Advanced Placement for LPN

Associate Degree Nursing – Advanced Placement is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who seek to further their education and advance in the profession. The curriculum builds on the practical nursing foundation by broadening theoretical knowledge, enhancing nursing skills, and increasing critical thinking to coincide with role change responsibilities at the Associate Degree Nursing level. This program starts in the summer with NUR 214 and is followed by 2 additional semesters of coursework.  NUR 214 is an intensive, accelerated course that covers a wide range of content in an expedited format. This accelerated course differs from the traditional nursing courses by taking only 10 weeks to review select content from NUR 111, NUR 112, NUR 113 and NUR 211, instead of the 42 week time period that traditional nursing students have to focus on the same material. For this reason, students need to seriously consider decreasing work and personal commitments in order to successfully meet the requirements for passing this course. Working full time or taking other college courses while in this course/program is not recommended. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Perry Health Sciences Campus Admissions Counselor prior to taking pre-requisite courses in order to further discuss the requirements for this program. In the fall semester following NUR 214, students are scheduled to take NUR 114 and 212 alongside traditional nursing students.  After successful completion of both courses students will enroll in the final course, NUR 213, scheduled for the spring semester.  Upon successful completion of NUR 213 students will have met academic requirements necessary to enable them to apply to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

All applicants must complete the following requirements:

PHASE I: Apply to Wake Tech.

  • Complete the Wake Tech Community College Application for Admission.

  • Complete a MANDATORY Information Session for Nursing on the Perry Health Sciences Campus.

  • Apply for Financial Aid and Veterans benefits. Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all supporting documents to make sure their request can be processed in time for the start of the semester. Be sure to include the Wake Tech school code: 004844.

  • Provide official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) of ALL previous education, including high school or GED scores and  college transcripts if applicable. Applications will not be processed until ALL transcripts have been received. Applicants can send a Request for High School or Prior College Transcript form to schools they have attended and have their transcripts sent directly to Wake Tech. Faxed or opened transcripts are not official and will not be accepted. High school transcripts must be complete and must show date of graduation.

  • Take the ACCUPLACER placement test. Schedule and prepare for the test at the Testing Center website. Students who meet certain requirements may be exempt from testing.

PHASE II: Apply to the clinical Nursing (NUR) classes, following the steps below. Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Office by December 15. Note that entry is a competitive process; submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance.

  • Demonstrate a chemistry or biology proficiency. This proficiency requirement may be satisfied by completing ONE of the following: one unit of a high school chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better; or CHM 090 (Chemistry Concepts) or an equivalent CHM 090 with a grade of “C” or better; or completion of Wake Tech’s chemistry tutorial (CheMOOC); or completion of BIO 110, BIO 111, or CHM 130 or higher (or a transfer equivalent class) with a grade of “C” or better; or completion of BIO 168 (or a transfer equivalent class) with a grade of “C” or higher within 5 years of beginning the first clinical Nursing (NUR) class.

  • Complete BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 175, PSY 150, PSY 241, SOC 210, and ENG 111 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. You may be enrolled in one of these classes during the spring semester prior to entry into the Advanced Placement LPN to ADN program; however, if admitted, your admission would be contingent on completing the class with a grade of "C" or better.

  • Have completed TEAS Testing (Test of Essential Academic Skills) within the past three (3) years.  

  • Provide a copy of your LPN license, which must be current and without restrictions.

  • Have worked as an LPN within the past 5 years (in any state). The supervisor from your most recent position as an LPN must complete and sign a form and attach it to your Nursing application. Please note effective with the December 15, 2017 application – student is required to verify (1)LPN work experience of 640 hours within the past 24 months OR (2) graduation from a PN program within 12 months of the NUR application deadline.

  • English Language Requirement.  All healthcare workers (native and non-native US English speakers alike) are expected to use clear communication skills in the workplace. Students whose native language is not US English are expected to demonstrate "near-native" US English language abilities for both academic success in nursing as well as patient safety.  To confirm this ability, all students entering the Nursing Program (ADN/LPN) beginning with the Summer 2020 Nursing class (December 15, 2019 application deadline) are required to meet the English language requirement and submit an English Language Requirement Form with their application.

FAQs regarding the English Language Requirement

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.