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Admission Requirements/Process

LPN to RN Transition Program


In order to be considered for admission into Standard College’s LPN to RN Transition Program, applicants must meet the following requirements by the program deadline:

  1. The applicant must be a Licensed Practical Nurse with a current license in good standing and qualified to practice nursing in the State of Virginia.
  2. The applicant must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better, the courses must be at least 3 credits and  from an Institution of Higher Learning accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (Click here for the US Department of Education Institution search engine):
    1. Anatomy & Physiology I
    2. Anatomy & Physiology II
    3. Microbiology General/Introduction to Psychology
    4. College Mathematics
    5. College English Composition
    6. Speech/Public Speaking/Communication
  3. The applicant must take the HESI LPN to ADN Entrance Exam and achieve a score of “750” or higher. Applicants may take the Exam twice each admission cycle. In the event an applicant does not receive a score of 750 or higher after two attempts, he/she will no longer be considered for admission to the program. The applicant may reapply to an LPN to RN Transition Program with a different start date. Click Here to register to take the HESI LPN to ADN entrance exam at Standard College.
  4. The applicant must submit the online LPN to RN Transition Program Application, along with a non-refundable Application Fee in the amount of $100.00.
  5. The applicant must submit three (3) references within the online application including: (a) One (1) supervisory work reference, from an individual not related to the applicant, and (b) two (2) character references from individuals not related to the applicant.
  6. The applicant must provide evidence of high school completion by submission of one of the following: an official high school transcript, or
    • a GED Certificate, or
    • an associate degree, or
    • an official college transcript showing successful completion of at least 60 semester or trimester credit hours or 72 quarter credit hours that does not result in the awarding of an associate degree, but that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree at any institution, or an official college transcript showing enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program where at least 60 semester or trimester credit hours or 72 quarter credit hours have been successfully completed, including credit hours transferred into the bachelor’s degree program.
    • High school diplomas/transcripts from other countries are acceptable toward the student eligibility general requirement, as long as the diploma/transcript is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Students are required to have their high school diplomas/transcripts credential evaluated by a company designated by Standard College that offers such a service.
  7. The applicant must submit an Official College Transcripts with the required prerequisite courses: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, General/Introduction to Psychology, College Mathematics, College English Composition, and Speech/Public Speaking/Communication
  8. Must attend an Information Session.
  9. The applicant must provide a government issued photo identification.
  10. The applicant must attend an admission interview.
  11. The student must successfully complete Fundamental Nursing Skills and Concepts Validation Course with a 79.50% or higher.

Pending the receipt and review of the above documents by the established time frame, the applicant will be notified in writing of acceptance into the program.

Official High School Transcript

To be considered official, the student’s high school transcript must come from the high school office, state department or institution by mail, email, or hand delivered in the original sealed envelope. Copies of the transcript from the student are not accepted.


  1. Students must provide evidence of a physical examination completed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner within 30 DAYS FROM THE
    START OF THE PROGRAM, including but not limited to:

    1. A negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.
    2. An annual TB symptom screening questionnaire.
    3. A current Mumps, Measles, Rubella, & Varicella (Chicken Pox) schedule with completed Hepatitis B vaccine series. Blood titers showing immunity; if no immunity shown, immunization is required.
    4. Tetanus, Diphtheria-Pertussis Toxoid immunizations within the last 10 years.
    5. Influenza vaccine is required yearly by clinical agencies.
    6. COVID 19 vaccine is required for Clinical placement.
    7. A statement by the healthcare provider that the applicant has the physical and emotional health to complete the requirements of this program.
  2. Demonstrate a satisfactory Criminal Background Check and Drug Test through the approved School’s vendor, paid at the student’s expense, within 30-days of the start of the program.
  3. Demonstrate that no finding has been entered into a state nurse aide registry or by any other professional licensing body concerning abuse, neglect, exploitation, mistreatment of residents or misappropriation of property.
  4. Maintain a current American Heart Association CPR BLS Certification for Health Care Provider for entire duration of the program.
  5. The school recommends obtaining the pneumonia and meningitis vaccines. These immunizations are not required, but they are recommended for your safety and the safety of patients.
  6. The approved Standard College student uniform is required to be worn in all clinical facilities where working as a student.
  7. Timely finalize the registration process by submitting the required financial aid documents and/or making the appropriate tuition payments.


Phase I

  1. Attend the Information Session
  2. Take the HESI LPN to ADN Entrance exam and achieve a score of “750” or higher.
  3. Submit an Online Application with 3 references, along with the non-refundable Application Fee of $100.00
  4. Submit the Official Transcripts (college courses and high school graduation)
  5. Submit copy of LPN License
  6. Attend an Interview.
  7. Provisional acceptance sent out via email

Phase II

  1. Successfully complete the Fundamental Skills and Concepts Validation Course with an 79.50% or better
  2. Complete a Criminal Background Check and Drug Test for purposes of participating in the Clinical placement.
  3. Complete and submit Physical Exam, required immunizations, and TB testing
  4. Submit American Heart BLS CPR certificate.
  5. Timely finalizing the registration process by submitting the required financial documents and/or tuition payments.

Students will not be eligible to proceed in the Program without timely providing the above Health and Physical Examination, proof of immunizations, and satisfactory Criminal Background and Drug Check Test, on the approved School Forms.

Certain criminal convictions may prevent licensure as a nurse in Virginia. Criminal convictions may also prohibit employment in certain health care settings.

If a student makes false or misleading statements in connection with his/her admission’s application, and/or the financial aid application, the application may be rejected. If the misrepresentation is discovered after the student has enrolled in the program, the offer of admission will ordinarily be rescinded, the course credits and grades will be revoked, and the student will be required to leave the school.

Standard College reserves the right to deny a student admission into the program if information has been found from the Criminal Background Check, Drug Test or a professional licensing body that would bar the student from completing the Clinical Placement.

The Clinical site placement is a mandatory component of the program. Students shall comply with the reasonable and lawful requirements of the Clinical site’s policies and procedures. Non-compliance or partial compliance with any such requirement may result in an immediate denial of access to the Clinical site. Standard College may dismiss the student from the program, if the College determines that further participation by the student at a Clinical site is no longer appropriate on the basis of Standard College’s policies and procedures and/or the Clinical site’s policies and procedures.

Advanced Standing

The basis for admission into the LPN to RN TRANSITION PROGRAM does not include advanced standing, experiential learning requirements, or the transfer of credits, other than the prerequisites required in the admission process.


When an applicant identifies a prior criminal or disciplinary incident on the LPN to RN Transition Program application, a meeting is automatically scheduled to discuss the matter with the applicant. The applicant must provide the court or other documents related to the matter, as well as a document demonstrating the resolution of the matter, in order to proceed in the admission process. Once the issue has been resolved, and the applicant continues in the admission process, the applicant is advised to review the Virginia Barrier Crimes, and prior to starting the Program, encouraged to contact the Virginia and/or Maryland Board of Nursing for further clarification on receiving a license to practice. The Board of Nursing has the authority to issue licenses, granting the right to practice, not the School one graduates from.


Standard College uses a holistic approach to make admission decisions, evaluating each applicant in a comprehensive and inclusive manner. The holistic approach takes into account the various aspects of an individual’s application. The Admission Team begins to make admission decisions after the program due date, ensuring that all applicants who meet the program due date are equally considered to a spot in the program.

Provisionally admitted into the program

Applicants are provisionally admitted into the program upon receiving formal communication from the school. In order to be considered provisionally admitted, the applicant must timely submit the application, pay the $100.00 non-refundable fee, take the HESI LPN to ADN Entrance exam and achieve a score of “750” or higher, provide 3 references (1 work reference, 2-character reference), submit the Official Transcripts (college courses and high school graduation), submit a copy of LPN License, attend the admission interview, and submit all required documents by the program deadline.

Due to the high number of applicants timely completing the admission process, the school cannot provisionally admit all applicants into the program. See Wait List Policy.

Formally admitted into the program

Students are formally admitted into the program after they have been provisionally admitted, successfully complete the Fundamental Skills and Concepts Validation Course with an 79.50% or better, complete a Criminal Background Check and Drug Test for purposes of participating in the Clinical placement, complete and submit Physical Exam, required immunizations, and TB testing, submit American Heart BLS CPR certificate, timely finalizing the registration process by submitting the required financial documents and/or tuition payments, and timely signed the Enrollment Agreement.


Students may request to defer to another LPN to RN Transition Program once within one year of submitting an application. Students must request a deferral prior to the program start date for the session to which they applied. The program term they may join will be determined on the basis of space availability.


Standard College has a large applicant pool. Due to space availability, Standard College cannot accommodate all applicants who timely complete the admission process. Once a designated number of applicants have been provisionally accepted into a program, some applicants who have successfully completed the admission process by the program deadline may be placed on a Wait list. These applicants will be given priority to join the program, in the event a spot becomes available.


Standard College is dedicated to upholding a learning environment that is rigorous, collaborative, and respectful. The offer of admission is based on a careful review of the standard application materials and also on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s prior academic performance and ability to succeed in the program. The admission decision may also consider any documented conduct concerns from the applicant’s engagement with the College, regardless of whether such conduct concerns resulted in a formal inquiry, violation, or sanction through the Code of Conduct process. Standard College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant and is not required to provide specific reasons for denial of admission to the College.

Standard College reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if the college determines that the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the college community, or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of a college. The colleges also reserve the right to refuse admission for applicants that have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger, or significantly disruptive by another college. Students whose admission is revoked after enrollment must be given due process.

Behaviors that present a threat or a potential danger to the College community or other behaviors where it is considered to be in the best interest of the College to refuse admission or revoke enrollment are defined as, but not limited to:

Threatening Behavior

  • Physical actions short of actual contact/injury (e.g., moving closer aggressively, waving arms or fists, raising tone of voice or yelling in an aggressive or threatening manner)
  • Oral or written threats to harm people or their property (e.g., “you’d better watch your back” or “I’ll get you”), including the use of any electronic means of communication
  • Implicit threats (e.g., “you’ll be sorry” or “this isn’t over yet”)

Violent Behavior

  • Intentionally acting in a manner that in any way endangers the safety of others
  • Any physical assault, with or without weapons
  • Behavior that a reasonable person would interpret as being physically aggressive (e.g., destruction of property, pounding on a desk or door, or throwing objects in a threatening manner)
  • Specific threats to inflict harm (e.g., a threat to shoot a named individual)
  • Use of any object to attack or intimidate another person
  • Interfering with an individual’s legal rights of movement or expression

Intimidating Behavior

  • Intimidation of any kind that results in an individual’s fear for his/her personal safety
  • Engaging in stalking behavior
  • Behavior that is reasonably perceived to be frightening, coercing, or inducing distress to any member of the College community

 Disruptive Behavior

  • Verbally intimidating, threatening, or abusing any person or persons in the College environment
  • Physically intimidating, threatening, abusing or assaulting others
  • Disorderly or abusive behavior that interferes with the rights of others or obstructs the teaching or learning environment or business of the College
  • Making inappropriate and incessant demands for time and attention from the College employees or students
  • Inappropriate use of the College facilities or resources
  • Theft or damage to the College property


The essential functions delineated below are necessary for nursing program admission, progression, and graduation and for the provision of safe and effective nursing care.


The essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Critical Thinking – Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. (Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans.)
  • Interpersonal Skills – Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. (Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.)
  • Communication – Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. (Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.)
  • Mobility – Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. (Moves around in patient’s room, workspaces, and treatment areas, administer cardio-pulmonary procedures.)
  • Motor Skills – Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. (Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients.)
  • Hearing – Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. (Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultory sounds, cries for help, )
  • Visual – Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care. (Observes patient’s/client’s responses).
  • Tactile – Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. (Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertions of a catheter.)

Standard College offers educational programs, and not employment.