Hybrid LPN-RN Advanced Placement Track



Is your program accredited?

Yes, the program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

What type of degree will I receive?

This program awards the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing degree.

 How long is the program?

The program is a two-year, part-time program lasting 6 semesters (4 main semesters and 2 10-week summer terms).

Can all work be completed online?

No. While all coursework can be viewed online, exams will be proctored
at a various approved sites. Clinicals are scheduled during the last five semesters of the program. Clinical hours will be completed at locations within a 60-mile radius of the University of Rio Grande.

Can I begin this program at any time?

This program begins once per year in the Fall semester only.

Is the curriculum flexible?

All nursing courses and clinical hours must be completed as laid out in the curriculum, without exception. General education courses may be taken at any time prior to program completion.

Are there any prerequisite courses?

There are no prerequisite courses required for entrance as the final admission decision is based on entrance exam score alone. There are, however, four general education courses that may be transferred to URG from an accredited institution or taken at URG at any time during the program. These courses are:

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • Introduction to Sociology




What is the application process?

1. Applicants must submit both the general admission and LPN-RN Online program applications (available online under Admissions) and select LPN-RN Online as intended major.

2. Applicants must also submit to the Admissions Office original, official transcripts from high school, LPN program, and all universities/colleges attended.

3. Once all information has been verified and the applicant accepted for general admission, and it is determined that all eligibility requirements have been met, the Admissions Office will send information regarding registration for the HESI entrance exam.

What is the application timeline/when are applications available?

1. Applications are made available beginning each Fall semester. Applications are for the program beginning the Fall semester of the following year (an application submitted in Fall 2016 is for the program beginning Fall 2017, for example).

2. Eligibility reviews take place continually, but registration for the HESI entrance exam will not be opened until the Spring semester (typically around February or March).

3. Once HESI registration opens, registrations will be taken in the order they are received until all exam seats have been filled. Seating is limited. Once all seats are filled, registration for the year will close.

What are the requirements for HESI entrance exam eligibility?

To be eligible, applicants must:

1. Graduate from an accredited LPN program with adequate pharmacology content incorporated

2. Be licensed as an LPN

3. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher

How will I know if I am eligible to test?

Only applicants who have completed the initial admission process (i.e. the general admission process) will be reviewed for eligibility and notified of status. Eligible applicants will be provided with HESI entrance exam registration instructions. Notification and instructions will be sent by both email and standard mail.

Official notification of eligibility, including exam registration info, will not be sent until registration opens in February/March.




What exam is used for entrance?

Registered, eligible applicants will take the HESI SP PN-ADN. This exam is comparable to the LPN NCLEX in content and format.

What study materials are recommended?

LPN NCLEX study guides will generally provide adequate preparation for the exam. We recommend whichever guide(s) each student is most comfortable with.

How do I register for the exam?

Eligible applicants may either register/pay by phone with debit/credit (recommended) or by returning the mailed registration form with payment to the Admissions Office. Phone registration instructions will be provided in the eligibility email.

How much is the exam?

The $60 exam fee is due at the time of registration; registration cannot be accepted without payment.

How can I pay for my exam?

Debit/credit is the only payment option available for phone registration. For mailed registrations, we accept check or money order. Registrations made in person may be paid by cash, check, money order, or debit/credit.

When/where does testing take place?

Testing takes place at the URG main campus during summer, usually in the last half of June. Weekday and weekend as well as morning and afternoon test options are typically provided.

What do I need to bring to the test?

Applicants must bring photo ID for exam check-in. No outside calculators are permitted, but student’s may use the computer’s calculator.




How is acceptance/denial determined?

Once testing is complete, applicants will be ranked by their HESI exam score. The top 80 applicants will be accepted into the program.

How will I know if I am accepted to the program?

Once all testing is complete, tested applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial by both email and standard mail. Results are typically available the week after the last exam.

I was accepted into the program! Now what?

Accepted applicants will receive an official admission offer response form by mail. This is the last communication regarding the LPN-RN program that will be received from the Admissions Office. The form must be signed, indicating acceptance or denial of the offer for program admission, and returned by the stated deadline to the URG Holzer School of Nursing.

Further instructions will be sent by the School of Nursing after the response form deadline. Once accepted, all questions should be forwarded to the School of Nursing.

I did not score high enough for admission. What are my options?

The top scorers on the exam that did not score high enough for admission will be considered for admission should a space open prior to the beginning of the program. Otherwise, non-accepted applicants are encouraged to reapply and retest for the following year’s program.