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LPN Pathway Admissions

The LPN Pathway Sequence is an opportunity for LPNs with current Maryland licensure, who meet the criteria below, to bypass the first two semesters of the regular RN program. With the successful completion of the NURS-124: LPN Transition Concepts, and the RN program, graduates earn an associate of arts in nursing. Admission to the transitional nursing course in the LPN Pathway program will begin once a year during the summer semester. The transition course will be offered in the evening and students will have the choice of day or evening/weekend for the final RN classes: NURS-242/243. Please see an academic advisor to determine your eligibility.

Steps to Apply

  1. Meet with an allied health admissions counselor during scheduled walk-in advising hours. You may also sign-up for an information session.
  2. If not already a current HCC student, submit an HCC application for admission.
  3. New to College: take placement tests, if applicable: Students may be exempt from the placement test if they have transcripts showing completion of college-level English and/or math at another academic institution, qualifying High School GPA or SAT/ACT test scores. Please speak to an advisor to review your options.
  4. Pass the HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam.
  5. Complete the required coursework with appropriate minimum GPA.
  6. Have Prior Credit: submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended: Complete an Official Transcript Evaluation Request Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242)
  7. Complete a supplemental application for the LPN Pathways program and submit online. The application fee for this program is $25. Applications will be available between September 15 through February 15 each school year, with the February date as the final deadline. 
  • The LPN to RN Pathways Supplemental Application will be available (9/15/23-2/15/24) for the Summer 2024 admission cycle.


Clinical Requirement

  • A drug screening and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing and allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting. Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and are not able to progress in the clinical program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the healthcare industry. HCC faculty and staff are not able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your background, you may wish to discuss this matter with legal counsel.
  • As of 6/17/2021 ALL students who accept a clinical seat will be required to show proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccine prior to beginning their clinical semester.
  • As of Fall 2022, I will be required to show proof of health insurance. Howard Community College does not provide or sponsor health insurance for students. In the event that I sustain an injury while on campus or in clinical, it is my responsibility to utilize my own health insurance plan to cover the cost of treatment and/or follow up care.

LPN Pathway Program Documents

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Additional Information

  • Special Benefits - the Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant Program provides greater accessibility to specific healthcare education programs at the in-county tuition rates
  • Information for Admitted Students - what you need to know to prepare for your program


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