Sep 24, 2017
The LPN to B.S. program is designed to allow graduates of schools of practical nursing to expand their career opportunities. Graduates of the program prepare to become Professional Registered Nurses by earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing. This qualifies the student to take the NCLEX-RN exam. These credentials provide the education needed to advance nursing expertise and employment opportunities.
LPN’s are treated as transfer students and their transcripts will be individually reviewed and compared to progress requirements. The student’s personal program plan and the length of time needed to complete the LPN to B.S. program will depend on the number of college credits in liberal arts and sciences that are transferred to Nazareth College, and may take three to four years. The entire program requires 120 college credits.
The student must be a graduate of a practical nurse program and either hold an LPN license and current registration to practice, or be awaiting NCLEX-PN test results within the next six months. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for any college credits that the student hopes to transfer into Nazareth. After the student has been accepted into the B.S. program, a list of course requirements and a schedule for progression through the curriculum will be created for him or her.
Student Learning Outcomes
In accordance with the mission of the Department of Nursing, the undergraduate program goals, and the nine essentials from the Executive Summary of AACN (2008), the baccalaureate curriculum for both the pre-licensure students and registered nurse students will provide educational opportunities which will enable the graduate to:
- describe how arts and sciences apply to the care of individuals and families;
- apply the concepts of evidence-based practice to critical thinking in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care;
- apply effective communication techniques with diverse populations;
- construct culturally competent nursing care for diverse populations;
- use technology and informatics in professional nursing practice;
- use effective communication with members of the interprofessional health care team to promote quality and safe patient care; and, recognize her/his ability to meet the following professional nursing values: altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
Core Curriculum Requirements
All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures for specific core curriculum requirements.
Nursing Core, LPN to B.S. Program
Students in the Department of Nursing are required to complete the following core courses:
Required Courses for Nursing Major - LPN to B.S. Program
In addition to the core courses listed above, all LPN to B.S. students are required to take the following courses:
Nursing Senior Experience
The senior experience for both the pre-licensure students and the
registered nursing majors consists of seminars, projects and a departmental
comprehensive examination in which majors examine the impact of their
baccalaureate education on themselves as liberally educated persons, as members
of the nursing profession, and as members of a global society. The goals of the
senior experience are twofold: 1) to develop critical thinking, problem-solving
and interactive skills as liberally-educated professional nurses; and 2) to
analyze the interconnections among health, nursing, the liberal arts and the
humanities, especially from the core areas of the Natural Sciences, Philosophy,
Religious Studies, Literature, History, Fine Arts, Mathematics and Social