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  Nov 21, 2017
Catalog and Student Handbook 2007-2008 [Archived Catalog]

LPN Career Mobility Ladder (Option A) (A.A.S.)

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Major in Nursing (A.A.S.)

(Designed for the student who does not intend to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program.)

The Career Mobility Ladder Option A is an articulation plan for the licensed practical nurse (LPN). Qualified LPNs can complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing requirements in three semesters of full-time nursing study. LPNs are admitted on a space available basis.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements for the Major in Nursing, licensed practical nurses seeking admission through the Career Mobility Tract Option A must meet the following admission requirements.

  1. Meet all College general requirements for admission as a degree-seeking student as stated in the catalog.
  2. Successfully pass the challenge examination for nursing (Foundations of Nursing) within three (3) years prior to the semester seeking entry.
  3. Worked as an LPN in a health care setting.
  4. Complete prerequisite course requirements prior to the semester requesting entry.
  5. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for academic subjects.

Admission Process

  1. Submit the following to the Admissions office:
    1. official college transcripts
    2. high school transcripts or GED
    3. ACT or SAT exam results (Applicants should have a composite score of 19 or higher. A composite score below 19 will be accepted if all required remedial and developmental courses are completed.)
  2. Submit a completed Nursing Program LPN Mobility application to the Health Sciences/Nursing office (William R. Walter Bldg., 112). Forms are available in the Health Sciences/Nursing office or on the Nursing Program Web page (
  3. Submit documentation of work as an LPN in a health care setting.
  4. Complete an interview with the Nursing Program director or designee, if requested.
  5. Complete prerequisite courses with grades of “C” or better.
  6. Once admitted, students are required to submit the same documentation for health and CPR requirements, malpractice insurance, and health insurance as other nursing students by the first day of nursing classes. If the documentation is not completed prior to the first day of classes, students will not be permitted to start the Nursing Program.

Continuation Requirements

The same continuation requirements apply to all students in Nursing. These are stated under “Continuation Requirements” listed under the Major in Nursing (A.A.S.) section.

Required Courses

Block Credit: 8 credit hours

Credit for NUR 1115, NUR 1118 and NUR 121 will be awarded upon successfully passing the Foundations Challenge Exam and NUR 1125, NUR 1128 and NUR 122.

Second Semester - 16 credit hours

Third Semester - 17 credit hours

  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Credits: (3).
    (See Elective Options below)

Total Credit Hours: 66

Elective Options

Elective options are listed on the Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degree Requirements page.

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