LPN-to-RN Program

LPN-to-RN applicants are considered for admission once a year to Semester III of the nursing program, with an application deadline of March 1.

The admission criteria for the LPN-to-RN program of study are as follows:
  1. Meet the admission criteria for all nursing applicants  ADN.
  2. Meet the the University of Pikeville requirements for transfer applicants and transfer credit.
  3. Current, unencumbered practical nurse license.
  4. Clinical experience as an LPN within the last three years.
  5. Grade of “C” or better in prerequisite Semester I and Semester II support courses. These courses include ENG 111, ENG 112, PSY 110, PSY 215, BIO 171 and BIO 172 allowing 20 hours of support course credit.
  6. Grade of “C” (76%) or better on required Nursing Challenge examinations, allowing 13 hours of nursing credit.
  7. Grade of “C” or better in NUR 130 received within the last two years, allowing three (3) hours of nursing credit.
  8. Completion of all LPN-to-RN admission criteria, allowing 16 hours of Nursing credit, a minimum of 20 hours of support course credit, and eligibility for advanced standing placement in Semester III of the nursing curriculum.
  9. Meet with the school of nursing administrator and/or the admissions committee for a personal interview and update on requirements.
Prerequisite Support Courses
ENG 111/114 Composition I 3 hours
ENG 112/115 Composition II 3 hours
BIO 171 Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 4 hours
BIO 172 Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 4 hours
PSY 110 General Psychology 3 hours
PSY 215 Lifespan Development 3 hours
Prerequisite Nursing Courses
Nursing Challenge Exams* For NUR 110, NUR 120 & NUR 125 13 hours
NUR 130 LPN-to-RN Transition 3 hours
Offered in summer session
Taken only by LPNs admitted to the nursing program
Must complete pre-requisite Nursing Challenge Exams

*Nursing Challenge Exams are standardized examinations in Fundamentals of Nursing and Family/Maternity Nursing. The challenge exams will be chosen from testing companies such as NLN, HESI, and/or ATI, range from $28-55 each, and administered online in a proctored setting. Each required challenge exam can only be repeated one time. The first attempt must be completed on a pre-designated date prior to June 5 and in a proctored setting. The second attempt, if required, must be completed no later than August 1. The LPN applicant is responsible for the cost of the Nursing Challenge Exams and must achieve an equivalent C grade prior to August 5.
Semester III 17 hours
BIO 273 Microbiology w/lab 4 hours
NUR 200 Pharmacology in Nursing 2 hours
NUR 230 Nursing Across the Lifespan I 8 hours
REL 213/214 Old/New Testament 3 hours
Semester IV 17 hours
NUR 240 Nursing Across the Lifespan II 8 hours
NUR 245 Mental Health Nursing 4 hours
NUR 246 Professional Transitions 2 hours
Elective Restricted Elective
(Choose one: SOC 119, SOC 229, REL 230, SPN 111)
3 hours
Pre-requisite Support Courses ........... 20 credit hours
Pre-requisite Nursing Courses ........... 16 credit hours
Semester III & IV Support Courses .... 10 credit hours
Semester III & IV NUR Courses ......... 24 credit hours
Total RN ............................................. 70 credit hours


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