To fulfill your dream of becoming a registered nurse, choose Hesston College's
Associate Degree Nursing Program. Here you will be placed on a special track designed for LPNs who wish to achieve RN licensure.
Advanced Placement for LPNs
As an LPN, you may qualify to receive transfer credit for up to 16 hours of our
nursing course work. This exempts you from the entire first year of nursing
courses (16 credit hours). Here at Hesston College, we value the education and expertise which you have already acquired through your LPN education and work experience.
Hesston College will accept for transfer those courses which meet our course descriptions for required general education/support courses in which you have earned a grade of C or better. Often applicants
receive transfer credit for their LPN coursework in Nutrition, Developmental Psychology, and Anatomy and Physiology (if college credit was associated with these courses).
Required General Education and Supporting Courses
Anatomy and Physiology (5 credit hours)
Introduction to Chemistry (4) - or recent high school chemistry with grade of C or above
Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development (3)
Principles of Nutrition (3)
College Writing or English Composition I (3)
Oral Communication (3)
Biblical Literature (3)
humanities course (3)
Introduction to Computers (2) - or demonstrate computer competency
demonstrate math competency
Nursing Courses for LPNs
LPN students typically join other students enrolled in Nursing III (9 credit hours offered during the fall semester of the second year). This course focuses on medical/surgical nursing and mental health nursing. In the final spring semester, all students enroll in Nursing IV (9
credit hours) which has an emphasis on medical/surgical nursing and client care
management. Nursing Pharmacology III and IV (1 credit hour each) are also required.
Integration Seminar (3 credit hours) is the final course in the sequence and provides an opportunity to synthesize learning experiences and ensure a comprehensive nursing knowledge
Length of the Program
LPNs who have received college credit for a number of the required general education courses are generally able to complete the
program in just two semesters. Nursing faculty will work with you to design a study plan that takes into consideration your responsibilities to family and/or employment.
Clinical Laboratory Experience
Students are placed at thirteen local health care agencies, including community hospitals and large, urban medical centers within 30 miles of campus. Hesston College maintains clinical affiliation contracts with Newton Medical Center, Wesley Medical Center, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Promise Regional
Medical Center, Prairie View Mental Health Center, Schowalter Villa, and others.
Nursing Program Accreditation
nursing program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
Nursing Educational Facilities
The nursing program is located within the Charles
Hall/Lemons Center complex on campus. Here students have access to a large auditorium classroom, student lounges and lockers, and the nursing
administrative offices. Adjacent in the same complex are faculty offices, a campus skills laboratory, and additional classrooms and conference room.
What do I need to get into Hesston's nursing program?
- Have Anatomy & Physiology completed and no more than three additional general education and support courses to complete
by the beginning of Nursing III;
- GPA of 2.75 in college courses that fulfill program requirements;
- GPA of 2.75 in practical nursing educational program;
- ACT composite
score of 19, or combined score of 910 on the two-part SAT, or 1365 on the
three-part SAT, or COMPASS score of 60 in Writing/85 in Reading;
- If an
international student, a TOEFL score of 525 (paper-based) or 195
(computer-based) or 70 (internet-based);
- Evidence of
current Kansas LPN licensure; and
- Meet Kansas
Statewide Nursing Articulation Plan criteria, or validate currency of nursing
Applicants are accepted on a space-available basis.