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Nursing: LPN to RN Transition

Students who are LPNs are required to complete at least 22 hours of the general education courses before beginning the LPN to RN nursing classes. The length of this track depends on the amount of time needed to complete the general education classes. The nursing classes can be completed in one year.

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program’s advance placement or “Transition Program,” is designed to grant advanced placement to LPNs who have been admitted to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) Associate Degree program and meet pre-requisite requirements.

If there is sufficient enrollment in the VATNP, Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program, students who meet the eligibility requirements for the advanced placement will take “Transition Courses” in the summer term and then be eligible to take the sophomore level courses and graduate within one (1) academic year with an AAS Degree in Nursing.

This program is designed to recognize the common abilities of nurses and to bridge the difference between the LPN and RN knowledge base and to allow these students to finish the AAS program within a two and one-half semester period.

Special note: LPNs entering the LPN to RN Track in summer 2018, will follow the curriculum as described in the 2017-2018 catalog. Students entering the program beginning in fall 2018 will follow the 2018-2019 catalog.

Admission Requirements: 

Admissions requirements for the LPN to RN nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exceptions:

  1. Current LPN license
  2. Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2016 OR provide documentation of one (1) year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification form employer at the time of application.
  3. Be an accepted student in the regular VATNP program.
  4. Completion of 22 credits of support (general education) courses required for graduation from the Nursing program: BIO 141, BIO 142, BIO 150, ENG 111, ITE 119, PSY 230, and SDV 108. Additional required general education courses can be completed after acceptance to the program.
Course NumberCourse TItleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
Pre-Nursing Courses
SDV 108College Survival Skills101
BIO 141Human Anatomy & Physiology I334
BIO 142Human Anatomy & Physiology II334
BIO 150Introductory Microbiology334
ENG 111College Composition I303
ITE 119Information Literacy 303
PSY 230Developmental Psychology303
Summer Semester - Year 1
NSG 1151Health Care Concepts for Transition435
NSG 200Health Promotion and Assessment233
Fall Semester - Year 1
NSG 210Health Care Concepts I295
NSG 211Health Care Concepts II295
ENG 112College Composition II303
Spring Semester - Year 1
NSG 230Advanced Professional Nursing Concepts202
NSG 252Complex Health Care Concepts404
NSG 270Nursing Capstone0124
HUM EEE 2Humanities 303

Total Minimum Credits for the LPN to RN Transition AAS Degree ...  56


1 Upon completion of NSG 115 credit will be awarded for NSG 100, 106, 130, 152, 170 (16 credits).  These
credits will appear on the student's official transcript.
2Approved Humanities electives include: ART 101; ENG 241, 243, 251; MUS121; REL 230

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Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Code: 156-02
Program Length: See Curriculum
Minimum Credits: 56
Program Degree Completion Plan 
LPN to RN Transition Program Application

Program Advisor
Neyia Beavers
Russell Hall Room 204

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