Health Services

LPN to RN Entry Process

Chemeketa has a process in place by which LPN's who are currently licensed in Oregon can become eligible to be on a wait list for possible openings into the second year of Chemeketa's Associate Degree Nursing Program. After completion of the steps below, transfer students will be placed on the wait list for fall term of the second year of the program. Students need to complete the following -

  1. LPN License
    • Possession of a current, unencumbered LPN license
    • For applicants from another state, check with the Oregon State Board of Nursing at 503.731.4745 or www.osbn.state.or.us for information on transferring a license to Oregon
  2. Work experience
    • Is strongly recommended for applicants who have completed their practical nursing curriculum more than one year before applying.
  3. General education coursework
    • Transfer all general education coursework to Chemeketa and have these transcripts evaluated by Admissions (503.399.5006) to determine if coursework meets Chemeketa's requirements for graduation from the Nursing Program and are current where time limits apply.
        • Required science courses must be taken within seven years of re-entry or complete an appropriate alternative science course as approved by the Dean of Health Sciences
        • Only coursework from accredited programs can be considered
        • Depending upon the results of this review, there may still be general education courses students will need to complete
    • Submit official transcripts of courses completed through other colleges and/or universities along with the Request for Evaluation and Transfer of Previous Credit.
  4. ACE exam
    • For transfer students (students who did not graduate from Chemeketa’s LPN program), register for and pass the National League for Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam (ACE) exam
    • This exam has three components -
      • Foundations of Nursing (75)
      • Nursing Care Of Childbearing Family (70)
      • Nursing Care of Child (70)
    • This exam is offered three times per year - November, February, May
    • Applicants who need to take this exam must make an appointment with the Dean of Health Sciences (503.399.5058) to discuss program requirements and approaches for studying for the exam
    • Registration is required by the timelines as noted in the fall, winter or spring schedule of classes
    • Applicants who do not achieve acceptable scores on the test can retest
      • Once on each section and applicants do not have to retest on a part of the exam on which they have already achieved an acceptable score
      • Students must pay the test fee for each retest
    • Scores remain current for five years after the exam is taken
    • Students who receive passing scores on the three ACE tests will receive 24 credits in Nursing. Students must take NUR272 and NUR261 for an additional 5 credits. The combined total of 29 credits will be equivalent to the credits of the first year nursing courses (NUR106, NUR108 and NUR109)
  5. Wait List
    • After all general education coursework is in place, either through transfer or by taking classes at Chemeketa, and after an applicant has successfully completed the ACE exam, they will need to meet with the Dean of Health Sciences (503.399.5058) to review their request to be placed on a wait list for NUR206 during fall term at the RN level of the program
    • This offer of admission will be based upon space available
    • This is determined in large part by the number of students moving directly from the first year into the second year of the program

For further information, contact Chemeketa’s Counseling and Advising Office at 503.399.5120 or Nursing at 503.399.5058.



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