LPN to RN Programs Columbus, OH

If you’ve just completed an accredited licensed practical nursing program or are already a licensed practical nurse and want to take the next step to advance your career, an LPN to RN transition program will set you on the path to a career as a registered nurse in 12 to 15 months. Licensed practical nurses receive advanced standing in the associate degree in nursing program, and through the transfer of credit, may enter the program in the second or third semester. The ADN program provides the knowledge and skills needed to assume greater responsibility and the accompanying reward as a registered nurse. It will help you to hone your nursing skills and take a more active role in leadership and patient advocacy.

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State gives licensed practical nurses, paramedics, and military medics the opportunity to upgrade their credentials to registered nurse through the Advanced Standing Associate Degree in Nursing program. LPNs will be given credit based on an evaluation of their previous coursework completed. The program is delivered in a blended track and a traditional track. Both tracks require some online coursework.  LPNs will benefit from coursework that aims to develop critical thinking, clinical judgement based on evidence, communication, and problem-solving. They will learn nursing fundamentals in the classroom and apply the principles when they provide patient care during the clinical rotations. Upon completion of the requirements, students will be qualified to take the NCLEX to practice as Registered Nurses.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 62
Duration: 3 to 4 semesters

Course titles:
Prerequisite courses – Pharmacology Concepts in Nursing I, Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Care, First Year Experience Seminar, Quantitative Literacy, Basic Care Skills

Core Courses – Pharmacology Concepts in Nursing II, Nursing Care Reproductive/Common Health Problems, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Composition I, Introduction to Psychology, Elementary Statistics, Concepts of Pharmacology III, Nursing Care Patients Complex Physical Problems, Nursing Care Behavioral Health Problems, Human Growth and Development/Life Span, Leadership and Nursing Care Multiple Health Problems, Introduction to Microbiology

Admission criteria:

  • A high school diploma or GED or college degree transcript
  • Have a college GPA of 2.6 or above. Applicants without a college GPA must have a high school GPA of 2.6 or an ACT composite score of 18 or above
  • Must complete an online Nursing Program Advanced Standing Information Session – available online
  • Must have completed an accredited practical nursing program or have a valid Ohio practical nursing license
  • Take and pass the HESI A2 exam with a score of 75. Students must demonstrate knowledge of reading, science and math to succeed on the nursing program
  • Must place into STAT 1350 or complete coursework
  • Must complete a Prior Learning Assessment for “N” credit for some of the nursing courses in the curriculum
  • Must complete support courses before entering the nursing program
  • Submit a Columbus State application form online
  • Meet the requirements of the clinical agency including CPR certification, health check, background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening.

Program Cost:
Tuition costs $4,820 per year for resident students. Additional costs include textbooks, uniforms, background check, insurance, drug screen, and admission tests.

Website: https://www.cscc.edu/
Address: 550 East Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 287-5353
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 84.40%

Central Ohio Technical College – Healthcare Career

Licensed practical nurses who hold current licensure as an LPN can continue their education and become a registered nurse through the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program at Central Ohio Technical College. Nursing courses include a didactic and experiential component that includes training in the lab and a real-world facility. Upon completion of the program’s requirements, graduates will receive an AAS in Nursing Technology and will be eligible to take the NCLEX to become a registered nurse. Graduates can continue their education to complete the BSN degree. COTC has transfer agreements with several BSN programs. The program is offered on a full-time schedule only. Admission to the program is selective so applicants must meet the requirements before applying to the program.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 65
Duration: 3 to 4 semesters

Course titles:
Prerequisite courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Statistics, Introduction to Psychology

Core Courses – Anatomy and Physiology II, Small Group Communication, LPN to RN Transition, Introduction to Adult Health, Microbiology, Composition I, Composition II, Advanced Adult Health, Family Centered Care I, Cultural Diversity, Family-Centered Care II or Family Centered Care, Management of Care or Management of Care – Preceptorship

Admission criteria:

  • Must be admitted to COTC
  • Register and attend an information meeting
  • Must obtain transfer credit for prerequisite courses – Introduction to Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology I, Introduction to Psychology completed with a grade C or higher
  • Take and pass the Nursing Selection Examination – ATI TEAS test – valid for 12 months
  • Must have an unencumbered Ohio LPN license with meds approval – new PN graduates must be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN
  • Submit a completed application to the LPN to ADN program before the published deadline
  • Must have current CPR American Heart Association Health Care Provider Certificate

Program Cost:
Tuition costs $4,896 for completion of 60 credit hours – based on an average of 15 credits per semester. Students must also budget for textbooks, immunization, drug screen, insurance, uniforms, and HESI testing.

Website: https://www.cotc.edu/
Address: 1179 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-366-9494
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 86.29%

Felbry College

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree at Felbry College has an advanced placement option for licensed practical nurses. The LPN will complete the program in as little as 12 months as the track recognizes previous academic success and current licensure. A practical nursing applicant may receive a maximum of 46 transferrable credits and enter the program in Semester IV to complete IV, V, and VI. Students will learn how to perform patient care within the legal and ethical framework of the profession, use the nursing process in clinical decision-making, apply evidence-based knowledge from nursing and basic sciences to support clinical decision-making, collaborate with members of the health care team, and demonstrate caring behaviors in interaction with patients. Graduates will receive an AAS in Nursing and be eligible to practice as professional nurses after passing the NCLEX-RN.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 108.5
Duration: 12 months

Course titles:
Prerequisite courses – English Composition I, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Introduction to Sociology, Comparative Religion, English Composition II, Nutrition Across Lifespan, Introduction to Psychology, General Biology, Introduction to Statistics

Core Courses – Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Microbiology, Introduction to Pharmacology, Fundamentals of Nursing, Health and Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Therapeutic Communication In Nursing, IV Therapy and Phlebotomy, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Behavioral Health Nursing, Intro to Evidence Based Nursing and Research, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Nursing Care of Women and Children, Medical Surgical Nursing III, Transition to the Role of RN, Integrated Concepts (NCLEX-RN)

Admission criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Submit two favorable character references – from persons other than relatives
  • A high school diploma or GED – provide a copy of high school transcript
  • Possess a current and unrestricted Ohio LPN license – for admission to the LPN-AAS track
  • Must be a graduate of a Practical Nursing Program approved by a state Board of Nursing recognized by the NCSBN
  • Must be IV-certified or  successfully complete an IV certification course at FCSON prior to taking a clinical course in the program
  • Graduates of the Felbry practical nursing program who completed the PN program more than one year prior to the start date of the RN program must take NUR 201
  • Submit a completed application and the non-refundable registration fee
  • Complete a physical exam following the guidelines on the Felbry’s Health Form
  • Provide proof of immunization – TDAP, MMR, annual influenza, varicella titer or vaccine, hepatitis B, 2-step TB test
  • A current BLS for Healthcare Provider card
  • Favorable 10-panel drug screen
  • FBI and BCI criminal background check
  • Provide proof of US residency and driver’s license
  • Complete TB screening

Program Cost:
The estimated total cost of $48,169.50 includes skills lab fees, enrollment fee, ebooks, laptop and software, graduation fee, technology fee, and integrated assessment package.

Website: https://www.felbrycollege.edu/
Address: 6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
Phone: (614) 781-1085
Email: admissions@felbrycollege.edu
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 50%

Fortis College

The Associate Degree in Nursing program includes an advanced placement option for licensed practical nurses. Licensed practical nurses who have completed an accredited nursing program and hold a current, unencumbered license to practice in Ohio will receive credit for their previous education and complete the program in less time. Some of the coursework will be delivered online. Students must be prepared to participate in clinical rotations at various health care facilities around the Columbus area. Graduates will receive an ADN degree and be prepared to sit for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses.

Program Outline
Quarter credits: 106

Duration: 70 weeks

Course titles:
Core Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, General Biology, Microbiology, Introduction to Informatics, Art and Culture, English Composition, College Mathematics, Pharmacology, Health Assessment, Foundations of Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Maternal Newborn Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Leadership and Management, Community Nursing Concepts, Mental Health Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Transition to Practice – Capstone, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Fundamentals of Human Nutrition, Sociology

Admission criteria:

  • Must have completed high school or GED equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years at the commencement of the clinical rotations
  • Apply for admission to the ADN program with advancement placement option
  • Must have a current license to practice as a practical nurse in Ohio State
  • Meet with an Admissions Representative or Designee
  • Submit official transcript from practical nursing program for transfer evaluation
  • Take and pass the Online Readiness Assessment with a score of 60% or higher
  • Must pass a criminal background check and drug screen
  • Have a current American Health Association BLS Healthcare Provider CPR card
  • Complete the required immunization – hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, seasonal influenza, TDaP

Program Cost:
The program cost of $48,533 includes tuition, textbooks, fees, uniform, student kit, background check, drug screen, immunizations, and laptop.

Website: https://www.fortis.edu/
Address: 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 120, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 882-2551
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 64.71%

Clark State Community College

Clark State’s offers an LPN to RN option that helps practical nurses complete the educational requirements to become a registered nurse. Theory and practical experiences in the classroom, lab, and healthcare facilities prepare practical nurses to function as entry-level registered nurses in extended care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. The graduate will be able to rngage in nursing practice to provide holistic, individualized, compassionate care that is patient-centered, use effective communication with nursing and interprofessional teams, incorporate a spirit of inquiry through the use of best practices, and transition to the role of the professional nurse incorporating legal, ethical, and professional standards. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a registered nurse. The LPN to RN program is a space-limited program. New students are admitted twice a year in the fall and spring semesters.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 65
Duration: 1 year

Course titles:
Core Courses – English I, Introduction to Psychology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I, English II, Anatomy and Physiology II, Introduction to Sociology, Dosage Calculation, LPN to RN Transition, Adult Nursing for LPNs, Behavioral Health Nursing, Lifespan Human Growth and Development, Maternal Newborn Nursing, Adult Nursing II, Elementary Statistics I, Children Family Nursing, Adult Nursing III

Admission criteria:

  • Submit an application for admission to Clark State College
  • Apply for admission to the Nursing Program
  • Must meet the minimum GPA requirements before applying to the program – a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete the TEAS exam with passing scores
  • Must have current Healthcare Provider CPR certification
  • Must meet the health requirements
  • Provide proof of health insurance
  • Meet the criminal background check requirements
  • Meet the drug screen requirements before the start of the program
  • Provide official high school and/or college transcripts from regionally accredited colleges
  • Must have current valid licensure as a practical nurse in Ohio
  • Must have one year’s clinical experience in Ohio as an LPN at the time of entering the transition course or completed the LPN program within 18 months prior to the sate of starting the transition course

Program Cost:
Tuition and fees cost $3,840 per year for Ohio residents completing 12 credit hours per semester. Books and supplies cost approximately $1,008.

Website: https://www.clarkstate.edu/
Address: 570 East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45505
Phone: 937-328-6028
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 73.68%

Hondros College of Nursing

Licensed practical nurses who are ready to take their nursing career to the next level can enroll in the ADN program at Hondros College of Nursing and receive an Associate Degree in Nursing to practice as a registered nurse. The program includes extensive hands-on learning opportunities that help LPNs refine their skills in areas such diagnostic testing, overseeing medical regimens, educating patients, and providing support. Students will learn how to use clinical judgment to make complex patient care decisions, demonstrate leadership and accountability, master patient outcomes, communicate effectively with patients, work closely with other health care professionals, and advocate for patients. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 61
Duration: 15 months

Course titles:
Core Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Critical Thinking for the Registered Nurse, Transition to Associate Degree Nursing, Anatomy and Physiology II, Concepts of Pediatric Nursing, Lifespan Development, Concepts of Mental Health Nursing, Algebra, Concepts of Nursing Care of the Reproducing Family, Professional Nursing Issues, Public Speaking, Concepts of Nursing Care of Diverse Populations, English Composition II, Concepts of Nursing care of the Adult I, Transition to Registered Nursing, Application of Clinical Judgment in RN Practice, Concepts of Nursing Care of the Adult II

Admission criteria:

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Submit official government-issued ID – driver’s license, state ID, passport
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the program start date
  • Complete and sign the application for admission and pay the application fee
  • Must complete the Student Online Readiness Survey
  • Must be a high school graduate or the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma
  • Complete and sign the enrollment agreement
  • Attend an interview with an admissions representative
  • Complete a criminal background check using an electronic fingerprint check with National Background Check, Inc for an Ohio BCI and FBI check
  • Applicants who have not graduated from the Practical Nursing program at Hondros College must have and maintain an active unencumbered PN license throughout the program’s duration
  • Must have graduated from an approved practical nursing program – official transcript from the PN program must be submitted

Program Cost:
Tuition costs $25,742. Students must cover costs for textbooks, insurance, background check, uniform, nursing supplies, CPR, and fees.

Website: https://www.hondros.edu/
Address: 4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH, 43081
Phone: 1-855-90-NURSE
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 71.59%


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