Nursing Advanced Placement: LPN to RN - Evening Program

Pursue a career path from LPN to RN with our advanced placement Nursing Associate Degree.

Nursing Advanced Placement: LPN to RN

Program Overview

If you are interested in pursuing an associate degree in nursing and you are already a licensed practical nurse in Massachusetts, then our Nursing: Advanced Placement Option: LPN to RN is a great opportunity for you. Each fall, we accept students who will follow a curriculum that can be completed in two semesters.

NECC offers LPNs an advanced placement option by allowing applicants to enter the second year of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Applicants must hold current licensure as an LPN in Massachusetts and have worked during the last three years. Candidates must meet admission requirements and apply by the deadline. Students accepted for the Advanced Placement will complete a one credit Nursing Transition Course during the summer before entry into the option. Once this course is completed, the student will be given credit for all the first year nursing courses.

Advanced placement option is available in the current day program or in the evening iHealth option. The advanced placement day option is the traditional face-to-face classroom. The evening option in iHealth@ NECC is a hybrid-online modality for the classroom part of the program. Classes/clinicals are scheduled in the evenings and/or weekends.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths and could work in many different settings including hospitals, physicians' offices, outpatient treatment facilities, and home care agencies. Job prospects are very good and expected to continue to grow.


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road, N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000.

Program Requirements

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC's six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program's core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

The associate in science degree in Nursing (ADN) builds upon a liberal arts and science foundation in preparing students to develop the knowledge and skills essential for safe, effective entry level nursing practice. This option is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing; graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Nursing courses provide clinical experiences in health care agencies, in addition to classroom study and simulation practice. A student must maintain a C or better in all required courses in order to move to the next level and graduate from the program.

Admission to the ADN Advanced Placement Option is criterion based. A student may apply for readmission to this option one time, according to program policy. The ADN Option provides Advanced Placement for the LPN. 70 credit hours are required for graduation.

Additional Addmission Criteria

The Advanced Placement Nursing Program has additional admission requirements. See the Admission Criteria Packet below:

Drug Screening

Students enrolled in this academic program may be required to pass a drug screening analysis.


Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.


Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series, prior to final acceptance to the Program.

Student Professional Liability Insurance

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

Required Courses
Course # Course Name Credits Comments
BIO121 Anatomy &Physiology I 4 Prerequisite
BIO122 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Prerequisite
BIO220 Microbiology 4 Prerequisite
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
NUR110 Nursing I 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR111 Nursing Clinical I 3 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR112 Nursing Lab I 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR113 Pharmacology I 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR120 Nursing II 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR121 Nursing Clinical II 3 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR122 Nursing Lab II 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR123 Pharmacology II 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR205 Issues in Professional Nursing 2 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR210 Nursing III 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR211 Nursing Clinical III 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR213 Pharmacology III 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR220 Nursing IV 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR221 Nursing Clinical IV 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  
PSY110 Lifespan Psychology 3 Prerequisite
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Required Electives Credits Comments
Humanities Elective 3  

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