Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational Progression

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-543-10
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Practical Nursing LPN-RN Educational Progression Degree


If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse interested in a career as a Registered Nurse, this program is for you. Your work experience may earn you advanced-standing credits. Graduates are eligible to take the RN Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN).

Employers will expect graduates to have a plan for completing their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Some BSN courses may be taken concurrently with the associate degree courses. See your MATC advisor for more information.

Additional program details: The LPN-RN Educational Progression program is designed for the Licensed Practical Nurse whose goal is a Registered Nurse license. This associate degree program grants currently licensed LPNs up to 19 advanced standing nursing credits upon satisfactory completion of a challenge exam.

Theory and lab courses on campus set the foundation for clinical practice. Simulation and guided practice in clinical settings provide application of theory and prepare students for practice as Registered Nurses.

Success in the program will depend on the ability to act ethically, communicate effectively, make evidence-based clinical decisions, minimize risk of harm, and use technology to manage data and support clinical decisions.

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Registered Nursing

Prepare for a registered nursing career at MATC. Theory and lab courses on campus set the foundation for your clinical practice. Simulation and guided practice in clinical settings further prepare you for practice as an RN. Graduates are eligible to take the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN).

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Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program exposes you to a variety of classroom and clinical experiences to prepare you for employment in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Upon program completion, you will be eligible to take the licensure exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Nursing Assistant training is required prior to petitioning for this program.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1)  ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology
(1) SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course
(2) ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) NATSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡
(or) NATSCI-201 Anatomy & Physiology 1 ‡
(2) NATSCI-197 Microbiology ‡ 4
(3) NATSCI-179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology ‡ 
(or) NATSCI-202 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ‡
(3) NATSCI-186 Introductory Biochemistry ‡ 4
(4) NRSAD-109 Nursing Complex Health Alterations 1 ‡ 3
(4) NRSAD-110 Nursing Mental Health Community Concepts ‡ 2
(4) NRSAD-191 Nursing Clinical Skill Development ‡ 2
(5) NRSAD-111 Nursing Intermediate Clinical Practice ‡ 3
(5) NRSAD-112 Nursing Advanced Skills ‡ 1
(6) NRSAD-113 Nursing Complex Health Alterations 2 ‡ 3
(6) NRSAD-114 Nursing Management Concepts ‡ 2
(6) NRSAD-115 Nursing Advanced Clinical Practice ‡ 3
(6) NRSAD-116 Nursing Clinical Transition ‡ 2



Note: Licensure as LPN required for this program. See Admission Requirements.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Program Outcomes

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy and quality care
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology in clinical decision-making
  • Provide patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Participate as an active member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making

Career Outlook

Employers will expect graduates to have a plan for completing their Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing. Some BSN courses may be taken concurrently with the associate degree courses. See your MATC advisor for more information.

Possible Career

Registered Nurse

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process.
Learn more about the petition process

The following are also required for admission:

  • Must have 2,000 hours work experience within the last five years as an LPN in a healthcare setting with direct patient care responsibilities
  • Must hold a current Wisconsin Practical Nurse License

Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of B- or higher in each course. These courses are NATSCI-177, NATSCI-179 (or NATSCI-201 and NATSCI-202), NATSCI-197, NATSCI-186.

All Liberal Arts and elective courses required for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.


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This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326;


Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/24/2020