LPN to RN Online

Frequently Asked Questions

We are authorized in fourteen states:

Applicants must be a permanent resident of the authorized states and remain a resident of an authorized state throughout the program.


 Approved to operate by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).


*South Carolina residents must score a 900 or greater on the HESI entrance exam to be considered for acceptance into the online program, per South Carolina's Nurse Practice Act and related preceptor requirements.


For additional information, please contact:

Lindsay Miller, M.S.
Virtual Success & Retention Coach
LPN-RN Online Advising
Email: lmiller1595@allegany.edu
Phone: 301-784-5651





Checklist - Admission Step Process for LPN-RN Online Program
Applicants considering this program option should follow the guidelines provided below in each step of the application process. Applicants are responsible to complete the steps as outlined in order to meet eligibility requirements. Failure to submit required documents by deadline dates will not be considered for admission.

The application and all supporting documents must be received by the application due date to be evaluated for admission.  This includes any official transcripts, professional letter of reference, work verification form, and copies of nursing and driver’s licenses.



  • Apply for general admission to the college using the General College Admission Form
  • Select Pre-Online LPN-RN as the program of study. Applicants are automatically listed as 'pre-LPN-RN' until offered admission into the program.
  • Submit Official Transcripts as directed on the Admission Website to:
      CUMBERLAND, MD 21502
    • Transcripts may also be submitted electronically to acmtranscripts@allegany.edu


Remember - to be official, transcripts must be sent directly from one institution to another. Transcripts from EACH institution attended must be submitted.

You may expect to receive an acceptance letter from the college as a ‘General Student’ within two to three weeks of submitting your application.
Your unique Student ID number and Student e-mail will be located in the letter. Keep this letter in a safe and convenient location as you will need this information frequently. Be sure to check your student e-mail on a regular basis for correspondence from the college and the online program.

Please review the Checklist for all LPN-RN Applicants. Please review the Reverse Transfer Process for sending transcripts to ACM. PLEASE NOTE: This letter of admission to the 'COLLEGE' does not automatically enroll you or guarantee you a seat in the Nursing Program.

Allegany College of Maryland ranks as a best educational value, and our low tuition and fees make us one of the most affordable colleges in the nation. Please see Tuition and Fees for more information.


(This step is for students who have NO Prior College Credits)

  • Participate in placement (Accuplacer) testing, if necessary.
    **NOTE – Applicants may complete the reading/writing/math portions of the placement test online if technical requirements are met. Applicants wishing to complete the optional Science placement exam must complete the exam in person at a location near you. You do NOT need to come to our campus to take the exams. Please notify the Learning Commons Testing Services that you are out of town when contacting them, so they can assist you with arrangements at 301-784-5554.
  • After completing placement testing, you must speak with your academic advisor prior to enrolling in courses. Your advisor will be listed in the letter you receive from the Admission Office. The purpose of talking with your advisor is to assist you in registering for the appropriate courses and help answer any questions you may have.
  • Complete any developmental courses as required by Accuplacer assessment testing results and ALL pre-requisite courses.
  • Reminder when registering for courses:
    • The minimum acceptable college GPA for the program pre-requisite classes for admission consideration is 2.50.
    • Science courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. 
    • Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 credit courses)
      If they were both completed more than 10 years ago, we highly recommend you repeat the science courses, but we will accept them in transfer*.
    • Microbiology 4 credits will be accepted in transfer, if applicable, at any time. There is no time limit on the credits for Microbiology. (Biology 204)
    • If you only had Anatomy and Physiology 1 more than 10 years ago, you will need to repeat Anatomy and Physiology 1 before enrolling in Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • Currently working LPN’s who took science courses more than 10 years ago will be given credit for those courses.
  • Basic functional computer ability is an expectation of the LPN-RN Online nursing program.


*Transfer of credit will occur if the courses meet our current science requirements. It may be necessary to submit the syllabi for the courses in question. The 4 credit hours are based on semester hours, not quarter hours.


  • **Seven of the Pre-requisites must be COMPLETED prior to the semester you are submitting your application for consideration to the online nursing program or mid-term and final grades must be submitted by the due dates for consideration to the online nursing program.**

         Pre-requisite courses for the LPN-RN Online program:

  • English 101
  • Psychology 101
  • Psychology 203 (Human Growth and Development)
  • Math 102 or Math 109 (College Algebra or Probability and Statistics)
  • Biological Science 207 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 credit science with a lab)
  • Biological Science 208 - Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 credit science with a lab)
  • Biological Science 204 - Microbiology (4 credit science with a lab)
  • These 3 general education requirements must be completed to be eligible for graduation and can be completed after acceptance into the online program:
    • Sociology 101
    • Humanities electives 2 courses or 6 credits (Includes Art, Music, Philosophy, Literature, Foreign Language, Speech, Leadership) only one course from a discipline


Admission to LPN-RN Online



  • You will need your Student ID and Student Email account to complete the LPN-RN Online Program Application.
  • Applications must be submitted by the deadline date for the semester you are applying for to be considered for the "LPN Advanced Transitions Course".
  • Applicants must be proficient in English and provide TOEFL scores if indicated and must clear Federal Background checks before being offered formal admission.
  • Drug screening is required prior to entering clinical nursing courses.
  • You will receive a postcard verifying your application was received in the Nursing Department.


Admission to the online nursing program is a selective and competitive process.  Acceptance will be offered to students ranking with the highest points based on pre-requisite class grades and the admission exam.

Applicants will be ranked using the following factors:

  • Scores on a standardized entrance exam (weighted 1/2)
  • A point system awarding points for each required course completed and grade earned.
    (weighted 1/2)


For Biological Science 207; Biological Science 208; Biological Science 204; and College Algebra:

  • Each "A" will be worth 10 points
  • Each "B" will be worth 8 points
  • Each "C" will be worth 6 points
  • No points will be awarded for a "D" or an "F"


For English 101, Psychology 101 and 203, Sociology 101, and Humanities elective:

  • Each "A" will be worth 5 points
  • Each "B" will be worth 3 points
  • Each "C" will be worth 1 point
  • No points will be awarded for a "D" or an "F"


Current enrollment and mid-term grades will be utilized along with final grades earned in previous semesters in determining a student's final points. Transcripts and mid-term grades for students transferring from another college must be in the nursing office by due dates to be considered for the ranking process.


NOTE: You will be notified via your student email account if you are eligible to register for the entrance exam. The Entrance Exam emails will be sent 1-2 weeks prior to the Entrance Exam Testing Period.  A separate letter from the Department of Nursing will be mailed upon evaluation of completed prerequisite criteria, including Entrance Exam Scores, to make an offer of conditional acceptance into the LPN-RN Online program. Please make sure your correct mailing address is listed in the college system and that you are checking your college email regularly.  Not checking your college email will not warrant a deadline extension. Formal admission into the Nursing Program and clinical courses will be offered upon successful completion of Transition Bridge Course 298.


Submit all 'Supporting Documents' listed below by the application deadline of the semester you are applying for admission to the Online Nursing program. Failure to submit these documents may adversely affect your application process.


  • One [1] Clinical Experience/Professional Reference (To be completed even if you have no clinical experience)
  • The Employer Verification Letter completed by Human Resources Dept. from one or more places of employment. Applicants for the program must have 1 year and 2000 hours of work experience by the application deadline for the class they are applying for.
  • An official transcript from the LPN school you attended.
  • A valid copy of your current LPN license OR a copy of a current Licensee Verification from the Board of Nursing website
  • Provide a legible copy of current / valid PHOTO U.S. Driver's license
  • A letter of recommendation from the Program Director of a previously attended RN program - if indicated (refer to Nursing Information Book and Prior Program Attendance Letter )
  • In some cases, proof of Permanent Residence in a state may be required
  • Documentation may be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to:
      CUMBERLAND, MD 21502
    • Email: lpnrn@allegany.edu
    • Fax: 301-784-5106 (please note: some documents do not fax well and may have to be sent using an alternative method)


  • Participate in Entrance Exam testing. You will be notified via your ACM student email account if/when you are eligible to register for and take the LPN-RN Online Entrance Exam. The Entrance Exam emails will be sent 1-2 weeks prior to the Entrance Exam Testing Period.
  • Admission decisions are generally made after mid-term grades are due and the entrance exam testing phase has been completed.  Status letters will be mailed to all applicants at that time.
  • All nursing program acceptances are provisional, contingent upon securing approved clinical sites and preceptors, successful completion of the LPN Transitions Bridge course, submission and clearance of background checks, and completion of a physical examination form that includes serum titers or vaccinations for communicable diseases and drug screening.
  • Applications are not automatically rolled over to the next semester. If the applicant is not accepted, he or she is required to submit a new application for the next application cycle if eligible. Refer to Nursing Information Booklet for eligibility criteria.
  • Retaking the Entrance Exam is not required if completed successfully on the first attempt. Applicants who do not receive the required score or feel they could improve their score may repeat the test after a minimum of 3 months from the date of the first exam. Applicants to the online program may only take the entrance exam a total of two (2) times, and only once per testing cycle.



Admission to LPN-RN Online


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