Welcome to LPN to BSN Online.org: a comprehensive resource for information about accredited LPN to BSN nursing degree programs. Our blog is maintained by Keith Carlson, who is a registered nurse and co-host of the RN.FM Radio show. To help you navigate our site and find information you’re looking for, we’ve outlined some key questions and answers below.

  1. What is an LPN to BSN degree program?
  2. How do I complete my clinical hours if the program is online-based?
  3. Can I work as a registered nurse with a BSN degree?

What is an LPN to BSN degree program?

A BSN degree is the entry-level degree for many nursing careers. Many LPNs decide to strengthen their skills by earning a BSN and becoming a registered nurse. An LPN to BSN degree program provides an LPN an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. A BSN is also a prerequisite for nurses who wish to earn a master’s degree and become nurse practitioners or advanced practice nurses. For those interested in obtaining a BSN online, we've provided some helpful information below:

School Description

Liberty University - Liberty University offers over 229 programs in many in-demand fields like their RN to BSN degree. The school allows students to transfer as many credits as possible towards their degree completion plan. Liberty ensures that students do not have to repeat equivalent courses from other accredited institutions. Experience financial support staff is available to help students find scholarships.

Herzing University - Herzing University has over 12 different locations offering undergraduate and graduate degree and diploma programs that focus on exciting careers in today's economy. Students can pursue degrees like a BSN or MSN in Nurse Education. Applicants desiring to transfer to Herzing University from other colleges must have official transcripts sent to Herzing University from previously attended institutions.

Grand Canyon University - Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has helped students achieve their academic and career goals with accelerated programs like the RN to BSN. Students at GCU have the flexibility of attending class that best fits their lifestyle. In as little as 48 hours, a specialist can evaluate your unofficial transcripts and determine how these credits will be applied to the general education component of your desired program.

Kaplan University - Originally established as the American Institute of Commerce in 1937, Kaplan University online and accelerated programs like the RN to BSN that help students take steps towards their career goals. Kaplan is one on the largest online schools in the US and features several other programs in nursing and health care, including MSN and DNP programs.

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Below we’ve listed more detailed information about the two most common BSN-track programs:

Type of Program Program Overview Program Duration
LPN to BSN (Enrollment Requirements: high school diploma or equivalent) For the licensed practical nurse (LPN) who wants to become a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree (BSN) 4 years while working (depending on the program)
RN to BSN (Enrollment requirements: RN license and an associate degree) For the registered nurse (RN) who has not yet obtained his/her bachelor’s degree 16 months to two years (depending on the program)

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How do I complete my clinical hours if the program is online-based?

Online nursing programs allow busy students to continue working while completing the necessary requirements to earn their degree. These programs are structured around the schedule of working students. Most courses are taken online while the clinical component is completed at a nearby hospital or medical facility.

Follow the steps below to earn your BSN degree online:

  1. Choose the right degree program: LPN to BSN or RN to BSN.
  2. Research online programs that offer a high-quality education in a flexible environment.
  3. Verify the program’s accreditation.
  4. Enroll and complete the required prerequisite nursing courses.
  5. Make arrangements with your college or university to fulfill the clinical requirements at a medical facility near your place of residence.

Can I work as a registered nurse with a BSN degree?

Once you’ve earned your BSN degree and pass the National Council Licensure Examination, you can work as a registered nurse. You can work in any state as long as you are licensed in that particular state. (To learn more about the licensing requirements in your state, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing). A BSN degree can lead to more career opportunities and the option to specialize in a particular area of nursing at a later time. Some of the areas of specialization include:

Certifications Requirements Specialization
Pediatric Nursing: Provides care to infants, children and adolescents Pass the NCLEX-RN exam; obtain BSN Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) & Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC)
Geriatric Nursing: Provides care to geriatric or elderly patients Pass the NCLEX-RN exam; obtain BSN Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC)
Mental Health Nursing: Support patients of all ages with a range of mental health issues Pass the NCLEX-RN exam; obtain BSN Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC)
Neonatal Nursing: Works with newborn infants born with prematurity, birth defects, infection, and other problems Pass the NCLEX-RN exam; obtain BSN Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (NC-NIC)
Obstetric/Gynecologic Nursing: Provides care for women from puberty to menopause including perinatal nursing or labor and delivery Pass the NCLEX-RN exam; obtain BSN Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB)
Public Health Nursing: Supports at-risk populations and communities with health-related issues Pass the NCLEX-RN exam; obtain BSN Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC)

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