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Advanced Standing – LPN to RN Articulation Model

Farmingdale State College
Department of Nursing
participates in the LPN TO RN
Articulation Model

This program allows LPNs to earn one year of nursing credit toward an AS degree. Applicants who have successfully completed all of the prerequisite courses for the program with a C+ or above will be given preference. Offered in summer with successful completion making one eligible for nursing in the fall term.

The participating Nursing Programs will:

  • Meet current NYSED regulations
  • Use the PN to RN Transition Course as the advanced placement mechanism
  • Participate on a voluntary basis
  • Record credit in terms of receiving institution
  • Establish the same graduation requirements for generic and articulation students

For Progression into the Associate Degree Nursing program, applicants must:

  • Hold current LPN registration in a US jurisdiction
  • Meet the specific admission requirements of the institution/program to which she/he is applying
  • Successfully complete the PN-RN Transition Course
  • Have 3 years work experience  as a Licensed Practical Nurse

In order to qualify for this program at Farmingdale State College, applicants must have completed the following courses prior to applying for the program:

High School Level:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Biology with Laboratory
  • Chemistry with Laboratory (passing Regents score)
  • Two units of mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Sequential I, II, III, Math A, Math A/B, Math B)

College Level:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits with lab)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits with lab)
  • EGL 101, English Composition: Rhetoric
  • PSY 101, Introduction to Psychology
  • Completion of four of the following seven Liberal Arts and Science curriculum requirements: English literature, child/life-span development, medical microbiology, college level algebra, introduction to sociology, oral communications, and physiological chemistry.
  • NLN PAX-RN Exam (please visit for more information)


Upon acceptance, transition course NUR 094 and NUR 100 need to be completed the summer prior to entering Nursing 212.

Please note that Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 must be completed within the 5 years prior to acceptance and Psychology must be completed within the 10 years prior to acceptance.

Work Experience:

  • Please supply us with a copy of your current LPN license
  • 3 years of work experience as an LPN is required - experience must be documented.

Please note that completion of the minimum prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission. Applicants are ranked according to grades and exam score. PN to RN Transition Course

The LPN to RN Transition Course:

  • Validates prior learning
  • Updates and enhances student's knowledge
  • Begins the process of role transitionPrepares students for placement into the RN program
  • Is offered at Farmingdale State University
  • Is comparable to the workload of a 3 credit course

Additional information is available at

To be eligible to take the LPN to RN Transition Course the applicant must:

  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, a current LPN registration in a US jurisdiction.
  • Receive academic advisement from institution/program to which she/he is applying
  • Have work experience  as a Licensed Practical Nurse

How to apply to the LPN to RN program offered at Farmingdale:

  • Formally apply to the college
  • Send official transcripts and a copy of the LPN license to the Admissions Office.
  • Based on successful completion of the LPN to RN Transition Course students may be offered admission to the RN Program on a space available basis. All applicants will be reviewed by the Admissions Department approximately one month prior to the start of the course. Applicants are ranked academically by overall GPA and grades in the prerequisite courses. Decisions for this program are based solely on academics.

Credit Awarded

Once the student has successfully completed a senior level clinical nursing course at Farmingdale State College, he/she will be awarded advanced standing credit for a total of 12 credits. Additional transfer credits, if applicable, are evaluated after student is accepted.

Please note: All transfer students must take a minimum of 30 credits at Farmingdale to meet residency requirements and be eligible for graduation.

Admission/Retention Requirements: Safety and Technical Skills

Candidates seeking enrollment into the Nursing Program at Farmingdale State College must meet the safety and technical skills in the following areas: observation-communication, motor, intellectual-conceptual, and behavioral-social attributes.

Observation-Communication: The student must possess the ability to communicate effectively and read, write and use the English language. In addition, the student must have the functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell which are essential in assessing patients and maintaining their safety. Examples of observation-communication include but are not limited to:

  • Listening to heart and breath sounds
  • Responding to alarms
  • Visualizing early signs of distress/complications, e.g. changes in skin color; assessing surgical wounds
  • Detecting the presence of a foul odor or drainage
  • Feeling pulses
  • Effectively obtain a patient's history
  • Accurately interpret data from medical records
  • Document pertinent observations
  • Document pertinent observations 

Sensory/Motor: The student is required to perform gross and fine motor movements, maintain consciousness and equilibrium, and possess the physical strength and stamina which are necessary to provide safe nursing care. Examples of sensory/motor skills include but are not limited to:

  • Transferring patients
  • Perform skills requiring dexterity (insertion of tubes, medication injections, instilling injections, inserting suppositories, tracheotomy care)
  • Responding rapidly to emergency situations (cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, falls)
  • Protect and remove patients from an area in the event of a fire or disaster

Intellectual-conceptual: The student must possess the ability to problem solve, establish a plan of care, set priorities, calculate, measure, analyze and synthesize objective as well as subjective data. These critical skills are demanded of nurses in today's complex health care settings. Examples of intellectual-conceptual skills include but are not limited to:

  • Calculate medication dosages, IV flow rates
  • Measure intake and output
  • Develop teaching plans for individual patients

Behavioral-social attributes: The student must possess emotional stability and flexibility, which will enable him/her to develop the ability to function effectively in stressful situations. This includes the ability to adapt to changing environments, exercise sound judgment, complete assessment and intervention activities and develop sensitive interpersonal relationships with patients, families and others responsible for health care.

Examples of these behavioral and social attributes include but are not limited to:

  • Ability to express empathy
  • Ability to think and act rationally during a crisis
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior towards staff, peers and patients according to societal norm
  • Maintaining confidentialityAccepting constructive criticism