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 just two to 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, there are two accredited program options:

The College Network - The College Network is accredited by the AACN. TCN offers an LPN to BSN program and is one of the few schools in the nation where students can enroll in an LPN/LVN to RN or Paramedic to RN program. Classes and assignments are online-based, while clinical hours are fulfilled locally. If you're interested in learning more, you can request more information.

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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) Less than a year (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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