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 call for a reservation at 810-989-5675 or 800-553-2427, Ext. 5675, choose option 1. Leave your name, phone number and date/time of session. Confirmation calls are not made as walk-ins are welcome.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What can you tell me about HESI registration?

  • 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.

How do I calculate my admission criteria?

  • 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_____________

What should my Pre-admission score be?

  • 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.

What if my score is the same as another student?

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

How long will it take for me to know if I have been accepted into the program?

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

How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)?

  • 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.

What if my credits are transferred from another college?

  • 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.

I am an LPN applying for the transition program. How do I register to take the NLN pharmacology challenge exam?

  • 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.

Is there a time limit associated with my past courses?

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

What if I retake a course to improve my GPA and receive a less than “C” grade?

  • 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?