LPN TO RN Admission Policies

Dear Potential LPN-to-RN Students,

Due to the significant number of LPNs interested in completing our associate degree nurse program, it has become important for us to consider the establishment of a performance-based application process, similar to that of the current practical nurse and associate degree nursing programs.

Over the past semester, we have worked diligently to produce admission criteria and a curriculum that best suits our students’ needs. Because of the performance-based application process and the significant changes being made to our current program for the LPN-to-RN Option, we must first seek approval from our accrediting bodies before our first application period and program can begin.

We would like students who are interested in the LPN-to-RN Option to be aware of criteria that have been voted on and approved by our Nursing faculty. All students being accepted into the LPN-to-RN Option will be required to:

  • Provide an active license in practical nursing
  • Submit an official transcript from your previous practical nursing program to the CCRI Nursing Department
  • Receive an 850 or better on the HESI LPN-to-RN Admission Exam – this can be taken at any time through the CCRI Testing Centers. HESI scores do not expire.
  • Provide proof of successful completion of at least 1,000 hours as an LPN in a clinical practice environment. A form will be made available to students that will require a signature from their current or previous employer(s).
  • Complete the pre-requisite courses required by the Associate Degree Nursing program:
    • BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy with a grade of “B-“ or better
    • ENGL 1010: Composition I with a grade of “C” or better
    • PSYC 2010: General Psychology with a grade of “C” or better
    • A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Complete NURS 1061: Pharmacology I. Students will have the opportunity either to pass this course with a “C” or better, or petition the Level I Department Chairperson for permission to take the challenge exam. 

We are planning for a seamless transition for students being accepted into the program through to their finish with an associate degree in nursing within three semesters.

Because of the large number of inquiries we've had about this Option, we expect that competition for the available spaces will be significant. 

We are awaiting approval of our LPN-to-RN option by our accrediting organization.  They have told us that we may expect to learn their decision by the end of December.  This website will be updated as soon as we receive their decision.


Allie Cullen & Susan Sienkiewicz
Nursing Program Department Chairs

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Last Updated: 11/2/18