Sharon Hudacek, Ed.D., Director, LPN to BS Nursing Program Option
The LPN to BS in Nursing option is for students who have completed an accredited Licensed Practical Nurse program.
The licensed practical nurse (LPN) student is recognized as an adult learner who comes with diverse life experiences, education and clinical skills, as well as motivation and ability to learn independently. To facilitate advanced placement, opportunity is provided for students to validate, by examination, previously acquired educational and clinical competencies.
Licensed practical nurses seeking admission to the baccalaureate nursing program must meet the admission criteria for the University and submit a valid Pennsylvania LPN license. LPNs enroll as students in The College of Graduate and Continuing Education.
Planning for Enrollment
During the final 4 semesters, a full-time student normally attends on-campus classes during the day 2-3 days per week, in addition to either on-campus labs or off-campus clinical labs two days per week. Clinical experiences typically occur during day or evening shifts. Most clinical sites are located within 10 to 30 minutes of the campus by car.
Nursing students are advised not to work during their course of study in the nursing program. Time management is crucial throughout the program; students who choose to work while attending school full-time often experience difficulty coordinating their educational, work, and personal commitments.
Minimum Criteria for Enrollment in Nursing Courses
• Completion of specified prerequisite course work.
• A minimum of 2.00 [grade of C] in each prerequisite course.
• No more than one repeat of a prerequisite course.
• Students who score less than 13 on the math placement exam will be advised to take a remedial math course.
• Submit required civil, administrative, and criminal history clearance records.
• Must demonstrate the ability to meet the “Essential Functions of Nursing” described in the Policy Handbook of the Department of Nursing.
LPN to BS Program Prerequisites (23 credits) must be completed with a C or higher:
• Bio 110w/lab: Structure & Function I (4 credits)
• Bio 111w/lab: Structure & Function II (4 credits)
• Chem 110/111: Introductory Chemistry (6 credits)
• Psych 210: Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
• Writing 107: Composition (3 credits)
• C/IL 102: Computer/Information Literacy (3credits)
NOTE: ‘Prerequisite’ courses must be completed prior to enrolling in nursing courses, while ‘co-requisite’ courses may be completed concurrently with some nursing courses.
LPN-BS: Criteria for Progression in the Nursing Program
• A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 in sophomore nursing course work (N241, N242, and N262).
• A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher.
Credit by Examination [14cr lecture & 10.5cr lab/total of 24.5 credits]
All LPN-BS students are eligible to earn credits for clinical courses in the content areas of Fundamental Skills, Maternity, Pediatrics, and Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing. The Clinical Skills Challenge Exams are offered in June and July of each year. Enrollment in the Clinical Skills Challenge is required for the extended summer session.
Advanced Placement Options:
[14cr lecture] *NLN ACE II Exams - minimum decision score 120
Maternity & Pediatric Nursing – Advanced Placement Exams [6cr] N373, N452
Medical Surgical Nursing –I and II Advanced Placement Exam [8cr] N251, N350, N371
Clinical Labs - Practicum Testing [10.5cr lab]
Maternity/Pediatrics & Basic Medical-Surgical Skills [10.5cr- 251L, 350L, 371L, 373L, 452L]
All LPNs are required to enroll in Nursing 450 and Nursing 450 Lab
Advanced Placement examination credits are only applicable to the nursing major at the University of Scranton, are not calculated in the GPA, and are not transferrable to another major. Additional transfer or portfolio credits for other course work may be earned as per university and departmental policy.
In addition to major courses, students must complete required General Education Courses that may be taken at any level of the curriculum.
Course of Study in the Nursing Major (Upon completion of pre-requisite courses)
Bio 210w/lab: Introductory Medical Microbiology (3 cr)
Nursing 241 – Perspectives in Professional Nursing (3cr)
Nursing 262 - Pharmacology I (1.5cr)
Nursing 242/lab – Health, Illness & Assessment (3cr)
Nutrition 220 - Nutrition for the Health Professions (3cr)
Nursing 350 - **Nursing Care of the Adult I (3cr)
Nursing 352 - Mental Health Nursing/Lab (5.5cr)
Nursing 360 - Pharmacology II (1.5cr)
Nursing 371 - **Nursing Care of the Adult II (3cr)
Nursing 373- **Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (3cr)
Nursing 361 - Pharmacology III (1.5cr)
Nursing 450w/lab - Nursing Care of the Adult III (5.5cr)
Nursing 452** - Nursing Care of Children & Adolescents (3cr)
Nursing 493 Research in Nursing (3cr)
Nursing 471w/lab - Community Health Nursing (3.5cr)
Nursing 472w/lab – Advanced Nursing Concepts (6cr)
Nursing 491 – Senior Seminar (1.5cr)
Post Graduation Requirement
NCLEX Four  Day Review Course - After graduation
** Nursing Care of the Adult I & II (N350 and 371) - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (N373 and N452) can be challenged by Advanced Placement examinations.