How do LPN to RN prerequisites work?


Hi I plan on completing my LPN in June of next year. After that I will be moving to Ohio, I am currently trying to take pre reqs I need for the LPN to RN program in Ohio, but I have a few questions....

how do I know the prereqs will stay the same for the program in 2 years? What if they change the pre reqs while I'm currently trying to complete them? (meaning I'm taking intro to sociology at my local community college where I currently live now, for the LPN to RN program in Ohio but, what if the program in Ohio, decides that sociology is no longer a pre req, but for example they switch to Microbiology instead if that makes any sense) so basically I don't want to waste my time! And I don't want to put all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak, but all of the programs I am looking at do not have the same prereqs....not even close! I would like to move to Ohio already being accepted into an LPN to RN program. COTC to be exact!

Oh, another question, it's a dumb question but I need to know! If I took principles of sociology, but they want intro to sociology, does the higher level class replace the lower level class? Thank you to anyone who can help me out! :up:

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Not dumb questions at all.

A higher level course in the same subject area will generally be accepted, but it will require some 'human' intervention by the admissions people who review your transcript. You may also have to submit a form requesting this. When you enter a program, the terms of admission provide a 'guarantee' that they aren't going to change the requirements on you. So, when schools make a change in the requirements for a particular degree it only applies to new admissions, not to anyone who is currently enrolled in the program. That is not ironclad, but I have never heard of it being done in a different way.

In the US, each state has rules about what courses have to be included for each degree at all public (tax supported) schools. For instance, in Texas all BS degrees must include college algebra. So as long as you are working with schools in a particular state, there will be a pretty standard set of core requirements.

Unfortunately, there is very little standardization in Nursing programs unless they are all part of the same organization... a state university or community college system. All of the programs also have to be approved by the state in which they are offered... in order for their graduates to be eligible to take NCLEX. However, this only means that the overall content is the same... not the way it is organized into courses. But -just like other types of degree programs, when a school changes any requirement it usually only applies to newly admitted students rather than those that are already enrolled in a program.

The best option would be to attend programs that are already linked in an educational ladder arrangement. In my state, there are many community college programs that are partnered with colleges. It is much easier to transfer because all of the courses will automatically be accepted at the higher-level school.... unless of course they have 'expired' , but that's a whole other situation.

It sure would be better if nursing programs were more standardized, right? But in the meantime, we have to deal with this craziness. Best of luck on your educational journey. Keep us posted on your progress.


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Pretty much every program I know has had the same pre-reqs in the last 5 or so years. The only exception to this is private schools having their own hefty pre-reqs and trouble transferring them into their program. I would make a list of the programs you are interested in and contact them in regards to the pre-reqs they accept from other schools and go from there. In my state, there is one school that requires pathophysiology for an ADN program, while none of the others worry about that unless you are a BSN student. ADN requirements are generally the same across the board - micro, A & P, communications, sociology, etc...

Has 12 years experience.

Oh, another question, it's a dumb question but I need to know! If I took principles of sociology, but they want intro to sociology, does the higher level class replace the lower level class?

You would think it would but it depends on the school in my experience. You have to call tehm and find out.

As far as the pre-reqs I was pretty slow to get my BSN after my LVN and I saw very little change or variation to the pre-reqs at multiple schools in multiple states.