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Licensed practical nurses who want to become registered nurses can enter the RN program with advanced standing – and bypass the first year of required classes.

If you’re an LPN hoping to become an RN, the Bridge Program at Johnson County Community College offers a streamlined process for you to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. When you’re accepted into the highly selective program, you'll be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) after one year of classes plus general education courses.

LPN-to-RN admission requirements

  • 56-59 credit hours, which includes 21-24 prerequisite credits
  • The program starts in June and finishes in May (summer, fall and spring sessions)
  • Acceptance will be determined by your ACT science reasoning scores and GPA for program-required coursework

You must complete the prerequisite and general education courses as outlined for the two semesters of the Registered Nursing program before you can enroll in NURS 125 Health Assessment in Nursing and NURS 175 Concepts of Nursing Care: PN to RN Transition courses. Once you successfully complete these two courses, you’ll automatically receive credit for NURS 100 Concepts of Nursing Care: Foundations and NURS 150 Concepts of Nursing Care: Childbearing Family and Children.

LPN-to-RN Application Process

Applying to the LPN-to-RN bridge courses is essentially the same as applying to our RN program. You will need to follow steps one through six as outlined on the RN application page.

Estimated Expenses for LPN to RN Bridge Program

The following items are estimated expenses incurred by students in nursing in addition to tuition. (Prices do not include tax.) See the tuition page for rates and student activity fees.

2020-2021 Estimated Expenses, Excluding Taxes, for LPN–RN Bridge Program


 2nd Year
Total Nursing

Criminal Background Checks ($47.00 each) & Drug Screen ($37.00 each) + $2.00 administrative fee after acceptance and for licensure after graduation.

$100 $48 $148
Physical exam and immunizations $400 $50 $450
Tuition costs are based on credits for the summer semester and
31 credits for the fall and spring semesters at the Johnson Country resident rate.
See the tuition web page for more details.
$846 $2,914 $3,760
Books $800 $800
Scissors: $6
Stethoscope: $90
Watch: $23
Hemostat: $5
$124   $124
Scrubs (2 sets): $100
Lab Coat: $30
JCCC Patch: $5
Shoes: $75-$150 (not  including $15 shipping fee) 
$285   $285
Graduation Expenses:
NCLEX-RN: $200
Kansas State Exam: $75
Gown, Hat, Tassel : $40
  $315 $315
Kaplan Integrated Learning System/iHuman   $520 $520
Total - summer semester $2,555  
Total - fall/spring semesters   $3,847
Total – LPN-RN Bridge program     $6,402

All costs are approximate and are subject to change based upon Dean/EVPI (Executive Vice President of Instruction) Committee’s approval.

All items above are required to be purchased by registered nursing students.

  • Physical examinations, including required immunizations, must be current each year.
  • Costs for healthcare are the responsibility of the individual student.
  • Plans should be made for childcare costs.
  • Transportation to and from class and to clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

  • Visit the financial aid page for general financial aid information.
  • Specific nursing program scholarships are only awarded to students enrolled in and actively taking the nursing (NURS) courses. Students must complete the online scholarship application and complete the FAFSA to be considered for specific nursing scholarships. Log in to MyJCCC. Select "My Financial Aid" and complete the scholarship application for the aid year for which you are applying.
  • Students anticipating difficulty in financing their education should contact the Financial Aid office, second floor of the Student Center, 913-469-3840, as soon as possible to request application information for student financial aid assistance.
  • The Financial Aid Process Checklist (PDF) is a great reference on the process for receiving financial aid at JCCC.
  • To check your financial aid requirements and status; log in to MyJCCC and select "My Financial Aid," then select "Requirements."