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Nursing Completion LPN to ADN
Program Number: 105431
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
65 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19% through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

    Madison College and the faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing program value the education and experience you have obtained as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). If you wish to advance your educational preparation to become a registered nurse, you may be eligible to apply to the Nursing Completion: LPN to Associate Degree Nursing program, which allows you to enter into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing program curriculum.

    Program Details

    Students in the Nursing program can attend full or part time.

    Some Nursing classes are offered in the evening.

    The Associate Degree nursing program at Madison Area Technical College at the Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg, Truax and Watertown campus locations located in Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg, Madison and Watertown, Wisconsin is accredited by the:

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404.975.5000

    ACEN Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing


    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. The Madison College Nursing (RN) program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.


    We prepare you to pass the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), to become a Registered Nurse.

    Our Nursing program graduates work for a range of employers throughout Wisconsin including Access Community Health Centers, Columbus Community Hospital, Mercy Health System, St. Clare Hospital & Health Services, VA Medical Center, Willows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and more.

    With additional education, Nursing program graduates may:

    • Transfer credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    • Attain a Master of Science in Nursing

    Job Growth
    Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19% through 2022.
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    General Education Courses
    The following general education courses are required to successfully graduate from the Nursing-Associate Degree program. Some of these courses are required to petition and others may be completed prior to the start of the program or by the end of the first year of the program. Prospective students should refer to petition requirements and current students should refer to their Degree Progress Report for additional details regarding which general education program requirements must be taken to petition.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    Practical Nursing and Licensure Requirements
    First Semester
    Second Semester
    Prior to the Start of Third Semester Courses
    Third Semester
    Fourth Semester
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

      • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
      • There is currently 0-1 years between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
      • Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process

      After Acceptance

      Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

      Additional Notes

      Students are required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements are subject to change based on updates to accreditation requirements or Madison College program assessment data.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

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    • Petition

      After Acceptance

      After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

      Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

      • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
      • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
      • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
      • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program

      You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

      Fall 2023 and Spring 2024    

      Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

      After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core-program courses through the Petition Process.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • Career Outcomes

      Program Outcomes

      • Integrate professional nursing identity reflecting integrity, responsibility, and nursing standards.

      • Communicate comprehensive information using multiple sources in nursing practice.

      • Integrate theoretical knowledge to support decision making.

      • Integrate the nursing process into client care across diverse populations.

      • Function as a healthcare team member to provide safe and effective care.

    Contact the School of Nursing

    Madison Truax Campus
    Health Building, 103

    1705 Hoffman Street
    Madison, Wisconsin 53704


    • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
    • Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm (Virtual)
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