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Licensed Practical Nurse to BS in Nursing: Degree Overview

LPN-to-BSN degrees provide vocational and practical nurses with the education to become bachelor's-level RNs. Find out what kind of requirements and courses there are, as well as career outlook and continuing education information.

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Essential Information

LPN-to-BSN programs are commonly available and can usually be completed by LPNs in 2-4 years, and many programs can be found online. These programs prepare graduates for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Students must be licensed practical or vocational nurses to enroll in this program. Some programs may require that applicants have already completed at least a year's worth of LPN work prior. Clinical practice is required during the program.


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LPN-to-BSN Degree

LPN to BSN programs combine clinical and laboratory experiences with medical and scientific courses. Since most students enter the program with nursing experience, advanced nursing topics are usually covered. Some of the common course topics within these degree programs include:

  • Anatomy
  • Nutrition
  • Medical ethics
  • Professional nursing practices
  • Physiology
  • Healthcare policy

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nursing employment is expected to grow by 16% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). In total, the BLS predicted that there would be around 3.2 million registered nurses by the end of 2024. In 2015, registered nurses earned a mean annual salary of $71,000, according to the BLS.

Continuing Education and Licensing Information

Graduates of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are typically qualified to take the NCLEX-RN, which is a national licensing test for registered nurses. RNs must complete continuing education in order to maintain licensure. Nurses who wish to advance their careers even further may choose to complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree program and enter nursing education or clinical specialties within the nursing field.

LPN-to-BSN programs teach practical and vocational nurses the skills needed to become registered nurses through a bachelor's degree program. Graduates will typically find employment as registered nurses and will be required to earn licensure, but can also go on to earn a master's degree.

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