LPN to ADN Transition Nursing Program

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The LPN to ADN Transition Nursing curriculum is designed to prepare qualified licensed practical nurses (LPN) to obtain an associate degree in nursing (ADN).

Graduates of the LPN to ADN Transition Nursing program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students are also qualified to transfer to a four-year university to continue their nursing career.

Admission: Nursing programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework. For more detailed information, please see the Advisement Information section below.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Janean Reish


Required Courses

Transition Nursing: After completing the other program entry requirements, students must take the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Foundation of Nursing exam and score a 55 percentile or higher to apply to enter the Transition Nursing program. Students must also have an active unencumbered PN license, a high school diploma or GED, and a 2.0 GPA for program entry.

Additional Program Information


Day Program

BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics  3.0
NUR 201 Transition Nursing (to be completed after program acceptance) 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
NUR 265 Nursing Concepts and Clinical Practice II 6.0
NUR 214 Mental Health Nursing 4.0
NUR 211 Care of Childbearing Family 4.0
NUR 212 Nursing Care of Children 4.0
NUR 217 Trends and Issues in Nursing 2.0
NUR 210 Complex Health Problems 5.0
NUR 219 Nursing Management and Leadership 4.0
NUR 216 Nursing Seminar 1.0
Total Credit Hours: 53.0

Updated 7/28/2014


Advisement Information

Transition Nursing Applicants:

  • IMPORTANT CHANGE- PLEASE NOTE:  Effective for the next Transition Application period, MAT 102 will NOT meet the math requirement for the Transition Nursing Program.  MAT 120 (Probability and Statistics) will be the required math course for the Transition Nursing Program.  Students who have not completed MAT 120 will have to complete it (or an acceptable substitute) prior to submitting an application for program entry in May 2015.

  • REQUIRED 1st Step: Students interested in the Transition Nursing Program MUST begin by completing the mandatory online Transition Nursing Information Session.  This session is officially considered completed when the student submits a brief online test after clicking here to print and read the Transition Nursing Program Information Packet. This packet serves as the information "session" and must be read completely by the potential transition student.  Once the student has read the packet thoroughly, instructions will be provided within the packet regarding how to access and submit the online post-session test to receive credit for completing the "session."  Submission of the online post-session test is mandatory, since completion of this information "session" is a REQUIREMENT for program entry.  Failure to complete the information "session" and online post-session test will prevent a student from entering the Transition program.  Students are recommended to retain a copy of the packet for their files.  Changes to the program requirements do occur, so students should check this website regularly to stay up-to-date.

  • Interested licensed practical nurses must take the NLN Foundation of Nursing exam (NACE-I) and receive a score of 55 percentile (not 55 percent) or higher. A non-refundable fee of $60 for this exam must be paid to the Business Office prior to scheduling your exam appointment.  For more information about the exam, including the topics covered, number of questions, and other details, please click here.  Students who take the exam will receive a letter via postal mail regarding their percentile score on the exam.  Due to confidentiality issues with the format of the percentile report provided by the National League for Nursing (NLN), we cannot provide the percentile score to the student at the time of the test.

    Upcoming opportunities to take the NLN exam are as follows:  

  • 2015 NLN Exam Dates: The 2015 opportunities to take the NLN exam are: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20.  Students must first pay the NLN exam fee of $60 to the PTC Business Office and then they may request an NLN exam appointment by submitting the online NLN exam request form.  Students who have paid the exam fee may click here to access the NLN exam request form.
  • Applications for the Transition Nursing Program are accepted ONLY during the month of May.  Applicants must have met all eligibility requirements prior to submitting an application for program entry.  During the month of May, the program application will be available on this webpage for students to submit electronically.

  • A limited number of transition students are be accepted to enter the program, which begins each fall.  Accepted students will be registered for NUR 201 (the transition class) by the nursing support counselor.  Students have only one (1) attempt to successfully complete NUR 201.



Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - An Associate Degree in Nursing provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the nursing process to individuals and families across the life span and prepare them to take the NCLEX-RN.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (QSEN):

1. Patient centered care

  • Incorporate sensitivity and respect to demonstrate concepts of patient centered care within culturally diverse populations among individuals, families and communities. (Mission Goal I)

2. Teamwork and collaboration

  • Function effectively and communicate professionally within nursing and other health care disciplines to achieve quality patient care in response to the needs of individuals and families across the lifespan and the health illness continuum. (Mission Goal V)

3. Evidence based practice

  • Integrate evidence based practices to improve patient outcomes across all healthcare populations. (Mission Goal II)

4. Quality improvement

  • Analyze data and implement quality improvement measures and continuous evaluation to ensure patient safety across the healthcare continuum. (Mission Goal VII)

5. Safety

  • Create a safe environment that results in positive patient outcomes for individuals and families within culturally diverse populations. (Mission Goal X)

6. Informatics

  • Integrate appropriate technology in nursing informatics for shared decision making and resolving problems in the delivery of care for individuals and families across the lifespan. (Mission Goal VII and III)