LPN to RN Nursing Bridge

LPN to RN Nursing Bridge

Degree Type

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

More than 2 years

Start Date


How You'll Learn




If you are already working as a Licensed Professional Nurse (LPN) and are interested in becoming a Registered Nurse (RN), this bridge program can help you reach your goal sooner.

By completing specific bridge courses, you are able to enter the Nursing – Associate Degree program at the third semester based on past education and experience. This personalized progression pathway will help you become an RN with minimal repetition of the skills and knowledge you’ve already learned.

Please note: To be eligible for testing and/or licensing in the state of Wisconsin, you may be required to obtain a social security number.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in fall.

Spring 2025 Start

  • Application Opens: April 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2025

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer. 

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

Find additional estimated costs on the Nursing – Associate Degree webpage.

How To Apply

  • Complete and pass the ATI TEAS Exam.
    • If you took the TEAS exam elsewhere and passed with a 70% or higher overall score, request official scores to be sent to WCTC.
  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit Verification of Employment form. You must have completed 2,000 hours of work experience as a LPN to participate in this program.
  • Submit a copy of your current (non-expired) State LPN license by email to the Admissions Office.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading and writing skills:
      • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
      • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
      • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
      • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to admissions@wctc.edu.

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


Apply and Become Admitted to the LPN to Nursing Program

  • Follow the "How to Apply" steps outlined above. Be sure to complete these steps by the date listed in the "Application Deadlines" tab.
  • Admission to the Nursing program does not guarantee seats in our core or clinical courses.

Establish Prior Learning Credits

Complete the Industry Credential Inquiry Form to obtain credit for your LPN license.


Complete General Studies Courses

Have transfer credit? Check out Credit for Prior Learning.


Petition to the Program

After completing your General Studies courses, you will need to:

  • Petition to the Nursing program (Use this link during the petition window to complete the form and upload your required documents). The next petition window for spring is November 1-14, 2023.
  • Complete a background check as part of the mandatory new student orientation. If you are accepted into core courses, you will find directions to access this course in an acceptance letter. 

Explore frequently asked questions about the Nursing petition process, and review the health and safety requirements and Nursing student handbook for students in core Nursing courses.


Complete Bridge Courses

Once awarded a seat through the petitioning process, you will receive an acceptance letter and a permit to register for the LPN to Nursing bridge courses:


Complete Core Nursing Courses

After completing the required bridge courses, complete the core courses for the Nursing - Associate Degree.


After the Program

Upon graduating, you will be prepared to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse. View the current WCTC NCLEX pass rates.

Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Outreach team by filling out our online form or by email at outreach@wctc.edu.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

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