LPN Challenge

For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs):

Who have graduated more than 3 years ago from an accredited LPN school

Apply by April 1st. 

Prospective students are eligible to apply after completing all pre-admission criteria (Part 1). Meeting these minimum criteria places the applicant in the selection pool but does not guarantee admissions. Qualified applicants are accepted to the Transition Course (Part II) on a space-available basis.

Part I: 

Complete all pre-admission criteria (A&B) to be eligible. See below.

A. Pre admission courses with a B- or better:

  • High school Algebra I, equivalent or higher
  • High school Chemistry with lab, equivalent or higher
  • BIO 233 (Anatomy & Physiology 1) or  equivalent
  • ENG 101 (English Composition 1), ENG 102 or degree in the discipline
  • PSY 101 (General Psychology) or higher
  • CSS 101 College Success Seminar

B. Take the Excelsior “Fundamentals of Nursing” challenge exam and pass with a score of “C” or better. For more information: Excelsior Fundamentals Exam

Part II:  

Perform and successfully complete a two day LPN competency course. Once a passing score is attained the applicant will be awarded 8 credits for NUR 101 and is eligible for entrance into the second semester of the nursing program, and the nursing course: Parent and Child Health (NUR 102) and NUR 100 on a space available basis. LPN students are integrated into the existing first level student group who are also entering that semester.

Applicants who meet the LPN Bridge Program criteria may be considered for the LPN Challenge of Fundamentals program if there are no seats available in the Bridge Program. These students do not need to take the Excelsior exam.

For questions or more information, contact:

BCC Admissions
Commonwealth College Center
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
508.678.2811, ext. 2947