Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

FLCC nursing students practice patient care skills in our simulation rooms.

Accelerated LPN to RN Program

The nursing component of this program may be completed in three semesters and one winter or summer session. Advanced placement is granted after knowledge and skills assessment of NUR 111 content. Students must enroll for a minimum of 32 credit hours, 27 of which must be in nursing, to attain an A.A.S. in Nursing at Finger Lakes Community College. Interested persons should contact the the Admissions Office at or (585) 785-1279 for more information.

Before admission to this sequence, the following prerequisites must be met:

  • Applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school or earned their equivalency diploma.
  • Math — high school algebra, college algebra, or MAT 115 Mathematics for Health Care Professionals (at FLCC).
  • Chemistry — high school chemistry with lab or college equivalent (CHM 092 Introduction to Chemistry at FLCC).
  • General Education — FLCC courses or approved transfer credits must be a C or higher for the following courses:
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.)*
    • Composition I (3 cr.)
    • Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for entry into the FLCC Accelerated Option for Licensed Practical Nurses. All college coursework will be factored in the GPA calculation. Borderline candidates who have demonstrated recent academic success will be reviewed by the Nursing Admissions Committee.
  • If the applicant has already taken courses in the FLCC A.A.S. Nursing sequence, a grade of C or better is required in these courses to be eligible for admission into this program option.
  • A prospective student who has two or more unsuccessful attempts in nursing coursework 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.
  • 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 the applicant 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.
  • Failure to submit all academic transcripts from each collegiate institute attended will result in dismissal from the program.

*BIO 171 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 172 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, and BIO 230 Microbiology must be taken within seven years of matriculation into the nursing program, beginning Fall 2023.

Applicants interested in a priority decision should apply by the deadline listed for their term start. Supplemental materials may be submitted after the priority deadline and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Supplemental materials include:

  • Current licensure as an LPN (copy of registration must be submitted)
  • Transcript of LPN program
  • You must provide documented evidence of having either:
    • Graduated within the past two years from an ACEN accredited LPN program with a B average (84 or 3.0 GPA) or better in nursing courses. If this condition is met, no examination will be required to validate learning equivalent to FLCC Health concepts I (NUR 111). Upon admission and acceptance into the accelerated option, six credits will be granted for Health concepts I (NUR 111). If you believe you meet this requirement you must contact the Department of Nursing before October 1.
    • Achieved a C+ grade (74) on the NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam (exam SKU E-NRF) using Examity.* The cost of the challenge exam is $120.00. We encourage you to review the NLN Exam Student Guide before you sign up for the NLN Exam. Please contact for further questions.
    • LPNs who do not pass the NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam with a 74 or better can have the TEAS test waived if their score on the NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam was between 65-73. Qualified students will be reviewed and if admissible can enter the Nursing program in Health Concepts I the first semester of the traditional Nursing program. Please review the Nursing Self Evaluation Form for points breakdown. NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam score points are as follows: 65 - 69 = 40 points and 70 -73 = 60.

*A Nursing Challenge Exam test score is good for two years from the date it was taken. Any challenge exam may only be taken once.

Graduation Qualifications

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, 27 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 May graduation. All Nursing Department and Admission Office policies apply to this option. Program enrollment is limited.

Recommended Sequence

Winter Session (3 Credit hours)

  • Nursing Bridge Course (1)
  • NUR 112 Professional Nursing I (1)
  • NUR 113 Pharmacology I (1)

Spring Semester (17 Credit Hours)

  • MAT 115 Mathematics for Health Care Professionals (1)
  • BIO 172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • PSY 200 Life Span Development (3)
  • NUR 121 Health Concepts II (7)
  • NUR 122 Professional Nursing II (1)
  • NUR 123 Pharmacology II (1)

Fall Semester (16 Credit Hours)

  • BIO 230 Microbiology (4)
  • COM/ENG 125 Healthcare Communication (3)
  • NUR 231 Health Concepts III (6)
  • NUR 232 Professional Nursing III (1)
  • NUR 233 Pharmacology III (2)

Spring Semester (13 Credit Hours)

  • NUR 241 Health Concepts IV (4)
  • NUR 242 Concepts Synthesis (2)
  • NUR 243 Capstone (3)
  • SUNY General Education approved course from one of the following categories:*
    • American History (3)
    • Western Civilization (3)
    • Other World Civilization (3)
    • World (Foreign) Language (3)
    • The Arts (3)
    • Humanities (3)
    • Mathematics (3) OR
    • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Health/Physical Education (HPE) Elective (1)

Schedule Updated: April 8, 2022

Any student who successfully completes ENG 103 and a general education COM course may receive credit for ENG 125 upon acceptance to the FLCC Nursing program.

* Suggested courses that can satisfy this requirement include ANT 111 Cultural Anthropology, HIS 265 The Black Death and Beyond: How Disease Has Changed History; ASL 101 American Sign Language I (or higher), FRN 101 French 1 (or higher). The College Catalog includes a list of all the courses satisfying each of these categories. The program would also like students to still have the option to take SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, despite this resulting in the additional SUNY General Education category not being met.

Nursing courses or exams must be taken within two years of matriculation.

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