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LPN-To-RN Track

Thank you for your interest in Trinitas School of Nursing. Please carefully read the minimum requirements to apply and answers to most frequently asked questions.

Relationship with Union College

Trinitas School of Nursing, in partnership with Union College, conducts a Cooperative Nursing Program that awards students a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing and an associate in science degree from Union College upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and upon passing will be entry level RNs.

Follow these steps to apply. Each step must be completed prior to submitting a Trinitas School of Nursing application.

1. Important New Requirement for TSON Students

  • As of Fall 2024, all current TSON students are required to have a laptop computer with minimum systems requirements so you can:
    • Take all (required) exams and quizzes via “Exam Software”
    • access all course material from anywhere.
    • submit clinical and class assignments.

Laptops are available in the Union College bookstore in all campuses.

  • If you are eligible for financial aid, check if the laptop is included in your financial aid package. The link for more information is: https://www.ucc.edu/techfee/
  • If you carry less than 12 credits (full time status), you can apply for a laptop loaner. The link for more information is: https://www.ucc.edu/laptoploaner/

If you already own a laptop, it must meet the following specifications:

Minimum System Requirements:
Operating system: Windows or MacOS
Processor: Intel i5 or better (non- ARM processor)
Ram: 8GB
Storage: 128 GB or higher

2. Attend a Trinitas School of Nursing Information Session within 12 months prior of submitting application. Click below to see the schedule and find instructions on how to register.

3. Take and pass the TEAS Exam.

4. You must initially apply to Union College to be eligible to apply to Trinitas School of Nursing.

  • Click here for information on the Union College admission process or call the Elizabeth campus at 908-965-6050 or the Cranford Campus at 908-709-7500.
  • Click here to access a Union College online application.

5. All official transcripts from other colleges and universities must be sent officially through other college or university directly to admissions@ucc.edu for evaluation for transfer of credits. Transcripts emailed by students will not be accepted for course evaluation for transfer credits.

  • Please keep in mind, this can take up to 6 weeks, especially at peak application times. Plan accordingly.
  • Transfer credit for any of the Trinitas School of Nursing curriculum courses must be posted to the student’s Union College transcript prior to LPN-RN application submission.
  • The updated unofficial transcript must be sent as part of your complete Trinitas School of Nursing application submission.
  • Although credits from other institutions are considered for transfer, GPA from other institutions do not transfer. Please see below for further information for transfer students.

6. Set up a meeting with Academic Advising by sending an email to nursing@ucc.edu

  • They will review your transcripts and advise which courses you may still need to take to be eligible to apply to Trinitas School of Nursing.
  • Academic advising is available on site at 12 W. Jersey St., Elizabeth NJ.

7. The following courses must be reflected on your Union College transcript as completed. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all science courses.

  • Either ENG 101 or 112
  • ENG 102
  • PSY 101
  • PSY 204
  • SOC 101
  • BIO 105
  • BIO 106
  • BIO 108
  • Two Humanities electives (6 credits)

8. A minimum Union College GPA of 2.5 is required.

  • Students who have transferred all their co-requisite courses from other institutions will have a Union College GPA of 0.00.
  • Transfer student’s application will be considered based solely on the TEAS exam result.

9. Further Important information for transfer students:

  • The nursing program does not accept transfer credits for nursing coursework from other academic institutions.
  • Students who have completed college level courses at an accredited college or university will be evaluated for transfer credit for up to 33 credits.
  • A minimum grade of “C” or 70 is required to receive transfer credit for all general education courses.
  • If a student completes any applicable science or general education courses at another college or university, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure Union College receives official transcript evidence for the corresponding transfer credit to be entered on the Union College transcript.

10. You must possess a valid, unencumbered LPN license.


Click here for Trinitas School of Nursing application. Applications are reviewed using a ranking score calculation that is based on your Union College GPA, TEAS score and your grade points.

  • See below for when to submit Trinitas School of Nursing Application

When to Apply

Spring semester application dates:

  • Applications are not accepted for the Spring semester for the LPN-RN track.

Fall semester application dates:

  • The LPN-RN application is accepted between June 1 through June 30th.
  • Admission notifications can be expected by July 10.
  • Applicant acceptance date by July 14.

The LPN-to-RN track:

  • For students who currently possess a valid LPN license and would like to become a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • Nursing courses will take 15 months to complete.
  • All accepted students must provide proof of complete COVID and Flu vaccination to be eligible to register for Nursing Courses (NURE).
  • Trinitas School of Nursing has contracted with CastleBranch, a repository for all required registration documents. Please note there is a fee to create your account with CastleBranch.

Schedule Options

  • The LPN-RN program track is offered in the evening. Evening lectures begin at 5:30pm
  • Weekend clinical options are available based upon seat availability.
  • Weekend clinical experience start and end times may vary per course

Academic Requirements

Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of “C+” in each nursing course and a “C” grade for all science courses.

  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for entrance into all Nursing (NURE) courses.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for all students re-entering the nursing sequence.
  • All nursing students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while enrolled in the nursing program.