LVN Transition to ADN


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Description, Requirements, and Degree Plan

Application Orientation Sessions for the LVN Transition to ADN Program are offered to prospective applicants during the fall and spring semesters each year.  These Orientation Sessions provide interested program candidates important information about the requirements for admission the LVN Transition to ADN Program.  During these two-hour sessions, prospective applicants also have an opportunity to meet individually with a nursing faculty member or an academic advisor to develop a specific plan for admission to the nursing program.

To register for a Transition Application Orientation Session, contact the Nursing Office at 806-354-6010.  Please be advised that individuals who intend to transfer college course work to AC must complete the college admission process, including evaluation of all official transcripts by the Registrar’s Office before scheduling an Advising Session appointment in the Nursing Office.

The LVN Transition to ADN is an advanced placement option in the ADN Program for licensed vocational nurses (LVN).  This LVN to RN option can be completed in 3 semesters after program admission.  Admission to the Transition option is twice per year in the Fall and Spring semesters). 

Qualified applicants must apply for admission in the semester preceeding anticipated enrollment. All pre-requisite general education course work for the Fast Forward Transition Option must be completed by the end of the semester in which application for the option is made. Selection for the Transition Option is competitive and based on available spaces and a points system, including the grade point average for the general education courses completed for the ADN program of study, the HESI Admission Assessment Exam scores, the number of general education courses completed in the ADN Program of Study with a “C” or higher.

Candidates for the Transition Option MUST have:

A current, unencumbered Texas LVN license and should have been active in vocational nursing practice within the last 4 years prior to the application for admission procedure to the LVN Transition to ADN Program.


Candidates MUST:

  1. Apply for admission and be granted approval attend to Amarillo College:
  2. Attend a LVN Transition to ADN Application Orientation Session  
  3. Take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam on the Amarillo College campus
  4. Complete an application for admission to the Transition option



The admission requirements for the LVN Transition to ADN are:

  1. Complete all general education prerequisites for Transition  
  2. Score 80 or higher on each of the three required content exams on the HESI Admission Assessment Exam at a single testing time. HESI Entrance Exam MUST be taken on the Amarillo College Campus (Can ONLY be taken once per application cycle). Will take anatomy & physiology section (score does not count in point system Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)
  3. GPA of 2.5 or higher in the general education classes.

The degree plan for the Transition Option is as follows:  

Prerequisite General Education
Cr hrs
BIOL 2401
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
BIOL 2402
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2420

Semester 1 
Cr hrs
RNSG 1227
Transition to Professional Nursing***
RNSG 1261 
Clinical-Transition to Professional Nursing  
RNSG 1151
Care of the Childbearing Family
RNSG 1160
Clinical: Care of the Childbearing Family
RNSG 2101
Care of Children and Families
RNSG 2160
Clinical: Care of Children and Families
***Articulated credit will be awarded for the following courses upon successful completion of RNSG 1227 and RNSG 1261, 18 credit hours in residence, and payment of posting fee:
RNSG 1309
Introduction to Nursing 
RNSG 1331
Principles of Clinical Decision Making
RNSG 1362
Clinical-Principles of Clinical Decision Making
RNSG 1247 
Concepts of Clinical Decision Making I 
RNSG 1263
Clinical-Concepts of Clinical Decision Making I

Semester 2
Cr hrs
1315, 1318, or 1321
ENGL 1301
Composition I
RNSG 1248
Concepts of Clinical Decision Making II 
RNSG 2261
Clinical-Concepts of Clinical Decision Making II 
RNSG 2213
Mental Health Nursing
RNSG 2161
Clinical-Mental Health Nursing

Semester 3
Cr hrs
RNSG 2231
Advanced Concepts of Adult Health
RNSG 2262
Clinical-Advanced Concepts of Adult Health
RNSG 2221
Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management
RNSG 2263
Clinical-Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
from approved list*****
Total Semester Hours: 

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