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LPN Bridge Selective Admissions Information

Heartland Community College's LPN Bridge to RN Program leads to an Associate Degree in Nursing and prepares individuals to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure to become a Registered Nurse. This Advanced Placement –Admission as an LPN option awards 19 hours of proficiency credit for first year nursing classes upon acceptance to the Associated Degree Nursing program and allows students to complete the second year classes in 2-3 semesters. LPN Bridge to RN program enrollment is limited to seat availability. Admission to the Nursing Program is based on achievement of minimum academic criteria, residency, and the quality of the applicant's credentials in relation to those of other applicants.

Prepare to Apply

Meet with an Academic Advisor

Call or visit an academic advisor for assistance with course selection and the application process.

Attend an Information Session

Visit the Nursing department page for details about information sessions.

Information sessions provide an overview of the Nursing Program admission process. Though attendance is not mandatory, these meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions of Admissions and Nursing Program staff and are intended to help make the application process as smooth as possible for prospective students.

Review Other Program Requirements

To discuss any questions or concerns, please email the Director of Nursing.

Review Program Cost

The cost sheet (PDF) is a reference to provide information related to potential expenses incurred by the prospective student in the HCC Nursing Program. The totals may vary depending on previous completion of general education courses and costs associated with immunizations and tests. The fees associated with a criminal background check and drug screening are estimates and are paid directly to the company performing the checks/screens. The state license fee and NCLEX application and exam fees are for reference only and are not paid to Heartland Community College. If you elect to take the test and become licensed in a different state, you will be responsible for determining those fees. Travel fees are related to clinical education and vary depending on location (generally held to within 90 miles of HCC) and current fuel costs.

Contact Financial Aid and HCC Foundation for information about assistance with program costs and scholarship opportunities.

Review Nursing Curriculum

General Education Courses

ENGL 101, PSY 101, BIOL 181, BIOL 182 (or equivalent) must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher by the end of the fall term of the application cycle.

The remaining general education courses (BIOL 191, SOC 101, ENGL 102, and COMM 101 (or equivalent)) must be completed with a "C" or better during the semester indicated in the Course Sequence for LPN Bridge to RN.

Nursing Courses

LPN students will be awarded 19 hours of proficiency credit for the following first year classes when they are accepted to the ADN Nursing Program:

Course NumberCourse TitlCredit Hours
NURS 117Fundamentals of Nursing8
NURS 113Medication Principles for Nursing1
NURS 134Nursing Individuals w/Chronic Health Problems5
NURS 135Nursing Childbearing/Rearing Families5
Total19

LPN students will still need to complete two first year classes-NURS 112, Introduction to Nursing, in the fall semester and NURS 122, Community-Based Nursing, in the spring semester.

The second year nursing courses begin each fall. They are offered only at the Normal Campus during the day and must be taken in sequence as outlined above.

Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical experiences are completed off campus in various practice settings each semester. Hours vary each semester and can include evening and/ or weekend hours.

Due to the rigor of the program, students are encouraged to keep work hours at a minimum, no more than 10 hours per week for full-time students and no more than 20 hours per week for part-time students.

Equal Opportunity & Selective Admission

Heartland Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. No person, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, or unfavorable discharge from military service or veterans status shall be discriminated against in employment, in educational programs and activities, or in admissions. Heartland Community College complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Heartland Community College further provides that no otherwise qualified disabled person shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the College (as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act).

The Nursing Program at Heartland Community College is a selective admission program. Admission is based on achievement of minimum academic criteria and the quality of the applicant's credentials in relation to those of other applicants.

Admission Requirements

LPN License

  • Applicants must hold a current LPN license in the State of Illinois and provide verification of 1000 hours worked as an LPN since February 2016.

General Education Courses

  • The following general education courses must be completed with a "C" or greater by the end of the fall term of the application cycle: BIOL 181, BIOL 182, PSY 101, and ENGL 101(or equivalent)

Grade Point Average

  • A grade point average of 2.5 (4 pt. scale) is required for consideration. All college-level work will be included in the calculation of the GPA.

TEAS Score

  • A minimum comprehensive score of 58.7% (or Proficient) on the TEAS is required to be considered for admission to the Nursing Program.

Residency

  • Applicants who are legal residents of Community College District #540 will be given preference for admission provided all admission criteria are met. Applicants will be required to show a driver's license or State of Illinois ID as proof of residency as part of the application process.
  • Applicants who are granted the in-district tuition rate because they work in the district or have a parent or guardian who works in the district are not considered in-district applicants for selective admission programs.
  • Out-of-district applicants will be considered for admission after all qualified and eligible in-district applicants have been offered admission. Applicants with temporary visas will not be considered until all qualified and eligible in-district and out-of-district applicants have been offered admission. Learn more about residency and District #540 boundaries.
How To Apply

Step 1. Apply to Heartland Community College

Step 2. Apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Application only available October 1-January 15**

  • Application Dates
    • Application open: October 1
    • Application due: January 15
    • Documentation due: February 15
  • Submit the following required documentation:
    • Advanced Placement Nursing Application
      PLEASE NOTE: Firefox is the suggested browser for completing the application document.
    • Official copies of all high school transcript or GED test scores
    • Official copies of all college and LPN transcripts
    • Photocopy of driver's license or State ID
    • Photocopy of current Illinois LPN License showing 2021 expiration
    • Verification of 1000 work hours as an LPN since February 2016. Submit signed letter from your supervisor on organizational letterhead.

**Applications may be reopened at a later date if seats remain available.

Step 3. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
The TEAS will be offered at Heartland Community College's Normal Campus:

  • A $55 fee must be paid at the time of testing.
  • To schedule the TEAS test, please log into your myHeartland account, click on appointments, Allied Health, then TEAS testing. Check your myHeartland account for email confirmation.
  • Study guides are available at www.atitesting.com or the HCC Library.
  • Students may retake the TEAS test one time within the application period at HCC (October - January). The highest grade within the application period will be used for evaluation.
  • TEAS scores are valid for a period of two years.
  • A minimum composite score of 58.7% or Proficient on the TEAS is required to be considered for admission to the program.
How Applicants Are Selected

Qualified applicants will be placed in rank order based on the number of points received in the evaluation.

CriteriaPoints AwardedMax Points
Cumulative college GPA GPA (on a 4 pt. scale) = points
Example: 3.5 GPA = 3.500 points
4
Required General Education Courses:
-BIOL 191
-ENGL 102
-COMM 101
-SOC 101
"C" or better required
.50 points per class with grade of "A" or "B"
.25 points per class with grade of "C"
2
TEAS Score
Minimum of Proficient (58.7%) required.
Exemplary (>90.7%) = 3 points
Advanced (>78%) = 2 points
Proficient (>58.7%) = 1 point
3
College selective* science courses
*Selective science courses include biology, chemistry and physics
"C" or better required
.
.50 points per selective* science course with grade of "A" or "B"
.25 points per selective* science course with grade of "C"
2
Prior Academic Achievement Bachelor degree or higher = 1 point
Associate degree = .50 points
1
Post-General Education Courses:
-CHEM 120
-HLTH 110, 120
-MATH 141
-PSY 209
Points only awarded if ALL four required general education courses are completed with a "C" or greater.
.50 points per class with grade of "A" or "B"
.25 points per class with grade of "C"
2
Notification of Acceptance

The top-ranked applicants will be offered seats in the Nursing Program.

Applicants will be notified of their status regarding admission via their myHeartland email by April 1st.

If seats remain available after all applications are evaluated, HCC may reopen applications and applicants will continue to be evaluated until the program is full.

Applicants who wish to appeal their status must submit a letter explaining any extenuating circumstances to nursing.admissions@heartland.edu by February 28 to be considered for entry into the Nursing Program in the Fall. Only one appeal per applicant is allowed.

Applicants not accepted during an application cycle will need to submit a new application for the Nursing Program during a subsequent application cycle. Applications and waiting lists are not maintained from year to year.

Applicants that are offered a seat in the program must meet the following requirements prior to beginning nursing coursework:

  • Complete "in progress" required general education courses with a "C" or greater AND maintain a GPA of 2.5.
  • Attend Orientation
  • Submit to a criminal background check (PDF) and drug testing (PDF)
  • Fulfill all clinical education requirements
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to the college

Nursing Questions

Contact the Nursing Department