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Campus: MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator: Robin Bellamy
For program information please call 816.604.4175

Starting with the February 2018 application period, paper applications will no longer be accepted for the LPN to ADN Program. 
Applicants must submit their application online through the link provided under "To Apply." 
 
*NOTE:  Applications are only available during open application periods.
 
Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday 8am to 4pm and Friday 8am to 3pm.
  1. What is the time commitment for this program?
    The nursing curriculum is rigorous and time intensive.  You will be expected to attend 4-6 hours of class and approximately 16 hours of clinical a week.  There is a significant amount of extra time required in preparation for class and clinical.  It will be important for you to consider the time commitment in advance of entering the program, and to discuss with your family and any employers.
  2. How long does it take to earn a degree?
    If you are already and LPN, you can earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing in just three semesters, following completion of admission requirements including five prerequisites courses.
  3. What is the difference between an ADN and a BSN?
    The ADN or Associate in Applied Science is a two-year degree.  The BSN or Bachelor of Science is a four-year degree.  MCC offers the ADN degree.  Graduates of both types of nursing programs are eligible to apply to take the licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse in all fifty states.
  4. What about opportunities to earn a four-year degree?

    We have articulation agreements with several local four-year colleges and universities making it easy to complete a four-year degree.  These agreements allow all of your Associated of Applied Science degree courses from MCC to count toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  Schools that MCC has articulation agreements include the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri Western State University, Avila University and Webster University.

  5. Can I submit an application while I am working on my prerequisites?
    No.  All admission requirements must be met prior to submitting an application.  Any applications submitted prior to the applicant completing the admission requirements will not be considered.
  6. What is the ACCUPLACER?
    The ACCUPLACER is the entrance examination required by Metropolitan Community College to test for readiness for college level courses.
  7. I have a degree from another college: Do I have to take the ACCUPLACER?
    Yes.  The nursing division requires all applicants to take the ACCUPLACER.
  8. I took the COMPASS three years ago:  Do I have to repeat it?
    No.  COMPASS scores are good for a total of three years.  When the COMPASS expires, you will need to take the ACCUPLACER which has replaced the COMPASS. The exam must be repeated if older than three years.
  9. What if I don’t get the required ACCUPLACER scores?
    The purpose of the ACCUPLACER is to ensure readiness for success in college courses. Therefore, if the student’s ACCUPLACER scores place him/her into developmental courses, the student will need to complete those prior to the start of any given application period.
  10. What is the entry test for the nursing program?
    The entry test for the nursing program is the TEAS V exam created by the ATI Testing Company.  It is composed of reading, math, English and science.  The passing score for the TEAS V for the nursing program is a total adjusted score of 60%.
  11. How many times can I take the ATI entrance exam?

    Twice.

  12. How do I sign up to take the TEAS V examination?
    Send an e-mail to pvtest@mcckc.edu to schedule an appointment to take the TEAS V test a MCC-Penn Valley Testing Center.
  13. Should I submit my nursing program application early to improve my chances of admission?

    Applications will only be accepted during the application periods.

  14. What if I am not admitted to the semester I apply for: do I have to reapply for the next semester?
    Yes.  To be considered for the next available semester you would need to reapply.
  15. I took the TEAS examination at another school:  can I use those scores?
    Yes. You must attach a copy of the TEAS to your application and submit it to the nursing division.  The passing score for MCC is a total adjusted score of 60% on your first or second attempt.
  16. Which transcripts do I need to submit?
    Official transcripts from all non-MCC colleges and universities you have attended must be sent to:  Metropolitan Community College, Student Data Center, 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO  64111.
  17. What if I have had a legal action against me in the past?  Will that affect my ability to become an RN?
    Download this pdf:  Admission to and graduation from the nursing program does not ensure eligibility for state licensure, nor does it guarantee passing the licensure examination. Any candidate for licensure who has ever been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony will be required to submit documentation of the court proceedings for that charge or conviction to the State Board of Nursing in which licensure is sought. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is expected to file an application with the Missouri State Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for the registered professional nurse. After successful completion of the examination, a license will be granted for the graduate to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri. If the student has had a criminal conviction in the past, please contact the Director of Professional Nursing. A conviction may delay or prevent the issuance of a license. For further information, refer to the Statues of Missouri found in the MCC-Penn Valley Associate Degree Nursing Program Student Handbook or on the web site of the Missouri State Board of Nursing or see this pdf.

    The Missouri State Board of Nursing will make the decision whether or not to allow an individual to take the licensure examination. Questions may be directed to:

    Missouri State Board of Nursing
    3605 Missouri Boulevard, PO Box 656, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656;

    Phone:  573-751-0681
  18. What kinds of training will I receive?
    You’ll learn in the classroom and through hands-on work in our skills lab.  You’ll also complete clinical rotations at local hospitals and community healthcare facilities, such as Children’s Mercy Hospital, Research Medical Center, Truman Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital of Blue Springs.
  19. Is your program accredited?
    We meet the highest standards in the professional nursing field. Our program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc, the major U.S. nursing school accrediting authority. To learn more, contact the League at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326-1427. P: 404.975.5000, F: 404.975.5020.
Last Modified: 4/21/17