Associate in Applied Science in Nursing: LPN Articulation Option

Division of Nursing & Allied Health — Curriculum Code 2104

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
(Also see General Science A.S. Degree Program)


Why major in Nursing: LPN Articulation Option?

The LPN Articulation Option of the Nursing program provides an opportunity for Licensed Practical Nurses to gain credit for previous LPN education and licensure toward completion of the Nursing A.A.S. degree program. The nursing program prepares the student for entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to qualify for licensure.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

The student must possess a current LPN/LVN license and a high school diploma or GED and have the official transcript of the state-approved or NLN-accredited Practical Nursing Program sent to Essex County College. Applicants should enter the College as General Science (curriculum code: 0603) students with a major in nursing. The following are the minimum standards for admission:

  • Be at college level in reading, English, and mathematics, which may require the completion of developmental courses (e.g., RDG 096, ENG 096, and/or MTH 092) based on placement test scores.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Complete the following program prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better in each: CHM 101 (or CHM 103), BIO 121, BIO 122, ENG 101, ENG 102, and PSY 101.
  • Possess a current LPN/LVN license.
Note: Students must submit a completed program application to the Nursing Department no later than September 30th when nearing completion of the program prerequisite courses. Admission to the program is competitive. Qualified applicants are admitted on a space-available basis.


How does this option benefit the LPN?

Upon successful completion of two courses, NRS 106 LPN Mobility I and NRS 111 LPN Mobility II, students enter Nursing III and can complete the Nursing Program by successfully completing NRS 233 Nursing III, NRS 234 Nursing IV, and NRS 235 Nursing Seminar (Nursing V) in the generic track. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Upon successful completion of NRS 106 and NRS 111, the LPN is awarded 6 credits toward the Nursing degree for their LPN education (NRS 999).

How long will it take me to complete this degree?

The Nursing: LPN Articulation Option can be completed in three semesters (after the program prerequisite courses are completed) if you register for an average of 15 credits each semester.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-1868/1865.

Nursing Program – LPN Articulation Option Fact Sheet and Application


(23 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)

BIO 121 and BIO 122 (two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

PSY 101 and SOC 101 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)



(43 credits)

CHM 101 College Chemistry I or CHM 103 General Chemistry I (one 4-credit course)
BIO 211 Microbiology (4 credits)
MTH 116 Medical Mathematics (1 credit)
NRS 106 LPN Mobility I* (2 credits)
NRS 111 LPN Mobility II* (6 credits)
NRS 233 Nursing III (9 credits)
NRS 234 Nursing IV (9 credits)
NRS 235 Nursing Seminar (Nursing V) (2 credits)
NRS 999 LPN Education* (6 credits)

*Note: Upon successful completion of NRS 106 and NRS 111, the LPN will be awarded NRS 999 (6 credits) for their LPN education toward the Nursing degree.

Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated BIO, CHM, MTH or NRS is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C”, you need to repeat that course.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 66

(1) Students accepted into the program begin with NRS 106, which begins in January.
(2) Students enrolled in the Nursing program will be required to submit to criminal background check, drug screen, health clearance, and CPR certification in connection with their clinical placement at certain health care organizations. All expenses for criminal background checks, health clearance, and CPR certification are the responsibility of the student.
(3) Consult the NJ Board of Nursing for specific information on licensure requirements.


Prerequisite Courses
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
CHM 101 College Chemistry I OR CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
PSY 101 General Psychology I (3 credits)

First Semester
NRS 106 LPN Mobility I (2 credits)
NRS 111 LPN Mobility II (6 credits)
MTH 116 Medical Mathematics (1 credit)
BIO 211 Microbiology (4 credits)

Second Semester
NRS 233 Nursing III (9 credits)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
NRS 999 LPN Education (6 credits)

Third Semester
NRS 234 Nursing IV (9 credits)
NRS 235 Nursing Seminar (Nursing V) (2 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Additional Note: This Nursing program is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 504-6430,; and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax: (404) 975-5020.


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.