LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (LPN) to REGISTERED NURSE (RN)
Fast Track Option



The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Associate Degree Nursing Program offers a fast track option for qualified licensed practical nurses to complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing in a compressed format.  The nursing faculty recognizes the prior learning experiences of licensed practical nurses and has designed a program that allows qualified LPNs to acquire advanced standing credit for a portion of the nursing courses and to complete the remainder of the program while remaining employed.

Eligibility

Licensed practical nurses must meet the following requirements for admission to the Fast Track Option: 

Current licensure as an LPN in the state of Oklahoma
Completed all of the required general education, laboratory science, and support courses with a grade of "C" or better
Submit a copy of ACT scores
Submit a copy of an high school transcript or evidence of high school equivalency
Completed the requirements for advanced standing in NURS 1119 Introduction to Nursing and NURS 2134 Physical and Mental Health of the Childbearing Family
Remove all academic deficiencies as per the policy of the NEO Associate Degree Nursing Program
Complete admission requirements for NEO College
Complete NURS 1121 Transition to Associate Degree Nursing, with a grade of "C" or better

Advanced Standing Credit

Licensed practical nurses must receive advanced standing credit for NURS 1119 Introduction to Nursing and NURS 2134 Physical and Mental Health of the Childbearing Family in order to progress through the Fast Track option.  Advanced standing credit may be obtained in two ways:

Licensed practical nurses who have graduated from a practical nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and who are currently licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing may receive credit for NURS 1119 Introduction to Nursing without further evaluation.  This credit is awarded as part of an articulation agreement with the licensed practical nursing programs.
Licensed practical nurses who graduated from a practical nursing program that was not accredited by ACEN may receive advanced standing credit for NURS 1119 Introduction to Nursing by achieving the required level on the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Fundamentals of Nursing examination.
Licensed practical nurses may receive advanced standing credit for NURS 2134 Physical and Mental Health of the Childbearing Family by achieving the required level on the ATI Maternal-Child Examination. 
ATI examinations are administered by the NEO Fast Track Coordinator at the NEO-Grove Higher Education Center.  Students who do not achieve the required scores on the ATI examination may choose to apply to the NEO Nursing Program on the Miami campus.

Admission

A student must make formal application to the Fast Track Nursing Program at the NEO-Grove Higher Education Center.  LPNs should contact the Fast Track Coordinator for an application to the Fast Track program and application deadline information.  LPNs interested in the Fast Track program may contact the coordinator at (918) 787-5475 or e-mail vickie.garner@neo.edu.

Entrance Conditions

Upon admission to the Fast Track programs, students will be required to submit evidence of certain immunizations, a physical examination, and CPR certification.  Students will receive instructions about these requirements upon admission to the program.  Students will also be required to purchase liability insurance through the NEO Nursing Department.
Students will be required to undergo criminal background checks.  Students may also be required to have a drug test in accordance with departmental policies and clinical facility requirements.

Criminal Background Checks

Upon admission to the Nursing Program, students are required to undergo criminal background and sexual offender checks for Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and any other state in which the student resided since the age of 18 and for all name changes.   Federal background checks with fingerprinting are required.  Costs for the checks and requests for additional information will be the responsibility of the student.  A clincal facility may refuse any student from participating in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to meet clinical requirements, it will result in the student being unable to pass the course and policies for dismissal may apply.  Clinical facilities may require students to submit to random drug testing or upon reasonable suspicion of use/abuse.  The cost of drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.  Contact the Office of Nursing at (918) 540-6316 for more information about criminal background checks.
 
Licensure Criteria from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing
 
The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.  Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses.  Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing.  In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status.  Applicants for practical nurse licensure must also hold a high school diploma or graduate equivalency degree (G.E.D.) [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6].  To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to reside in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621).  In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens.  Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year.  Applicants who are qualified aliens must present in person, valid documentary evidence of:
A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
Admission into the United States in refugee status;
A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
Approved deferred action status; or
A pending application for adjustment of status of legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.
The Board has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8].  These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony charges.  An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6]. (per the Information for Bulletins and Catalogs of Nursing Education Programs).
 
Oklahoma Board of Nursing contact information:
 
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK  73106-5437
(405) 962-1800  
www.state.ok.us/nursing