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 the following courses with a “C” or higher: BIO 210, BIO 211, ENG 101, MAT 120, PSY 201 and ELECTIVE HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS
  4. Good academic standing at the college.

Completion of NUR 201 with a minimum grade of “C” is required in the first semester of the Transition Nursing Program in order to continue enrollment into the final three 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

  • REQUIRED 1st Step for Transition Nursing Applicants: 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.  It is highly recommended that students seeking entry into the Transition Nursing Program work with their assigned academic advisor to track their progress toward entry.  To find your advisor, click here.

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in pre-program health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit www.ptc.edu/care for more details.

  • The following courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of C prior to applying to enter the Transition Nursing Program.  For the purpose of program entry, course credit must be officially posted at Piedmont Technical College for a course to be considered completed.

    • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210)

    • English Composition I (ENG 101)

    • Probability and Statistics (MAT 120)

    • General Psychology (PSY 201)

    • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211)

    • A fine arts/humanities elective

  • These general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time basis.  After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the five-semester program with the same set of classmates.

  • 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 TEAS V.
  • 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 no late admittance.
  • Applications for the Transition Nursing Program are accepted August 1-31. Applicants must have met all eligibility requirements prior to submitting an application for program entry.  This course will be offered during the L-Term only.  To complete the Transition Nursing Application, click here.
  • Students must first set up an NLN account and pay the $65 fee. For instructions or to register, click here
  • Students that do not make 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.


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

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

  • Applications for the Transition Nursing Program are accepted May 1-August 15.  Applicants must have met 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.  Accepted students will be registered for NUR 201 (the Transition Nursing class) by the nursing staff.  Students have only one (1) attempt to successfully complete NUR 201.

  • 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 Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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 9/18/2017.