May 26, 2020
The L.P.N. 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.
L.P.N.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 L.P.N. 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 L.P.N. 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.
L.P.N.s who have one full year of clinical experience (or the equivalent) will be eligible for the L.P.N. Bridge course sequence. They will have NSG 203 Introduction to Health Care Terminology and NSG 301L Foundations of Transcultural Nursing Lab waived.
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
- appraise 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.
Admission Prerequisites for Nursing Major - LPN to BS Program
All incoming students must successfully complete the following course equivalencies as a requirement of admission to the Nursing major - LPN to BS program.
Nursing Core, LPN to BS Program
Students in the Nursing Department are required to complete the following core courses:
- NSG 203 - Introduction to Health Care Terminology Credits: 1
- NSG 201 - Intro Transcultural Nursing Credits: 3
- NSG 208 - Health Assessment in a Multicultural Society Credits: 3
- NSG 209 - Clinical Pharmacology Credits: 3
- NSG 210 - Pharmacological Calculations for Nurses Credits: 1
- NSG 301 - Foundations of Transcultural Nursing Credits: 3
- NSG 301L - Foundations of Transcultural Nursing Lab Credits: 2
- NSG 304 - Care of Adults/Older Adults I Credits: 3
- NSG 305 - Care of Adults/Older Adults II Credits: 3
- NSG 305L - Care of Adults/Older Adults II Lab Credits: 2
- NSG 341 - Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Credits: 3
- NSG 341L - Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents Lab Credits: 1
- NSG 350 - Evidence-based Practice for Clinicians Credits: 3
- NSG 405 - Care of Adults/Older Adults III Credits: 2
- NSG 405L - Care of Adults/Older Adults III Lab Credits: 2
- NSG 406 - Mental Health Nursing in a Multicultural Society Credits: 3
- NSG 406L - Mental Health Nursing in a Multicultural Society Lab Credits: 2
- NSG 407 - Maternity and Women’s Health Care Credits: 3
- NSG 407L - Maternity and Women’s Health Care Lab Credits: 1
- NSG 425 - Community Health Nursing in a Multicultural Society Credits: 3
- NSG 427L - Community Health Home Care Lab Credits: 2
- NSG 433 - Nursing Leadership in a Multicultural Society Credits: 2
- NSG 436G - Health Care Policy and Delivery in a Global Society Credits: 3
- NSG 435L - Senior Clinical Experience in a Multicultural Society Credits: 3
- NSG 476 - Health, Society and Nursing: An Interprofessional Perspective Credits: 3
- NSG 499 - Nursing Comprehensive Credits: 0
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 Sciences.