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LPN to RN track

Below you will find the admission requirements and process for the LPN to RN track.

LPNs applying for LPN to RN track are required to have:

  • Verification of current Pennsylvania Practical Nurse licensure
  • A cumulative point average of 2.0 or better in practical nursing school.
  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • Documentation of satisfactory completion of college-level Anatomy and Physiology 1 with laboratory component (not older than seven years) and Psychology courses prior to enrollment.
  • Recent experience in an acute/skilled care setting or graduation from LPN school within one (1) year of entering the program. 
    • If deficient in recent employment experience, the applicant may be eligible to start from the beginning of the program.
  • Download reference form and complete two (2) professional references. Professional references must be completed by direct manager or supervisor.
  • Documentation of competency in basic clinical nursing skills. The applicant will request that his/her current immediate nursing supervisor or manager submit an LPN Competency Evaluation Form.
  • All LPNs who are will be required to complete Semesters II through V.
  • Accepted LPNs will be required to attend an orientation prior to enrolling in Semester II.

Step 1: Complete an application

Apply online for admission to Citizens School of Nursing in affiliation with Penn State University and Westmoreland County Community College both New Kensington, PA Campuses.

  • Complete all elements of the application.
  • All applications require a $50 non-refundable fee. Applications will not be processed until required fee is submitted.

Step 2: Register for and take the ATI Fundamentals of Nursing Assessment

Testing is offered on the campus of Citizens School of Nursing. Contact the admissions office to register for the on-site examination.

  • All applicants are required to pay a $75.00 entrance examination fee. This fee must be paid no later than five (5) days prior your schedule testing date.

Find out more about the ATI Fundamentals of Nursing testing.

Step 3: Submit required transcripts / proof of eligibility to study at the post- secondary level

  • Official copy of High School Transcript including required course work and date of graduation.
  • In lieu of a High School diploma, an original copy of the GED certificate with test scores.
  • Post-secondary education transcripts
    • Official transcripts must be submitted for all prior post-secondary education completed. This includes any college, university, nursing, technical and/or vocational program.