NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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LPN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Option


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Program Description

Sample plan of study

Curriculum sequence

Frequently asked questions

Admission requirements

Contact information



Program Description

Advance your nursing career while you work. Employment forecasts predict an increasing demand for professional nurses. Rapid changes in health care and technology require the nursing profession to continually expand its role. The online LPN to BSN degree program is for the licensed practical nurse (LPN) with an associate degree in nursing who wants to complete a bachelor's degree (BSN) in nursing and become eligible for licensure as a registered nurse. We offer a curricular pathway tailored for the working LPN. The NDSU nursing program provides an opportunity for nurses to earn a bachelor's degree primarily online. 

This program currently receives more applications than it can accommodate, so be sure to plan ahead for admission into this program.

Career opportunities for BSN program graduates include positions in hospitals, schools, community agencies, the military, insurance companies, nursing homes, clinics, businesses and research settings. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings that demand critical thinking, autonomy, collaboration and accountability.

LPN to BSN Option Brochure.pdf
View Nursing Program Fact Sheet

If you are interested in patient-provider communication or working with health campaigns, you might also be interested in the online B.S. in Health Communication program.


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Sample Plan of Study

Required Core Courses:

Additional Courses:

Total Credits: 122
At least 60 credits must be earned from a 4-year institution.
At least 36 credits must be earned from NDSU.


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Curriculum Sequence

  Even Year Odd Year
Spring 240 240
  360 340
  405 430
Summer 407 406
Fall 440 372
  450 450


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many times would I need to come to campus for this program?
While a majority of the program is online, there are a few times you would need to come to campus for this program.  To be admitted into the program you need to take the validation exams.  These validation exams are only offered on-campus.  It is a two day test, usually offered on a Friday evening and Saturday. The validation exams are required for admission into this program.  You will also need to come to campus during the first week of your first semester in the program for an orientation session.  And finally, you will need to come to campus for a two week clinical near the end of your program. 

What are the validation exams?
The NACE II (RN-BSN) exams are in the areas of: Adult Health, Mental Health, Care of the Child, Care of the Client during Childbearing. A Decision Score of 90 must be obtained on each exam (Overall Score 60-70%, exact score required varies per exam). Exams may be taken twice in a calendar year. The cost of the exams is subject to change, currently $35-65/each. Students are responsible for the cost. Exams are Computer Based and taken at NDSU. Exams offered in April and August. Read more about the validation exams.

How competitive is the program?
This program currently receives more applications than it can accommodate, so be sure to plan ahead for admission into this program.

Will this program be accepted by my state board?
This program is an accredited program and students can become licensed in any state after completion of the program.

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Apply for admission
View Getting Started Guide

Admission application deadline is October 15.  Students in the LPN to BSN online degree program begin coursework during spring semester; however, students may begin this program in fall semester if they intend to complete general education requirements during fall semester.

The first step in the admission process is completion of the advanced placement exam, which is required prior to admission to the LPN to BSN online degree program at NDSU.  Advance registration for the exam is required. There are three examinations: Adult Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Maternal-Child Nursing. Please contact the Nursing Department at (701) 231-5692 for more information and dates. 

Requirements for admission to the nursing major at NDSU in the curricular sequence for the LPN:


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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Nursing
Phone: 701-231-5128
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/nursing/lpn_bsn_track/

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
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NDSU Office of Admission
Phone: 1-800-488-6378
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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