Admissions Requirements and Procedures

All applicants work closely with an Admissions Advisor to assess career goals, motivation, and commitment to learning.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Pay the non-refundable application fee as shown below:
Applicant TypeApplication Fee
Generic $150
Active duty servicemembers and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces$0
Advanced Placement, including pharmacology credit$200
Active duty servicemembers and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, if requesting pharmacology credit$50

      2. Complete the Application for Admissions. (The application and the paid fee are valid for one [1] year).

      3. Submit a copy of a high school diploma or equivalent as described below, prior to the first day of attendance.

Recognized Equivalents of a High School Diploma 

Several equivalents to a high school diploma may be submitted: 

  • a GED certificate;
  • a certificate or other official completion documentation demonstrating that the learner has passed a state-authorized examination such as the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or, in California, the California High School Proficiency Exam that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma (certificates of attendance and/or completion are not included in this qualifying category);
  • an associate degree;
  • successful completion of at least sixty (60) semester or trimester credits or seventy-two
    (72) quarter credits that does not result in the awarding of an associate degree, but that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree at any institution; or
  • enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program where at least sixty (60) semester or trimester credits or seventy-two (72) quarter credits have been successfully completed, including credits transferred into the bachelor’s degree program;
  • a “secondary school leaving certificate” or similar document from the proper government agency for learners who completed secondary school in a foreign country, accompanied by a foreign credentials evaluation.
  1. Pass the Pre-Licensure Nursing Entrance Exam.
  2. Pass the Medical Dosage Calculation (MDC) course.
    • All advanced placement LPN/LVN learners must successfully complete the prescribed Medical Dosage Calculation (MDC) self-paced, non-facilitated online course and score 100% on all MDC quizzes prior to the deadline given during the admissions cycle. Learners are limited to three (3) attempts to pass each of the quizzes. The MDC course is available to all prospective and current learners by requesting access from the Admissions Advisor. Learners who fail to pass all MDC modules may elect to enroll into the BSN program and take the corresponding Pharmacology course. Nightingale College graduates of the PN Diploma Program who enroll in the LPN to ASN program within one year of graduation will not need to complete the MDC course. If more than one (1) year lapses from the time of graduation from the PN Diploma Program, learners must successfully complete the MDC course.
  3. Submit proof of current active unencumbered Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure from any U.S. jurisdiction. Nightingale College’s PN diploma program graduates may enroll in the LPN-to-ASN Program on a non-matriculated basis if entrance and HESI testing requirements are met.  Learners must become licensed within the first academic semester of the Program to matriculate and progress within the Program.
  4. If requesting transfer of credit, complete a Transfer of Credit Request Form and submit official college transcripts by the deadline for the previous post-secondary coursework in accordance with the Transfer of Credit section of the Catalog.
    • A total of twenty (20) general education semester credits is required for graduation from the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program and must be completed prior to the end of the last academic semester in the LPN to ASN Program. Refer to the General Education Requirement section of the Catalog for the minimum number of credits required in each of the three (3) required general education (GE) breadth areas. GE courses may be completed at the College or another institution of higher learning concurrent with enrollment in nursing courses.
    • A minimum of eleven (11) GE semester credits are required to enroll in Freshman 2 (F2) nursing courses, with a minimum of eight (8) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology and a minimum of three (3) semester credits of college-level Mathematics. A minimum of fourteen (14) GE semester credits are required to enroll in Sophomore 1 (S1) nursing courses with a minimum of eight (8) semester credits in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology and a minimum of three (3) semester credits of college-level Mathematics. Learners may elect to complete the requisite coursework at the College or another institution of higher learning.
    • Official transcripts are required for matriculation into the LPN to ASN Program.
    • Learners admitted without the full twenty (20) semester credits of general education are required to complete at least one (1) general education course per academic semester at the College or another institution of higher learning and provide the official transcript to the Registrar prior to the beginning of the next academic semester to register for the next academic semester. To register for the last academic semester of the LPN to ASN Program, the learner must submit the proof of enrollment in the final general education course to the Registrar and, upon completion, submit an official transcript to graduate.
  5. The College reserves the right to accept or reject any and all credits earned at other post- secondary institutions or through course challenge exams.
  6. Complete Smarter Measure Assessment for evaluation of online learning readiness. 
  7. Meet with a Learner Funding Advisor to initiate the financial aid process.
  8. Be in good financial standing with the College. 

Note: The highest level of academic integrity is expected throughout the admissions process. Violations of the academic integrity policy at any point in the admissions process will result in automatic denial of admission. See the Academic Integrity section of the College Catalog for more details.

Entrance and Placement Exams

Passing of entrance and certain placement exams is required in order to enroll in the program as indicated below:

Pre-Licensure Nursing Entrance Exam (ACCUPLACER® Diagnostic Test)

To be admitted to the program learners must achieve the required scores in each academic area of the entrance exam. The entrance exam determines learners’ readiness for success in the program by assessing knowledge in three (3) academic areas: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Skills. A score of 260 in each of the three (3) areas is required for admission.  Learners have three (3) attempts to achieve the score of 260. Learners who score between 240 and 259 on one or more sections of the entrance exam, will be required to take and pass a corresponding remedial course. Once the remedial course has been passed, the learner may be admitted into the College. The entrance exam fee is $20. Scores are valid for one (1) year.

Advanced Placement Candidates Only

Advanced placement candidates who are requesting academic credit for courses in ASN 241 and/or ASN 261 are required to pass the corresponding HESI exams as described in the table below:


CourseExamAdministered DuringPassing HESI ScoreMandatory Remediation HESI ScoreFee
ASN 241RN Specialty: Health Assessment HESIPre-Admission850< 900$35
ASN 261RN Specialty: Medical-Surgical Nursing HESIPre-Admission850< 900$35

Applicants may retake the exam one (1) time after completion of mandatory remediation. The fee to retake an exam is $35. On the second attempt, the applicant will take a different version of the exam. Free personalized remediation materials are available at www.evolve.elsevier.com after the first exam attempt. 

If the score on the second attempt is below the minimum score requirement, the applicant is allowed to retest after one (1) year from the date of the first attempt upon completing a new program application and paying a new application fee. Applicants who do not pass the exams may choose to enroll into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program offered at Nightingale College. 

The LPN to ASN Program is designed to prepare learners to apply for RN licensure and take the NCLEX-RN® exam. The LPN to ASN Program curriculum plan meets the requirements of the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) standards. The blended distance curriculum consists of forty-eight (48) semester credits of nursing core coursework and is delivered over sixty-four (64) academic weeks. Learners are required to take the nursing courses in the sequence prescribed. The LPN to ASN Program requires an additional twenty (20) semester credits of general education coursework. A total of sixty-eight (68) semester credits is required for graduation. The Program is designed to be completed within five (5) academic semesters. However, it may take longer to complete if learners elect to take GE courses at institutions of higher learning that require prerequisites to the Program’s mandatory GE coursework.

Note: Learners enrolled in a Supervised On-ground Field Experience (SOFE) must progress through the Program according to the original Program Plan. For each enrolled cohort, a predetermined course schedule outlining the entire Program is established at the time of the initial enrollment. The predetermined original Program Plan may not be modified unless extenuating circumstances arise. The College does not guarantee the availability of courses at a specific SOFE outside of the predetermined course schedule and reserves the right to change Program Plans as necessary. If circumstances prevent the learner from completing the Program within the original course schedule (i.e. LOA, failed courses, etc.), the learner may be required to complete the remainder of the Program Plan at another SOFE region.

The LPN to ASN Program curriculum was implemented as a result of the call for radical transformation in nursing education presented in Educating Nurses (Benner, P., Sutphen, M., Leonard, V., & Day, L., 2010), a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching study on preparation for the nursing profession, and other literature including the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on The Future of Nursing. The implementation of concept-based curriculum is an answer to current literature and research on best practices for nursing education.

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