Students who have been unsuccessful in the Basic ADN or Transition program previously are not eligible for the Transition 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, or a recent graduate from a vocational nursing program and eligible to take the licensure examination.

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.

Recent graduates of VN programs who have not taken the licensure exam must have a license before they register for the Transition Nursing courses.

Freshman Year

First SemesterHours Summer Semesters (I & II)Hours
BIOL 2301/2101 or BIOL 2302/2102
Anatomy & Physiology I or Anatomy & Physiology II
4 BIOL 2301/2101 or BIOL 2302/2102*
Anatomy & Physiology I or Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2320/2120
Microbiology for Non-Science Majors & Lab
4 RNSG 1327
Transition to Professional Nursing
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
3 RNSG 1251
Care of the Childbearing Family
PSYC 2314
Lifespan Growth & Development
3 RNSG 1160 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (Transition)
Total14 Total10


Upon successful completion of summer sessions, VN 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

First SemesterHours Second SemesterHours
ENGL 1301** (core)
Composition I
3 ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 or DRAM 1310** (core)3
RNSG 1441
Common Concepts of Adult Health
4 RNSG 1443
Complex Concepts of Adult Health
RNSG 2360 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (CDM / Mental Health)
3 RNSG 2463 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (CDM / Mental Health)
RNSG 2213
Mental Health Nursing
Total12 Total
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.