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LPN to RN Articulation


LPN to RN Articulation


The LPN – RN Articulation pathway offers the Licensed Practical Nurse with an active Illinois license in good standing the educational mobility to advance their educational and nursing practice level to that of a Registered Professional Nurse. We offer an articulation program that can be completed in one year that will provide the student upon successful completion an Associate in Applied Science degree and eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination – NCLEX-RN to become a Registered Professional Nurse.


The LPN-RN Articulation pathway is best for experienced Licensed Practical Nurses who have completed most of the support courses for the Associate Nursing Degree. Licensed Practical Nurses who are new LPN graduates, and/or have limited acute care clinical experience, and/or do not have most of the required support courses completed should consider matriculation into the generic Associate Degree Nursing program. 


The LPN-RN Articulation pathway has a four (4) credit hour NAD 180 LPN to RN Transition course offered during the summer semester and must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher in order to progress into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing program. The applicant must meet all admission criteria and completed all of the required courses with a grade of “C” or higher according to the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum prior to starting the program.



 Required prior to admission selection 1 year High School Biology or 1 semester College Biology.  All of the following courses must have been completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to entering the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program:

  • ENG 101-Freshman Composition I
  • PSY 101-Introduction to Psychology
  • BIO 211-Anatomy & Physiology I
  • NUT 110-Nutrition
  • BIO 212-Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 200-General Microbiology
  • SOC 101-Introduction to Sociology
  • NAD 106-Medication Principles for Nurses
  • NAD 108-Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning
  • NAD 130-Pharmacology for Nurses


The Associate Degree Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR).


Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $65,470   *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of program: One year articulation - AAS degree
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Summer
  • Evening/Day classes offered
  • Employment opportunities a variety of health care settings
  • Prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination



Please be advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN). All criminal history must be revealed at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by the ISBN before licensure is granted or denied. All regulations can be accessed at