NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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LPN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Option


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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 a diploma, certificate or 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.



For additional information, please review the School of Nursing website.

Please note we are unable to accept students from California, Maryland, New York, Nevada, and Wyoming. 

Students from states other than North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana, please review the NCSBN website for information about completing a distance program in your state. If your state requires extensive Board of Nursing approval, we are not able to accept you into our program.  

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If you are interested in this program, please contact either the NDSU School of Nursing or the NDSU Office of Admission. Contact information for these departments is listed below.


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Sample Plan of Study

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The program offers online coursework with clinical in Fargo, North Dakota for all students.

Clinical in Fargo allows students to have a hands on learning experiences and gain important critical thinking skills under the guidance of experiences instructors.


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Transfer Student Undergraduate Admission
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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) 231-7208 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: 701-231-7208
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/nursing/lpn_bsn_track/

NDSU Office of Admission
Phone: 1-800-488-6378
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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