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Nursing RN Transition Track - Licensed Practical Nurse To RN - Associate in Applied Science

Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse looking to advance your career? If so, you might consider becoming a Registered Nurse.

About the program

The LPN to RN track at Delta College is a special option for currently licensed Practical Nurses with a minimum of one-year full-time equivalent work experience, and may be completed in 16 months.

Students have access to our state-of-the-art Heath Professions Lab. The approximately 9,000 sq. ft. space equipped with outstanding resources provides a simulated hospital patient care environment for student to learn and practice nursing skills. 

  • The program is built on a strong nursing/medical theory foundation, which leads to increased time in clinical practice as the student moves through each semester.
  • This program requires a strong commitment to critical thinking, team collaboration, leadership and an exceptional work ethic.
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure exam. The program is intense, but our pass rates for the RN-NCLEX are exceptionally high, and area employers are pleased with our graduates.

Job outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The growth is due to several factors, namely a sizable population of aging baby boomers and the expansion of U.S. healthcare coverage levels under the Affordable Care Act. The national average salary for an RN is $66,640.


For more information, contact:

Katie Green
Administrative Office Professional
(989) 686-9500;
Office F211
Wanda Zenzen, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Nursing Program Coordinator
Office F219

Nursing RN Transition Track - Licensed Practical Nurse To RN - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.20568

Delta College offers a special Associate Degree program track for currently Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with a minimum of 1-year full-time equivalent work experience, within the three years preceding admission to the program.

The ADN program prepares you to function effectively as a member of the health care team. This program requires a strong commitment to critical thinking, team collaboration, leadership, and development of sound clinical knowledge and skills. As a graduate nurse, you will be qualified for employment in structured settings: for example, acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, and clinics. Upon graduating from this Program, you are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure exam. This Delta College program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; ph: 404-975-5000 , ( and approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

BIO 152W and BIO 153W (or BIO 240 and BIO 241), ENG 111, and PHM 285 with a minimum grade of "B" (3.0); and the remaining core courses with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher in the core courses to validate for the program of their choice. All remaining General Education courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) prior to graduation.

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 152W4Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W4Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
OR ______________
BIO 240(4)Human Anatomy AND ______________
BIO 241(4)Physiology ______________
BIO 203W4General Microbiology ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
LW 2223The Science of Nutrition and Exercise ______________
MTH 1172/0Math for Allied Health ______________
PHL 215W3Health Care Ethics ______________
OR ______________
PHL 230(2)Bioethics for Nursing ______________
PHM 2853Pharmacology for Health Care Professionals ______________

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
PSY 211W4General Psychology ______________
SOC 211W3Principles of Sociology ______________

Basic Program Requirements: Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the "Validation Application" and be officially validated. See Validation Procedures in this catalog for the required process.

Semester 1:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NT 161W2Transition - Basic Principles of Adult Care ______________
NT 162W2Role and Function of the RN ______________

Recommended Courses:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NT 160W1Transitional Skills and Concepts ______________
NT 160LW1Transitional Skills and Concepts Lab ______________

Semester 2:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NT 163LW3Advanced principles of Adult Care for the LPN/Licensed Paramedic Lab ______________
NT 163W3Advanced Principles of Adult Care for the LPN/Licensed Paramedic ______________


CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NT 215W2.Transition-Maternity Nursing ______________
NT 215LW1Transition-Maternity Nursing Lab ______________
NT 216W2Transition-Pediatric Nursing ______________
NT 216LW1Transition-Pediatric Nursing Lab ______________
NT 219W2Transition-Mental Health Nursing ______________
NT 219LW1Transition-Mental Health Nursing Lab ______________

Semester 4:

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
NUR 250W4Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum ______________
NUR 250LW5Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum Lab ______________

66/70Total Credits


1 - Students must have completed BIO 152 and BIO 153 or BIO 240 and BIO 241 within the past ten years. If this time period is exceeded, an approved biology course must be taken to refresh this content. Please see the nursing program coordinator to determine which course(s) must be taken. It is recommended that BIO 203 also be current within ten years.
2 - It is important that you check a semester ahead of time when you plan on validating for the nursing program to make sure course requirements have not changed. Updated information can be found through the nursing web page:, calling the Counseling Office (989-686-9330) or the Nursing Discipline Office (989-686-9500 or 989-686-9274).
3 - Prerequisite qualifications for validation are: (a) be admitted to Delta College, (b) provide official transcripts reflecting high school diploma or GED, and all other colleges or training institutions attended; (c) completion of BIO 152W and BIO 153W (or BIO 240 and BIO 241), ENG 111, and PHM 285 with a minimum grade of "B" (3.0); and completion of the remaining core courses with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade and a GPA of 2.5 or greater in core courses. All remaining General Education courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" prior to graduation from the program.
4 - Due to limited capacity of clinical facilities and the specific requirements of the accreditation agencies, this Program is considered a “limited enrollment” program. You will be eligible to attempt to register for clinical courses only after successfully completing the prerequisite qualifications and receiving a “Semester and Year of Validation” from the Registrar's Office. You must attempt registration each winter semester following validation until admission into the clinical portion of the program.
5 - The Nursing Student Handbook contains additional information, requirements and specific program policies that you are required to comply with while enrolled in the nursing program. See Nursing Student Handbook. You must comply with all Nursing Program Policies.
6 - In addition to tuition and textbook costs, you must provide your own uniforms, clinic shoes, name tags and transportation to clinical agency settings, including possible parking charges. See for program costs.
7 - Admission to the NT track is yearly winter semester. NT 160 and NT 160L are strongly recommended for LPNs not in the acute care practice setting. Only current licensed LPNs have the option to take the Transition Track leading to RN licensure. Proof of current licensure must be provided to the Registrar's office at the time of validation. A minimum of one-year full-time equivalent work experience within the three years preceding admission to the program, verified by the program coordinator, is required before entering into clinicals. The PN graduate from the Delta College Practical Nursing program who wishes to bypass the minimum of one-year full-time equivalent work experience before entering into clinicals, may do so after meeting the following requirements:
  • Successfully graduate from the Delta College PN program
  • Completes all required pre-requisite courses for the ADN program validation
  • Maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout ADN pre-requisite courses and PN clinical courses
  • Successfully pass the NCLEX-PN
  • Apply for LPN to ADN validation after graduation from PN program
  • Register for LPN to ADN clinical entry
8 - Program-Entry Health Requirements: You must submit an up-to-date complete physical examination report to the Nursing Office prior to entrance into the first clinical course. As a clinical student, you are required to have the Influenza vaccine and a TB skin test annually. The physical examination must confirm that you are free from communicable disease and capable of performing all the duties necessary for the safe care of patients. A positive TB test will require a recent chest x-ray. Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine immunization must be submitted with the physical exam form or you must submit a signed waiver form. For persons born after 1957, documentation of immunization for MMR must be provided. Evidence of current (within ten years) Tetanus immunization status is required. You must submit all up-to-date health requirements to the Nursing Discipline Office prior to entrance into the first clinical course. CPR Training: You must have a CPR card, which must remain current throughout the clinical program. A photocopy of your certificate must be turned in to the Nursing Discipline Office prior to the start of classes. The CPR certification must include one and two person rescuer, child and infant rescuer, airway obstruction relief, and use of AED. Students with expired CPR certification, TB test, and/or physical exam will not be allowed to attend clinical.
9 - Any student with a previous or current felony/misdemeanor conviction must inform the Nursing Program Coordinator of said conviction. Students should be aware that a felony/misdemeanor conviction may constitute grounds for ineligibility to sit for the Nursing Licensure examination. Students should be aware that the current licensure application form now requires that a criminal background check requiring fingerprinting be completed. Questions regarding licensure can be found at or be directed to the Michigan Board of Nursing at 517-335-0918.
10 - All entering nursing students must be fingerprinted as part of health care agency requirements. Students will complete and sign a release form allowing Delta College Public Safety to complete a background check. Information about this process will be provided to the student at orientation. Results of the background check will be secured and kept confidential, but may be shared with clinical agencies when requested or as otherwise required by law. If results indicate a felony/misdemeanor conviction, the Nursing Program Coordinator will discuss the findings and the process with the student. A felony/misdemeanor conviction may delay or end the student's nursing education, delay graduation, or change the curriculum from which the student may graduate.
11 - If a student in good standing or granted reentry into the program has a period of inactivity within a program track that exceeds 18 months, the student will need to revalidate for a program track and complete the entire program.
12 - Also see "Dual Degrees."
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