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Frequently Asked Questions about the Lower Columbia College Nursing Program

Questions: Practical / Registered Nurse

  1. I want to become a licensed practical nurse. What do I do?
  2. How can I prepare for the admission exams?
  3. I am a nursing assistant-registered. Can I still apply?
  4. Do you keep a waiting list?
  5. I am currently enrolled in a course that ends after the application deadline. Can I use this course for pre-requisite or support courses?
  6. I will be taking the Nursing Assistant state tests at LCC close to the application deadline. Can I still apply?
  7. I am not certain if the course I took at another college is the equivalent of the LCC requirements. How will I know?
  8. I already took the admission tests but did not qualify for admission. Can I retake one of the tests or both tests?
  9. What Allied Health classes do I need to complete?
  10. How do I calculate my GPA?

Answers: Practical / Registered Nurse

  1. I want to become a licensed practical nurse. What do I do?
    Complete the Registered Nurse Application Form accessible on the Forms / Info page. Additional information located on the Practical / Registered Nurse page.
  2. How can I prepare for the admission exams?
    See Nursing Admission Exams page.
  3. I am a nursing assistant-registered. Can I still apply?
    No, you must be currently certified by either Washington or Oregon.
  4. Do you keep a waiting list?
    We do not maintain a wait list. We have a competitive entry, based on admission test scores.
  5. I am currently enrolled in a course that ends after the application deadline. Can I use this course for pre-requisite or support courses?
    No, you must meet the published deadline for the application process.
  6. I will be taking the Nursing Assistant state tests at LCC close to the application deadline. Can I still apply?
    Yes, you will accept your application as long as you attach proof that you passed both the written and skills tests. The documentation will be given to you by the examiner at the time you pass the state tests.
  7. I am not certain if the course I took at another college is the equivalent of the LCC requirements. How will I know?
    Please see the Course Equivalencies document accessible from the Forms / Info page. Due to the volume of applicants, official transcripts from other colleges will be evaluated by the LCC registrar only for applicants who qualify for admission or if a student is currently enrolled at LCC.
  8. I already took the admission tests but did not qualify for admission. Can I retake one of the tests or both tests?
    You can only take the admission test once per admission cycle, with a maximum of two total attempts.
  9. What Allied Health classes do I need to complete?
    AH 104 and AH 114. Allied Health courses may be completed prior to or concurrent with the NURS 101 and NURS 102. Completion points are not awarded for Allied Health courses.
  10. How do I calculate my GPA?
    Please see the Registered Nurse Application Form accessible from the Forms / Info page.

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Questions: Registered Nurse - LPN2RN - eLearning

  1. Is all coursework online? Do students have to come to campus?
  2. How is testing in the courses completed?
  3. Do clinical hours from my Practical Nurse educational program count toward the required 1,000 hours of work experience?
  4. Is it possible to complete this program while working full-time?
  5. Is there an expiration or time limit on the required pre-requisite/support courses?
  6. Can I apply while finishing the prerequisite/support courses?
  7. What are the application deadlines, and when will I know if I have been accepted?
  8. What are the pass rates for the program?
  9. Is there a waiting list to get in?
  10. How can I prepare for the LPN2RN nursing admission exams?

Answers: Registered Nurse - LPN2RN - eLearning

  1. Is all coursework online? Do students have to come to campus?
    The theory courses are online, and the clinical courses are completed on site. Students must attend a mandatory orientation on campus (one day) at the beginning of the program, then do not have to be on campus again until the skills lab course (NURS 246) in the spring. This course is generally scheduled immediately prior to the clinical courses, and requires eight days on campus.
  2. How is testing in the courses completed?
    All course tests are completed online. Each course has a final exam which must be taken with an approved proctor. Students are responsible for finding their own proctors, according to the LCC Nursing eLearning Proctor Policy. Any proctoring fees are the responsibility of the student.
  3. Do clinical hours from my Practical Nurse educational program count toward the required 1,000 hours of work experience?
    No. The 1,000 hours must be as an actual LPN. Because the clinical component is completed after all coursework, current work experience as an LPN is necessary for student success in clinical.
  4. Is it possible to complete this program while working full-time?
    Yes, it is possible, but not easy! You must be motivated, organized, and self-directed. The full-time option requires about 30 hours a week of study time; the part-time option requires about 20 hours a week. Online does not mean easy, it means accessible!
  5. Is there an expiration or time limit on the required pre-requisite/support courses?
    No.
  6. Can I apply while finishing the prerequisite/support courses?
    Admission preference is given to those who have completed all required pre-requisite/support courses before applying.  To apply, you must have completed MATH 210, BIOL 241, and PSYC 100 with a grade of C or higher. We must have an official transcript verifying successful completion (grade of C or higher) of all remaining pre-requisite/support courses fourteen days before the nursing coursework begins.
  7. What are the application deadlines, and when will I know if I have been accepted?
    We accept applications postmarked between April 1 and July 1. We notify students of the status of their admission by letter in August.
  8. What are the pass rates for the program?
    Attrition is fairly is fairly low, over 85% of students who begin the program complete it successfully. Our pass rates on RN boards have averaged about 90% overall.
  9. Is there a waiting list to get in?
    We do not maintain a wait list. We have a competitive entry, based on admission test scores.
  10. How can I prepare for the LPN2RN nursing admission exams?
    A study guide for the TEAS V exam is available from ATI. For the LPN STEP Assessment, we recommend any NCLEX-PN review book. See also: Nursing Admission Exams.

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Questions: Registered Nurse - LPN2RN - Campus Based

  1. Is there a deadline for application to the LPN2RN campus-based option?
  2. What if I am not selected? May I reapply?
  3. Is there a waiting list to get in?
  4. Do all the support courses need to be completed before applying?
  5. How can I prepare for the LPN2RN nursing admission exams?
  6. How do I schedule the nursing admission exams?
  7. I completed the LPN Predictor and/or TEAS exams before. Do I need to retake theses tests?

Answers: Registered Nurse - LPN2RN - Campus Based

  1. Is there a deadline for application to the LPN2RN campus-based option?
    Applications are accepted between April 1 and July 1, however, nursing admission exams are offered in June, July and August. In August, we admit qualified applicants for the upcoming academic year (fall-winter-spring quarters).
  2. What if I am not selected? May I reapply?
    Yes, you may re-apply for the next academic year. You do not have to repeat the admission exams unless you chose to do so. You may only repeat each exam once.
  3. Is there a waiting list to get in?
    We do not maintain a waiting list. We admit students in August for the upcoming academic year.
  4. Do all the support courses need to be completed before applying?
    Yes.
  5. How can I prepare for the LPN2RN nursing admission exams?
    A study guide for the TEAS V exam is available from ATI. For the LPN STEP Assessment, we recommend any NCLEX-PN review book. See also: Nursing Admission Exams.
  6. How do I schedule the nursing admission exams?
    Once your application has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted to schedule the admissions testing on campus. These tests will be given in June, July and August.
  7. I completed the LPN STEP Assessment and/or TEAS exams before. Do I need to retake these tests?
    If you have taken the LPN STEP Assessment or TEAS V exam within one year of your application, you can submit those scores. Contact ATI to have the scores released to LCC.

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