There are many good reasons for licensed practical nurses to return to school to become RNs. Generally speaking, RNs usually earn higher pay than LPNs. RNs can have more career options and can enter positions in healthcare settings that may not hire LPNs (employ only RNs). Associate Degree licensed RNs also usually have more options for professional advancement. In recent years there have been fewer hospitals hiring LPNs and this trend is expected to continue.
LVN to RN transition programs give LPNs the opportunity to receive academic credit for having completed an approved PN education and having an active LPN license. It allows for faster completion of the requirements for practice as a registered nurse.
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at Fortis College provides an entry pathway just of licensed practical nurses to continue their education to the registered nursing degree. Through advanced placement, a licensed practical nurse will complete the requirements for the associate degree in nursing in less time. LPNs may receive academic credit for up to 23 quarter credits for anatomy and physiology, introduction to informatics, foundations of nursing, human growth and development, and fundamentals of human nutrition. Students whose practical nursing program did not include a course in general informatics may receive only 21 quarter credits and will need to take Introduction to Informatics as part of the training. Some of the required general education courses will be delivered online. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX for licensures as a registered nurse.
Quarter credits: 85 credits – not including transfer credits
Duration: 80 instructional weeks
Clock hours: 1200
Method of instruction: Hybrid
General education courses – Anatomy and Physiology II, General Biology, Microbiology, Effective Communication, English Composition, College Mathematics, General Psychology, Sociology
Core courses – Pharmacology, Health Assessment, 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,
- Meet with an admission representative to discuss program goals and expectations
- Must have a high school diploma recognized equivalent
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must complete an applicant information form
- Attend an interview with an admissions representative
- Take and pass the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) with a score of 16 or above. Applicants who have completed the Practical Nursing program at Fortis College are exempt from the Wonderlic exam
- Pay the enrollment fee and meet the program’s financial obligations
- Must agree to and sign the Fortis College Enrollment Agreement
- Must submit to and pass a drug screen
- Must submit to and pass a criminal background check
- Must have a current license to practice as a licensed practical nurse
- Health insurance may be required for practice at some clinical sites
- Must have a state photo ID and social security card
- Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification by the American Heart Association
- Must have current hepatitis B immunization series
The total program cost of $49,396 includes tuition, enrollment fee, reference books, student kit, laptop computer, uniforms, textbooks, ebooks, background check, drug test, and licensing exam.
Address: 9001 N. Wesleyan Rd. Suite 101 Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 808-4800
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 88.9%
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College offers an LPN to ASN track for licensed practical nurses to prepare for a career as a registered nurse in less time than it would take for them to complete a traditional associate degree in nursing program. The practical nurse applicant will receive credit for foundational coursework completed in an accredited practical nursing program. Students will learn through lectures in the classroom as well as through hands-on activities designed to further develop nursing skills, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and clinical judgment. Admission to the program is selective. Applicants must have a current license to practice as a licensed practical nurse and maintain licensure throughout the program. Graduates will receive an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and will be eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination to become a registered nurse. They may also be eligible to transfer their credits to a BSN to MSN program. New students are admitted in the Summer and Fall semesters.
Semester credits: 56 credit hours
Method of instruction: Traditional
General education courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, English Composition, Introduction to Psychology, College Algebra, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Lifespan Development, Advance Human Physiology, General Microbiology
Core courses – Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical, Pharmacology for Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical, Nursing Lab, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing Clinical, Complex MS for ASN Clinical, Nursing Care Childbearing & Childbearing Families, Nursing Care Childbearing & Childbearing Families Clinical
- Complete the requirements for admission to Ivy Tech
- Applicants transferring credits may be eligible for admission based on grades achieved and validated after review of transcripts
- Must complete the Knowledge Assessment – for applicants with no prior college credit
- Complete all required remedial courses and co-requisite courses prior to admission
- Must score at the Proficient level or higher on the ATI exam
- Submit copy of high school transcript from a state-approved high school or equivalent
- Complete the general education courses with a grade of C or higher
- Must have an active, unencumbered Indiana LPN and/or compact license and maintain licensure throughout the program
- Submit transcripts from an accredited LPN program
- Participate in a mandatory Nursing Information Session
- Submit a completed online application to the nursing program before the deadline
- Pass a criminal background check and drug screen
The cost of the program is $12,917.75 for in-state students and $15,604.05 for out-of-state students. It includes tuition, books, background check, drug screen, clinical document manager, CPR certification, uniform, supplies, and fees.