LPN to Registered Nurse (R.N.) Transition


This course is designed to assist the non-collegiate Licensed Practical Nurse in the role changes necessary for transition to the ADN (RN preparation) curriculum at JJC.

Selected concepts, clinical topics and supervised clinical experiences focusing on basic bio-psychosocial needs of clients across the life span are presented. Successful completion of NURS170 permits the non-collegiate LPN to advance to the second year of the ADN program. Upon completion of NURS170 and NURS250 the student is awarded credit for the following Nursing courses: NURS 140 , NURS 150 , NURS 160 , NURS 163 , and NURS 164.

The program combines traditional classroom experiences, in-class high-fidelity simulations, and online courses with clinical experiences in health facilities throughout the community. A student who completes the program is awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and is eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (N.C.L.E.X.) for registration as an R.N. in Illinois.

Prerequisite: Must be a licensed LPN in the State of Illinois and be accepted into the LPN Transition program and have taken BIO 250 , ENG 101 , and PSYC 101 with a grade “C” or better.

  • Must take BIO 251 , HEAL 109 , and PSYC 215 prior to or concurrently with NURS 170.
  • Must take BIO 240 and COMM 101 prior to or concurrent with NURS 250.
  • Must take SOC 290 prior to or concurrent with NURS 260.

What Will I Learn?

The nursing program combines classroom, laboratory and clinical learning opportunities for students. The nursing program is very rigorous. Classroom and clinical time is approximately 18 hours per week with an additional 20 hours or more for preparation and studying!

What is Unique About Our LPN to RN Program?

  • State-of-the-Art simulation labs.
  • Save thousands of dollars.
  • Joliet Junior College RN graduates achieved a 92 percent pass rate on the National Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) in 2016. The state and national average pass rates were 85 percent.
  • Joliet Junior College works closely with local universities so graduates can make a seamless transition and complete their bachelor’s degree.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

  • Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median annual wage for registered nurses was $68,450 in May 2016 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • 91 percent of our graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation.