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Campus: Westminster Campus

Nursing Advanced Placement-Bridge Program LPN to ADN

The nursing program offers an advanced placement option. This program is for students who are licensed as a practical nurse in Colorado. Advanced placement through transfer, the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model, is available to licensed practical nurses and students from other schools.

Currently licensed LPNs and those wishing to transfer into the AAS program in nursing should contact at Westminster Campus for information regarding admission.


Required Nursing Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
NUR 189Transition from Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Student


NUR 206Advanced Concepts of M/S Nursing I


NUR 211Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing


NUR 212Pharmacology


NUR 216Advanced Concepts of M/S Nursing II


NUR 230Transition to Professional Nursing Practice


Total Credit Hours:25.5

Additional Health Related Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
HPR 108Dietary Nutrition



HWE 100Human Nutrition


Total Credit Hours:1-3

General Education Requirements


Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I



ENG 122English Composition II


Total Credit Hours:3


MAT 103 or any GT Math course

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 103Math for Clinical Calculations


Total Credit Hours:3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSY 235Human Growth and Development


Total Credit Hours:3

Natural and Physical Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab


BIO 202Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab


BIO 204Microbiology with Lab


BIO 216Pathophysiology


Total Credit Hours:16


Select one course (3 credits) from Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1GT-AH2GT-AH3, or GT-AH4), Social & Behavioral Science (GT-SS1GT-SS2, or GT-SS3) or History (GT-HI1).

Total Credit Hours:3

Required General Education Courses

Total Credit Hours:28

This AAS degree requires the completion of 25.5 credits of nursing coursework and 28 credits of general education coursework for a total of 54.5 credits. This is in addition to the nursing credits transferred in from previous LPN program completion. Transferring LPN credits will equate to a 21 credit block equivalent to FRCC first-year nursing coursework: NUR 106; NUR 109: NUR 112; NUR 150.

Total Credit Hours: 54.5

Requirements for LPN to ADN Bridge Program Admission:

Entry into the LPN-to-ADN Bridge Program is based on a competitive admission process.

The following are requirements for admission to the Bridge Program:

1.   A current Colorado LPN license in good standing. 

2.   If transferring classes to FRCC, completion of a "Transfer Credit Evaluation Form" (Registrar's Office) and official transcripts sent directly to FRCC from the issuing institution. All credit must be posted on the FRCC transcript prior to application.

3.  Admission testing is required.  Contact for requirements.

4.   Proof of completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better on each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for these courses.

            - ENG 121 English Composition I
            - BIO 201* Human Anatomy and Physiology I
            - BIO 202* Human Anatomy and Physiology II
            - BIO 204* Microbiology
            - BIO 216* Pathophysiology
            - PSY 235 Human Growth and Development
            - HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition or HWE 100 Human Nutrition
            - MAT 103 Math for Clinical Calculations
            - Select one course (3 credits) from Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4), Social & Behavioral Science (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3) or History (GT-HI1).

*Science courses must have been completed within seven years of entry into the second year of the nursing program to be eligible for transfer approval.

1.   LPNs who have earned their certificate more than 10 years prior to entry into the second year of the nursing program may be required to complete additional testing. Contact for requirements 

2.   Students must complete an online background check as directed by a nursing representative within 90 days prior to admission. See (under FRCC) for a list of criminal offenses appearing on a criminal background check that will disqualify an applicant for admission to a CCCS nursing program. 

3.   Complete a health summary with documented records for required immunizations or titers (as directed by the program just prior to entrance into the nursing program). 

4.   Complete the American Heart Association Health Care Provider course and receive a two-year recommended renewal date. The recommended renewal date must not expire prior to completion of the semester and must remain current throughout the nursing program. 

5.   Ability to speak, read, write and understand English to communicate sufficiently with patients and health-care team. 

6.   Students accepted into the nursing program must meet the same health and safety requirements as the participating clinical facilities require of their own staff. Additional screening may be required for some clinical agencies. The expenses of these requirements are additional cost to students.

7.   Other requirements and expectations are contained within the FRCC Nursing Handbook found on the nursing program website. (including the REQUIRED STANDARDS POLICY). 

Note: Upon successful completion of the nursing program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX® RN exam for licensure as a registered nurse.
To maintain a position in the program after starting nursing courses, students must be continually enrolled and complete all core nursing courses in sequence, as well as maintain a grade of "C" or better in all courses.

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