LPN to ADN Advanced Standing Option

Students who are in a practical nursing program or are already Licensed Practical Nurses may apply for the advanced standing option. Student will complete one additional year of nursing education along with the required general education requirements. 


Application LPN-ADN 

Sample Curriculum

Sample curriculum 

Application Checklist

Prior to January 31

  • Apply to Cloud County Community College
  • Apply to Cloud Nursing Program 
  • Request Official transcripts from ALL college(s) attended be sent to CCCC Admissions Department (excluding CCCC transcripts)
  • Request Official High school transcript or GED be sent to CCCC Admissions Department
  • Schedule Nursing Entrance Exam with Amanda Wolf awolf@cloud.edu

Prior to March 1

  • Complete Nursing Entrance Exam
  • Submit Professional References 
  • Ensure Official transcripts from ALL college(s) are on file with the CCCC Admissions Department
  • Ensure Official High school transcript or GED are on file with the CCCC Admissions Department

Prior to August 1

  • Complete Nursing Prerequisite courses with grade C or better - see sample curriculum
  • Hold current Kansas recognized LPN License

Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Nursing is based on entrance exam, academic history, number of prerequisite courses completed, references and satisfactory completion of a Background Check. The School of Nursing Seeks students who exhibit appropriate communication skills, caring attributes, personal integrity, accountability, ethical decision making, and critical thinking skills.

Application Deadline is January 31 of application year for consideration for admission. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their file is complete.

To be considered for admission, students must submit the following:  

  • Submit Online application to Cloud County Community College  
  • Submit application to the Cloud Nursing Program
  • Submit Official transcript of their high school record or GED certificate to the Admission Department
  • Submit Official transcripts for ALL college work completed or currently in progress
  • Submit Professional references
    • A minimum of 3 positive responses received prior to March 1 of application year.
      • If practical nursing graduation is within the last 2 years, a minimum of one reference must be from a full time nursing faculty member.
      • Individuals providing references must be in a position to evaluate the applicant’s performance as a student or employee.
    • Entrance Exam completed per schedule prior to March 1.   

The following criteria are required prior to admission to the program:

  • Graduation from a state-approved high school or the equivalent.
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework before the student begins the nursing program.
  • Students are accepted conditionally pending successful completion of prerequisites.
  • All program prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted unless it can be confirmed by the registrar that a pass is equivalent to a C or greater. CLEP Credit see policy D6
  • An overall prerequisite cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.00 grade point scale.
  • Must be able to meet Essential Functions.

Entrance Exam

After you have completed the Nursing Program application you will be asked to take the entrance exam.

This is a computerized exam with a paper and pencil component.  A maximum time of two (2) hours is allowed to complete the required components.  A practice test is available for purchase by going to https://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/product.aspx?zpid=1481.

Exam cost: $28. Fee will be paid directly to ATI via credit or debit card on the day of the exam.

The components of the exam that will be required include:

Anatomy and Physiology

This nationally standardized portion of the Exam is purchased through Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).

The proctored assessment consists of 70 items plus 10 pre-test items evaluating 12 topic areas. Score report details performance in all 12 major topic areas, with a minimum of five items per major topic area. A minimum adjusted individual score of 44 is required for admission. This exam may be retaken one time per application year.

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Endocrine System
  • Fluids & Electrolytes/Acid-Base Balance
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Hematological System
  • Immunological System
  • Integumentary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Reproductive System
  • Respiratory System
  • Sensory and Neurological System
  • Urinary System
  • Assessments are based on 211 A&P objectives.

Critical Thinking

This short answer essay determines the level of critical thinking while reading components of the exam. No minimum score required for admission.


Focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including application of problems involving medical dosages. No minimum score required for admission.

The ATI Anatomy and Physiology exam may be taken TWO (2) times per application year at CCCC.

The Mathematics and Critical Thinking components may be taken ONE (1) time per application year.

Option specific requirements:

LPN to ADN - Advanced Standing

  • Licensed as an LPN.
    • May be a practical nursing student at the time of application but must be licensed prior to NR 211 Lifespan Nursing III. Acceptance is provisional until Practical Nurse Licensure is confirmed.
  • Must be current in nursing practice as an LPN if practical nursing course was completed more than 6 months prior to start of program.
  • Prerequisite courses with grade C or better - Must be completed prior to NR 210 LPN to ADN Bridge.
    • Anatomy and Physiology – minimum 5 credit hours
    • Human Growth and Development – 3 credit hours
    • Intermediate Algebra or higher – 3 credit hours
    • English Composition I – 3 credit hours
    • General Psychology – 3 credit hours
    • Pathophysiology – 4 credit hours
  • Courses taken multiple times to get the minimum “C” grade may jeopardize admission.

Additional Enrollment Requirements

  • The applicant must complete background check after provisional acceptance is received
  • The applicant must possess physical and emotional health sufficient to meet the demands of a health care professional. A physical examination and health history is required to be submitted prior to fall semester. All immunizations and TB screening must be current.
  • Accepted students shall provide evidence of current CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider level through the American Heart Association prior to start of program, and must be kept current through the end of the program.
  • Admission to the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check which is completed with application. Criminal conviction may jeopardize the ability to continue in the program and/or to obtain licensure.
  • Readmission to the program at any time besides at the start of the program must be within 12 months of withdrawal. Students being readmitted will need a plan of success before readmission. See readmission procedure.
  • Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Cloud County Community College is based on points. See the Applicant Ranking for more information.
  • Students with English as a second language are required to take the TOEFL exam, to validate proficiency of the English Language.
    • If the student applicant has successfully completed CM 101 English Composition I a TOEFL score is not required.
    • Minimum requirements in order to take the NCLEX exam. TOEFL Proficiency Standards


  1. Please provide a minimum of three professional references. References must be nursing instructors, supervisors, or employers who are in a position to evaluate you as a nurse (LPN) and student. Do not use relatives, friends, or peers.
    • If you graduated from a Practical Nursing Program in the last 2 years, at least one reference must be from a full time nursing faculty member.
  2. Print one form for each reference and fill in the appropriate areas. Then give it to a current/former employer or individual familiar with your academic abilities to complete the remainder of the form. Forms are located in the application packet.


Laws governing nursing, state that an individual may be denied licensure if that person has had certain criminal convictions: Licensure may also be denied because of past disciplinary action on a license.

Felony Crimes Against Persons are an automatic bar to Kansas nursing licensure as set by the Kansas legislature. Those actions are “as specified in article 34 of chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, prior to their repeal, or article 54 of chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes annotated, or K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 21-6104, 21-6325, 21-6326 or 21-6418, and amendments thereto;” --- Kansas Nurse Practice Act

A list referred to as "Total Bars" indicates crimes for which the conviction of would eliminate the potential for licensure. See Felony Crimes Against Persons, Chapter 21, Article 34 in Kansas Statutes Annotated.

Further information on license restrictions can be found in Statue 11-6520 in the Kansas Nurse Practice Act. It can be accessed at ksbn.kansas.gov/discipline-case-list/ 

Obtaining the Associate Degree in Nursing from Cloud County Community College does not guarantee licensure in any state, including Kansas. Information regarding grounds for disciplinary action pertaining to a Kansas license is addressed in regulation KSA 65-1120.

Applicant Ranking

Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Cloud County Community College is competitive and based on points.

Applicants will be ranked as follows:

Pre-requisite courses below must be completed with a grade C or better. Courses repeated one time because of failing grades will be counted as 1/2 the number of points. Courses repeated more than one time may jeopardize admission.




Cumulative Score on Standardized Exam



General Psychology


Pre-requisite to admission

Anatomy and Physiology


Pre-requisite to admission

Human Growth and Development


Pre-requisite to admission

Intermediate Algebra


Pre-requisite to admission



Pre-requisite to admission

English Composition I


Pre-requisite to admission

Humanities- 3 credit hours


May be taken concurrently

Public Speaking- 3 credit hours


May be taken concurrently

IV Therapy Certification






  1. Official transcripts must be on file in Student Records for completed courses by March 1 of application year. If courses are a work in progress, or anticipated summer enrollment, notification of a plan for completion is required and transcripts are required at completion of classes.
  2. All applicants must be Licensed Practical Nurses with no licensure restrictions prior to the start of course NR211 in the fall semester. Applicants who have graduated and become licensed more than 6 months prior the start of class must have established a successful practice as an LPN.

Program Learning Outcomes

Degree/Certificate Planning Guides

Entrance Exam Testing

Consists of ATI Anatomy & Physiology exam, Mathematics, and Critical Thinking components.

Concordia testing location TW 104 2:00-4:00 pm
Friday, December 1, 2023
Friday, December 15, 2023
Friday, January 5, 2024
Friday, January 12, 2024
Friday, January 19, 2024
Friday, January 26, 2024
Friday, February 2, 2024
Friday, February 9, 2024
Friday, February 16, 2024
Friday, February 23, 2024
Thursday, February 29, 2024

Junction City testing location A-1 11:00-1:00 pm
Friday, December 8, 2023
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Monday, January 29, 2024
Monday, February 5, 2024
Monday, February 12, 2024
Monday, February 26, 2024

Contact Amanda Wolf at: nursing@cloud.edu to register for your test