The LPN-RN Bridge – Associate Degree Nursing program is designed for current nursing practitioners who graduated from a regionally accredited LPN nursing school.
The LPN-RN Bridge program is offered in the early afternoon/evenings and takes two (2) semesters to complete. (9 months)
Students will be required to actively participate in class/labs 2 days a week and attend 12 hour clinicals on Saturdays. The hybrid nature of the courses require both in-person and online learning. Additional information can be found under Curriculum Course Schedules.
Applicants should be prepared for a fast-paced, hybrid program; be familiar with the use of technology; and possess strong time management skills.
Students should complete general education/related coursework for the ADN prior to acceptance in the program for competitive entry. Please note that taking these courses does not shorten the program length, but it does lighten one’s course load each semester.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN).
Please note the NC Board of Nursing will review the criminal background checks of each person applying for licensure. Applicants can be denied licensure based on this review.
Applicants are required to participte in an Information Session using Microsoft Teams. Please pre-register for one of the available sessions listed below. Each session lasts approximately one hour.
Oct 2, 2023 (Monday) @ 11am Pre-Registration closes Sunday, Oct 1st at 9pm
Information regarding program costs is located in the LPN-RN Bridge Associate Degree Nursing Admission Packet.
- All applicants should access the LPN-RN Bridge Nursing Admission Packet and download it for reference. It is critical for applicants to read the packet thoroughly and understand its contents.
- All applicants must submit a completed Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) Checklist by the published deadline. Submission of the MAR Checklist indicates an applicant’s readiness to be considered for a spot in the LPN-RN Bridge nursing program.
- Admission to all CVCC nursing programs is competitive.
Upon graduation from the program, the student receives the Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The associate's program is fully approved by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the CVCC Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.
The Associate Degree nursing program at CVCC located in Hickory, NC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at the ACEN Program Search webpage (http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm).
- LPN-RN Bridge Nursing Program
- Associate Degree Nursing, AAS
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree options for Nursing and LPN-RN Bridge.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Carefully review the LPN-RN Bridge Admissions Packet as requirements are subject to change without notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students often have questions related to admission requirements. Each program has a complete Admission Packet detailing requirements. Please review packet for additional information, but some commonly addressed questions are answered below:
What is the length of each program option?
- The Traditional Program is a day-time, 4 semester (2 year) program.
- The RIBN PRogram is a dual enrollment program where student complete courses for the first 3 years at CVCC and their last year at Lenoir Rhyne University.
- The LPN-RN Bridge program is an early afternoon/evening, fast-paced, hybrid program that spans 2 semesters.
How do I request my TRANSCRIPTS for CVCC?
CVCC provides detailed information about transcript request at the following link:
What kind of ADMISSION TESTING does CVCC require and how do I schedule testing?
The CVCC Nursing Program uses two types of admission tests. One for the traditional/RIBN options (TEAS) and one for the LPN-RN Bridge option (PN Comprehensive Predictor). Students who meet the admission criteria for the LPN-RN Bridge Option will be sent specific instructions on when and how to register for the PN Comprehensive Predictor.
The Traditional ADN Program requires students to sit for the TEAS Test. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test is specifically designed for students interested in nursing and healthcare professions. It was developed by ATI Testing to measure content areas in reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. The exam is a 170 item multiple choice format. It is a timed test of 209 minutes, but applicants are encouraged to block out four hours for the exam. The total possible points for the TEAS is a 100 composite score.
Scheduling or Transferring TEAS Test Results
Nursing and Allied Health programs accept official TEAS scores from non-CVCC testing centers or TEAS testing completed online through ATI. Please submit official TEAS scores using this link:
Is CPR and/or CNA required for the Nursing Program? Can I take the classes at CVCC?
CVCC offers both CPR and CNA classes. All CNA classes offered at CVCC include American Heart Association (AHA) CPR within the course. Please be sure your CPR is American Heart Association. Course Schedule can be found at the link below:
Does the program require a background check and drug screen?
Yes. Both are required and reviewed by clinical agencies. Should a clinical agency deny entry based on background or drug screen the student will not be able to meet the clinical requirements of the program and will be dismissed. Additionally, the North Carolina Board of Nursing requires a background check prior to licensure. Concerns about background or drug screens should be directed to the Department Head.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine required?
Yes. While the college does not require covid vaccination, many clinical agencies used by the program do. With collaborative consideration, all allied health programs at CVCC supported by the clinical consortium require the covid vaccination for clinical placement. At this time there are not any documented exceptions allowed. (Updated Fall 2023).
Can I work while in the CVCC Nursing Program?
The CVCC Nursing Faculty understand many students must work while in school. Further, students may have family or other obligations. It is important to understand and take into consideration the time commitment required by the program prior to applying. The traditional/RIBN option require 4-5 days per week of in-person learning in class/lab/clinical including weekend clinical assignments. The LPN-RN Bridge option requires in-person learning for 2-3 hours 2 days a week with 12 hour clinical every Saturday. Please note the hybrid nature of the Bridge program requires an additional 6-9 hours weekly of course work plus studying and test preparation.
Additional Education Options:
I am a high school student, what are the options for me to take pre-requisite courses for the nursing program?
For high school students interested in dual enrollment for nursing course prerequisites, CVCC offers a Career and College Promise Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Pathway Certificate. Note: This is note a nursing degree.
I would like to go to a four year university for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), what are my options?
Associate in General Education - Nursing: For students who wish to take prerequisites in preparation for application to a competitive BSN program at Appalachian State University, Fayetteville State University, East Carolina University, NC A&T, North Carolina Central University, UNC-G, UNC-P, Western Carolina University or Winston-Salem State University. Please Note: this is not a nursing degree; it is a two year Associate in Applied Science degree which includes general education coursework required for a BSN degree at the schools listed above.
Additionally CVCC has Comprehensive Articulation Agreements (CAA) allowing students who earn the Associate degree with no grade lower than a "C" to be guaranteed admission to at least one of the UNC system schools as a Junior and make a smooth transition for maximum credit transfer.
Some Associate in Applied Science degrees may transfer in full or in part to a four-year school. CVCC has agreements with certain schools to accept the AAS degree in a 2 + 2 arrangement (subject to change).
Important Note: As always, it is imperative that a student at CVCC should be in full conversation with the senior school before selecting and completing a program of study at CVCC.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) may transfer to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the following colleges:
Appalachian State University
East Carolina University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Western Carolina University
Winston-Salem State University
Associate Degree Nursing (RN to BSN - RIBN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program.
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