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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
  • Applications are accepted between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1
  • 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.

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.

 2017-2018 Estimated Nursing Program Expenses, Excluding Taxes

Summer
Semester

 2nd Year
(fall/spring)
Total Nursing
Program
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen $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.
$819 $2,883 $3,702
Books $1,000 $1,000
Supplies:
Scissors: $6
Stethoscope: $90
Watch: $23
Hemostat: $5
$124   $124
Uniforms:
Scrubs (2 sets): $100
Lab Coat: $15
JCCC Patch: $5
Shoes: $75-$150
$270   $270
Graduation Expenses:
NCLEX: $200
Kansas State Exam: $75
Gown, Hat, Tassel : $35
Nursing Pin: $120
  $460 $460
Kaplan Integrated Learning System   $225 $225
     
Total - summer semester $2,713  
Total - fall/spring semesters   $3,666
Total – LPN-RN Bridge program     $6,379
All costs are approximate and are subject to change based upon Dean/EVPI (Executive Vice President of Instruction) Committee’s approval.
  • Physical examinations, including required immunizations, must be current and maintained current throughout the program.
  • Costs for healthcare are the responsibility of the individual student.
  • Plans should be made for childcare costs, if applicable.
  • 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."