Menu Title
AAS-T: LPN to RN Ladder

This program is no longer offered. To view other nursing offerings through Seattle Colleges, please visit:

View printer-friendly version

The Nursing (Registered Nurse) AAS-T (Associate of Applied Science, Transfer) degree is intended to help current LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) advance to RNs (Registered Nurses).  Program admission is limited to students who have already completed a minimum of 35 credits from an accredited Practical Nursing program. There are a very limited number of spaces in the LPN to RN Ladder Program open to the community at this time due to current North Seattle College LPN students being offered direct transition to the LPN to RN Ladder Program.

Learning Outcomes
  • Holistically care for self and others within an ethical, legal, and diverse framework under a designated healthcare provider within the scope of practice of the RN. 
  • Demonstrate competency in educating and communicating with patients, patient’s family, the healthcare team, system administration, and wider community with a focus on Health Promotion. 
  • Demonstrate competency in assessment, analysis, planning, implementing patient care, and comprehensive evaluation of outcomes within a variety of settings utilizing appropriate technology.
  • Synthesize patient assessment data with anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology using critical thinking in order to safely manage rapidly changing and complex patient problems.
  • Provide leadership to effectively delegate and collaborate with patient, patient’s family, healthcare team, system administrators, and the wider community.

Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering.

Nursing Degree Prerequisites:  

  • Minimum of 35 credits from an accredited Practical Nursing Program
  • BIOL&241*, BIOL&242*, BIOL&260*, CHEM&121, ENGL&101, PSYC&200

Nursing Degree Co-requisites:

  • MATH&146, NUTR&101, US Cultures/Global Studies**

*Must be taken within the last 7 years.

**A current listing of US Cultures and Global Studies courses are available at Seattle Colleges at

A 2.8 grade or higher is required in all general education, related instruction prerequisites and corequisite requirements.

  Minimum of 35 credits from an accredited Practical Nursing Program 35
Course Number General Education/Related Instruction Requirements (45 credits) Credit hours
BIOL&241 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 5
BIOL&242 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 5
BIOL&260 Microbiology 5
CHEM&121 Introduction to Chemistry 5
ENGL&101 English Composition 5
MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics 5
NUTR&101 Nutrition 5
PSYC&200 Lifespan Psychology  
  Five credits must be selected from a list of approved US Cultures or Global Studies 5
Course Number Certificate Requirements (36 credits) Credit hours
NUR223 Advanced Nursing Skills 2
NUR224 Health Promotion and Education in Nursing 2
NUR225 Family Nursing 6
NUR226 Care Management and Leadership 2
NUR227 Complex Nursing Med/Surg-Psych 7
NUR228 Complex Nursing Med/Surg-Psych Clinical Practice 5
NUR231 Family Nursing Clinical 4
NUR237 Advanced Med/Surg Nursing Care 3
NUR238 Transition to Registered Nursing Practice 5
  Total Credits for LPN to RN Ladder: 36
  Total Credits for AAS-T Nursing: 116

To complete the program a 2.0 grade or higher is required in all nursing theory courses and a Satisfactory (S) in all lab and clinical courses.

Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum
Sequence Type

This full-time program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses are taken in the sequence indicated below.

Prior to application: BIOL&241, BIOL&242, BIOL&260, CHEM&121, ENGL&101, PSYC&200 and completion of LPN program.  Courses below must be taken in order listed.

1st quarter: NUR 223, NUR 225, NUR 231

2nd quarter: NUR 227, NUR 228

3rd quarter: NUR 224, NUR 226, NUR 237, NUR 238

Any quarter: MATH&146, NUTR&101, US Culture/Global Studies elective (5 credits each)

Elective Groups

Global Studies

These courses are currently approved to fulfill the Global Studies requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.

US Cultures

These courses are currently approved to fulfill US Cultures requirement of the AA degree. Please check with your advisor for recommendations and special conditions that may apply.


What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
  • Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
  • Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
  • Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, and childbirth and develop health improvement programs.

What are some potential job titles?

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Charge Nurse
  • Staff RN

Wages, employment trends and pathways

Nationally: $45,000 -- $96,600
WA state: $54,600 -- $99,300

Program Contact

Health and Human Services Division: (206) 934-3790


Effective beginning: Spring 2016 
Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree in Nursing (LPN to RN Ladder)
323 / 51.1601

Degree Type