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LVN to RN Pathway

The LVN to RN pathway is designed and built specifically for the LVN who wants to transition to their ADN degree. This pathway consists of two semesters of didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction.


Pathway Overview

Apply for Spring 2025 now! Accepting applications 7/1/2024 - 8/31/2024.

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The LVN to RN pathway is designed for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) who wish to advance their nursing career by obtaining an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). This pathway provides LVNs with the necessary knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences to become registered nurses (RNs).

The pathway builds upon the foundational nursing knowledge and skills that LVNs have acquired in their previous education and work experience. The curriculum includes classroom instruction, skills practice in the laboratory, and hands-on clinical experiences in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. Course content includes behavioral health, geriatrics, and intermediate and advanced medical-surgical concepts. Students develop clinical reasoning skills, clinical judgment, and the ability to provide safe and effective nursing care to diverse patient populations.

Upon successful completion of the LVN to RN pathway, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as registered nurses.


LVN to RN Courses

  • NURS 210B Concepts of Behavioral Health

    NURS 220G Concepts of Health for Geriatrics

    • NURS 230S Intermediate Medical Surgical Concepts

  • NURS 240 Advanced Medical Surgical Concepts



Note: We do not keep a waiting list of students. We encourage you to reapply if you are not admitted to the pathway upon your initial application.

  • Spring 2025: Applications accepted 7/1/24 - 8/31/24; Notifications sent October 2024
  • Fall 2025: Applications accepted 12/1/24 - 1/31/25; Notifications sent April 2025
  • Spring 2026: Applications accepted 6/1/25 - 7/31/25; Notifications sent October 2025
  • Fall 2026: Applications accepted 12/1/25 - 1/31/26; Notifications sent April 2026


  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the science prerequisites.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the general education prerequisites.
  • Must receive a 75% or higher composite score on the Health Education Systems Incorporated Admissions exam
  • Must be 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • Must have practiced as a full-time LVN for a minimum of one year within the past 3 years. (Proof of employment needed)


Acceptable courses must be transferable to United Nursing College. Prerequisite coursework must be completed and a grade must be issued before a student is eligible to apply.

  • Science Prerequisites
  • Student must receive a “C-” or better in each course and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Anatomy/Physiology or Anatomy &
  • Physiology I/Anatomy & Physiology II must be taken within the last 7 years. Expiration is based on current application term.
  • Students with expired courses must take UNC Anatomy and Physiology refreshers or renew each course individually.
  1. Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology I
  2. Physiology or Anatomy & Physiology II
  3. Microbiology
  • General Education Prerequisites
  • Student must receive a “C-” or better in each course and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  1. English Composition
  2. Mathematics (Intermediate Algebra or higher)
  3. Oral Communications
  4. Psychology
  5. Sociology
  6. Humanities

How to Apply

1. Check that all your documents are ready to be uploaded. These documents can include the following:

  • All unofficial transcripts from any colleges/universities attended.
  • All LPN to ADN HESI attempts.
  • Supporting documentation for points in any other category.
  • Copy of your high school diploma or transcripts, GED, or highest level of US degree awarded.
  • Evidence of LVN license and LVN work experience.

2. Fill out our online application during one of the application periods listed above.

  • All documents submitted must be in PDF format and named correctly for ease of application.
  • Pay the application fee of $75 for your application. Applications must include passing grades for all required prerequisites and a passing score on the LPN to ADN HESI to be considered for a seat. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Pathway or Course Withdrawal Refund Policy

The student may cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid, less the non-refundable application fee and STRF fee, if canceled on or before the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.

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