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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2023 Start

  • This program cannot be started in fall.

Spring 2023 Start

  • Submit application by January 9, 2023
  • Complete checklist items by January 13, 2023

Summer 2023 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer. 

* Application 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 NLN PAX Exam.
  • 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 info@wctc.edu.

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


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.


Obtain a Permit to Register for LPN to Nursing Bridge Courses

  • Upon successful completion of the required general studies courses, contact your Academic Advisor to discuss permit eligibility. Permits are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; contact your academic advisor early.
  • Complete a background check.
  • Review the health and safety requirements for students in core Nursing courses.

Complete Bridge Courses

Once awarded a seat through the permit process, complete the following 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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