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

Achieve Test Prep - "Achieve Test Prep lets you earn you RN or BSN in 1/2 the time and cost of other colleges! All of the colleges are fully accredited, there’s no waiting list, and the books are free, plus additional financial aid is available. With Achieve, there are no college quizzes, term papers, or busy work - pass just 1 exam to receive full college credit for a course.

"If you are not located near one of our many campuses, you can join our virtual classroom. You’ll be studying with the same great instructors – live! Our program prepares you to earn college credit for many general education, elective requirements, and nursing courses, and those credits may then be applied toward a degree program through many colleges and universities nationwide." Programs available include:

Grand Canyon University - "As one of the top nursing schools in Arizona, we offer a wide range of programs, from a pre-licensure degree program to the registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). We also offer healthcare degree programs from our college of healthcare professions, as well as college of nursing programs online."

Purdue University - "Purdue Global’s nursing school has helped thousands of students advance their careers with our comprehensive online nursing programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. Each flexible program is taught by experienced practitioners and designed for working nurses who manage jobs and families."

Sacred Heart University - "As a registered nurse (RN), having a college degree in nursing is increasingly a must if you want to move into leadership roles or position yourself for a promotion. Earning a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing through Sacred Heart’s suite of online nursing degree programs is a convenient way to earn this in-demand degree from a respected, accredited institution while balancing the demands of your job."

South University - "Whether you’re looking to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral nursing degree online - or even a post graduate certificate to prepare you for a new nursing specialties - South University’s online nursing programs have you covered. We offer a flexible, convenient way to learn, backed by over a century of academic excellence and a commitment to encouraging students’ growth."

Colorado Technical University - "Colorado Technical University has designed its BSN and MSN programs to prepare new and current nursing students for the future of this growing profession. Utilizing an ever-evolving curriculum, distinguished faculty, and a commitment to personalized learning, CTU provides each student with the opportunity to excel both in the classroom and beyond."

ECPI University - "ECPI University’s RN to BSN program can help prepare graduates to reach the new levels of skill needed to succeed in areas such as: Critical thinking and clinical reasoning; Patient care and practice management technologies; Leadership and concept development; Communication with patients, families, and healthcare providers; And community health."

Nova Southeastern University - "Don’t settle for an isolated and unaccredited school; choose NSU’s College of Nursing with thousands of alumni, many years of full accreditation, and a proven track record of preparing students for exams and certifications. Making this choice positions you as a member of the prestigious NSU community and places you ahead of the competition for advancement in your career. Investing now in your career will pay off for many years to come."

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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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