LPN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Option
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
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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.
Sample Plan of Study
Required Core Courses:
- NURS 240 Nursing As A Scholarly Profession (3 CREDITS)
- NURS 289 Transition from LPN to BSN (2 CREDITS)
- NURS 340 Leadership & Ethical Reflection (2 CREDITS)
NURS 360 Health Assessment (4 CREDITS)
Has a lab component but students are able to complete this at home and submit via video tape.
NURS 372 Integrated Family Nursing (3 CREDITS)
Has a labor experience (one day) in which the student is able to select a day from a variety of choices and it is usually a weekend experience. The clinical component may be able to be completed outside the Fargo/Moorhead area but requires that arrangements be made and discussed with the course instructor.
- NURS 405 Psychosocial Nursing (2 CREDITS)
NURS 406 Public Health Nursing (4 CREDITS)
Completed in the summer. The course instructor connects the student with an agency and the student is able to schedule clinical hours based on a mutual agreement with the agency. The clinical component may be able to be completed outside the Fargo/Moorhead area but requires that arrangements be made and discussed with the course instructor.
- NURS 407 Complex Issues in Adult Health (3 CREDITS)
NURS 407L Complex Issues in Adult Health (2 CREDITS)
Completed in the summer and has the largest clinical component. This course will have approximately 90 hours in the hospital clinical. The course instructor tries to arrange these in a group so those who are from out of town can come for a few days at a time.
- NURS 430 Nursing Management (2 CREDITS)
- NURS 440 Nursing Issues & Career Development (2 CREDITS)
NURS 450 Synthesis/Practicum (4 CREDITS)
A capstone course which has 120 hours of clinical. This can be arranged out of the Fargo/Moorhead area.
- Upper division classes in major (15 CREDITS)
- General education requirements (40 CREDITS)
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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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:
- Completion of an associate degree in nursing
- Current unencumbered practical (vocational) nurse license (LPN)
- Attainment of satisfactory decision scores on advanced placement exams in adult, maternal/child and mental health nursing
- Admitted to NDSU
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale (exceptions may be made if recent work indicates acceptable academic performance)
- GPA in the following prerequisite courses of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale:
- Anatomy/physiology, microbiology, psychology, sociology, English
- Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
- Current CPR certification at health provider level
- Criminal background check with acceptable findings
- Completed application
- Two references
- Documentation of health status
NDSU Department of Nursing
NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
NDSU Office of Admission