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Nursing Program Advanced Placement Policy

The purpose of the Nursing Program Advanced Placement Policy is to guide the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) through the Advanced Placement process.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are eligible for advanced placement into NUR 201 in lieu of taking NUR 107 and NUR 108, by the following actions:

  1. Be an LPN graduate from an approved practical nursing program with proof of a current unencumbered license.
  2. Be accepted into the LPN to RN Option.
  3. Complete NUR 132, LPN in Transition course.

Admission Requirements for the LPN to RN Option

In order to participate in advance placement, LPNs must be accepted into the LPN to RN program option.  Acceptance into the LPN to RN option requires the applicant have the following courses completed by the time their application is submitted and complete a written essay per the nursing admissions application instructions.

  1. Survey of Biology with a lab or General Biology with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits). Note: Chemistry for the Health Sciences with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits) or General Chemistry with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits) will be accepted for this nursing program admissions requirement until February 1, 2022.
  2. Anatomy & Physiology I with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits)
  3. Anatomy & Physiology II with a lab and a grade of C+ or higher (4 credits)
  4. English Composition I with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)
  5. English Composition II (3 credits) or Human Communication (3 credits) with a grade of C- or higher. Note: Human Communications will be accepted for this nursing program admissions requirement until February 1, 2021.
  6. General Psychology with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)
  7. Developmental Psychology with a grade of C- or higher (3 credits)

The review of applications is completed by a nursing admissions committee. A Selective Admissions Rubric is used, following non-discriminatory practice, for admissions into the LPN to RN option. Applicants with the highest rubric scores are accepted in rank order. If a tiebreaker is needed for selection, priority consideration will be given to applicants with a higher GPA in the required prerequisite courses.

See the LPN to RN Option Admissions Policy for more information.

LPN in Transition (NUR 132) Course Requirements

Once accepted into the LPN to RN program option, students must successfully complete the LPN in Transition course (NUR 132) during the summer of the year of admission to be advance placed into NUR 201.  The NUR 132 course consists of three components, including:

  1. Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Exams: Completion of three ATI exams with Proficiency Level 1 or greater: Fundamentals of Nursing, Maternal-Newborn Nursing, and Nursing Care of Children. One retake of each exam is permitted. ATI scores are valid for one year.
  2. Classroom Instruction: Completion of four common health problem-based case studies with a grade of 77% or better on each.
  3. Nursing Laboratory Assessments: Satisfactory demonstration of health assessment skills.

Upon successful completion of NUR 132, the student will be awarded 16-credits, 8-credits for their unencumbered LPN license and 8-credits for completion of NUR 132. The student will be advance placed into NUR 201 as a sophomore.