LPN to ADN Transition Nursing Program

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.  

Please note: The admission criteria and application process for this program are not the same as the traditional ADN program, so students planning to enter the Transition Nursing program should use only the criteria presented on this page.

Required Courses

Transition Nursing: To be eligible to apply for the LPN to ADN Transition Nursing program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold an active unencumbered PN license
  2. Minimum of 65 percentile on National League for Nursing’s Foundation for Nurses examination. 
  3. Complete NUR 201 and NUR 203 with a minimum grade of “C” or higher to receive exemption credit through demonstrated competence for NUR 101, NUR 139 and NUR 157. In addition, you must complete NUR 162 with a minimum grade of "C" to progress in the program. 
  4. Program Ready GPA of 2.5
  5. Good academic standing at the college.

Completion of NUR 201 and NUR 203, in addition to NUR 162, with a minimum grade of “C” is required prior to enrollment into the final two semesters of the Transition Nursing program.

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
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   20.0
NUR 162 Mental Health Nursing 3.0
NUR 201 Transition Nursing (to be completed AFTER program acceptance) 3.0
NUR 211 Care of Childbearing Family 4.0
NUR 212 Nursing Care of Children 4.0
NUR 232 Gerontology 3.0
Subtotal   17.0
NUR 203 Transition for Licensed Practical Nursing 1.0
NUR 216 Nursing Seminar 1.0
NUR 219 Nursing Management and Leadership 4.0
NUR 227 Application of Nursing Concepts II 7.0
Subtotal   13.0
Total Credit Hours   50.0

Updated 3/31/2017

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)

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Review the Nursing Transition Information Packet for the following:

    • Required Coursework
    • ​Program-ready GPA
    • NLN score requirement
    • ​Program Application process and policies
  • General education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. 

  • After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they must be taken as offered.  Review the Graduation plan for a semester-by-semester outline.

NLN Test Information

  • To be eligible to apply for the Transition Nursing Program, students must take and pass the NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam (also called NACE-I or ACE-I) with a minimum score of 65 percentile.  
  • The purpose of this exam is to determine if the student recalls enough information from their PN training to be successful in the Transition Nursing Program. 
  • A study guide for this exam may be purchased from the PTC campus shop, or students may choose to study the Fundamentals and Med-Surg content from their PN textbooks to prepare for the exam. To see information about the topics covered on the NLN exam, click here
  • Applicants for the Transition Nursing Program do NOT have to take the ATI TEAS.
  • 2018 NLN Exam Dates: 
    • August 8
    • August 15
    • August 22
  • Testing times are 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the Greenwood and Laurens campuses. There will be NO late admission to the test.  Students who are late will need to reschedule on a space-available basis.
  • Students must first set up an NLN account and pay the required fee, which is currently $60, but subject to change. For instructions or to register, click here
  • Students who do not reach the required score on the NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam are not eligible for the Transition Nursing program.  However, they may be eligible to pursue their Associate Degree in Nursing through the regular, full ADN program.  To understand the requirements for the regular, full ADN program and the application process, click here.


  • Review the LPN to ADN Transition Nursing Application Worksheet.

  • Apply to the Transition Nursing Program (applications are accepted August 1-31). 

  • Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements prior to submitting an application for program entry.  

  • A limited number of students are accepted to enter the program, which begins each fall.  After meeting with their academic advisors, accepted students will register for NUR 201, NUR 203 and NUR 162.  Students have only one (1) attempt to successfully complete NUR 201, NUR 203 and NUR 162.
  • NUR 201, NUR 203 and NUR 162 will be offered during the Fall Late Term (L-Term) only.  

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 120.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 120, depending on program requirement.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

Additional program notes

  • Nursing courses are offered during the day on the Greenwood campus. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends in any of the seven counties or surrounding areas.

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once in the clinical stage of the program. Students in the clinical program will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn NUR course. Two NUR course failures or withdrawals will make the student ineligible to continue in the clinical program.

Notes about other requirements

  • Requirements of all nursing programs are covered in depth in the Student Nursing Handbook.

  • Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Health Care Division Informational FAQ for the Physical and Mental Standards for the Health Care Programs.

  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.  See the Student Nursing Handbook for complete information on health requirements. 

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.  See the Student Nursing Handbook for a complete list of anticipated costs.

Semester-by-semester Graduation Plan

Associate Degree Nursing - LPN to ADN Transition (ADN5)


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • The Dean of Health-Science and Nursing is Tara Harris.  The Interim Department Head for nursing is Stephanie Cannady.

  • You may also contact Kim Easler with questions about this program.

  • Please email advising@ptc.edu if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 10/2018.