Nursing LPN-BSN Requirements
Students must meet the requirement for the undergraduate nursing program and show evidence of:
Graduation from a NLNAC accredited program or a program approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation;
- Current licensure as a practical nurse (LPN);
- Completion of essay as part of the application process;
- A 2.75/4.0 minimum cumulative GPA; and
- Completion of the TEAS (V) (Test of Essential Academic Skills), a diagnostic tool for basic skills at the proficient level. Information about this test can be found at the ATI's website. This test can be taken a maximum of two times.
Freshmen may meet this criteria by earning a minimum ACT score of 21 composite with a score of 21 in science.
All graduates from a NLNAC accredited practical nursing program or a program approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation who have not yet completed the NCLEX-PN should apply to the traditional nursing program. Once they have successfully completed the NCLEX-PN, they may request to be re-classified as an LPN-BSN student in the baccalaureate nursing program.
Entry into Pre-Clinical Nursing
Before beginning pre-clinical nursing courses, students must have
- Maintained a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the University of at least 12 credit hours
- Maintained a minimum grade of "C" in each required supportive course University
- Minimum grade of "C" in each required supportive course
- CHEM 107, 108
- BIOL 202, 203, 206, 309
- SOC 210
- PSYCH 101, 199, 204
Students enter the pre-clinical level of nursing (Sophomore II) (NURS 282: Concepts in Professional Nursing; NURS 326: Health Assessment; and BIOL 309: Pathophysiology) upon completion of the required pre-requisite courses. Placement in the courses is managed through the Office of Advising.
Entry into Clinical Nursing
LPN-BSN students advance from Sophomore II (N282) to the Junior II level in the nursing curriculum upon successful completion of Sophomore II level. This allows completion of the five semester nursing sequence in four semesters.
Advanced Placement Credit
Students in the LPN-BSN option are awarded advanced placement credit in nursing after successfully completing 12 credit hours in nursing with a NGPA (nursing grade-point average) of 2.3 or better. This recognizes the LPN's previous education. Students must complete a formal request form in the School of Nursing.
Carol Yukich, MSN, MA, RN