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LPN to RN Admissions Requirements

LPN to RN Admissions Requirements

LPNs are also invited to apply for our regular RN program and follow that plan of study from the beginning. LPNs may choose this option if their coursework is out-of-date or need a refresher on key concepts.

LPN-to-RN students generally follow the same plan of study as our two-year RN students. Students may receive “N” credit (prior learning assessment) for some classes, and may already have credit for some classes they took for their LPN.

Candidates must complete all of the following Admission requirements before the Nursing application date to be eligible to apply to the LPN to RN track (RN) nursing program. Contact Academic Advising for specific questions.

View the Registered Nurse (RN) Plan of Study

                                                                                      Please make an appointment with Health & Human Services Advising

for the most current information for

Autumn 2017 admission

Phone Number: 614-287-2779


It is highly recommended that those with an interest in nursing make an appointment to meet with a Health and Human Service Completion Advisor by calling (614)-287-2779.

Students may apply to only one track per application period. All admission criteria must be met and on file either prior to or submitted with their application. Students who have entered the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program twice, have been unsuccessful twice; and then successfully complete a practical nursing program will have one opportunity for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Information about the admission criteria, application dates and admission process are posted on the Nursing Department Home Page: Applicants should review Standards Essential for Nursing Students prior to applying to the Nursing Program. These are located on the Nursing Department Home Page. Admission into nursing requires completion of the following criteria:

1. Provide documentation of completion from a practical nursing program, or a valid Ohio practical nursing license.

2. High School Diploma or GED
Applicants must have a high school transcript, GED, or college transcript verifying a degree on file with the Office of the Registrar. Applicants should verify their document(s) is on file prior to applying to the Nursing Program.  You may contact the Telephone Information Center via telephone at 614-287-5353 or e-mail at to verify if the documents have been received.

3. GPA or ACT score
Students applying to the Nursing Program must have college GPA of 2.6 or above. If the applicant does not have a college GPA, then the applicant must have a high school GPA of 2.6 or an ACT composite score of 18 or above. (ACT scores may be used within the last 4 years from the date of the test.)

4. Nursing Information Session
Applicants must complete an online Nursing Program PN to Associate Degree Nurse Route Information Session.

5. Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment (A2) Exam
Completion of the A2 Exam with a score of 75 is required for admission. This score reflects a necessary reading, science, and math knowledge foundation to be successful in the Nursing Program. Applicants are encouraged to utilize the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review by HESI prior to taking the A2 exam. This exam review is available for purchase at the CSCC Bookstore. Scores from other schools will not be accepted. A copy of the results must be submitted with the nursing application.

A PN may enter Nursing by one of two routes.

A. Traditional Route – Application with intent to enroll in the five semester sequence of courses. Information about the application process will be posted at For more specific information, see admission requirements at the same address.

B. Prior Learning Assessment – Application with intent to apply for prior learning
assessment credit ("N" credit) for some of the nursing courses in the nursing curriculum.

A PN seeking admission to the nursing program through prior learning assessment utilizes the PN to ADN Route Application. Students in this route will take NURS 1113 (Student Transition) prior to beginning the clinical course sequence.

PNs are eligible to apply for "N" credit for some NURS courses: NURS 1871 Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Care, NURS 1140 Pharmacology Concepts I, NURS 1141 Pharmacology Concepts II, NURS 2042 Pharmacology Concepts III; and NURC 1104 (Basic Skills). N credit for these courses will not be applied until the student meets licensure requirements. Please see the Student Transition Course Coordinator to apply for N credit. Licensure in the state of Ohio must be obtained and active without restrictions prior to entrance into NURS 1872.

Applicants must meet admission criteria and have credit on their Columbus State transcript for the concurrent courses. 'Concurrent courses include:

MATH 1025 (Quantitative Literacy) with a "C" or better
COLS 1100 (First Year Experience Seminar) if needed

PNs will enroll in the sequence of NURS courses at the next opportunity after being offered admission to Nursing. A PN declining to enroll is considered Out of Sequence. Advisement for this situation should be sought from the academic advisor assigned in the Nursing Program.

It is highly recommended that students complete as many of the support courses as possible prior to entering the nursing program: PSY 1100 (Introduction to Psychology), ENG 1100 (Composition I), BIO 2300 (Human Anatomy), BIO 2301 (Human Physiology), PSY 2340 (Human Growth and Development), BIO 2215 (Introduction to Microbiology), and STAT 1350 (Elementary Statistics). Refer to the college catalog and nursing plan of study found on the college website.

Additional Admission Information

1. The Columbus State admissions application form is online at the Get Started Guide. If it has been more than three years since you attended classes at Columbus State, call (614) 287-2453 or 1-800-621-6407 ext. 2453 to reactivate your student file.

2. To register to take the A2 Admission Exam, create an account to obtain a username and password at The initial cost of the exam is $55 payable at The cost to repeat the exam is $65. Detailed instructions and payment forms are available as a PDF on the Nursing homepage. On the day of the test, bring a picture ID and paid receipt to the Testing and Talent Assessment Center, Center for Workforce Development, Room 223. Retesting eligibility begins 45 days from the date of the previous A2 exam. The A2 exam may be taken a maximum of 2 times. A2 exam scores from other schools will not be accepted.

3. Review information about the processing of college transfer credit from other colleges or universities on the Evaluation of Official Transcripts page.

4. Refer to the nursing website for more information at

5. Please be advised of the following:
A. From the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4723.09 License Application:
(b) For an applicant who entered a prelicensure nursing education program on or after June 1, 2003, the results of a criminal records check conducted in accordance with section 4723.091 of the Revised Code demonstrate that the applicant is not ineligible for licensure as specified in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code (c) For all applicants, the board determines that the applicant has not committed any act that is grounds for disciplinary action under section 3123.47 or 4723.28 of the Revised Code or determines that an applicant who has committed any act that is grounds for disciplinary action under either section has made restitution or has been rehabilitated, or both.
B. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify the Nursing Program Chairperson of felony convictions as admission may be revoked due to clinical placement denial.
C. From the Ohio Revised Code 4723-5-12:
(13) A student shall not self-administer or otherwise take into the body any dangerous drug, as defined in section 4729.01 of the Revised Code, in any way not in accordance with a legal valid prescription issued for the student, or self-administer or otherwise take into the body any drug that is a schedule I controlled substance. (14) A student shall not habitually or excessively indulge in the use of controlled substances, other habit-forming drugs or alcohol or other chemical substances to an extent that impairs ability to practice. (15) A student shall not have impairment of the ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of safe nursing care because of the use of drugs, alcohol, or other chemical substances. (16) A student shall not have impairment of the ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of safe nursing care because of a physical or mental disability.

6. A federal law, PRWORA, known as the "Personal Responsibility Act" limits RN licensure to U.S. citizens and other qualified applicants. The Ohio Board of Nursing is required to keep assurance of citizenship on record with applications for licensure.

7. Admission to Nursing is offered for a specific semester only. Students who decline the offer of admission or who fail to respond must re-apply if they wish to be considered for a future class and must meet the admission criteria in effect for that class. Students can only be admitted to the Nursing Program twice.

8. A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Nursing, Science, Psychology, English, Math, and NURC courses in the curriculum. Students accepted to Nursing who do not achieve a minimum grade of "C" or better in any of the following support courses must retake the course (s) prior to the start of their NURS classes or during the semester in which the course(s) is (are) required in the curriculum plan, in order to remain a student in good standing in the program: MATH 1025 (Quantitative Literacy) BIO 2300 (Human Anatomy), BIO 2301 (Human Physiology), PSY 1100 (Introduction to Psychology), ENGL 1100 (Composition I), STAT 1350 (Elementary Statistics), PSY 2340 (Human Growth and Development), and BIO 2215 (Introduction to Microbiology).

9. Students waiting to start nursing should first complete the admission requirements and then may work on general education and basic related courses listed on the plan of study. Students should continue to work with an academic advisor to complete their pre-admission checklist and plan a schedule of courses.

10. Columbus State Community College makes every effort to inform prospective students of the admission requirements for the Nursing Program. Students are responsible for maintaining awareness of the application periods, of the admission requirements and any changes made to those requirements over time. Any questions about admission criteria should be directed to Columbus State Health and Human Service Advisors at (614) 287-2779 and Columbus State Nursing Homepage

11. Clinical agencies have set requirements for patient safety. Students accepted to the program will be informed of the specific requirements for health, fingerprinting, drug screening, essential duties, and CPR which must be met prior to starting and while continuing the NURS sequence of courses.

12. Once a student accepts an offer of admission to a particular track (blended or traditional) the student must start in the admitted track and complete one semester before applying for a track change. Only one change is permitted.

Contact the Nursing Department at 614-287-2506 for any questions.