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LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing “Bridge” Program
The LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) “Bridge” Program is an option for LPNs who wish to earn an associate degree in nursing and qualify to take the NCLEX-RN.

Special Note

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has adopted a new common, concept-based curriculum for all nursing programs in the system. Effective Summer Semester 2018, the new ADN curriculum will be in effect. It is crucial that prospective students monitor the program's webpage and seek guidance from the nursing admissions advisor or advising center staff regarding admission requirements and general education course requirements.


Curriculum for LPN-to-ADN Track

College Course Pre-Requisites – These courses must be completed prior to beginning the “Bridge” program:

BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr.
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 cr.
HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1 cr.
* 9 credits for previously completed practical nurse coursework equivalent to NUR 104, 105, and 135 will be given following successful completion of LPN-to-ADN program.
Following admission to the nursing program, the student will complete the following three-semester curriculumPhoto of Nursing Student


First Semester:  Spring Semester I
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 cr.
NUR 180 Essential of Maternal/NB Nursing 3 cr.
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 4 cr.
NUR 226 Health Assessment 3 cr.
____ ____ Humanities Elective 3 cr.


Second Semester:  Fall Semester I
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 cr.
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications 3 cr.
NUR 221 2nd Level Principles and Concepts I 9 cr.
NUR 236 Principles of Pharmacology III 2 cr.


Third Semester:  Spring Semester 2
NUR 222 2nd Level Principles and Concepts II 9 cr.
NUR 237 Principles of Pharmacology IV 2 cr.
NUR 255 Nursing Organization & Mgt. 3 cr.
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3 cr.


Success Tip: Faculty members encourage prospective nursing students to complete all non-nursing and support courses required in the curriculum before beginning clinical nursing courses.  A prospective student’s application for admission is strengthened by completion of most or all of the 24 credits of non-nursing coursework.

How to Apply to the LPN-to-ADN “Bridge” Program

The number of prospective students interested in enrolling in the “Bridge” program usually exceeds the nursing program’s capacity to serve; therefore, the admissions process is competitive.  Careful attention to admission requirements is important, so make sure you complete them all.

Success Tip: Contact the Nursing Admissions Advisors, early in the process so that they can answer your questions and assist you as needed. 

Important Due Date:  November 1.

The due date for completion of all admissions requirements is November 1.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Application requirements completed after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

Checklist for Application Requirements

Requirements from High School
“Bridge” Information Meetings:
Required Credentials

TEAS: Every Tuesday and Wednesday from October 3rd - October 31st with appointments scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call the testing center at 540-674-3600 ext. 4439 and a staff member will schedule your appointment. Students may not use their own calculators for the TEAS test. If a calculator is allowed, one will pop up on the computer screen for you to use. October 31st is the last test date.

Information sessions: Please select one meeting to attend: Wednesday, October 4th from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. or Thursday, October 26th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Godbey 141.

Information for Completing the Dosage Calculation Assessment

Dosage Calculation Testing will take place during October Please call the DE Testing Center (540-674-3600 ext. 4439) for hours of operation. The test will take at least 60 to 75 minutes to complete. Allow two hours to comfortably complete.

** Please note: The minimum passing grade is 78%.**

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