Nursing Student at GRCC

Advanced Standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) for Licensed Practical Nurses

In order to help Licensed Practical Nurses to become Registered Nurses, the Nursing faculty allows advanced standing (ADS) in the College's Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. Successful completion of the ADN program culminates in the award of the Associate in Nursing degree and the eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN  — National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse.

The length of time that it will take a Licensed Practical Nurse to complete the ADN program depends on his/her record of college courses already taken, his/her standing in respect to the ADS admission criteria outlined below and the availability of space in clinical courses in the level at which the student needs to enter the ADN program.

It is CRITICAL for the prospective student to maintain contact with the Health Admissions Coordinator in order to be assured that all requirements for ADS entrance are being met. Please call 616-234-4348 if you have any questions concerning advanced standing admission in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.


To be accepted for ADS, the applicant must:

  • Meet all requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing program
  • Possess a current, unencumbered practical nursing license, and 2000 hours of work experience as an LPN (beginning Fall, 2016)


  • The College Admissions Office handles all new student applications. Students who have attended GRCC previously need to fill out the Health Admissions Application or contact the Health Admissions Coordinator in 600 College Park Plaza Building (616) 234-4348.
  • Transfer credits for courses taken at other colleges are valid only when granted in writing by the Grand Rapids Community College Registrar and will be based only on an official college transcript sent directly to Grand Rapids Community College.


  • AFTER the student has fulfilled all the requirements described above, he/she will be admitted to the Advanced Standing (ADS) waiting list. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT BEFORE THE STUDENT MAY ATTEND A CLINICAL CLASS IN NURSING, the required health forms must be on file at the College in the Nursing Programs office.


  • The entering student must show proof of immunizations and hold a current CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate. (See the Nursing Programs Student Handbook for specific types of CPR certification that are accepted.)
  • The curriculum is outlined in the College catalog. All non‑nursing courses may be taken before beginning the nursing (AD) courses.  Please see the College catalog for a full description of graduation requirements for the Associate in Nursing degree.
  • Some non-nursing course requirements may be fulfilled by taking and passing several different kinds of examinations. There are fees involved with these procedures. Complete lists as well as detailed information regarding procedures, test dates and the like can be obtained in the Assessment Center, 616-234-3413.