LPN to RN Bridge Program

The LPN to RN Bridge course is designed to assist a Licensed Practical Nurse transition into the role of the Registered Nurse. Areas of study include the role of the Professional Nurse and the application of the core components of nursing practice to clients experiencing the dysfunctional health patterns, with an emphasis in the following areas:

  • health perception-health management
  • value-belief
  • rest-sleep
  • activity-exercise
  • nutritional-metabolic

Upon successful completion of all components of the course, the student will be admitted to NUR 120.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Bridge Program


How can I apply to the LPN to RN Bridge program?

You must have an MCC student ID number to apply to the nursing program and for preadmission testing. If you have never attended MCC as a credit student, apply and pay your $15 fee online or at the Registration Office (A258).

Complete and submit the LPN to RN Bridge Program Application. This application is available online. Applications must be submitted to the Nursing Department (E212) by 4:30 p.m. on October 15.

You must submit proof of the following information with your application:

  • Valid Illinois practical nurse license
  • An unofficial copy of your LPB program transcript
  • NOTE: An official copy of your transcript must be submitted to admissions with a request that it be analyzed for nursing. Please find the form and directions here.

The following will be due to your instructor on the first day of class:

  • A current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification
  • The Student Health Record requirements using the program-approved form(s).

How will I find out if I am accepted into the LPN to RN Bridge program?

You will be notified by mail of acceptance into the LPN to RN Bridge program. You must complete and return an acceptance agreement within two weeks of receiving notification. Letters will be sent to all applicants by the October 15.

If you are not accepted into the program, you must reapply for the following year. A waiting list is not maintained.

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Will there be a preadmission exam?

The preadmission test is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS® test). The TEAS was developed to measure basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. No other nursing preadmission exam scores will be considered. Learn more about the Preadmission Testing Guidelines.

What courses are required?

See the LPN to RN Bridge program curriculum. Prerequisite course requirements and course expiration dates are identical to the ADN program requirements.

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Will I be in the weekend or weekday section after completion of the bridge course?

The LPN Bridge students will join the weekend section of the nursing class after successful completion of the bridge course

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Is "being on the healthcare worker registry" required for LPNs?

The CNA course NAE 100 or "being on the healthcare worker registry" is not required for LPNs. We DO require proof of licensure and an official transcript from the institution awarding the practical nurse degree.

Are there any scholarships available?

There are several scholarships available to nursing students only. You can learn more about scholarships online or by visiting the Financial Aid office in A258.

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How will I be able to find out more about the program?

It is highly recommended that individuals meet with a recruiter (for individuals new to MCC) or with an advisor (for continuing MCC students.) See the Advising and Transfer Center. Also, the nursing department conducts information sessions several times throughout the year.