The Direct Entry is a program is for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students who have graduated from RVCC within the past two years only.
The RVCC Direct Entry Program provides a unique opportunity for RVCC’s LPN graduates to apply to our RN program. The LPN-RN Direct Entry Program is offered at the Claremont or Keene campus.
There are limited spaces available and selection is based on:
- Successful completion of the RVCC LPN Program within the past two (2) years
- Successful completion of the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.
- Grades for nursing & required core liberal arts courses.
Denise Ruby, Department Chair and Professor of Nursing
Connie Powell, Program Director and Professor of Nursing
Eileen Glover, Allied Health Department Chair and Professor of Nursing
Consideration for transfer LPN-RN Direct Entry Program will be based upon the following, with applicants ranked according to:
- Passing of the NCLEX-PN licensure exam by March 15 each year.
- Grades for the PN courses.
Applicants will be notified of an admission decision for the LPN-RN Direct Entry Program by April 15 each year.
Applicants who have been accepted, and those who wish to be waitlisted, must complete the following Core Liberal Arts requirements prior to starting into the Direct Entry program:
- College Composition
- Math elective (3-4 credits)
- Humanities /Fine Arts/World Language Elective elective**
*This course is a corequisite (with ADNR 220R) and therefore if not completed prior to application, applicants must be registered to take this course concurrently with ADNR 220R and successfully complete this course with a grade of C or better.
** this course is a corequisite (with ADNR 230R and ADNR 235R) and therefore if not completed prior to application, applicants must be registered to take this course concurrently with ADNR 230R and ADNR 235R and successfully complete this course with a grade of C or better.
If an accepted student has not completed the above noted coursework by August 15, 2023, their offer of admission will be rescinded, and a waitlisted candidate will be offered the seat.
As many of our students are aware, there are more applicants than there are seats available. Should you require advising related to coursework planning, please reach out to Eileen Glover ([email protected]) To discuss your options.
For those students who are not admitted to the Fall following the December completion of the LPN program, applications will be accepted and considered for the following Fall Direct Entry cohort. Students must meet the above requirements and be working as an LPN.
Covid and Flu vaccines are mandated by the clinical sites and are therefore required prior to the start of all nursing programs at RVCC.
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Direct Entry Prerequisite Courses
Professional Concepts in Nursing
Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to Psychology
ASN – RN Third Semester
BIOL 205R or Micro Elective
Total Credits: 4
Take Microbiology at RVCC or transfer in an equivalent
ASN -RN Fourth Semester
Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective
Total Credits: 3
RVCC Nursing Handbook
The RVCC Nursing Student Handbook is an important tool to ensure understanding of the program policies and expectations of nursing students; please review carefully. During the first week of class, we will review these policies and answer any questions you may have. Along with this handbook, please review the RVCC Student
Handbook for general policies and procedures. Program policies are subject to revision. Nursing students are notified by written notice of revisions. can be found in the hyperlink below, and is updated every summer.