LPN-RN Curriculum | WKCTC

LPN-RN Curriculum

Licensed Practical Nurses must seek admission to the nursing program by following the nursing admissions process. Once admitted to the program and completion of required general education courses, an LPN may receive nine (9) credit hours for NSG 101, Nursing Practice I, through advanced standing. To earn this credit they must meet one of the following:

  • Graduate within three years of admission to the WKCTC nursing program and hold a current active unrestricted practical nurse license.


  • Graduate more than three years prior to admission and verify current employment as an LPN and holds a current unrestricted practical nurse license. Current employment is defined as one year of full-time employment as an LPN within the last three years (2000 hours). 

For an LPN to earn credit for NSG 219, Medical Surgical Nursing I, the second semester nursing course, they must successfully complete the four credit hour NSG 195, Transition to ADN.  Upon completion of NSG 195, they may be admitted to NSG 229, Medical Surgical Nursing II and NSG 211, Maternal Newborn Nursing, which are third semester nursing courses. 

Prerequisites to NSG 195 Transition to ADN
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
  * Quantitative Reasoning
(course must meet requirement for Associate in Science of Arts)
PSY 110* General Psychology 3
BIO 137* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO  139* Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CPR 100 CPR for Healthcare Providers 0-1
    Total 14-15

Completion of the nursing program will meet the KCTCS graduation requirement of digital literacy competency.

Fall or Spring Semester - Taken only by LPNs who pass the NLN-ACE 1 Exam
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
NSG 195# Transition to ADN 4
NSG 212 Behavioral Health Nursing 3
ENG 101* Writing I 3
    Total 10
Third Semester
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
NSG 211 Maternal Newborn Nursing 3
NSG 229 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 7
BIO 225* Medical Microbiology 4
    Total 14
Fourth Semester
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
NSG 213 Pediatric Nursing 3
NSG 239 Medical/Surgical Nursing III 6
  * Heritage/Humanities 3
    Total 12

Credit Hours and Advanced Standing Credit
Grand Total



*General Education Course

#NSG 195 is taken by qualified LPNs only. Upon successful completion the student will be awarded 12 hours of advanced standing (NSG 101 nine (9) credit hours and NSG 219 three (3) credit hours).

Nursing credit hours are earned by both lecture and laboratory experiences. One hour of lecture instruction is 50 minutes and equates to one credit hour earned. One hour of laboratory instruction is 60 minutes. Three laboratory hours equates to one credit hour earned. Contact hours are defined as the total number of 50-60 minutes hours required for learning experiences.

Acceptance into the nursing program is based on a selective admissions process. Progression in the program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in each biological science, nursing and mathematics course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better. For more information call 534-3166.

Associate Degree Nursing: The Associate Degree Nursing program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College located in Paducah, KY is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE,  Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

WKCTC curriculum guides only include courses offered at WKCTC. Please refer to the KCTCS Catalog for a complete list of courses accepted for this credential.

It is the ultimate responsibility of the student to stay current with the curriculum requirements.