LPN-to-RN Option

Applications for Fall 2019 - Fall 2020 entrance (LPN-to-RN Option)
Application Timeline Campus Locations
Fall Enrollment - Apply in June Campus designation will be assigned by Level II Nursing Department Chair
Spring Enrollment - Apply in October Campus designation will be assigned by Level II Nursing Department Chair
Admissions Guidelines

Minimum requirements to apply to the LPN-to-RN Option:

  1. Submit the following to the Office of Enrollment Services:
    • Active license in practical nursing
  2. "LPN Employment Verification" form indicating successful and recent (within the past five years) completion of 1,000 hours as an LPN in a clinical practice environment.
  3. Submit an official transcript from your school of practical nursing to the CCRI Records Department in the Office of Enrollment Services, for consideration of transfer credits.
  4. HESI LPN-to-RN Admission Exam Score of 850 or better.*
  5. Complete the following required prerequisite courses. (These courses are limited to two attempts.)
    • BIOL 2201 (Anatomy & Physiology I) OR BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy with a grade of "B-" or better
      Please see Note #2 below
    • ENGL 1010: Composition I with a grade of "C" or better
    • PSYC 2010: General Psychology with a grade of "C" or better

      Note #1: All attempts for the three (3) above prerequisite courses prior to January 1, 2015, including transfers, are considered ONE ATTEMPT regardless of the number of times the class was taken.  If a student fails to meet the satisfactory grade requirements within the two attempts, the student must wait five (5) years from the last attempt to retake the course.

      Note #2: BIOL 1010 is a companion course of BIOL 1020.  Another college-level 4-credit, human physiology course (with lab) may be substituted for BIOL 1020.  BIOL 1020, or a substitution, cannot be more than five (5) years old at the time of application.
      If you have taken BIOL 1010 or another course in Human Anatomy, you will have to take a stand-alone Human Physiology course at another institution before you begin your second semester in the Nursing program.  CCRI does not offer a stand-alone Human Physiology course.

      BIOL 2201 is a companion course of BIOL 2202.  Neither of these can be more than six (6) years old at the time of application.
      If you have taken BIOL 2201 (A&P1) as a prerequisite, you will have to take BIOL 2202 (A&P2) before you begin your second semester in the Nursing program.
      If transferring credits for Anatomy & Physiology 1 and/or Anatomy & Physiology 2, these courses must be transferred together from the same institution.  if these courses are not transferred together, applicant must take both courses at CCRI.

  6. A minimum cumulative program grade point average of 2.5 is required to apply to the program and must be maintained as required for graduation from the Associate Degree Nursing program.
  7. Complete NURS 1061: Pharmacology I. Students may enroll in the six-week accelerated course open only to LPN-to-RN Option candidates, or may challenge the course. Those electing to challenge NURS 1061 should petition the Nursing Level I Department Chairperson.  Successful course challenge includes:
    • Score of 85 or better on a 20 question math competency test.
    • Grade of a "C" (75) or better on a 56 item exam.

To prepare for the challenge, review the Math Review Worksheet, NURS 1061 Syllabus A ,  and Syllabus C.  

Level I Chairperson must receive completed "LPN Employment Verification" Form in order to receive:

  • An override for the LPN-to RN Option NURS 1061 Course
  • A Challenge Request Form for LPN-to-RN Option NURS 1061, which needs to be brought to the Bursar and stamped “Paid” prior to the exam.

Note: This course is limited to two (2) attempts. An unsuccessful challenge is considered one attempt.

All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Science (PBHS) application and does not guarantee acceptance.

  1. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.
  2. Conditionally accepted students are required to complete the following:
    • When directed by notification from the Office of Enrollment Services, submit a background check through CastleBranch.com.
      Results of BCI may prevent admission due to clinical agencies' requirements.
      Please refer to the BCI policy before applying.
    • Submit all health care requirements to CastleBranch.com by the deadline identified.

Final acceptance is based upon the completion of the above criteria.

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.
For more clarifying information regarding any of the above, visit the CCRI Nursing website or call (401) 825-2162.  Students may also contact the Office of Enrollment Services at:

*HESI LPN-to-RN Admission Exam: If the student does not achieve 850 on his or her first attempt, the student may retake the exam once within the next 12 months. Students are limited to two attempts within a 12-month period from the date the original test was taken. A minimum of two weeks between exams is required. Please note: HESI test scores do not expire.

LPN-to-RN Option Admission Criteria Point System

Program GPA 25-40 points (e.g., 2.5 = 25 points or 4.0 = 40 points)
Maximum points  40 points 
HESI LPN-to-RN Admission Exam 12.25-40 points (e.g., 850 = 21.25 points or 1600 = 40 points)
Maximum points  40 points 
Grade in BIOL 1010  
A     (4.0) 40 points
A-    (3.7) 37 points
B+   (3.3) 33 points
B     (3.0) 30 points
B-    (2.7) 27 points
Maximum points  40 points 
Grades in ENGL 1010 and PSYC 2010 Each course's letter grade is converted to points and added 
A     (4.0) 40 points
A-    (3.7) 37 points
B+   (3.3) 33 points
B     (3.0) 30 points
B-    (2.7) 27 points
C+    (2.3) 23 points
C     (2.0) 20 points
Maximum points  80 points 
Grade in NURS 1061 (or challenge exam)  
A    (4.0) 40 points
A-   (3.7) 37 points
B+  (3.3) 33 points
B    (3.0) 30 points
B-   (2.7) 27 points
C+  (2.3) 23 points
C    (2.0)  20 points 
Maximum points  40 points 
Maximum Total Points 240 points

In the event of a tie, the students' NURS 1061 final grade will be used as the tie-breaker.

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of "B."

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing requirements for the health sciences professions.

Please note: A Social Security number is required to begin the licensing process for the health sciences professions.

Biology Requirements - Changes to Anatomy and Physiology Courses



For students interested in the June 2020 application period (for Fall 2020 entrance):

Before submitting your application, you will need to have completed either of the two options below:

  • BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1020 at CCRI or equivalent courses at another college or university*.  Remember that BIOL 1010 is last offered in Summer 2019 and  BIOL 1020 is last offered in Fall 2019.


  • A&P 1, first be offered in Fall 2019. Note: A&P2 is not a pre-requisite course, but is a program requirement.  You may choose to complete A&P2 prior to entrance into the Nursing Program, if desired.  Remember, though, that A&P2, like A&P1, is limited to two attempts.

 *The Biology Department at CCRI will determine which college/university courses are equivalent


For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Enrollment Services:

  • Deb Watson, Newport County Campus: 401-851-1637, dwatson@ccri.edu
  • Rob Giovino, Knight (Warwick), Flanagan (Lincoln), and Liston (Providence) Campuses: 401-825-2288, rgiovino@ccri.edu


The ADN and PN programs have competitive admissions. The ADN program and LPN-to-RN Option admit students twice per year, while the PN program admits students only once per year. Each application period, qualified students are denied admission due to limited space. Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing are different professions; therefore, students who have accepted a seat in the ADN program, LPN-to-RN Option, or PN program are not eligible to apply to other nursing programs or options. Students must, in advance of the application process, determine which career path they would like to pursue. Effective September 5, 2018, if a student does apply to both programs, the first program to which the student is accepted invalidates the application to the second program. Students who are not accepted into the program of their choice may reapply to that program, or apply to a different program, during the next application period.


Last Updated: 11/13/19