Accelerated Option for LPNs

A special accelerated option of limited enrollment is offered to qualified licensed practical nurses. The nursing component of this program may be completed in two semesters and one summer session. Advanced placement is granted after knowledge and skills assessment of NUR 100 content. Students must enroll for a minimum of 32 credit hours, 17 of which must be in nursing, to attain an A.A.S. in nursing at Finger Lakes Community College. Interested persons should contact the Nursing Department directly for further information.

Through appropriate testing, LPNs may be granted advanced standing in the Finger Lakes Community College nursing program. This minimizes repetitive coursework for qualified students. Before admission to this sequence, the following prerequisites must be met:

  1. High School Graduate or equivalency diploma, Math (Algebra required), high school Chemistry or college equivalent (CHM 092 at FLCC).
  2. General Education (FLCC courses or approved transfer credit:)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.)
    • Composition I (3 cr.)
    • Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
  3. Note: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for entry into the FLCC Accelerated Option for Licensed Practical Nurses. (Calculated from the weighted average of GPA's from all official transcripts submitted. Credit hours x GPA/total of GPA credit hours*)
    • *GPA credit hours = whatever credit hours have gone into the calculated GPA
  4. A prospective student who has two or more unsuccessful attempts in nursing course work as defined by the previous program(s) attended in two different semesters in a nursing program other than FLCC's, will not be eligible for admission to the FLCC nursing program.
  5. Any student who has had one attempt in nursing course work in a nursing program other than FLCC, must arrange for the director of that nursing program to submit a letter attesting that she/he left that program in good clinical standing. Any student not in good clinical standing or who does not submit a letter will not be considered for admission to the FLCC nursing program. It is the responsibility of the student requesting admission to follow up on the requested letter.
  6. Failure to submit all academic transcripts from each collegiate institute attended will result in dismissal from the program.

Nursing Component

  • Current licensure as an LPN (copy of registration must be submitted*)
  • Fundamentals of Nursing (NUR 100) – 6 articulated credits earned by having either:
    • Graduated within the past two years from an ACEN accredited LPN program with an average of 84, B, or 3.0 or better in nursing courses. If this condition is met, no examination will be required to validate learning equivalent to FLCC Fundamentals of Nursing course (NUR 100).
    • Achieved a grade of C+ on the FLCC Fundamentals of Nursing Challenge Exam.
    • Achieved a grade of C or better as determined by Excelsior College on the Excelsior College Foundations of Nursing Practice Examination.
  • Two letters of professional reference*
  • Transcript of LPN program*
  • Skill assessment - DSD, Gloving
  • Math assessment

To qualify for the A.A.S. degree under the Accelerated Option for LPNs, the nursing student must have enrolled and satisfactorily completed a minimum of 32 credit hours, 17 of which must be in nursing, and have met the minimum one-year residency requirement at Finger Lakes Community College. If all degree requirements are met, students qualify for December or March graduation. All Nursing Department and Admission Office policies apply to this option. Program enrollment is limited.

* Must be submitted to the Nursing Department by Oct. 1.

Recommended sequence:

Winter Session (1 Credit hour)

  • NUR 105 Nursing Process (1)

Spring Semester (18 Credit Hours)

  • NUR 101 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child I (8)
  • BIO 172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • PSY 200 Life Span Development (3)
  • ENG 103 Composition II (3)

Summer Session (8 Credit Hours)

  • NUR 204 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • BIO 230 Microbiology (4)

Fall Semester (18 Credit Hours)

  • NUR 202 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child II (9)
  • NUR 215 Nursing Seminar (2)
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Humanities Elective (3)
  • Health/Physical Education (1)

Spring Semester (4 Credit Hours)

  • NUR 203 Maternal–Child Health Nursing* (4)

For more information, contact the Nursing Department at (585)785-1345.

Nursing courses or exams must be taken within two years of matriculation. View Additional Accelerated Option for LPN Information and all Required Forms Adobe Acrobat, PDF.

* All approved nursing challenge exams must be completed by Sept. 1 of the sophomore year in the nursing program; otherwise, courses will have to be taken in the spring semester after successful completion of NUR 202.