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Nursing - LPN-to-BSN Option

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Application Deadline: June 15



The LPN-BSN option is designed to give licensed practical nurses the opportunity to advance their education and career by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level is a professional who has acquired a well-delineated and broad knowledge base for practice.  The role of a baccalaureate graduate is multifaceted and developed through extensive study in the areas of liberal education, professional values, core competencies, core knowledge and role development.  This knowledge base prepares the baccalaureate graduate to function as a provider of direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.  The baccalaureate graduate is also a member of the profession and a designer, manager and coordinator of care.  Additionally, the baccalaureate prepared nurse has a background in teaching, research and management skills which lay the foundation for leadership positions and graduate education. 


ASU participates in the statewide articulation program for licensed practical nurses (LPN) and licensed psychiatric technician nurses (LPTN) seeking the BSN degree.  LPNs and LPTNs may earn sophomore level credit by articulation.

Educational Mobility

The School of Nursing faculty are committed to the concept of educational mobility and have provided a variety of approaches for the LPN to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Prerequisites


    ENG 1003  Composition I   (3 hrs)
    ENG 1013  Composition II  (3 hrs)
    MATH 1023 College Algebra   (3 hrs)
    BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I    (3 hrs)
    BIO 2201 Lab for Human Anatomy & Physiology I   (1 hr)
    BIO 2223 Human Anatomy & Physiology II   (3 hrs)
    BIO 2221 Lab for Human Anatomy & Physiology II  (1 hr)
    CHEM 1043  Fund. Concepts of Chemistry (3 hr)
    CHEM 1041  Lab for Fund. Concepts of Chemistry   (1 hr)
    CHEM 1052  Fund. Concepts of Organic & Biochemistry  (2 hrs)
    BIO 2103  Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health   (3 hrs)
    BIO 2101  Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health Lab (1 hr)
    PSY 2013  Intro to Psychology   (3 hrs)
    SOC 2213  Principles of Sociology   (3 hrs)
    NRS 2392  Health Assessment  (2 hrs)
    NRSP 2391  Health Assessment Practicum  (1 hr)
    TOTAL Hours:  36

    Recommended Gen. Eds Prior to Junior Year:

    Fine Arts (3 hrs)
    HIST 2763 or HIST 2773 US History to/since 1876 OR POSC 2103  Intro to US Government (3hrs)
    Humanities (3 hrs)
  • Admission Process

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program.  Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor early in their college career to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    1.  Applicants for admission to ASU at http://admissions.astate.edu

    2.  Apply for admission to the LPN-BSN program.  Application will be available online on the School of     Nursing website April 30.

    3.  Submit the following by the June 15 deadline

    a.  Completed LPN-BSN application
    b.  Official (sealed) transcripts of ALL college work completed. these MUST be attached to the application.
    c.  If you previously attended a nursing program that you did not complete, you must have the program Dean/Director send a letter stating your standing when you left the program.  This letter must be submitted electronically to Carla McCain at cmcain@astate.edu or by mail to the address below.
    d.  Validation of work experience, if applicable.

    Applicants who complete their LPN/LPTN program less than 12 months prior to application to the BSN program are not required to have work experience.  If it has been greater than 12 months since graduation, the applicant must  provide proof of work experience reflecting a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing employment during the past 12-24 months.

    Submit these documents to:
    School of Nursing
    BSN Admissions Committee
    PO Box 910
    State University AR 72467
    OR hand deliver:
    College of Nursing & Health Professions Building
    School of Nursing, Room 203
    See School of Nursing website for additional information:  http://www.astate.edu/college/conhp/departments/nursing/
  • Additional Information

    Students admitted will be required to supply additional documentation, including current CPR certification, Hepatitis B immunizations, Tetanus, TB skin test or chest x-ray, MMR and proof of professional liability (minimum $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage).  All documentation required by the School of Nursing must be kept current at all times during the course of the program.

    The School of Nursing affirms that all students enrolled in the BSN program must possess those intellectual, ethical, physical, and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty for safe professional practice.  The criteria are included in the Nursing Student Handbook and are attached to the application for admission.

    For additional information contact Jenafer Wray, Pre-Nursing Advisor at jwray@astate.edu or contact 870-972-3074

  • Careers

    Career opportunities include a variety of work settings such as hospitals, clinics, home health environments, schools, industries, rehabilitation facilities,nursing homes, and public health units.

  • Accreditations

    The LPN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.,  3433 Peachtree Road NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326.  Telephone:  (404) 975-5000.  www.acenursing.org.  The program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

  • Checksheets & Degree Plans


    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

    Degree Plans

    Degree plans suggest a schedule of courses for students to follow as they pursue their degree.