LPN to RN Programs Miami, FL

The role and the job duties of a registered nurse and licensed practical nurse are significantly varied. To begin with, licensed practical nurses perform their duties under the guidance and supervision of a registered nurse. LPNs assist the registered nurse with the administration of medication (but not the administration of IVs unless authorized by the state), attending to patients’ physical and health care needs, checking vitals, and wound care. Registered nurses create patient care plans, administer IV medications, and collaborate closely with the rest of the patient care team, including physicians, to support recovery. Another important difference is the place of work – more and more LPNs are being phased out of the hospital setting and limited to long-term care. Due to their added responsibilities, registered nurses can earn up to 45% more than registered nurses in Florida. With these factors in consideration, it is reasonable for LPNs to pursue the additional education required to become a registered nurse. Through LPN to RN bridge programs, a licensed practical nurse may qualify for a registered nursing degree in 12 to 18 months. Some programs award credit for courses such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and fundamentals of nurse placing licensed practical nurses in the second semester of an associate degree in nursing program.

Miami Dade College

Licensed practical nurses may enroll in the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Miami Dade College through the Transitional Full-time or Transitional Part-time options. The transitional program is designed for students who hold a license or certificate in the healthcare field. LPNs will complete classroom and clinical activities designed to meet their unique learning and professional socialization needs. Upon successful completion of the requirements, they will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN. Selection to the program is based on the applicant’s cumulative GPA and completion of the required program courses.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 72 (including transfer credits)
Duration: 12 to 18 months

Course titles:
General education courses –English Composition, Fundamentals of Speech, Critical Thinking and Ethics, Human Growth and Development, College Algebra, Chemistry for Health Sciences, Chemistry for Health Sciences Lab, Anatomy and Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Introduction to Health Care, Introduction to Health Care Lab

Core courses – Transition to Professional Nursing, Healthcare Professions to RN Transition, Transition to Medical Surgical Nursing, Transition to Professional Nursing Laboratory, Nursing Math and Pharmacology, Pediatric Nursing, Pediatric Nursing Clinical Lab, Obstetrical Nursing, Obstetrical Nursing Lab, Community Health Nursing Lab, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Lab, Medical Surgical Nursing III, Medical Surgical Nursing III Clinical Lab, Professional Nursing Leadership

Admission criteria:

  • Apply for admission to MDC as a transfer student and select the Transitional RN program as the major
  • Request official transcripts of courses completed outside MDC to be sent to the MDC Transcript Processing Services
  • Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor
  • Apply directly to the School of Nursing
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Obtain a minimum composite score of 65 on the HESI-A2 Exam
  • Have no more than three total grades of D, F, or W in any natural science course
  • Pay the application fee of $25

Program Cost
Tuition costs $1,418.64 per term for resident students and $4,830.12 for non-residents. Students will incur additional costs for textbooks, uniforms, nursing kit, admission exam, state exam, and registration.

Website: https://www.mdc.edu/
Address: 300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Phone: 305-237-8888
Email: mdcinfo@mdc.edu
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 69.45%

Keiser University

Keiser University awards credit to licensed practical nurses seeking admission to the associate degree in nursing program. The LPN applicants must hold a current and unencumbered license and submit transcripts for evaluation. Once admitted, practical nurses will develop skills such as inter/intradisciplinary collaboration, technology integration, judgment/reasoning, and professionalism. They will also learn how to communicated effectively and participate in the decision-making process on the health care team, apply evidence-based information technology to support clinical decision making, apply knowledge and experience in identifying patient needs, and model behaviors of integrity, accountability, and responsibility in care.  They will be eligible to apply to sit the NCLEX-RN upon successful completion of the program.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 72 (including transfer credits)
Duration: 18 months

Course titles:
General education courses –Life Span Development, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Computers, English Composition I and II, American Literature, English Literature, Intermediate Algebra, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology

Core courses – Fundamentals of Nursing, Nursing Pharmacology, Basic Adult Health Care, Maternity Nursing Care, Pediatric Nursing, Advanced Adult Health Care, and Nursing Roles Practicum

Admission criteria:

  • Take and pass the Wonderlic SLE entrance exam with a score of 20 or higher – applicants holding a baccalaureate or higher will be exempt
  • Apply for admission to the nursing program
  • Submit transcripts for evaluation
  • Complete a satisfactory background check
  • Attend an interview with a nursing program director
  • Obtain a composite score of 60 or higher on the TEAS entrance exam
  • Complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of B – Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Must have a minimum grade of C prerequisite courses – Microbiology, Intermediate Algebra, Life Span Development, and general education courses
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Complete health screening with required immunizations

Program Cost

Tuition costs $11,024 per semester for full-time students. Additional costs include background check, fees, books, uniform, drug screen, and NCLEX exam.

Website: https://www.keiseruniversity.edu/
Address: 2101 NW 117th Ave. Miami, Florida 33172
Phone: (305) 596-2226
Fax: (305) 596-7077
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 81.08%

Larkin School of Nursing

Licensed practical nurses may apply to the Associate of Science in Nursing at Larkin School of Nursing and receive credit for previous education. Transfer of credit is available only after submission of official transcripts for evaluation. The school will determine if credits qualify. LPNs enrolled in the program will prepare for a career as a registered nurse in less than 12 months and will benefit from small classes with personalized attention, low tuition, exposure to the Larkin Health System Network, and access to two acute care hospitals, behavioral health hospital, home health agencies, neuroscience center, cancer center, and an orthopedic center for the clinical rotations. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 72 (including transfer credits)
Duration: 16 months

Course titles:
General education courses –College Algebra or Mathematics, Anatomy and Physiology, English Composition, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology II, Critical Thinking and Ethics, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Microbiology

Core courses – Foundations of Nursing Practice, Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical, Foundations of Nursing Practice Lab, Clinical Calculations for Nursing Lab, Health Alterations I, Health Alterations I Clinical, Health Alterations I Lab, Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient, Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient Clinical, Health Alternations II, Health Alterations II Clinical, Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families, Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Families Clinical, Nursing Care of Pediatric Patient Clinical, Nursing Care of Pediatric Patient Clinical, Nursing Leadership, Health Alterations III, Health Alterations III Clinical, NCLEX Preparation Lab, Community Health, Community Health Clinical

Admission criteria:

  • Complete an application for the ASN and include the registration fee of $45
  • Provide proof of completing a high school diploma at an accredited institution or GED. Transcripts must be submitted directly to the School of Nursing
  • Submit transcripts of all college-level courses completed
  • Consent to a 10-panel drug screen
  • Submit records of immunization – hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, TB, varicella
  • Consent to a TB test and obtain negative results
  • LPN must submit transcripts from evaluation and have a current license
  • Complete the general education and science requirements with a minimum grade of C or better
  • Take and pass the TEAS Admissions Test with a composite score of 60% or higher and a science score of 55% or higher
  • Attend an interview with the admissions panel

Program Cost
The program costs $25,200 for tuition only. Transfer credits will be deducted from the total cost. Other fees include uniform and logo, textbooks, level II clearance, and registration.

Website: https://larkinschoolofnursing.com/en/
Address: 7031 Southwest 62nd Avenue, South Miami, Florida 33143
Phone: 305-284-7723
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 0.00%

Florida National University

Florida National University’s Associate of Science in Nursing program is open to licensed practical nurses who can meet the intensive full-time schedule while employed as a practical nurse. The program requires approximately 1,462 clock hours per year including lectures, labs, and clinical activities. Rotations may be scheduled during the week/weekend from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Courses are delivered in sequence, so students must pass a course before progressing to the next course in the sequence. LPNs will learn how to provide quality, holistic, patient-centered care as a registered nurse and participate within the interdisciplinary teams. Students who meet the learning outcomes, the required clinical and theory hours, and obtain a minimum grade C (80%) or better on the course courses will be awarded an Associate of Science Degree and be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 72 (including transfer credits)
Duration: 24 months

Course titles:
General education courses –College Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology, English Composition, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology II, Chemistry, Chemistry Lab II, Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Microbiology, Ethics

Core courses – Fundamentals of Nursing, Adult Health Assessment, Adult Health Nursing I, Pharmacology/Drug Administration, Adult Health Nursing II, Maternal/Infant Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Professional Nursing Leadership Practicum, Professional Nursing Review/ Licensure Prep

Admission criteria:

  • Meet the requirements for admission to Florida National University
  • Attend a scheduled general orientation session
  • Take a diagnostic test and pass the KAPLAN exam with a combined score of 80% or higher. Students who submit proof of completing College Algebra and English Composition may be exempt from the diagnostic test
  • Submit an essay with a completed application to the nursing program
  • Submit two letters of reference from academic and professional sources
  • Complete a satisfactory interview with the staff and director of the nursing program
  • Complete a background check with local law enforcement
  • Official transcripts of general education courses that are eligible for transfer – must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Courses with a letter grade lower than B are not eligible for transfer
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on science courses

Program Cost
Tuition costs $550 per credit hour. Additional costs for fees, uniforms, and books are not included.

Website: https://www.fnu.edu/
Address: 11865 S.W. 26 St. Suite H3, Miami, Florida 33175
Phone: (305) 226-9999
Fax: (305) 226-4439
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 75.00%

Antigua College International

Licensed practical nursing seeking admission to the Associate in Science Degree Program at Antigua College will receive at least 11 credit hours for transfer upon evaluation of their transcripts and demonstration of current licensure as a practical nurse. The school awards credit for anatomy and physiology with lab I and II and principles of nutrition. With completion of the other general education courses, LPN may be eligible for entry in the second semester of the program. Graduates will be eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Program Outline
Semester credits: 81 (including transfer credits)
Duration: 24 months

Course titles:
General education courses –College Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/lab, English Composition, General Psychology, Principles of Human Nutrition, Introduction to Chemistry w/lab

Core courses – Fundamentals of Nursing I and II, Pharmacology I and II, Adult Health Assessment, Medical Surgical Nursing I (HIV/AIDS), Medical Surgical Nursing II, Medical Surgical Nursing III, Community Health Nursing, Maternal and Newborn Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, NCLEX-RN Readiness

Admission criteria:

  • Attend an admission interview
  • Apply for admission to the College
  • LPN applicants must have a current license to practice
  • Official transcripts of transferable college credits
  • Submit proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Provide copy of a photo ID and social security card
  • Submit a completed application and enrollment agreement
  • Pay the registration fee
  • Complete a level II background check and drug screen

Program Cost
Tuition and fees cost $28,198. Students are responsible for any additional fees which include but are not limited to background check, physical exam, 10-panel drug screen, liability insurance, board application, and PearsonVue exam fee.

Website: https://antigua.edu/
Address: 14505 Commerce Way, Suite 522, Miami Lakes, FL 33016
Phone: 786-391-1167
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 100.00%


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