LPN to RN Mobility Program Information

How do I get started?
Apply to Wallace Community College (WCC). Acceptance to WCC is the first step for application to the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility Track. You must complete a WCC application and be UNCONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED to WCC prior to applying to the ADN program. Applications to WCC may be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records at any of the campuses listed on the application. If you are uncertain of your WCC application status or need a WCC application, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (334) 983-3521 or (800) 543-2426.

Applications to WCC may also be obtained on our Web site at https://www.wallace.edu/admissions/. Applications from the Web site must be printed and submitted to WCC. Please be aware that new regulations require photo identification. If submitted via mail, an original notarized copy of a driver’s license must accompany the college application. For other forms of acceptable identification, please contact the Office of Admission and Records.

What are the admissions requirements for LPN-to-RN Career Mobility?
1. Student must obtain unconditional admission to WCC. (The application to WCC is separate from the application to the ADN program.)

2. Student must submit a completed application packet for the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility track by the published deadline to the ADN Program Office.

3. Student must be in good standing with WCC (as defined by the college catalog).

4. Student must have a valid, unencumbered Alabama LPN license.

5. Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.500 in the last 24 credit hours.

6. Student must have taken the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) within the last three years.

7. Student must have completed the following courses with a “C” or higher prior to applying to LPN-to-RN Career Mobility:

  • MTH100 Intermediate College Algebra (or a higher level math, i.e. Pre-calculus, Calculus, Finite Mathematics, etc.)
  • ENG101 English Composition I
  • BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

8. Student must be able to meet the essential functions or technical standards required for nursing.

How do I know what classes to take for the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility track?
Upon admission to WCC, you will be assigned an advisor. You can meet with your advisor by making an appointment. During your advising meeting, your advisor will review your status and discuss your options with you. Advisors are also available during each open registration period and can help you in making your course selections. A curriculum guide is included in this packet to further assist you. Students in pre-nursing may take any course that does not begin with an “NUR” prefix, prior to applying to LPN-to-RN Career Mobility.

When do I apply for LPN-to-RN Career Mobility?
When you have met the admission requirements, you are ready to apply to the ADN program’s LPN-to-RN Career Mobility track. Some students opt to complete the majority of the curriculum-required general education courses prior to applying; however, this is not required.

How do I apply for LPN-to-RN Career Mobility?
To apply for LPN-to-RN Career Mobility, you will need to complete an application packet and submit it, along with any required documentation, to the ADN program office on the Wallace Campus in Dothan. This can be done in person or via the U.S. mail. Additionally, students may submit applications to the Sparks Campus. Exact locations will be listed on the application packet.

It is important to note that the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility application packet must be complete at the time it is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed for possible admission for the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility track. A checklist will be provided for your convenience.

Applications for LPN-to-RN Career Mobility can be picked up in person or printed from the WCC Web site at https://www.wallace.edu/deptpages/health/adn/. Additionally, students that do not have access to the internet may contact the ADN Program Office at (334) 556-2262 to request an application by mail.

What is TEAS® and how do I register take the test?
Admission to LPN-to-RN Career Mobility will operate in accordance with criteria mandated by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education for nursing admission. Students will be required to take an academic entrance test, the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®). TEAS® measures basic skills in reading, mathematics, science, English and language usage. TEAS® scores are only good for three (3) years. A student may repeat the TEAS®, but must wait six weeks between taking each test. No cut off score has been established for the TEAS® test, but ranking points will be based on the actual test score one receives. A copy of the TEAS® score report form must be included as part of your nursing application.

Registration and payment for the TEAS® must be completed on-line through the vendor site—this cannot be handled through Testing Services on either campus location and payments cannot be received through the College Business Office. Applicants must create an on-line account at http://www.atitesting.com to schedule a date for testing.

Please note: Students that have taken the TEAS® at any location other than the WCC Dothan campus or Sparks campus will be required to have official scores transferred to WCC. ATI assesses a $27.00 fee to transfer these scores.

How are applicants selected for admission to LPN-to-RN Career Mobility?
Applicants to LPN-to-RN Career Mobility are ranked using a state-standardized points system. There are 251 possible points. Points are assigned using the following criteria:

TEAS® Score 150 possible points
A & P I 30 possible points (“A” = 30, “B” = 20, “C” = 10)
A & P II 30 possible points (“A” = 30, “B” = 20, “C” = 10)
Microbiology 30 possible points (“A” = 30, “B” = 20, “C” = 10)
GPA 3.2 or higher on last 24 hours attempted 11 possible points


What will I need in order to complete my LPN-to-RN Career Mobility application packet?

1. A complete LPN-to-RN Career Mobility application. Please make sure that all forms are signed.

2. A copy of your Admission Agreement form from the Office of Admissions and Records. Even if you are currently enrolled in courses at WCC, a copy of this agreement must be included in your ADN application packet. Students who have previously applied to or been enrolled at WCC must re-apply to the College if more than a semester has passed without active enrollment in courses. Note: The WCC Office of Admissions and Records requires a minimum 72-hour processing time for document requests.

3. Transcripts from each college you have attended. (Unofficial copies are acceptable.) Although official transcripts are in the Office of Admissions and Records, a copy must be included in your ADN application packet. Transfer courses listed on another college’s transcript are not acceptable in lieu of a transcript from the actual college where credit was received. All transcripts submitted for ADN application purposes must accompany the ADN application packet.

4. A copy of your TEAS® score report. (Scores must be no older than 3 years from the ADN application deadline. Applicants may repeat the exam once during the application period and must wait at least six weeks between test dates.)

5. Documentation of completion of English Composition I, Intermediate College Algebra (or a higher level math), Anatomy & Physiology I, and Anatomy & Physiology II. Documentation should be in the form of transcripts.

6. A copy of your unencumbered Alabama LPN license.

Note: Students that have not completed Microbiology may submit a copy of their high school transcript with the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility application packet for possible ranking points. High school Chemistry will be considered for additional points in lieu of college level Microbiology.

Keep copies of all LPN-to-RN Career Mobility application material that is submitted. Once submitted, copies of materials will not be made or transferred for re-application to the ADN program or for application to any other program.

How will the GPA be calculated?
For admission purposes, nursing programs will calculate a GPA based on the applicant’s last 24 hours of college credit. Hours will be counted in reverse chronological order. If 24 credit hours are reached in the middle of a term, grades/hours in the odd term will be chosen in such a way as to benefit the student.

If a student is at the graduate level and has received less than 24 credits at that level, the most recent 24 hours of undergraduate credits will be used in the GPA calculation – graduate credit hours will be ignored.

Neither a GED nor high school credits will be used in calculating a GPA except as required in the Early College Enrollment Program.

What happens after I submit my LPN-to-RN Career Mobility application packet?
LPN-to-RN Career Mobility applications will not be reviewed until after the application deadline. All applications are reviewed for completion and ranked by the ADN Admissions Committee. All students that apply for the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility track will receive notification of their acceptance status via the email. Please allow a minimum of six (6) weeks from the application deadline for applications to be processed. No information regarding the status of an application will be given over the telephone.

Admission to LPN-to-RN Career Mobility is competitive and the number of students is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Will a background screen be required?
Applicants accepted for the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility track will be required to complete a background screen. Students should be aware that a fee will be charged to complete this requirement. Criminal findings may prohibit enrollment into the LPN-to-RN Career Mobility track. Nothing should be completed prior to notification from the ADN program.

Will a physical examination and drug screening be required?
Applicants accepted for LPN-to-RN Career Mobility will receive a listing of health requirements, to include information about a physical examination and drug screening. Information regarding health requirements and drug screening will be provided at new-student orientation for ADN students. Nothing should be done prior to notification from the ADN program.

Will CPR be required?
Applicants accepted for LPN-to-RN Career Mobility must maintain certification in CPR at the health care provider level throughout the program. Information regarding requirements for CPR will be provided at new-student orientation for ADN students.

Student Nurse Apprentice Program 

The nursing Apprenticeship program provides participants the ability to work and receive pay while advancing their learning.

The following is information regarding application to an apprenticeship:

  1. Must be an active, current student of Wallace Community College.
  2. Submit a Wallace Community College nursing program application during appropriate application periods and be accepted to the Practical Nursing program.
  3. Students accepted into a Wallace Community College Nursing Program are provided the opportunity to submit an apprenticeship application. Applications are provided at an orientation prior to the start of nursing courses during their first semester in the nursing program.
  4. A list of students who meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship is given to participating healthcare facilities.
  5. From that list, participating healthcare facilities select and hire apprentices, based on the number of open positions they have available. Current employees may be selected for the apprenticeship. All apprentices sign an apprenticeship agreement.
  6. Student apprentices must commit to working for the healthcare facility and participating in on the job learning at the healthcare facility during the nursing program.  Included in working days are clinical days students are performing for nursing program clinical requirements. Apprenticeship clinical days begin in the second semester of attendance.
  7. Student apprentices must apply to the Alabama Board of Nursing for an apprentice permit.
  8. Student apprentices are not paid for on-campus classes, labs, or simulation. Student apprentices are paid for clinical hours, not to include simulation.
  9. Student apprentices will work one on one with a licensed nurse from the healthcare facility. Students will be held accountable to the same clinical requirements as non-apprentice students in the program.
  10. Nursing Program applications are posted on the Wallace Community College website.

For more information, please contact Martha Compton, Career and Technical Associate Dean: 334-556-6822 or mcompton@wallace.edu.