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LPN to RN (Advanced Standing)

Advance your career.

If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who wants to step up the career ladder and become an RN, our Advanced Standing program is for you.

LPNs seeking admission to the associate degree nursing program must be admitted to Butler Community College and must also apply for admission to the Advanced Standing Associate Degree nursing program.

All application materials must be received in the Nursing Department before May 20th for acceptance into the transition courses in the fall and entrance into 3rd semester the following spring semester. September 20th is the deadline for acceptance into the transition courses in the Spring and entrance into 3rd semester the following fall semester to guarantee consideration for admission.

Applicants must have a current LPN license in the State of Kansas or compact licensure that will be verified by the nursing program.

Applicants must submit proof of successful completion of a LPN IV certification course or its equivalent.

Applicants must submit official college transcripts showing completed prerequisites and copy of transcript of practical nursing education.

The following courses (24 college credit hours) must be completed successfully (with a grade of "C" or better; cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher) to be eligible for advanced standing:

Anatomy & Physiology (taken within the last 5 years) 5 credits
Pathophysiology 4 credits
English Composition 1 3 credits
General Psychology 3 credits
College Algebra or above 3 credits
Developmental Psychology 3 credits
Therapeutic Nutrition  3 credits

Based on the Nursing Education Articulation Plan for Kansas, there may be additional requirements:

  • 0-5 years after Graduation from LPN school the applicant must have:
    1. Graduated from a Kansas LPN program (or an out of state NLN accredited LPN program) within the last five years. Credit will be evaluated individually for out-of-state applicants not from an NLN accredited program and
    2. Successfully completed the seven prerequisite classes listed above.
    3. Students who have worked a minimum of 1 year as a LPN will receive additional credit towards the admission criteria.
  • More than 6 years After Graduation from LPN school
    1. Graduated from a Kansas LPN program (or an out of state NLN accredited LPN program) more than 6 years ago. Credit will be evaluated individually for out-of-state applicants not from an NLN accredited program and
    2. Successfully completed the seven prerequisite classes listed above and
    3.  Provide documentation from his/her employer that a minimum of 1000 hours of nursing work experience was completed in the last three years, which will also be counted as additional credit towards admission criteria.

Upon acceptance to the program, students are required to take NR 101 Health Assessment for the first eight weeks and NR 118 Nursing Concepts for Advanced Standing the second eight weeks.

For additional information or questions please contact Carla Stephens, Advanced Standing Coordinator at cstephens7@butlercc.edu or 316.322.3189.

Admission Process for Advanced Standing for LPNs

Address all application materials to:

Carla Stephens, Advanced Standing Coordinator
Department of Nursing
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Rd.
El Dorado, KS 67042

  1. Apply for Admission to the college.
  2. Submit official transcripts to registrar from other colleges, universities or schools attended.
  3. Fill out Application for Admission to the Nursing Program for Advanced Standing for LPNs and send to Butler’s nursing department.
  4. Ranking for Final Selection: 16 third semester positions are dedicated to qualified Advanced Standing applicants each semester. Students are ranked in order by the following criteria: GPA, certified applicants with documented patient care experience, and completion of a PD course (preferably PD 123) with a B or higher.
  5. Acknowledge-Acceptance: If any of the first accepted group of students do not accept, or accept and withdraw prior to the beginning of class, the vacancy created will be offered to the next highest ranked applicant.
  6. Selected Student Responsibilities: Acceptance is contingent upon students’ results of a specified background check, a negative urine drug screen, physical examination including documentation of vaccinations and immunizations, health record, and degree check in the office of the Registrar.

Reapplication Process

Applicants who are not selected for admission are asked to communicate in writing their desire to reapply for the next class to the Nursing Department prior to the May 20 and September 20 deadlines. Files of applicants who do not communicate their desire to reapply will be deleted.