Associate Degree Nursing Transition Program

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This program is for licensed health care providers who want to become registered nurses. The program is an accelerated course of study designed to expand upon previous education and experience. Students are expected to apply prior knowledge to all nursing courses.

LPNs and Paramedic licenses accepted with current documentation of 1040 hours experience. Other health care licenses with documented experience accepted on a case-by-case review. No certificates are accepted in place of State of Michigan licenses.

This link will take you to the current working catalog. On that page, you may also select other available catalog years from the drop-down menu located in the upper right.

Admission criteria

PercentCriteriaDetailMaximum potential
25%GPA-Program prerequisites and general education coursesCourses include: ADN-203, BIO-272,
HE-101, HE-224, ENG-101,
ENG-102 , PSY-180, PS-101, HE-210
25%Number of credits toward degreePotential courses include:
Same as above.
50%HESI score (average)Average scores of 5 tested areas:
Grammar, reading comprehension,
vocabulary, math, anatomy
and physiology. Critical thinking
is tested, but NOT part of the
admission criteria.

Complete the Nursing Program Application (Health Sciences application).

Transition Nursing Group Advising Sessions

Attending a mandatory Group Advising Session is your first step toward attaining a nursing degree. Please choose the session(s) applicable to your goal and click on the applicable link below at the time listed. Please give yourself time to download and setup the Microsoft Teams app on your computer or device.

Monday, Aug. 16, 202111 a.m. to noonJoin Microsoft Teams
Friday, Sept. 17, 202110 to 11 a.m.Join Microsoft Teams
Friday, Nov. 12, 20211 to 2 p.m.Join Microsoft Teams

For academic programs leading to professional licensure

SC4 Health Sciences Programs prepare students for State and National exams leading to professional licensure. Please be aware that additional steps (background checks, applications, fees, etc.) may be required to apply for licensing in the state of Michigan or other states. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you are considering an academic program leading to a professional license. To easily find professional nursing licensure requirements (RN and APRN programs), please visit the website of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. and select the states/jurisdictions where you want to know their professional licensure requirements. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence.

Technology requirements

Following is the technology requirements for taking an online course at SC4:

  • A Microsoft Office 365 compatible laptop or PC with a webcam and microphone.
  • Minimum iOS to support the learning management system (LMS) Canvas and the lockdown browser for testing.
  • Reliable Internet access (dial-up supported, but Cable or DSL (Broadband) preferred)
  • Updated anti-virus software

Please refer to the Online Classes page to review supported browsers and a more detailed list of hardware and software applicable to different systems.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Registration will begin August 1. When registration is open for the ADN Transition Program HESI, you can register online at The Pier website. Testing is in September on SC4’s Port Huron campus.

Use the following equation to calculate your admission criteria.

(GPA_________ x 25) x 0.25 =__________

((# Credits________ / 26) x 100) x 0.25=___________

(HESI average_________) x 0.5=____________

Total Pre-admission Score_____________

The closer your score is to a 100, the better your chances to be one of the top students. 
After the admission process has been completed, you will be informed by mail of your status and the qualifying score for the fall class.

Your Cumulative Score on the HESI will be used if needed for a tie breaker.

You will be notified of your acceptance/placement by the end of October for winter admission.

  • Each letter grade has a corresponding grade point. The GPA is calculated as follows: total grade points earned divided by the number of credit hours attempted = GPA. See example:
ClassGradeGrade pointsCredit hours Total grade points

Total: 25.4 divided by 7 = 3.62 GPA

See catalog for additional information.

All transfer credits required for the nursing program are evaluated by the Registrar. Transfer credit is granted based upon the number of credits earned at the transfer institution. For example, if your Introduction to Psychology transfer class was 3 credits, you will only receive 3 credits for the SC4 PSY-180 class, not the actual 4 credits earned at SC4. Likewise, if you completed a 4-credit-hour transfer Introduction to Political Science class, you will only receive the 3 credits earned in the SC4 PS-101 class and one general political science credit. However, only the 3 credits will apply toward the RN Admission process.

LPNs are eligible to take the NLN challenge exam. It is offered in April and November in the Testing Center.  LPNs must achieve a 75% or better on drug principles and effects. The challenge exam must be taken prior to the start of the program. For further information call the testing center at (810) 989-5555.

Transition start date   5-year time limit completion date
Winter 2018Fall 2012 or later
Winter 2019Fall 2013 or later
Winter 2020Fall 2014 or later
Winter 2021Fall 2015 or later
Winter 2022Fall 2016 or later

Your most recent score must be at least a “C” grade. Therefore, if you are retaking a class for any reason and receive less than a “C” grade, the class will need to be repeated prior to applying for the nursing program.

Questions about HESI Testing?