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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-103: Transition into Nursing II, and the RN program, graduates earn an associate of arts in nursing. Admission to the transitional nursing course in the LPN Pathway program will be available in spring, summer, and fall semesters. Please see an academic advisor to determine your semester of 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. Submit an HCC application for admission.
  3. 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 institution OR have standardized test scores, such as SAT math and verbal scores above 500 within the last two years.
  4. Pass the HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam.
  5. Complete the required coursework with appropriate minimum GPA.
  6. 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 it to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242)

The application fee for this program is $25. Applications are accepted year-round; however, each entry semester has a specific deadline. Please consult a nursing advisor for more information.

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 health care 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.

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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