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Associate of Science Degree
LPN-RN Transition Program


The purpose of the LPN-RN Transition Program is to provide the opportunity for students with previously acquired nursing knowledge and skills as a Licensed Practical Nurse to achieve an Associate of Science in Nursing degree and to write the NCLEX-RN.

Admission Criteria

Applicants to the LPN-RN Transition Program should meet the following criteria for admission:

  1. Current LPN licensure at the time of application and admission.
  2. Be accepted for full admission to OLOLC.
  3. Be in good academic standing at OLOLC.
  4. Have completed six credit hours at OLOLC (these 6 hours may not include NURS 1310).
  5. Have earned a grade point average of 2.75 or higher on arts and science courses in the nursing curriculum.
  6. Have successfully completed the following required arts and science courses with a grade of "C" or better: ACSM 1110, ENGL 1310, MATH 1315, BIOL 2310, BIOL 2311, BIOL 2320, BIOL 2325, BIOL 2325L, CHEM 1310 or 1315, PSYC 1310 and PSYC 2330.
  7. Have successfully completed NURS 1310 - Pharmacology in Nursing (3). This course may be taken only after completion of six credit hours of arts and sciences courses at OLOLCand with permission of the LPN-RN Transition Program advisors. LPN-RN Transition students may opt to take a Pharmacology Challenge Exam in lieu of NURS 1310. Permission to take this examination must be obtained from the LPN-RN Transition Program advisors. Students who enroll in NURS 1310 and are not successful (a grade of C" or better) may not take the Pharmacology Challenge Exam.
  8. Have completed the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam.

Admission Decisions

Once an invitation for admission to the LPN-RN Transition Program is extended to an applicant, the applicant will be required to submit an Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form, submit to a criminal background check and comply with the health and safety requirements of OLOLC. These requirements are the same as those discussed in the section of the catalog for admissions decisions related to the traditional Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program.

Once admitted into the LPN-RN Transition Program, the student will enroll in NURS 1725: LPN-RN Role Transition, a seven-credit course. Once the transition student successfully completes the transition course, NURS 1725, with a grade of C" or better, the student progresses to the second year of the traditional ASN Program. Credit is granted for the following 1000 level courses in nursing at the time of graduation: NURS 1715: Adult Health Nursing I (5 credit hours) and NURS 1720: Mental Health Nursing (4 credit hours).

To obtain specific information regarding the application process and program requirements, students should schedule an appointment with a LPN-RN Transition Program advisor.

Graduation Requirements


Completion of 72-73 credit hours in the required courses; completion of the nursing courses within five (5) years. Failure to do so will result in the requirement for the individual to re-apply to the School of Nursing.


Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all College work with grades of C or above in all courses leading to the Associate of Science in Nursing degree.


Completion of all required standardized achievement examinations.


Fulfillment of the residency requirement of OLOLC, which is 24 credit hours for the Associate of Science degree.


Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLCincluding the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.


Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The examination is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Upon successful completion of this examination, the graduate becomes licensed to legally practice as a registered nurse in the State of Louisiana.

Each graduate must apply to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for licensure. The Board of Nursing authorizes candidates to take the NCLEX-RN and provides the registration form for NCLEX-RN. The Board of Nursing may deny a student permission to take the NCLEX-RN for reasons including disciplinary action, arrest or impairment.

Applicants for licensure who have had a disciplinary action, arrest or impairment must provide documentation of the circumstances of the action, arrest or impairment to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Failure to disclose this information may result in denial of licensure.

Curriculum Plan for an Associate of Science in Nursing (LPN-RN Transition Program) degree




ACSM 1110

ENGL 1310

MATH 1315

PSYC 1310

CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1315

BIOL 2310

BIOL 2311

BIOL 2320

BIOL 2325

BIOL 2325L

PSYC 2330

Introduction to College Education

English I

College Algebra

Introductory Psychology

Introduction to Chemistry (or Fundamentals of Chemistry I)

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

Fundamentals of Microbiology

Fundamentals of Microbiology Lab

Psychology Across the Life Span













NURS 1310

PRIOR TO ADMISSION/After completion of pre-requisite courses

Pharmacology in Nursing (or challenge exam for credit)




NURS 1725


LPN-RN Role Transition




ENGL 1311

NURS 2710

NURS 2715


English II

Adult Health Nursing II                     7 week course

Care of Children and Families       7 week course






RELS 1310

NURS 2720

NURS 2725


Introduction to Theology

Care of Women and Neonates     7 week course

Adult Health Nursing III                    7 week course