Eastern Oklahoma State College

Advanced Standing for LPNs/Paramedics

Any LPN/Paramedic currently licensed is eligible to apply to the Eastern Oklahoma State College Associate Degree Nursing Program for the opportunity to challenge the first-year nursing courses. Qualified LPN’s/Paramedics will be accepted into the challenge process and will be allowed to challenge Nursing 1118, and Nursing 1218. When these challenges are completed successfully, the LPN/Paramedic will have credit for these courses applied to their transcript and will be eligible to enter the second year of the nursing program. Admission to the second year will be on a space-available basis. In order to receive the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree, the qualified LPN/Paramedic must successfully complete Transition in Nursing (NURS 1303) and all of the second year nursing courses at Eastern, (NURS 2118, NURS 2218, and NURS 2212), plus a minimum of 34 general education credit hours. For advanced placement credit to be included on an Eastern transcript, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours at Eastern and be in good academic standing.

Procedure for Obtaining Advanced Standing as an LPN/Paramedic:

  1. Follow application guidelines to Eastern and to the A.D.N. Program.

  2. Submit proof of licensure as LPN or Paramedic.

  3. On selection to the program, complete the challenge exams. The challenge exams for NURS 1118 and NURS 1218 will be in three parts with two attempts allowed for each.
    Part I: Fundamental Exam.
    Part II: Maternity/Newborn Exam.
    Part III: Nursing Care of Children Exam.

  4. Submit documentation of 800 hours, within the past 5 years, in approved clinical practice before beginning Nursing 2118

Criteria for Admission

Admission Criteria is based on GPA, ACT, and academic achievement in sciences. Candidates are given points according to a scale. The students with the highest points are accepted for admission according to the number of class vacancies.

1. GPA Requirement

For students who have 12 hours or more of college credit, college GPA will be utilized. If less than 12 hours of college credit, high school GPA will be used if the student has graduated with a high school diploma. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. Points will be designated as follows:

Grade Point Average Point Equivalent
2.5 - 3.0 = 1 Point
3.1 - 3.5 = 3 Points
3.6 - 4.0 or BS Degree = 5 Points

Maximum Points = 5


2. ACT Requirements

A minimum of 19 for ACT composite score is required to be considered for admission. Points will be awarded as follows:

Composite ACT Score Point Equivalent
19 - 22 = 1 Point
23 - 26 = 3 Points
27 + = 5 Points

Maximum Points = 5


3. Science Requirements

Supporting sciences must be completed no more than 7 years prior to course commencement in NURS 1118 or NURS 1303. Points will be awarded for each of the following supporting sciences:

  • Anatomy
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
Science Class Grade Point Equivalent
A = 3 Points
B = 2 Points
C = 1 Point
C + in Chemistry = 1 Point

Maximum Points = 13

Total Possible Admission Points = 23


4. Physical Qualifications

In order to be considered for admission, all applicants must sign the physical qualification form included in the admission application.

  1. Have physical strength to lift a minimum of 25 pounds.

  2. Have visual capacity to read small print on medication labels.

  3. Have sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from clients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as stethoscopes, IV infusion pumps, cardiac monitors, fire alarms, etc.

  4. Communicate in clear English speech patterns, verbal and written.

  5. Demonstrate coordinated range of motion of all four extremities without assistive devices.

  6. Must be able to demonstrate appropriate and rational behavior while under mental and emotional stress

5. National Background Screening

Upon nursing program application, a national background screening must be submitted at the cost of the student. Submission for background screening is located on the nursing application. 


Special requirements for students with LPN/Paramedic licensure

  1. Current unrestricted licensure will be maintained until completion of the nursing program.

  2. Students receiving any disciplinary action against their license must notify the Nursing Director within five (5) school days. The Nursing Director reserves the right to restrict the student’s participation in clinical experiences and involvement in patient care until the license is valid and unrestricted and terms of the action are met and the action is dismissed.  
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