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LPN-to-RN Advanced Placement Option

Learn about the Riverside College of Health Careers advanced placement option for licensed practical nurses who want to become registered nurses.
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Upcoming LPN-to-RN Program Start Dates:

August 19, 2024 - Day Program
(Application Deadline: Early Accept – March 29, 2024 Regular Accept - May 23, 2024)

January 13, 2025 - Day and Evening/Weekend Program

(Application Deadline – August 15, 2024)

The Riverside College of Health Careers advanced placement option allows LPNs to advance into the Professional Nursing Program by entering as a level two student. View our Nursing Program Philosophy.

Riverside is proud to offer:

  • A program leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN© (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses)
  • Full-time Day option consisting of three 16-week semesters in addition to specific college-level prerequisite pre-admission courses - occasional evening or weekend hours may be required
  • Full-time Evening/Weekend option consisting of three 23- week semesters in addition to specific college-level prerequisite pre-admission courses - occasional day hours may be required
  • Theoretical instruction integrated with laboratory simulations and clinical experience
  • Hands-on clinical experience in our modern medical center and a variety of affiliated clinical sites
  • Financial aid for students who qualify
  • Associated with Riverside Health System Career planning services for current students and alumni

 

Students must be licensed to practice in a licensure compact state.

Applicant has been employed as an LPN for at least one year since being licensed, with no more than five years since their last work experience.

 

Prerequisite College Courses/Credits

The following courses must be completed prior to application submission:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with Labs - 8 Credits*
  • English Composition - 3 Credits*
  • Developmental Psychology - 3 Credits*
  • Chemistry: 1 unit of High School or College level chemistry (Also accepted: CLEP of 100 level chemistry course; job-related chemistry; LPN developmental courses in chemistry; adult education courses; or Chemistry related courses in military education)*

*Applicants must have completed Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology with Labs, Developmental Psychology, and English Composition requirements before a formal application can be submitted and reviewed.

 

Pre- or Corequisite College Courses/Credits

  • Microbiology with Lab - 4 Credits*

 

Pre-Admission Testing Requirements

ATI TEAS Suggested Score: 66.1% or higher

Average Accepted TEAS Score: 74.6%

Skills Test: Achieve a minimum score of 80 percent on a faculty-prepared test based on the content of the first level courses of the Professional Nursing Program.

Validation of clinical competency in areas previously mastered may be required at the discretion of the Program Director.

 

Recommendations

Cumulative College-level GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended due to the competitive nature of admissions.

Average Accepted GPA: 3.26 Documentation of previous healthcare experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.

 

Other Requirements

  • The applicant must graduate from an accredited high school with a GPA of 2.0 or higher or have earned a high school equivalency (GED) certificate.
  • A cumulative College-level GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended due to the competitive nature of admissions.
  • Documentation of previous healthcare experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.
  • Chemistry: 1 unit of High School or College level chemistry (Also accepted: CLEP of 100 level chemistry course; job-related chemistry; LPN developmental courses in chemistry; adult education courses; or Chemistry related courses in military education).
  • Students must be licensed to practice in a licensure compact state.
  • Have been employed as an LPN for at least one year since being licensed, with at most five years since their previous work experience.
  • Achieve a minimum score of 80 percent on a faculty-prepared test based on the content of the first-level courses of the Professional Nursing Program.
  • All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory orientation session.
  • Validation of clinical competency in areas previously mastered may be required at the discretion of the Program Director.

Program Summary

General Education Prerequisites: 18 credit hours

RCHC Program Hours - Theory: 22.5 credit hours

RCHC Program Hours - Skills Lab: 1.5 credits

RCHC Program Hours - Clinical: 12 credit hours

PROGRAM APPROVED BY:

  • Virginia Board of Nursing Perimeter Center
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
    Henrico, VA 23233-1463
    804-367-4515

PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY:

The LPN-to-RN Advanced Placement Option of the Associate degree, Professional Nursing program at Riverside College of Health Careers at 316 Main Street located in Newport News, Virginia, is accredited by the:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
    404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the LPN-to-RN Advanced Placement Option of the Associate degree, Professional Nursing program is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm.

LICENSURE:

  • Program graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN© (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). Application to the Board is a student responsibility and includes additional fees. Additional information may be obtained from:

Virginia Board of Nursing Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463
804-367-4515, http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Nursing

INSTITUTIONAL CERTIFICATION:

  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    SCHEV
    101 N. 14th Street James Monroe Building
    Richmond, VA 23219
    804-225-2600, www.schev.edu

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 730
    North Bethesda, MD 20852
    703-917-9503, www.abhes.org

RIVERSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS ACCREDITED BY:

Tuition breakdown for LPN-to-RN Advanced Placement

  • $350 per GEN credit
  • $450 per NUR credit

Total Tuition: $18,650

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $1,100
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $150
  • Supplies Estimate: $120
  • Credentialing Estimate: $430

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