 195, this can be completed after enrollment, along with N100.)
  • Completed the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam PN-RN successfully. This is a three-section exam. A Decision Score of 65 is required for passing on each individual sections. The first section is Foundations of Nursing, the second section is Nursing Care During Childbearing and section three is Nursing Care of the Child.

Applicants who have completed the above application process and have completed most of the required courses may schedule appointments to take the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam PN-RN. The tests will be administered in the late summer and fall. Each test may be repeated one time if needed to obtain the required Decision Score of 65 for each section. The testing, including repeats, must be completed by February 1. The current cost of this testing is on the Financial Requirements Sheet available through the Nursing Program.

The current cost of the Study Guide for the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam PN-RN is $5.00. It must be paid with the application fee when the application is submitted. Review books for the tests are on reserve in the School of Health Professions library and may be checked out for a two-week time period.

Applicants to the LPN - RN Track will be considered for acceptance one time only. If applicants to the LPN Advanced Program are denied admission or fail repeats of the Acceleration Challenge Exam they will not be considered for acceptance a second time for admission to the LPN Advanced Program. Applicants will not be permitted to take any section of the challenge exam a third time. The start month for the LPN-RN Track will be near the end of March of each year.

Program of Study for Advanced LPN-RN Track of Nursing Program

Program of Study for Advanced LPN-RN Track in printable .pdf file

Course Descriptions for Advanced LPN-RN Track

N100 – Transition I: Accelerated Medical-Surgical Nursing (15 Credit Hours)
This course includes the School’s core and medical-surgical concepts in assisting in the transition of the LPN to RN roles and responsibilities.
N 200 – Transition II: Accelerated Medical-Surgical Nursing (12 Credit Hours)

This course is a continuation of a study of the School’s medical-surgical concepts in assisting in the transition of the LPN to RN roles and responsibilities. In addition, individualization of learning is provided with the students having an opportunity to audit lectures and participate in observational experiences in the pediatric and maternal-newborn areas.
Advanced LPN-RN students will be integrated into the following nursing school courses. See the curriculum page for a description of these courses:

N 203
N 204
N 205

All Required College Courses except BIO 205 or MDL 195 must be completed prior to enrollment. See the curriculum page for a description of these courses:

Math 03 (if indicated)

Bio 101 (if indicated)

BIO 231 and BIO 232 SOC 200 or SOC 201
BIO 205 or MDL 195 PSY 200 or PSY 201 or Psy 230
ENG 111 MATH 126