LPN to RN Transition Course, Associate of Science

The LPN to RN Transition Course offers a unique opportunity for qualified licensed practical nurses to enter the associate degree nursing program with advanced standing once admission and general education requirements have been met. 

A seven-credit LPN/RN Transition course is offered to qualified LPN's. An LPN who earns a grade of C or higher in this course and completes the prerequisite and general education courses, is able to enter the CCBC Nursing Program with advanced standing and receive academic credit for the first year of the nursing program. 

Program objectives

End of Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes

The CCBC Nursing Program prepares the Nurse generalist to care for patients, families, and communities by:

  • Promoting Optimal Health:
    • Advocate and promote physical, mental, and social well-being, with consideration of preferences and values.
  • Developing a Professional Identity:
    • Establish one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and a commitment to the profession.
  • Demonstrating Nursing Judgment:
    • Formulate decisions in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care.
  • Exhibiting a Spirit of Inquiry:
    • Examine evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice, question assumptions, and offer new insights to improve health care.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 70*

Semester Sequence

Students must have completed the Practical Nursing Certificate or its equivalent to be selected into this Advanced Placement program. Students must complete any General Education courses that were not part of their Practical Nursing program, at CCBC or elsewhere. They are strongly encouraged to take these classes prior to applying to the LPN to RN transition Course. Once accepted, the courses must be completed in the sequence shown.

Semester 1 - Prior to Selective Admissions*

Semester 2 - Prior to Selective Admissions

Semester 3 - Prior to Selective Admissions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Important Information

Short Description

The LPN to RN Transition Course option offers a unique opportunity for qualified licensed practical nurses to enter the associate degree nursing program with advanced standing once admission and general education requirements have been met.

Type of Credential

Associate of Science (A.S.)

Program Code

S 200

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Directors:

Nursing Program Administrator/Dean
Dr. Shawn P. McNamara
Office: Essex m,- ECHP 104D
443-840-1360 or smcnamara2@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Catonsville
Dr. Elizabeth Webster
Office: HTEC 217
443-840-4447 or ewebster@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Essex
Dr. Mary Kay DeMarco
Office: ECHP 203B
443-840-1433 or mdemarco@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Dundalk
Dr. Cheryl J. McNamara
Office: STAT 111
443-840-3360 or cmcnamara@ccbcmd.edu

ATB Program Director - Catonsville
Rose Feudale
Office: HTEC 222
443-840-3354or rfeudale@ccbcmd.edu

ATB Program Director - Essex
Dr. Cynthia Darius
Office: ECHP 204C
443-840-5587 or cdarius@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

  • Health Workforce Shortage Program
  • Selective Admission Program
  • The Associate Degree - Registered Nursing Program is offered at Catonsville and Essex.  Practical Nursing certificate offered only at Dundalk.  Paramedic to RN transition course offered only at Catonsville.  LPN to RN transition course offered only at Dundalk.
  • The Associate Degree - Registered Nursing Program is available in a day, evening/weekend, or online-blended format.
  • The Practical Nursing Program is offered in a day and evening/weekend format.
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - Several General Education classes offer PLA. See Portfolio, Departmental Exam, CLEP, DSST, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate. General education classes are required for associate degrees but not for certificates.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements


CCBC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland. If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state's licensing board to determine whether the CCBC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state. If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, click here.

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

Students should meet with an academic advisor in planning to meet General Education requirements. Students must complete all courses with a C or better. All General Education requirements are also program requirements, with the exception of CMNS 101.

General Education Requirements:

Students must complete all courses with a C or better.

General Education Electives:

Choose a course in this category from the list of approved General Education Courses. Students must complete all courses with a C or better. One General Education course must be a Diversity course. It is highly recommended that students choose a course that is both an Arts & Humanities course and a Diversity course to avoid taking multiple courses.

  • Arts and Humanities (PHIL 240 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics (MATH 125 or higher) 3 Credit(s).

Non-Nursing Program Requirements - 4 Credits

Students must complete all courses with a C or better.

Program Requirements and Electives - 36 Credits

Program Requirements:

Upon successful completion of NURN 215 - LPN to RN Transition, students will receive 18 credits for first-year nursing courses by authority of the Maryland State Nursing Articulation Agreement. Students must complete all courses with a C or better.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**BIOL 110 is a required General Education course and is a pre-requisite for BIOL 220 and BIOL 230.


School of Health Professions Policies

Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code, exhibit professional behavior, and communicate effectively in English. Participation requires that students provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, tuberculosis (TB) test, submit to drug testing and a criminal background check. Students are expected to pay these and other program specific costs.


Applications for all School of Health Professions programs, except Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant, are processed in a Central Application Service called CCBC CAS. The link to the CAS and the application instructions are located in the program admissions packet at the School of Health Professions website. You will need a CCBC student ID number and a CCBC student account password to complete the application. If you have questions about the CCBC CAS process, contact the School of Health Professions Admissions Office at (443) 840-2810 or read the FAQ selections at the bottom of each page inside the CAS application.

 Admission Criteria (in addition to the ADN admission requirements)

  • Current Maryland licensure as an LPN
  • 500 hours of clinical experience as an LPN. 

Application Deadlines

Admission into the LPN to RN Transition course is competitive. Selective admission applications should be completed by May 31 for consideration for the fall semester. Applicants must have a minimum of 500 hours clinical experience as a LPN.