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Nursing Bridge Program

Nursing Bridge Program

Inquiries about the LPN to RN Bridge program should be directed to the Allied Health Advisors at You may meet with an advisor in a virtual setting or at the Dardenne Creek Campus. To schedule an appointment, please use this link: Click here to schedule an appointment with a NAH Advisor.

The Associate Degree of Nursing Program is designed to prepare registered nurses who administer safe, patient-centered nursing care in beginning staff nurse roles in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctors' offices, and other healthcare-related facilities. Graduates are awarded an Associate of Science degree in nursing and are eligible to apply for the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination. Graduates are prepared for employment as registered nurses immediately after graduation and satisfactory completion of the State Board of Nursing requirements for licensure.

Graduation from St. Charles Community College nursing program(s) does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure exam. “The Missouri State Board of Nursing may refuse to issue or reinstate any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required pursuant to this chapter for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection two of this section or the board may, as a condition to issuing or reinstating any such permit or license, require a person to submit himself or herself for identification, intervention, treatment, or monitoring by the intervention program and alternative program as provided in section 335.067 ." RSMo 335.066.     

For information regarding prior criminal history and disciplinary actions, view the Missouri State Board of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

For more details on Student Achievement Data, please see our program outcomes.

Approval and Accreditation Disclosure

The Associate of Science in Nursing program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
(573) 751-0681

The associate nursing program at St. Charles Community College at the Dardenne Creek Campus located in Dardenne Prairie, MO is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

LPN to RN Bridge Application Requirements

St. Charles Community College, Department of Nursing supports the concept of articulation and has formulated a plan whereby Licensed Practical Nurses may request advanced standing in the Associate Degree of Nursing program offered by the College. LPNs may "BRIDGE" into the ADN program by successfully completing the admission requirements as outlined below.

Admission to the Bridge program will be based on a comprehensive review of applicants' materials; the Bridge Admission Committee will review applicants' materials and communicate final decisions at the close of each semester. The demanding curriculum of the ADN program prepares graduates for the national licensing examination (NCLEX) and to perform safe nursing care in clinical situations; therefore, admission is selective.

Students must meet with an Allied Health Advisor (636-922-8720) to initiate the application process or schedule an appointment using the link above. All criteria must be completed in order to APPLY for the Bridge program.

Bridge Programs Application Deadlines

      Deadline*          Program Start
March 20th                   Fall
  October 20th               Spring 

*If the application deadline falls on a weekend,
applications are due the Friday preceding the 20th.

At the time of application:

  • Students will be placed in an applicant pool. Admission is selected 
  • Students are expected to pay a $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • Payments can be made at the Student Accounts Office (ADM 1119) or over the phone at (636) 922-8231. 

Step 1 - Apply to St. Charles Community College and Complete Assessments

  • Students must complete the assessment test and/or submit official transcripts for English and math courses passed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students must have all official transcripts on file and complete the "Request for Transcript Evaluation" form in your mySCC Portal PRIOR to applying.
    • Sign into your SCC Portal>Quick Links>eForms>Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credit - complete the required information and click submit.
  • Students must successfully complete any required developmental coursework (RDG 085, 092, 093; ENG 095, 096; MAT 096, 098) or equivalent ESL required courses.

Step 2 - Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • Anatomy and Physiology I must be successfully completed with a "C" or better to apply for the Bridge program.
  • Chemistry, Psychology, English Composition I, and Anatomy and Physiology II must be completed prior to starting the LPN to RN Bridge program.
    • Students enrolled in one or more of these courses in the semester prior to the Bridge program start must show proof of their enrollment. Admission to the program will be contingent on final grade for the course(s).
    • English Composition II, Sociology, History or Political Science, and Microbiology must be completed prior to starting NUR 255.
    • We recommend completing all general education courses prior to starting the program.
  • All required science courses must be completed with a "C" or better. Completed science courses cannot be older than 5 years old at the time of admission.

Step 3 - LPN License & Experience

  • Applicants must have a current undisciplined LPN license for the state of Missouri with IV certification.
  • Applicants should have at least 6 months of work experience as an LPN.
Admission Process

Students who are accepted to the program are required to submit proof of health insurance and provide documentation of required vaccinations.

Admission to the Associate Degree of Nursing/bridge program is not final until the results from the mandatory drug screen and criminal background check are reviewed by the division dean. In order to complete the required background checks and participate in the clinical experience, students must have a Social Security Number (SSN). Students who test positive on the drug screen will be denied admission for the current year. Students may be denied entry into the program based on criminal background results.

  • Please note, space is limited; eligible students will be notified of their status upon final ranking at the close of each semester.
  • Students currently enrolled in SCC's Practical Nursing program must first meet the above criteria, earn their LPN licenses, and have six months of work experience before they can apply to bridge

- Admission criteria and processes are subject to change. -
- Students must maintain eligibility status each semester to be considered for admission. -
- It is the student’s responsibility to meet and maintain awareness of deadlines, academic status, course requirements, and etc. -

LPN to RN Program Costs

Effective August 2023

Tuition and Fees
(Estimated for AY 23-24. Subject to change.)

Tier III In-District Rates

$226 per credit hour + $10 per credit hour Technology Fee + $4 per credit hour Student Success = $240/credit hour

Tier III Out-of-District Rates

$282 per credit hour + $10 per credit hour Technology Fee + $4 per credit hour Student Success = $296/credit hour

Program Costs*

*Estimates based on in-district, on campus rates

Bridge Program First Semester Bridge Program Second Semester
Course Hours Cost Course Hours Cost
NUR 102 5 $1,200.00  NUR 255 5 $1,200.00
NUR 106 5 $1,200.00 NUR 256 5 $1,200.00
Total First Semester $2,400.00 Total Second Semester $2,400.00 
General Education Courses (31 Credits x $120) + $160 for 4 science lab fees $4,035.00 
Nursing textbooks + lab kits $1,553.00
Criminal Background Check & Drug Screening $105.00
Assessment Fee $67.00
Student Nurse Insurance Fee ($13.50/year of program) $13.00
Technology Fee ($10.00/credit hour) & Student Success Fee ($4.00/credit hour) Included in Tuition
Cost of the LPN to RN Associate Degree of Nursing program: $10,573.00
*Incidental Costs are not included above (uniform, stethoscope, NCLEX licensure fees, etc.).


For additional tuition information please visit SCC's Tuition and Payment page.

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