Associate in Applied Science in Nursing: LPN Articulation Option

Department of Nursing — Curriculum Code 2104

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

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.

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About this A.A.S. in Nursing: Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Articulation Option degree

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

The student must possess a current LPN/LVN license prior to applying to program, 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 and indicate interest in the Nursing program. The following are the minimum standards for admission into the Nursing program:

  • 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 an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Complete the following program pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better in each: CHM 101 College Chemistry I (or CHM 103 General Chemistry I), BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II, ENG 101 College Composition I, ENG 102 College Composition II, and PSY 101 General Psychology I: Personality & Social Aspects.
  • Possess a current LPN/LVN license.
  • Completion of ONE time ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS-RN) upon approval to test granted by nursing department. A score 60 and above qualifies you to be placed in the rank for admission to the program. Test taken outside of Essex County College will NOT be evaluated.

For other admissions requirements, contact the Nursing Department or see the LPN-RN Fact Sheet. Qualified applicants are admitted on a space-available basis.  Admission to the nursing program is based on a statistically-weighted candidate ranking system.

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 can complete the Nursing Program by successfully completing NRS 206 Nursing III, NRS 216 Nursing IV, and NRS 217 Nursing Leadership (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 as credit 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 pre-requisite courses are completed) if you register for an average of 12 or more credits each semester.

The Essex County College Nursing program is approved and accredited by the:

New Jersey Board of Nursing

124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor

Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 504-6430

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc.

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326

(404) 975-5000

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Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)
BIO 121 (4 credits)
BIO 122 (4 credits)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
SOC 101 (3 credits)

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)

Major Course Requirements

CHM 101 College Chemistry I or CHM 103 General Chemistry I (one 4-credit course)
BIO 211 Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 251 Pharmacology (3 credits)
NRS 106 LPN Mobility I* (2 credits)
NRS 111 LPN Mobility II* (6 credits)
NRS 206 Nursing III (8 credits)
NRS 216 Nursing IV (8 credits)
NRS 217 Nursing Seminar (Nursing V) (2 credits)
NRS 999 LPN Education* (6 credits)

(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) Students accepted into the Nursing: LPN Articulation Option program begin with NRS 106, which begins in January.
(4) Students enrolled in the Nursing program will be required to submit to criminal background checks, 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.
(5) Consult the NJ Board of Nursing for specific information on licensure requirements at

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 66

Prerequisite Courses
BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
BIO 122 Anatomy & 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: Personality & Social Aspects (3 credits)

First Semester
NRS 106 LPN Mobility I (2 credits)
NRS 111 LPN Mobility II (6 credits)
BIO 251 Pharmacology (3 credits)

Second Semester
NRS 206 Nursing III (8 credits)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
NRS 999 LPN Education (6 credits)
BIO 211 Microbiology (4 credits)

Third Semester
NRS 216 Nursing IV (8 credits)
NRS 217 Nursing Seminar (Nursing V) (2 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)


(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, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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