Accelerated LPN to RN

The accelerated LPN to RN program permits the qualifying LPN student to complete the RN nursing courses in one calendar year. These students begin nursing instruction with a 10-week summer transition course and progress into the third semester of the Associate of Science in Nursing program. Upon successful completion of Nursing 135L with a "C" or better, the student will be awarded nine additional hours of block nursing credit.

At a Glance
64 credit hours
How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Meet general admission requirements.
  2. An overall high school or college GPA of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale or a score of 45 on each of the GED exams.
  3. Have completed with a “C” or better one unit of high school algebra, one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry (ACT/SAT equivalent score of 19 in mathematics will substitute for the algebra course).
  4. An active LPN license. The license must be maintained during the entire LPN to RN program.
  5. Completion of first-year required non-nursing courses (MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, BIOL 210, 211L, 212, 213L, and ENGL 101) prior to entrance into the summer transition course.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a Registered Nurse familiar with the applicant’s current practice as an LPN, within the last year.
  7. Complete the ATI TEAS Admission test with a proficient or higher overall score. Completion of ATI TEAS does not meet all requirements for admission to the program. ATI TEAS can be taken September 1–January 31 each year. ATI TEAS can be taken twice (there must be 30 days between each attempt). Your score on the ATI TEAS is valid for two academic years. If the TEAS V was taken in the 2015–2016 academic year, a score of proficient or higher will be accepted in place of the ATI TEAS for one year.
  8. Students exceeding these academic standards and course requirements will be given first priority.
  9. Preference will be given to applicants having at least one-year full-time equivalent of acute care facility experience as an LPN.
Prerequisites
Course Requirements

14 Credits

MATH 101 General Mathematics
Course ID
MATH 101
Credit Hours
3

Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.

BIOL 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Course ID
BIOL 210
Credit Hours
3

A study of the anatomy and physiology of cells as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. PR: Eligibility for English 101 or permission of the instructor and student’s advisor. Fall.

BIOL 211L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
Course ID
BIOL 211L
Credit Hours
1

Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 210. Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 210. Fall.

BIOL 212 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Course ID
BIOL 212
Credit Hours
3

A continuation of BIOL 210. A study of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, renal, and reproductive systems. PR: BIOL 210. Spring.

BIOL 213L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
Course ID
BIOL 213L
Credit Hours
1

Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 212 sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 212. Spring.

PSYC 103 General Psychology
Course ID
PSYC 103
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.

Summer
LPN-RN Transition 6
Block Credit at completion of summer program 10
NURS 135L LPN to RN Transition
Course ID
NURS 135L
Credit Hours
16

This 10-week summer course facilitates the role transition of the practical nurse to the professional registered nurse. Introduces the student to the nursing process and the program competencies of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills, as well as capacity for therapeutic nursing interventions serve as an underlying theme for the course. Other concepts presented are nursing care of children and adults, physical assessment, laboratory interpretation, and pharmacology. Explores anticipated changes associated with aging and nursing care of common health problems experienced in the older adult. A competency skills demonstration of dosage calculations and laboratory procedures is required. Upon successful completion of Nursing 104L with a "C" or better, the student will be awarded nine additional hours of block nursing credit. Successful completion allows the students to progress into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. PR: MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, 210, ENGL 101, BIOL 210, 211L, 212, or 213L.

Semester 1
BIOL 107 Microbiology for Health Professionals
Course ID
BIOL 107
Credit Hours
4

Fundamentals of microbiology applicable to health professions. Lecture topics include characteristics of disease-causing microbes, disease mechanisms, host defenses, microbial control, treatment of infectious disease, and microbial diseases. Laboratory activities emphasize identification of infectious microbes, biosafety, aseptic technique, and clinical specimens. PR: CHEM 100 (or higher) or one unit of high school chemistry, BIOL 210/211. Spring, Even.

*This course does not fulfill general studies requirements and cannot be substituted for BIOL 202 or BIOL 204. 

ENGL 101 Composition I
Course ID
ENGL 101
Credit Hours
3

Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.

NURS 230L Patient Centered Care II
Course ID
NURS 230L
Credit Hours
8

The course focuses on the common health needs associated with respiratory, communicable disease, genitourinary, vascular, men’s reproductive health, renal disorders, seizures, and diabetes. Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated
throughout the course to reduce risk potential in all patient populations. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings.

PR: All 100 level nursing courses; BIOL 210, 211L, 212, 213L; MATH 101 or higher; PSYC 103.

CO: Third semester nursing courses, BIOL 105, ENG 101. Fall.

NURS 231L Patient Centered Care of Mental Health Clients
Course ID
NURS 231L
Credit Hours
3

This course focuses on nursing care of the patient with alterations in psychological integrity. Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated throughout the course to reduce risk potential. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. PR: All 100 level nursing courses, BIOL 210, 211L, 212, 213L, MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103. CO: Third semester nursing courses, BIOL 107, ENG 101. Fall.

Semester 2
ENGL 102 Composition II
Course ID
ENGL 102
Credit Hours
3

Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.

NURS 232L Patient-Centered Care III
Course ID
NURS 232L
Credit Hours
8

The course focuses on the common health needs associated with endocrine, hepatic, immunologic, oncological, burns, cardiovascular, neurological, and multi system emergencies. Nutrition, pharmacology, diagnostic, communication, and therapeutic interventions are integrated throughout the course to reduce risk potential in all patient populations. This course involves didactic and psychomotor skills acquisitions in the classroom and clinical settings. PR: All 100 level nursing courses. Third semester nursing courses BIOL 105, 210, 211L 212, 213L. MATH 101 or higher, PSYC 103, ENGL 101. CO: Fourth semester nursing courses, ENGL 102, and one of the following (COSC 102, BUSN 130 or MATH 210)

NURS 233 Nursing Management in the Evolving Healthcare System
Course ID
NURS 233
Credit Hours
2

The course focuses on collaboration of interdisciplinary teams, informatics, ethical and legal practice, and establishing priorities, proper delegation, disaster preparation and quality improvement in varied healthcare settings.

PR: All 100 level nursing courses; third semester nursing courses; BIOL 105, 210, 211L 212, 213L; MATH 101 or higher; PSYC 103; ENGL 101. 

CO: Fourth semester nursing courses; ENGL 102; and one of the following: COSC 102, BUSN 130 or MATH 210. Spring.

NURS 234L Synthesis of Nursing Concepts
Course ID
NURS 234L
Credit Hours
1

This course has two main foci. The first focus is a review of all the major nursing concepts taught in the first, second and third semesters of the nursing program. The second focus is the refinement of the students’ test-taking skills in preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination.

PR: All 100 level nursing courses; third semester nursing courses; BIOL 105, 210, 211L, 212, 213L; MATH 101 or higher; PSYC 103; ENGL 101.

CO: Fourth semester nursing courses, ENGL 102, and one of the following: COSC 102, BUSN 130 or MATH 210. Spring.

COSC 102 Computers & Society
Course ID
COSC 102
Credit Hours
3

A beginning course introducing the student to the use of computers and requiring no previous computer experience or technical background. The impact of computers on society is briefly discussed, along with an overview of the types, classifications, and functions of various computer hardware, software, and peripherals. The hands-on use of microcomputers is stressed and the ability to use word processing software is emphasized.

*COSC 102 can be substituted with BUSN 130.