LPN to ADN: How to Apply

If you are a new student to LLCC, visit our Earning a Credit Degree or Certificate page first to learn more about these general steps to enrollment.

If you are a current or returning student, proceed to the next steps listed below.

Be aware of the LPN to ADN transition program application dates and deadlines. Please note that there are designated application windows to apply.

Applications for the fall admission cycle are accepted the first Monday in November through the last Thursday in May. Applications for the spring admission cycle are accepted the first Monday in June through the last Friday in October. No late applications are accepted.

Please carefully review and be familiar with the following items.

All items below must be completed in order to apply to the program by the designated application deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Student Success Office when requirements have been met and to apply by the application deadline.

Candidates are chosen based upon a selective admission process. Please refer to the Selective Admission Procedures in step 2b below for additional information regarding how points are awarded.

Please note that these requirements are subject to change at any time.

  • HS transcript with proof of graduation or GED certificate on file in Admissions & Records Office
  • TEAS score of Basic or higher (TEAS scores are valid for 5 years and may be accepted from any location offering the TEAS testing)
  • Complete CHE 100 or 101 with a grade of C or better within the last five years (or one year of high school chemistry with a C or better and not longer than 5 years ago)
  • Successfully complete with a grade of C or better: PSY 101, BIO 220, BIO 175 and BIO 176, and demonstrate placement into MAT 141 or any college level math course (math and science courses must have been completed within the past 5 years).
  • Employer verification of at least 1000 hours as a practicing LPN in a direct-care position.
  • Demonstrate placement into EGL 101. If this ability is not demonstrated, the necessary remedial courses must be complete before admission into the LPN to ADN transition program.
  • Have a 2.8 GPA or better for all previous college courses.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended evaluated by Admissions & Records Office. Students that neglect to do this, or delay doing this, may jeopardize their ability to apply to, be accepted to, or remain enrolled in a health professions program at LLCC.
  • A copy of your unencumbered LPN license presented at time of application
  • Submit the LPN to ADN Transition Program Application with a Nursing Student Success Coach

* Please refer to LLCC Nursing Department website for criminal background and physical health program requirements.

Program specific courses required for LPN to ADN Transition

EGL 101 Composition I
EGL 102 Composition II
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Nursing courses once admitted

1st semester (Module 2 or Module 4):ADN 105 HY (Transition course)
2nd semester: ADN 232 HY, ADN 121 HY
3rd semester: ADN 244 HY

Residency criteria

Chapter 112, Section 103-17, of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Health Professions programs for students who live outside of LLCC District #526 vary per program based on space available and qualified applicant pools.

Please carefully review and be familiar with the following items.

Qualified applicants (those who have met all admission criteria from the admission requirements listed above) will be placed in rank order based on the number of points received in the evaluation. Applicants’ points will be evaluated at the time of application only; point total will not be recalculated once the application is submitted.

Applicants with the same number of points will be selected at random for available seats. It is imperative for the applicant to maintain accurate contact information through the Office of Admission and Registration. If all seats are filled for the current admissions cycle, students who wish to re-apply must meet with a nursing success coach to complete an application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform the success coach of any changes that could increase awarded points.


Points will be awarded based on:

  1. GPA on a 4 point scale (ex: A GPA of 3.25 is equivalent to 3.25 points). Maximum points: 4.
  2. TEAS scores (scores valid for 5 years). Maximum points:
    • Exemplary = 4 points
    • Advanced = 3 points
    • Proficient = 2 points
    • Basic = 0.5 point
  3. Prior academic achievement. Maximum points: 1.5
    • Emergency Medical Technician Basic: 0.25 point
    • Paramedic: 0.75 point
    • Military corpsman/medic: 0.50 point
    • Completion of accredited Surgical Technology, Radiography, OT/PT, Respiratory or Neurodiagnostic
    • Technology Associate degree program with national certification: 1 point
    • Associate degree: 0.50 point
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 1.0 point
  4. Grade in each of the core science courses for the LPN to ADN Transition program (BIO 175, 176 and 220). Maximum points: 2.25
    • Grade A: 0.75 points
    • Grade B: 0.50 points
    • Grade C: 0.25 points
  5. Previous application to the ADN program. Each application: 0.25 point. Maximum points: 1


Schedule an appointment with a nursing student success coach to map out your plan! The nursing student success coaches are happy to assist you in working toward your educational goal of applying to the LPN to ADN transition program. To ensure that you stay on the right path towards this goal, we require all potential nursing applicants to meet with a nursing student success coach. Your student success coach will review with you in detail the admission requirements as well as the selective admission procedures. Once you have successfully completed all of the program admission requirements, your student success coach will provide you with the program application. Please note that the nursing student success coaches are only available at the main campus in Springfield. For information regarding their office hours and appointment scheduling, visit the LLCC Student Success page.