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STEP Exam Information

Welcome prospective nursing students!

We are excited that you are choosing Mohawk Valley Community College to pursue your goal of becoming a Registered Nurse and want to provide you with important information regarding one of the major steps towards fulfilling that goal.

All students who wish to be considered for a seat in our Registered Nursing program are required to take an entrance exam.  Prospective MVCC nursing students who hold an LPN license and are looking to enroll in our NU 050 (LPN to RN Transition) course over the summer term are required to take the STEP exam.  The STEP exam is designed to assess an LPN's readiness to continue on in an RN program.  The exam creators' website provides some additional information here.

It is important to do well on this exam, as students who score higher on the STEP exam in comparison to other applicants will be more favorably considered for admission into our NU 050 (LPN to RN Transition) course.

The STEP exam is divided into eight sub-sections:

  • Adult Medical Surgical
  • Fundamentals
  • Management
  • Maternal Newborn
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing Care of Children
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology