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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: LPN to RN Track

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The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree qualifies the graduate to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) in Nursing at the Registered Nurse (RN) level. When the graduate successfully passes the examination, the nursing graduate will be licensed as a Registered Nurse by the State Board of Nursing. RNs are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, insurance companies, rehabilitation facilities, resorts, cruise ships, nursing homes, the military, and community and public health agencies. There are no electives in the program. The LPN to RN track is designed for Practical Nurses with current licensure. Many graduates continue their studies to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) credentials, with some achieving licensure as Nurse Practitioners (NP) upon completion of the MSN.

Required Credential

Practical Nurse Certificate or Licensure at least 30 Credits†


Communication (6 credit hours)

**ENG 121 English Composition* †3 Credits/3 Contacts
ENG 122 English Composition* †3 Credits/3 Contacts


Humanities/Social Science (4 credit hours)

**PSY 101 Psychology* †4 Credits/4 Contacts


Mathematics/Natural Sciences (11 credit hours)

**BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* †4 Credits/6 Contacts
**BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* †4 Credits/6 Contacts


Required Courses

NUR 204 Nursing Role Transition 2 Credits/5 Contacts
NUR 211 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 6 Credits/10 Contacts
NUR 218 Family Nursing 6 Credits/9 Contacts
NUR 219 Pharmacology III 2 Credits/2 Contacts
NUR 221 Medical/Surgical Nursing III 5 Credits/8 Contacts
NUR 224 Mental Health Nursing 4 Credits/7 Contacts
NUR 230 Professional Issues in Nursing 2 Credits/2 Contacts
Total: at least 60 Credits
*Course has prerequisite(s).
** Courses typically transferred in from the student’s LPN program. Appropriate substitutions may be approved upon request.
† Some of the 30 credit-hour block corresponding to the Practical Nurse certificate contains program prerequisites listed above

All courses taken at GOCC that apply towards the degree must be completed with a grade of 2.5 or higher.
Admission Requirements
All applicants holding a Practical Nurse license must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the NUR 204 Nursing Role Transition course with a grade of 2.5 or higher
  • Submit a completed Nursing program application to the Nursing Division office
  • Submit a copy of the applicant’s current Michigan LPN license to the Nursing Division office
  • Submit a letter from an employer confirming a minimum of 540 hours of employment as an LPN within the past year
  • Submit two (2) references, one from the applicant’s Director of Nursing and one from the applicant’s nurse supervisor, which speak to the applicant’s professionalism and clinical competence

Individuals who do not meet the employment requirements may meet with the Director of Nursing to discuss options.
Program Requirements

  • Students may not enroll in NUR courses until they have been accepted into the program by the Director of Nursing.
  • Students accepted into the program must receive a grade of 2.5 or higher in each required course taken at GOCC.
  • Students who receive any final grades below 2.5 in a course will not be allowed to progress until they have made up their deficiencies by repeating the course(s) and earning at least a 2.5 final grade.
  • If a student fails two courses in the nursing curriculum (could be the same course), they are dismissed from the program and shall not be readmitted.
  • Any student who leaves the program for any reason cannot be guaranteed readmission.


Scope & Sequence:

Summer 1 Fall 1 Winter 1
NUR 204 NUR 211 ENG 122
NUR 218 NUR 221
NUR 219 NUR 224
NUR 230


Tuition is calculated on contact hours.

Current/Updated: 5/14/2020

Employment Information


Overall, job opportunities for
registered nurses are expected
to be good, according to the
Department of Labor statistics.
Demand for healthcare services
will increase because of the
aging population, given that
older people typically have
more medical problems than
younger people. Nurses also will
be needed to educate and care
for clients with various chronic
conditions, such as arthritis,
dementia, diabetes, and obesity.

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate client care, educate clients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to clients and their family members.

Duties of registered nurses include:

  • Record clients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer clients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for clients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe clients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach clients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the clients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer clients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly clients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Nursing at GOCC
GOCC offers both the Certificate of Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing education programs (Laddered programs). Students can enter Level I and Level II nursing programs based upon a competition for available seats.

Students must successfully complete either the Level I program and/or the Level II Associate Degree in Nursing program to become eligible to complete the nationwide NCLEX exam to obtain a state-issues nursing license.

Following licensure, nurses can find employment opportunities in a multitude of nursing specialties ranging from critical nursing care, flight nursing, long-term care nursing, rehabilitation centers, the military and more. Some nurses choose to join travel agencies where they can accept a different geographical location every 13 weeks. Many nurses are being mandated to pursue their bachelor’s in nursing and/or advanced nursing degrees.

Glen Oaks Community College is looking forward to becoming ACEN accredited in the future. Our nursing program is presently fully approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.