School of Nursing

The BSN for the LPN

The LPN to BSN course of study is designed to provide career mobility for the licensed practical nurse desiring the bachelor of science in nursing degree. The program allows students the opportunity to validate prior knowledge and clinical competence, enabling progression through the BSN curriculum within five semesters (2 1/2 years), following completion of prerequisite courses.

LPN Admission Requirements

LPNs typically begin coursework in the spring. They join the preceding fall cohort since the first semester is waived for LPNs. Before consideration for admission to the LPN to BSN program, applicants are expected to have completed an LPN course or have LPN licensure. For complete requirements, please see minimum criteria for admission to the School of Nursing BSN programs.

LPN to BSN Curriculum:

LPN to BSN Prerequisite* Coursework:

  • Biology 201 – Introduction to Microbiology (4 semester credits) (Natural Science) within last 6 years
  • Biology 205 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 semester credits) (Natural Science) within last 6 years
  • Biology 206 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 semester credits) within last 6 years
  • Chemistry 105 – Chemistry of Life, : Inorganic, Organic, Biochemistry (4 semester credits) within last 6 years
  • Psychology 101 – Introduction to Psychology (4 semester credits)
  • Psychology 320 – Development Across the Lifespan (4 semester credits)

* All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B-” [2.5] or better prior to beginning LPN to BSN sequence.

Sophomore Year (beginning of nursing program -- may be spring or fall)

  • Nurs 260 – Professional Foundations I (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 270 – Health Assessment and Promotion (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 280 – Pathological Human Processes (4 semester credits)
  • Stats 231  – Introductory Statistics (Math Reasoning) (4 semester credits) (Must be completed with a grade of “B-” [2.5] or better prior to enrollment in Nurs 360, Nursing Research and Informatics.)

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Nurs 320 – Nursing Competencies II (2 semester credits)
  • Nurs 330 – Pharmacology & Therapeutic Modalities (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 340 – Nursing Situations with Individuals/Adult Health I (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 350 – Nursing Situations with Individuals/Mental Health (4 semester credits)

Second Semester

  • Nurs 360 – Nursing Research and Informatics (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 365 – Culturally Congruent Healthcare (Alternative Perspectives) (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 370 – Nursing Situations with Families/Childbearing (OB) (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 380 – Nursing Situations with Families/Childrearing (PEDS) (4 semester credits)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Nurs 420 – Introduction to Leadership and Resource Management (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 430 – Nursing Situations with Communities (5 semester credits)
  • Nurs 440 – Nursing Situations with Individuals/Adult Health II (4 semester credits)
  • Nurs 441 – Nursing Situations Seminar (1 semester credit)

Second Semester

  • Nurs 460 – Health Care Systems and Policy (2 semester credits)
  • Nurs 480 – Professional Foundations II (2 semester credits) (Senior Seminar/Project)
  • Nurs 499 – Nursing Synthesis (6 semester credits) (Senior Seminar/Project)
  • GEN ED/Core – Religion* (4 semester credits)

Please Note: * Other specific university course requirements needed for completion of the baccalaureate degree are not included herein. Applicants to the LPN to BSN program are strongly encouraged to contact us at nurs@plu.edu for assistance with their complete programs of study. Contact the School of Nursing, nurs@plu.edu or 253-535-7672, to have a copy of the LPN-BSN application mailed to you.