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LPN to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Bridge Program


The Bridge program facilitates educational advancement for LPNs who desire to become Registered Nurses. Upon successful completion of all program requirements an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is awarded. This is commonly called Associate Degree Nursing (ADN). Eligible graduates may take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and are considered a Registered Nurse upon successful completion.

The Bridge program is a selective admission program, and minimum criteria must be met in order to apply. Admission to the program is by application. Admission to Richland Community College does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The program begins each fall and spring semester, and takes 3-5 semesters to complete. Out-of-district applicants will be considered for the program when space is available.

Prospective applicants may apply to the fall Bridge Program from January 2 through February 1. For the spring Bridge Program, prospective applicants may apply from September 1 through October 1.

Students seeking entry in to the Bridge program must meet all admission requirements and demonstrate successful completion of a state-approved Practical Nursing Program with current LPN licensure or eligibility for LPN licensure in the State of Illinois. Students begin the program by taking the LPN Bridge course NURS 203. Upon successful completion of this course and paying the appropriate fee for credit by advanced placement, student will receive credits for Nursing 112, Nursing 152, and Nursing 155.

Career and Technical Education Options

This is a career and technical education program. Some courses may not transfer to four-year institutions, but transfer opportunities exist for ADN-to-BSN Programs.

Program Costs

Download a breakdown of approximate program costs. Please be aware that costs may change. Tuition estimates are for in-district students.

Admission Information

Download an admission worksheet for the LPN to ADN Bridge Program.

Requirement Information