Advanced Placement RN Admissions Requirements

Important Program Information

Advanced Placement RN is a fall-start and spring-start program at the Bethlehem campus.

Advanced Placement RN is a spring-start program at the Monroe campus. The Advanced Placement RN Evening/Weekend option is offered only in the fall semester of even-numbered years (2022, 2024, etc.) at the Bethlehem campus.

Students may apply to the fall clinical program starting October 1. Applications must be completed by February 15. Students will not be able to apply to the fall clinical program after February 15.

Students may apply to the spring clinical program starting February 15. Applications must be completed by September 15. Students will not be able to apply to the spring clinical program after September 15.

After February 15 (fall semester) or September 15 (spring semester), students who wish to take general education courses toward the RN degree may apply to the Health Sciences program of study.

Minimum requirements

• Hold a current and valid LPN license.
• High School Biology with a lab or NCC’s BIOS 115 with a grade of “B” or better.*
• High School Chemistry with a lab or NCC’s CHEM 135 with a grade of “B” or better.*
• High School Algebra I and Algebra II or NCC’s MATH 022 and 026 with grades of “C” or better or exemption through math placement testing.*
• Completion of general education courses required in the first two semesters of the RN program with grades of “C” or better.
• At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
• “Proficient” level on ATI TEAS with all subsections at or above the national average.
• Have credit for NURS 101 – Introduction to Nursing in the form of: 1) if a graduate of NCC PN program, NURS101 with grade of C+ or better OR 2) if not a graduate of NCC PN program, successfully passing Excelsior College (UExcel) Fundamentals of Nursing test with a 78% or better (be sure to request a standard score report).

*High school courses must be college preparatory level. Equivalents from other colleges may satisfy requirements.

Please be advised:

• Advanced Placement RN is a competitive program. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the clinical program. Students not admitted to the clinical program will be admitted to the Health Sciences program of study to take general education classes toward the RN degree.
• Attend Nursing Information Session if you have not attended one in the past. Information sessions are listed at

Application Requirements

Use this checklist and the online Admissions portal to track the completion of your application:

• Submit the application in the online Admissions portal.
• Submit official transcripts for all education to the Processing Center. Transcripts are required for high school, GED, and if attended, college(s).
• Take ATI TEAS and submit results to NCC.
• Take Excelsior exam if needed (UExcel) and submit results to NCC.
• Upload copy of valid LPN license to the Admissions portal.


Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 or should you have any questions or concerns regarding this process.

The Advanced Placement Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to afford LPNs the opportunity to receive advanced nursing standing for up to eight (8) credits by testing. The program is offered each fall and spring during daytime hours (depending on seat availability) at the Bethlehem campus. It’s offered each spring during daytime hours (depending on seat availability) at the Monroe campus. It’s offered during evening/weekend hours on the Bethlehem Campus in fall semesters of even-numbered years (2022, 2024, etc.; depending on seat availability). After receiving advanced placement, students will follow the basic curriculum of the associate degree program. Students may choose to complete the general education and support courses before entering the nursing course sequence. However, all non-nursing courses required in the first and second semester must be completed before entering the nursing sequence. Once the nursing sequence has started, the program can be completed in three semesters. Students who make application for the Advanced Nursing Program must adhere to all admission requirements (including high school biology, chemistry and algebra or their equivalents, overall GPA, and TEAS scores) and deadlines as they appear in the College catalog. Additionally, applicants must show proof of their current LPN licensure. Acceptance to the program is competitive and based on seat availability.

Advanced Placement Tests

Excelsior College Examinations (UExcel)

1. Excelsior course NURX 210, Fundamentals of Nursing (403) – Description: Corresponds to one or more courses in fundamentals of nursing at the associate degree level. Includes concepts basic to nursing practice; communication of interpersonal relations; protection and promotion of safety; comfort, rest, and activity; nutrition elimination; oxygenation; and fluid and electrolyte balance (multiple choice examination). (Students scoring a 78% or higher are awarded 8 credits for NURS 101 – Introduction to Nursing after admission to clinical program).

NOTE: Northampton Community College Passing Score is 78% or higher and
tests may be taken only once.

You must register and pay for your examination with Excelsior College before you schedule a test appointment. You may register and pay for Excelsior College exams through the MyExcelsior student service portal at A free user registration is required to access services through MyExcelsior. You may also register and pay for exams by calling Excelsior College at (888) 723-9267 or (518) 464-8500. (NOTE: You must take the test within six months of registering). Please follow the instructions given in the Excelsior College Examination Guide regarding fees and registration deadlines.

The following coursework and Excelsior College Examination must be completed before a student can be accepted into the ADN program:

Advanced Placement Testing/Excelsior College Exams (UExcel)
403 Fundamentals of Nursing or NURS 101 (8 credits @ NCC) *

* NCC Practical Nursing program graduates do not have to take this exam

General Education Courses

ENGL 101 English I 3
ENGL 151 English II 3
BIOS 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOS 254 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MATH 150 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total Credits: 20

Remaining ADN Requirements

Nursing Sequence
NURS 215: Nursing Care of Patients with Medical/Surgical Problems 8
NURS 223: Maternal Child Health Nursing 4
NURS 224: Care of Mental Health Patients 4
NURS 260: Integrated Concepts for Nursing Practice 6
NURS 261: Nursing Practicum 2
NURS 231: Nursing Seminar 2
Total Credits: 26

General Education Courses
BIOS 202 Microbiology 4
PSYC 258 Developmental Psychology 3
SOCA --- Sociology/Anthropology Elective (SOCA102, 103, 105, 125, 210) 3
CMTH 102 Intro to Communication 3
PHIL 202G Ethics and Moral Problems 3
Total Credits: 16