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Licensed Practical Nursing to A.D.N.

70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Attention Nursing Students!

Nursing requires the purchase of a WCTC Nursing TechRN Bundle. This meets new technology requirements for an active learning environment and includes access to current nursing and medical resources and guides.

Designed for those who are already a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) currently practicing in Wisconsin, this progression track will enable LPNs to enter the Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) program with advanced standing at third semester based on past education and experience. This personalized progression pathway will help the LPN become a RN with minimum repetition of previously learned knowledge and skills. LPNs in the progression track are required to take a progression course prior to entry, which will assist in the transition into the Nursing - Associate Degree program and the role of the registered nurse.

  • Priority is given to WCTC District residents for admission to the L.P.N. Progression program. If space remains, non-district residents may apply to the program. Please note the program's early application deadlines.
  • Wisconsin Licensure as a LPN and certification in Health Care Provider CPR must be completed to be eligible for entry into core nursing courses.
  • All LPN Progression students are required to take and pass the LPN Progression Transition Success Strategies course (543-123) prior to entering the program.
  • Upon program completion, be prepared to take the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse.
  • Select credits transfer to all Wisconsin public universities offering Bachelor of Science-Nursing degree programs, often at junior-level standing.

NCLEX pass rates for WCTC LPN Progression students from 2012-2014:


  • First Time Candidates: 10
  • Number Passing: 10
  • Passing Mean: 96%
  • National Passing Mean: 90%


  • First Time Candidates: 4
  • Number Passing: 4
  • Passing Mean: 99%
  • National Passing Mean: 82%

Accredited by

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020

Program Code 10-543-1

Required Courses

LPN Progression course required prior to entry. Course number 543-123

Required General Education Coursework

 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology4  
 809-188 Developmental Psychology3  
 806-179 Adv Anatomy & Physiology4  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+*
 806-197 Microbiology4  
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+ 
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+*
 Elective 3  
 Elective 2  
Total Credits

Technical Core/Clinical Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-101 Nursing Fundamentals2  
 543-102 Nursing Skills3  
 543-103 Nursing Pharmacology2  
 543-104 Nsg: Intro Clinical Practice2  
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-105 Nursing Health Alterations3  
 543-106 Nursing Health Promotion3  
 543-107 Nsg: Clin Care Across Lifespan2  
 543-108 Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Mgt2  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-109 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 13  
 543-110 Nsg: Mental Health Comm Con2  
 543-111 Nsg: Intermed Clin Practice3  
 543-112 Nursing Advanced Skills1  
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 543-113 Nsg: Complex Health Alterat 23  
 543-114 Nsg: Mgt & Profess Concepts2  
 543-115 Nsg: Adv Clinical Practice3  
 543-116 Nursing Clinical Transition2  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)

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View course descriptions of all required courses

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
809-196 Intro to Sociology 3
809-198 Intro to Psychology 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Alverno CollegeBSN Completion70
Bellevue UniversityBSN Completion70
Bryant and Stratton CollegeBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 91
Capella UniversityBSN Completion70
Cardinal StritchBSN Completionfull program
Carroll UniversityMaster of Science and Nursing-Clinical Nurse EducatorJunior Standing
Chamberlain College of NursingBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 82
Concordia UniversityBS Nursingfull program
Franklin UniversityBSN CompletionJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityBSN Completion70
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 70
Kaplan UniversityBSN CompletionJunior Standing
Marian UniversityBSN-MSNfull program
Mount Mary UniversityRN-to-BSN Completion Programup to 72
Purdue University Northwest-HammondBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 62
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science in Nursingfull program
U of PhoenixBSN Completion70
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 70
UW-Eau ClaireBachelor in Science of Nursingup to 60
UW-Green BayBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 60
UW-MadisonBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 60
UW-MilwaukeeBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 60
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Science in Nursingup to 60
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies: Leadership & Organizational Studiesfull program
UW-Stevens PointBachelors of Science in Nursingup to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education and Trainingfull program
UW-StoutBS Managementfull program
Viterbo UniversityBS Nursingfull program

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.