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Nursing: LPN-to-BSN Program

Bachelor of Science — Program Overview

This is a three- or four-year program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), designed for you to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and gain eligibility to take the required RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). This program is designed specifically for graduates of state-approved Practical Nursing programs.

Why should you get your BSN?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the most desired credential in health care today, and it allows you to work in nearly any medical setting. A BSN is also required for different clinical and leadership positions, and for entry into any graduate degree in nursing program.

Why should you get your BSN at Briar Cliff?

Our graduates have a 100-percent employment rate, and every BCU nursing alum who has applied to graduate school has been accepted. No other nursing program in Iowa provides more clinical experience (800 hours, including a 100-hour senior clinical preceptorship). Our faculty are all active in clinical practice and professional nursing organizations. Our programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Program Details

If you already have an LPN, you'll be considered a sophomore-level transfer student upon entry into the university. Also, any previously earned academic credits may be applied toward your B.S.N. You must present evidence of a license to practice nursing in Iowa as an LPN or a state in the interstate compact. The potential ability to give safe nursing care is a prerequisite for admission to the nursing major.

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Core Nursing: LPN-to-BSN Courses

BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy
BIOL 222 - Human Physiology
BIOL 239 - Intro to Microbiology
BIOL 240 - Nutrition
BIOL 340 - Pathophysiology
CHEM 109 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences I
CORE 100 - Franciscan Life
LIBA 410 - Global Society
MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics
NURS 220 - Health Assessment
NURS 230 - Nursing Care of the Adult Client I
NURS 250 - Pharmacology
NURS 300 - Evidence-based Nursing Practice
NURS 330 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing/Childrearing Family
NURS 335 - Nursing Care of the Adult Client II
NURS 340 - Nursing Care of Clients with Acute Mental Health Issues
NURS 355 - Nursing Care of Clients in Acute and Critical Settings
NURS 429 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science I
NURS 435 - Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System
NURS 440 - Nursing Care of Clients with Chronic Mental Health Issues
NURS 445 - Nursing Care of the Complex Client
NURS 455 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science II
NURS 465 - Nursing Preceptorship Experience
NURS 475 - Transition into Professional Nursing
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology
PSYC 360 - Abnormal Psychology
SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology
SPEC 111 - Public Speaking
THEO 204 - Christian Morality
WRTG 109 - Introduction to College Writing

Additional Program Requirements

Students in the LPN-BSN option may opt out of some of these courses by meeting selected requirements through transfer credits.

Prior to enrolling in the nursing courses, an LPN-to-BSN student must:

  • Present a current LPN license in the state of Iowa or a state in the interstate compact.
  • Meet with the chairperson of the Department of Nursing to evaluate your education record
  • Complete the Application for Admission to the Nursing Major form, and sign the declaration of major form  

A letter grade of "C" must be attained in both theory and clinical components of all nursing courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is needed for admission to and progression in the program.

Documentation of physical health status obtained upon admission to the nursing major must also be on file in the Student Health Office. Immunizations must include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver on file)
  • An annual Mantoux test
  • A second MMR if born after 1957
  • Proof of Varicella immunity if born after 1965 (either a positive titre or proof of a series of two immunizations and an annual influenza immunization).

Students also must maintain basic CPR certification throughout the program. In addition, students must have a criminal background check completed through the vendor selected by the Department of Nursing.

Upon admission, all students are required to sign and adhere to a Professional Conduct Standard.