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LPN transition to Nursing AAS

Applying for Program Admission

  • Program prerequisites must be completed as described in Program Requirements (see below) with grades and/or assessment scores posted on PCC transcripts before applying to the program.
  • Transfer courses earned from another Regionally Accredited Institution are not valid until they have been officially evaluated and grades have been posted on PCC transcripts.  An official (sealed) transcript and Student Request for Transcript Evaluation form must be submitted to PCC Student Services Center.
  • Students must complete the HESI Admission A2 examination through the PCC Nursing Department. HESI exams are offered monthly. Students must sign up at the Nursing Department in person to schedule the examination. HESI scores may be used for one year for application to the nursing program.
  • Special Admission – Licensed Practical nurses with work experience, including graduates from Pima’s Center for Training and Development, are eligible to apply for entry into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program by completing the prerequisites.  If accepted, the student must successfully complete a nine credit transition course (NRS 188/188LB) and meet all admissions requirements for entry into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program.
  • Once prerequisite coursework is complete, students can complete the LPN to RN Nursing Program Application. The application process requires documentation of volunteerism and employment if the candidate is seeking points for the experience. Please review the Volunteerism Verification Instructions and the Employer Verification Instructions for details.Completed applications are turned in to the nursing office, West Campus, Building D, Room 200.
  • Program information is communicated via e-mail, it is imperative to check your e-mail address provided to the West Campus Student Services Center.
  • Applicants are selected based upon prerequisite GPA, HESI Admission A2 scores, work experience, and volunteer experience. Selection is decided by Nursing Program faculty and administration using a defined point system. Students are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of the number of points self-calculated.
  • Students not selected for admission are encouraged to re-apply the following semester.
  • Application deadlines:   The application deadline for the Spring semester is September 1. Application deadline for the Fall semester is February 1.

Additional Program Admissions and Course Information 

  • Vaccinations required for entering/continuing in the Nursing program: The Nursing program works with hospitals and agencies that require the hepatitis B vaccination (series of three vaccinations) and an annual flu vaccination.  All students who are enrolled or entering the Nursing program must provide documentation of receiving these vaccinations or a positive titer.  Please be aware that the hepatitis vaccination is a series of three shots with 1-2 months between the first and second shot and four months between the second and third shot. All students must get these vaccinations and/or titers immediately. Students who do not provide proof of receiving the vaccinations or a positive titer when entering the Nursing program will have to reapply to the program. The hospitals and agencies that PCC works with strictly enforce these requirements.  Additional vaccination requirements for the clinical portion of the program are listed in the next section of this page.
  • The Nursing program accepts qualified students each fall and spring semester.  Qualified students are placed into the semester that seats are available.  Students are required to attend a Nursing Department mandatory orientation the semester before their placement date.  Students are notified via e-mail when to sign up for this orientation.  Failure to sign up and attend the orientation will result in having to reapply to the Nursing program. 
  • Completion time for the Associate Degree in Nursing is based on assessment results, completion of program admission requirements, support courses and completion of (4) semesters of nursing core courses.
  • Students must be able to access the Internet on a daily basis.
  • NRS program curriculum is offered only on a full-time basis at Pima’s West Campus.  Student scheduling of core courses is developed by the Nursing Department, resulting in students being randomly assigned to day, evening or weekend classes.  Individual student requests for schedules cannot be honored.
  • NRS core course scheduling is dependent on clinical site and instructor availability and is scheduled to change.

Program Prerequisites

Any Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the community who wishes to complete the Nursing AAS degree must complete the following program prerequisites with grades and/or assessment scores posted on their PCC transcript before applying to the program.

Prerequisites stated below will be accepted through the February 1, 2017 deadline only (applications for entry into the Fall 2017 semester).

  • MAT 122 with a grade of “C” or better or assess into MAT 151 or higher
  • REA 112 or REA 112HP with a grade of “C” or better or assessment reading score at or above 95
  • PSY 101 with a grade of “C” or better
  • CHM 130/130LB/130IN* with a grade of “C” or chemistry assessment score of 34 or higher
  • BIO 201IN or BIO 201H*
  • BIO 202IN*
  • WRT 101
    Note: BIO 201IN/BIO 201H and BIO 202IN must average to a “B” or better.  CHM 130/130LB/130IN or the chemistry assessment score, BIO 201IN and BIO 202IN must have been completed within the last 6 years.

Program Costs

These costs are approximate.  Additional fees may apply.

   DPS Criminal Background Check $65.00
CPR Course $35.00
Course Fees $200.00
Uniforms/Shoes/Clinical Supplies Varies
Required Textbooks / Lab Supplies $1,395.00
Physical Exam/Immunizations Varies
Toxicology Screening $20.00
Licensing $550.00
Review Course $100-400.00
Graduation Application Fee $15.00

Additional fees include but are not limited to:  Health insurance, and tuition (see Program web page and Paying for School).  The cost of tuition is based on the number of credit hours you enroll in each semester.  The tuition you pay is determined by whether or not you are an in-state resident or a non-resident. Refer to the schedule of classes for additional course fees.