Nursing Student practicing on a dummy

LPN-to-ADN Pathway

LPN-to-ADN Policies:

  • Openings in the core nursing courses will depend on seat and clinical availability.
  • LPN to ADN students must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Must hold a current Wisconsin Practical Nurse License.
  • Must work as a LPN for at least one year.
  • Practical Nursing degree must come from an accredited college.
  • Based on the age of credits and/or work experience, applicants may be required to complete a competency evaluation.
  • Prior to entering 3rd semester classes, students are required to complete a program on-boarding (orientation) session when the above listed courses are completed.
  • When the program prerequisites are completed, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) student will be eligible to enter into the 3rd semester nursing courses. 

LPN-to-ADN Nursing Curriculum

General Education Courses (Same as Traditional ADN student) 28 credits
Advanced Standing for LPN License (Credit for Prior Learning) 15 credits
After the general education course requirements have been satisfied, LPN students may enroll in the following nursing bridge courses: (4 credits)
543-129 Transition from LPN to ADN (If more than 2 years since LPN graduation)
10543151 LPN Skills Refresher (Required of all students)
2 credits
2 credits
After the above courses are completed, students can advance into 3rd semester core nursing courses: 
3rd Semester (9 credits)
543-109 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations I
543-110 Nursing: Mental Health & Community Concepts
543-111 Nursing: Intermediate Clinical Practice
542-112 Nursing: Advanced Skills

3 credits
2 credits
3 credits
1 credit
4th Semester (10 credits)
543-113 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations II
543-114 Nursing: Management & Professional Concepts
543-115 Nursing: Advanced Clinical Practice
543-116 Nursing: Clinical Transition

3 credits
2 credits
3 credits
2 credits
TOTAL Credits to Obtain the Degree
*One credit “GPS for College Success” is a college/graduation requirement
65 + 1 = 66 credits

Clinical Related Requirements

Successful completion of this program requires a clinical experience. Clinical sites have the right to refuse a student’s placement based on inadequate health records, pending charges, or conviction records. Students with a criminal history may not be able to complete clinical courses. Mid State will make two attempts to place a student in an appropriate clinical experience. If Mid State is unable to place the student after two attempts, the student will be withdrawn from the clinical course and will not be able to advance in the program.

Prior to beginning a clinical experience in health care facility students must:

  • Subscribe and submit health work, current CPR to Castle Branch.
  • Obtain the required uniform for clinical experiences (specifics regarding uniform requirements and ordering will be covered in the program orientation)
  • Clinical assignments may be in locations outside of the student’s city of residence. The student is responsible for transportation and other personal arrangements.