LPN to RN Admission

The LPN to RN Transition program is an accelerated RN program option for the LPN who wishes to further their nursing degree. A LPN may receive advance placement into the second year of the associate degree nursing program after successful completion of a nursing transition course (six credit hours).

Admission opportunities for the SMCC Associate Degree LPN to RN Nursing Program are both Fall and Spring semesters. The application deadlines are:

  • Fall admission deadline: March 1st
  • Spring admission deadline: October 1st

Admissions Requirements

  1. Apply for regular admission and be accepted by Southwest MS Community College, 1156 College Drive, Summit, MS, 39666.
  2. Submit an application to the Associate Degree Nursing Division , 1156 College Drive, Summit, MS, 39666.
  3. Submit official transcripts from high school, GED, and/or college for all college courses attempted including practical nursing school transcript to SMCC Admissions Office.
  4. An ACT composite score of 18 and grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required. All students are required to complete eighteen (18) hours of pre-requisite college work with a grade of C or better:
      1. BIO 2511/2513 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
      2. BIO 2521/2523 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
      3. MAT 1313 (College Algebra) 
      4. BIO 2921/2923 (Microbiology)
      5. ENG 1113 (English Composition I)
  5. Submit a copy of a current, active non-restricted LPN license to the SMCC ADN Division.
  6. Submit documentation of 1 year of recent clinical experience within the last three years from an employer verifying employment.
  7. Submit two (2) letters of reference, one from an academic instructor and one from an employer, directly to SMCC ADN Division.  The employer verification letter must be from the Human Resources department, be on company/facility letterhead, and be dated and signed.

All students are responsible for ensuring that all information pertaining to the admission process is completed by the designated application deadline.

The TEAS preadmission test is not required for the LPN to RN Transition applicants.

Acceptance Criteria

To be considered for acceptance into the ADN program, the applicant's file in the Associate Degree Nursing Office must be complete. Qualified applicants will be considered by the admissions committee on a priority basis using the following criteria:

  1. GPA of prerequisite courses
  2. ACT composite score
  3. Number of prerequisites taken at SMCC
  4. Residency
  5. Students who are entering a nursing program for the first time.

The admission selection process is very competitive. Enrollment in any given class is limited, and therefore selection for each class is based on available space, completion of admission requirements, and meeting the prioritized acceptance criteria.

Completion of the application process and course work does not in itself guarantee admission to the ADN Program.

All students are responsible for ensuring that all information pertaining to the admission process is completed by the designated application deadline. Students who have an ACT score 21 or higher, 3.00 GPA on prerequisite courses, and have met all admission requirements may be considered for early admission.

Criminal background checks including fingerprinting (MS Code Section 43-11-13[5][6][iii]) may deny students access to clinical agencies and disqualify the student from participation in the program. Successful completion of the nursing program with the associate degree in nursing permits this student to submit an application to the National Council Licensure Examination for RN licensure. However, any disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment may result in denial of licensure as a registered nurse.

Within two weeks following written notification of the applicant's admission status, the applicant must present the signed notification letter to the ADN Admissions Committee declaring intent to enter the next scheduled class. Failure to comply with this requirement negates the applicant's priority status and vacancies will be filled based on the acceptance criteria.