ADN Transition Program

Students who have been unsuccessful in the Basic ADN will be able to apply for the ADN Transition program after successful completion of a VN program and one year of employment as a vocational nurse.  If unsuccessful in a transition course, a student is not eligible for readmission into the Transition program. The student is eligible for application to the ADN Basic Program.

Degree Requirements: A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit with a 2.0 GPA, A grade of “C” or above in academic support and nursing courses, and a passing score on a comprehensive exit exam.  Students must see policy in Health Sciences Student Handbook for details.

Candidates must be a licensed vocational nurse with twelve months of documented employment (within the preceding 36 months) prior to the application deadline and hold an active, unencumbered license to practice as a VN/PN.

Candidates must have the following on file in the Office of Admissions by the posted deadline. 

  1. All basic admission criteria.
  2. An official transcript from the VN program. 
  3. A copy of the LVN or LPN license. 
  4. Proof of employment for one year as an LVN or LPN.


Freshman Year

First Semester (Pre-Requisites)Hours
BIOL 2301/2101 and BIOL 2302/2102
Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2320/2120
Microbiology for Non-Science Majors & Lab
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
PSYC 2314
Lifespan Growth & Development
Second Semester (Spring)Hours
RNSG 1327
Transition to Professional Nursing
RNSG 1251
Care of the Childbearing Family
RNSG 1160 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (Transition)
RNSG 2213
Mental Health Nursing

Upon successful completion of transition courses, ADN Transition students will receive 13 hours of Prior Learning Credit for the following courses:

  • RNSG 1413 Foundations of Nursing Practice – 4 hours
  • RNSG 1360 Clinical Nursing-Registered Nurse Training (Foundations) – 3 hours
  • RNSG 1431 Principles of Clinical Decision-Making – 4 hours
  • RNSG 1260 Clinical Nursing-Registered Nurse Training (CDM) – 2 hours

Sophomore Year

Third Semester (Summer)Hours
ENGL 1301* (core)
Composition I
RNSG 1441
Common Concepts of Adult Health
RNSG 2360 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (Common / Mental Health)
Fourth Semester (Fall)Hours
ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 or DRAM 1310* (core)
Art Appreciation or Music Appreciation or Theatre Appreciation
RNSG 1443
Complex Concepts of Adult Health
RNSG 2463 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (Complex / Management)
Nursing – Transition Program AAS Total

#Prerequisite to RNSG 1413 and 1360.
*Co-requisite to Nursing courses taught in this semester, or may be taken in advance.

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.