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Licensed Practical Nurse to RN

Associate in Applied Science

Program Overview

Licensed Practical Nurse to RN

Are you ready to take the next step in your nursing career? The LPN to RN track at Delta College is a special option for currently licensed LPNs with a minimum of one-year, full-time equivalent work experience. It may be completed in 16 months. 

The program is built on a strong nursing and medical theory foundation, which leads to increased time in clinical practice. It involves a strong commitment to critical thinking, leadership and team collaboration, and it requires an exceptional work ethic.

The program is intense, but our students’ pass rates for the RN-NCLEX are especially high and area employers often recruit Delta graduates.

Earning Potential

Interested in a career in nursing? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patients. Other duties may include advising patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or providing case management. Licensing or registration is required.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within the State of Michigan Prosperity Regions 5 and 6.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

Visit Career Coach for more details.

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About Delta's Program

  • Health Simulation
    Hands-on learning

    Delta’s 9,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art health professions lab provides an outstanding simulated hospital patient care environment for students to learn and practice nursing skills. You'll have the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to hit the ground running.


The LPN to RN program requires a strong commitment to critical thinking, team collaboration, leadership and an exceptional work ethic. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

Our RN graduates work in clinical settings such as acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctor's offices, home health care, hospice, industrial and prisons.

Professional licensure

This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the state of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should contact the program coordinator and review

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

The Associate Degree nursing program at Delta College at the Delta College Campus located in University Center, MI is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

Michigan Board of Nursing

All of our nursing programs, Associate Degree in Nursing (both full-time and part-time tracks), including the Transition to ADN track, and our Practical Nursing Certificate program have approval from the Michigan Board of Nursing. The ADN program has been approved since 1964 and the LPN program since 1990. The Michigan Board of Nursing can be contacted at:

Bureau of Health Services
Ottawa Building
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8170

Program application process

Getting your degree in a health field is unique compared to other programs at Delta. You must first take your prerequisite core courses, and then you apply for validation.

What's validation?

The Registrar's Office validates your prerequisite courses to confirm you are eligible to begin the clinical portion of you program.

Success Tips

  • Declare the Practical Nurse to RN program.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly. Stay on track with what you need to do to apply.
  • Apply for validation with the Registrar's Office once you've started your final semester of prerequisite courses.
  • Stay connected for important updates from Delta!
Student achievement outcome data

We think it's important to know how we're doing so we can continually improve our programs – collegewide. We work really hard to give our students the best possible education. So, we annually evaluate and show you what we find out.  

NCLEX Results  

The licensure pass rate is the percent of first time takers achieving a passing score on the NCLEX-RN. 

Year (January 1-December 31) First Time Test Takers Achieving a Passing Score (Delta College Average) First Time Test Takers Acieving a Passing Score (National Average) 
2021 88.4% 78.78%
2022 87.88% 77.91%
2023 98.2% 87.75%

Program Completion Rate

The completion rate is percentage of graduates within 100% of the program length.

 Start Year Program Options Graduates at 100% of Program Length Aggregate



2020 Part-time
2021 Part-time

Job Placement

The job placement rate is the percentage of graduates employed full or part time in a nursing related position as indicated on the Career Program Graduates survey. 

Completion year Job placement rate
2019/2020 100%
2020/2021 100%
2021/2022 100%
Short wait times
Current wait times from semester of validation to clinical entry

With your successful validation, you're guaranteed a spot in the program if you follow the  required  steps.

Current wait times from semester of validation to clinical entry as of February 2020 are below, although please know that these are estimates and subject to change.

  • RN Full-time Track
    2 - 4 semesters
  • RN Part-time Track
    2 - 6 semesters
  • Paramedic/LPN to RN Transition Track 
    1 - 3 semesters 
  • LPN
    2 - 3 semesters

Why you should choose Delta

Affordable, quality education

Delta is the right choice for you if you are looking for the best nursing programs in the Great Lakes Bay Region offering optimal clinical hands-on experience!

Since its beginning in 1961, Delta's nursing program has had a stellar reputation for offering an exceptional education at a great value. If you compare programs, you'll find that Delta's is less than half the cost of that of a public university's.

We continue to prepare nurse leaders of tomorrow by ensuring that our students receive the best possible clinical education today!


Life is busy, but that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers a variety of nursing programs. We have the right one for you!

Because our program utilizes only area hospitals & facilities for clinical experiences students are able to commute from home.

Honors Program

The specially-designed courses emphasize creative and critical thinking, providing a unique learning experience. You have more exploration of the subject area with increased faculty and student interaction. Make the most of your Delta experience. Join Honors!

Although not a requirement of one another, students in the Nursing program may be eligible for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Honor's Society -- Alpha Delta Nu.


Facts & Figures

Testing materials

98% of grads passed the licensing exam last year, which is higher than the national average!


Employers hired 98% of recent grads.

Related Programs

Delta College offers a variety of nursing programs - one perfect for you.