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 LPN to RN Transition 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. Complete the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) assessment test. The cost, date, time, and place of testing can be located at atitesting.com. A score of 60 or higher is recommended. Study materials are located for purchase at the ATI website. The TEAS score must be current (within 2 years of application dealine).
    5. An ACT composite score/superscore of 18 and grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 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) or higher Math Course
        4. BIO 2921/2923 (Microbiology)
        5. ENG 1113 (English Composition I)
    6. Submit a copy of a current, active non-restricted LPN license to the SMCC ADN Division.  License must remain unencumbered while enrolled in the SMCC Nursing Program.
    7. Submit documentation of 1 year current (within the last 18 months) work experience as a LPN from an HR Department verifying employment or a letter of documentation from a nursing nursing supervisor directly to the SMCC ADN Division.


 You can apply for the SMCC ADN Program here:ADN Application


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


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

The admission selection process is 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.

Students selected for admission into the ADN program must submit proof of the following items: physical examination; Tdap vaccination; flu vaccination; two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations or positive MMR titer; two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations or positive Varicella titer; TB skin tests (two-step) or Quantiferon blood test; negative drug screen as specified by the ADN Division; Hepatitis B Vaccine or signed declination statement; and a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider Course. All items should remain current for the semester (August-December and January-May). Students admitted to any nursing courses must adhere to the current catalog policies and the ADN program of study.

The LPN is required to disclose any disciplinary action that is initiated while enrolled in the SMCC Nursing Program.  Disciplinary actions are grounds for dismissal from the program.

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.