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LPN to ADN Online


The LPN to ADN option is a unique two semester online/hybrid option which includes a clinical component. Although primary instruction will be delivered via the Internet, students are required to return to campus for specified activities such as orientation and tests. It is a limited enrollment associate’s degree that traditionally accepts 10 students each fall (subject to change). Students are selected through a documentation and testing proces

Special Admissions Requirements

1. Applicants must be currently licensed and practicing LPNs. Applicants must have been employed for the past two years as an LPN with 2000 or more hours experience in a medical/surgical unit of an acute care hospital or skilled nursing facility. There are NO exceptions to this requirement. Clinics, infirmaries, doctor’s offices, hospice, prisons, and home health care do not meet this requirement.

2. Hold a current unrestricted LPN license in North Carolina (or compact state).

3. Candidates must show current CPR Certification Card (American Heart Association Basic Life Support) course. Certificate card is required.  Letters or certificates are not acceptable. Online certifications or re-certifications are not accepted. Certification in CPR must remain current throughout the nursing curriculum.

4. The LPN to ADN online option requires ALL of the following ADN support classes are completed (earning a “C” or better) at a regionally accredited institution BEFORE being eligible for NACE I testing and selection:

  • BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credit hours
  • BIO 169 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credit hours
  • ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 credit hours
  • ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting 3 credit hours


  • ENG 112 Writing/Researching in the Discipline 3 credit hours
  • PSY 150 General Psychology 3 credit hours
  • PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3 credit hours
  • HUMANITIES Elective 3 credit hours (ART 111, 114, 115) (MUS 110, 112) (PHI 215, 240) (HUM 115)
  • Math proficiency – DMA 040 and DMA 050 (MAT 070)

(Applicants without college credits in English and/or Algebra may be required to complete a placement assessment prior to acceptance)

5. Students that have not had a computer class in the last 5 years will be required to take a computer assessment test with a passing score. Due to the nature of the LPN to AND Online Option, students must possess effective computer skills, have an active e-mail address and access to a computer meeting the minimum standards for on-line education and be willing and able to purchase and install appropriate software. SCC’s hardware/software requirements can be found in the SCC distance learning handbook. SCC will set the date for testing if needed. Adopted: June 17, 2015

6. Submit the LPN to ADN Intent Form, Verification of Practice Form, and a copy of your American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card to the Division Chair of Health Programs by January 31st of the year desiring admission.

7. Submit the SCC Application for Admission and ALL official transcripts to the Admissions Office to begin the file review process by January 31st of the year desiring admission.

8. Eligible students are selected for the program based upon results from the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE: Foundation of Nursing Examination). A minimum score of 82% is required on the NACE to be considered for admission. SCC will set the date and time for NACE. Test scores are acceptable for a period of three years. Should the applicant test again, the most recent score will be considered.

9. Eligible applicants not accepted will not be carried over to a waiting list for the following year and must re-apply in the next LPN to ADN Online Option cycle.

10. Each of the two LPN to ADN courses require 144 hours of clinical practice, UNPAID, and under the supervision of an RN. This may be arranged in the student’s place of residence and possibly within the current place of work, but may not be within the same unit of employment. All clinical experiences must be within North Carolina and the nursing faculty must make final approval of facilities and preceptor(s).

11. Upon successful completion of the two semesters, the student will graduate at the end of Spring Semester with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam – RN.

12. LPN to ADN applicants must assume responsibility for confirming that required documents, official transcripts, scores, and grades have been received by the Admissions Office by the application deadline.

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