LPN to ADN Transition Program

Eric Mason, EdD, MSN, RN, Assistant Dean Health Sciences/Nursing - Program Director
Phone: (419) 995-8265
Email: mason.e@RhodesState.edu
Office: 224A Cook Hall

A special program has been developed for LPNs who might choose to extend their course of study and apply for admission to the Program with advanced standing. LPNs who meet the general College admission requirements may enroll in General Studies and applied education courses. An applicant must be a graduate of a state-approved school of practical nursing, submit proof of a current, unrestricted Ohio LPN license, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students will be admitted into the transitional coursework based on space availability. Students who have an active Ohio LPN license are not required to complete or submit evidence of a State Tested Nurse Aide certificate course. Students qualify for the transitional program after the acceptance requirements are completed. The applied education and nursing clinical courses must be completed within five (5) calendar years.

Acceptance Requirements

  1. General College requirements (see General Admissions Procedures.) 
  2. Writing: American College Test (ACT) score at or above the remediation free level,  or self-placement into COM 1110 English Composition with a grade of "D" or higher.
  3. Reading: American College Test (ACT) score at or above the remediation free level in Social Science, or PSY 1010 General Psychology with a grade of "D" or higher, or placement score that is required for college reading or higher.
  4. Math: American College Test (ACT) score at or above the remediation free level in Mathematics,  or placement score that is required for college math or higher, or completion of appropriate developmental coursework, MTH 0903 College Prep Math 3 , or credit by examination with  a grade of “D” or higher.
  5. Sciences: (Chemistry and Biology) American College Test (ACT) score at or above the remediation free level in Natural Science, or completion of appropriate developmental coursework, CHM 0960 Introductory Science,  or Credit by Examination, with a grade of “C” or higher.
  6. Graduation from High School or equivalent.
  7. College cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.  If the cumulative GPA is between 2.25 and 2.49, the student is conditionally accepted into the LPN to RN Transition Program with the stipulation that a grade of 80% or higher must be achieved in all transition coursework (NSG 1421, NSG 1423, and NSG 1424). 
  8. Attend mandatory Nursing Program student orientation.
  9. Declaration of Nursing as the major course of study.  

 Additional Requirements After Entry into the LPN to RN Nursing Program

  1. Evidence of sufficient physical and mental health to engage in the practice of nursing. 
  2. Current American Heart Association or equivalent certification in CPR.
  3. Completed health and immunization form.
  4. Criminal background check.
  5. Drug Screen.

General Studies

Must be taken before enrollment in Advanced Nursing courses:

PSY 1010 General Psychology3
COM 1110 English Composition3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience1

Related Courses

Must be taken before enrollment in Required Transition courses:

BIO 1400Microbiology4
BHS 2110Growth and Development: Lifespan 12
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II 14
DTN 1220Principles of Nutrition 12
BHS 1711Pathophysiology for Healthcare2
MTH 1260Statistics3
or MTH 1151 Quantitative Reasoning

Advanced Standing Courses

NSG 1320Foundations of Nursing Advanced Standing Credit for LPN5
NSG 1323Adult Health Advanced Standing Credit for LPN 23
NSG 1324OB Advanced Standing for LPN 22
NSG 1326Psychosocial Advanced Standing Credit for LPN 22

Required Transition Courses

NSG 1421OB Transition for LPN to RN 31
NSG 1423Medical-Surgical I for the LPN to RN 36
NSG 1424Psychosocial Transition for LPN to RN 31

Other Required Courses

NSG 1721Pharmacology for Nursing2

Required Advanced Nursing Courses

NSG 2522 Adult Health II6
NSG 2525   Essentials of Nurse Practice9

 Portfolio

 Capstone

1

Challenge exam available

2

Awarded after successful completion of NSG 1423 Medical-Surgical I for the LPN to RN.

3

Must be successfully completed before progressing to advanced nursing courses.

NSG 1320 — Foundations of Nursing Advanced Standing Credit for LPN
5 Credit hours  

Introduces the philosophy and conceptual framework of the nursing program. Focuses on the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice evidence based, quality and safe patient centered care utilizing teamwork and collaboration and informatics to formulate patient centered nursing decisions. Integrates foundational nursing concepts, the nursing process and nursing skills to promote critical thinking and safe patient care. The student builds upon knowledge acquired from general education and applied general education course work. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance to Nursing Clinical Program
Corequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 1711, BHS 2110.

NSG 1323 — Adult Health Advanced Standing Credit for LPN
3 Credit hours  

Provides the opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult clients. The characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on common health problems related to the human needs of oxygenation (respiration), hydration, skin and tissue integrity, and physiological safety (hormonal and sensory). Evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills are emphasized. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and basic health related course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to client in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LPN to ADN Transition Program in Nursing.

NSG 1324 — OB Advanced Standing for LPN
2 Credit hours  

Provides the opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the child-bearing family. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus on the human need of sexuality. Specific topics explored include: pregnancy, labor, and delivery, postpartum care of the newborn, and male/female reproductive issues. Emphasis is placed on client centered care and collaboration which includes valuing a partnership with the childbearing family. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and basic health related course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to clients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LPN to ADN Transition Program in Nursing.

NSG 1326 — Psychosocial Advanced Standing Credit for LPN
2 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to acquire knowledge regarding the psychosocial characteristics of the individual are explored through the nursing process. Specific topics include the human needs of sexuality, emotional security, communication and cognition, love and belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of patients with psychosocial health problems promoting collaboration, patient centered care, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are provided for the student to utilize therapeutic communication techniques and structuring of interpersonal relationships. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for the students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the LPN to ADN Transition Program in Nursing.

NSG 1421 — OB Transition for LPN to RN
1 Credit hour  

Provides the opportunity for the LPN student to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the child- bearing family. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus on the human need of sexuality. Specific topics explored include: pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, care of the newborn, and male/female reproductive issues. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 2110, DTN 1220, PSY 1010
Corequisites: BHS 1711.

NSG 1423 — Medical-Surgical I for the LPN to RN
6 Credit hours  

Provides the opportunity to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult patients. The characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on the common health problems related to the human needs of oxygenation (respiration), circulation (shock), hydration, skin and tissue integrity, physiological safety (hormonal and sensory) and health concerns related to the surgical patient (peri-operative nursing care). Evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills are emphasized. In addition, legal and ethical aspects are emphasized in regard to the scope of practice for the registered nurse. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to practice safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 2110, PSY 1010
Corequisites: NSG-1423C, NSG-1423L, BHS 1711.

NSG 1424 — Psychosocial Transition for LPN to RN
1 Credit hour  

Provides opportunities to acquire knowledge regarding the psychosocial characteristics of the individual are explored through the nursing process. Specific topics include the human needs of sexuality, emotional security, communication and cognition, love and belonging, self esteem, and self actualization. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of clients with psychosocial health problems promoting collaboration, client centered care, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are provided for the student to utilize therapeutic communication techniques and structuring of interpersonal relationships. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 2110, DTN 1220, PSY 1010
Corequisites: BHS 1711, NSG 1421, NSG 1423.

NSG 1520 — Foundations of Nursing
8 Credit hours  

Introduces the philosophy and conceptual framework of the nursing program. Focuses on the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice evidence based, quality and safe patient centered care utilizing teamwork and collaboration and informatics to formulate patient centered nursing decisions. Integrates foundational nursing concepts, the nursing process and nursing skills to promote critical thinking and safe patient care. The student builds upon knowledge acquired from general education and applied general education course work. Psychomotor skills competency demonstration and clinical opportunities promote critical thinking while providing students the opportunity to give safe nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance to Nursing Clinical Program
Corequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 1711, BHS 2110.

NSG 1523 — Adult Health I
6 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult patients. The characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on the common health problems related to the human needs of oxygenation (respiration), hydration, skin and tissue integrity, and physiological safety (hormonal). Evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills are emphasized. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 2110, NSG 1520
Corequisites: BIO 1120, PSY 1010, NSG-1523C, NSG-1523L.

NSG 1524 — Care of Childbearing Family
3 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the child-bearing family. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus on the human need of sexuality. Specific topics explored include: pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, care of the newborn, and male/female reproductive issues. Emphasis is placed on patient centered care and collaboration, which includes valuing a partnership with the childbearing family. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1110, BHS 2110, NSG 1520
Corequisites: NSG-1524C, NSG-1524L.

NSG 1721 — Pharmacology for Nursing
2 Credit hours  

Focuses on the general principles of pharmacology. Selected drug classifications related to the neurological, circulatory, urinary, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and immune systems and process are discussed. Health care considerations appropriate to individual drug classification will be emphasized. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Nursing program or permission from Chair or Dean of Nursing.

NSG 1990 — Independent Study in NSG
1-8 Credit hours  

Allows the student who has completed at least one clinical nursing course in the nursing major. The student will have opportunities to explore various assigned nursing related topics. A variety of instructional delivery techniques are used to emphasize nursing topics such as lecture, online learning, small group work, simulation, and etc. At the discretion of the instructor, various clinical opportunities in structured settings may be required. "C" grade policy applies.

NSG 2521 — Psychosocial Nursing
3 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to acquire knowledge regarding the psychosocial characteristics of the individual in the context of the nursing process. Specific topics include the human needs of sexuality, emotional security, communication and cognition, love and belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. Emphasis is placed on nursing care of patients with psychosocial health problems promoting collaboration, patient centered care, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities are provided for the student to utilize therapeutic communication techniques and structuring of interpersonal relationships in scheduled laboratory and clinical experiences. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical opportunities are provided for the students to give safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 1711, NSG 1523, NSG 1524, PSY 1010
Corequisites: NSG 1721, NSG-2521C, NSG-2521L, SOC 1010.

NSG 2522 — Adult Health II
6 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of the adult patients. Characteristics of the individual are studied with a major focus placed on the common health problems related to the human needs of physiological safety (immunity-oncology), elimination (bowel and bladder), oxygenation (circulation), and activity and mobility. Emphasis is placed on collaboration among the health care team, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking skills. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from applied general education courses. Clinical opportunities are provided for students to practice safe and competent nursing care to patients in structured settings. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: BIO 1120, BHS 1711, NSG 1523 or NSG 1423, NSG 1524 or NSG 1421, PSY 1010
Corequisites: NSG 1721, NSG-2522C, NSG-2522L.

NSG 2525 — Essentials of Nurse Practice
9 Credit hours  

Provides opportunities to incorporate the nursing process in the care of adult and pediatric patients. Characteristics of the adult individual are studied with a focus on common health problems that include the human need of physiological safety (neurosensory/eye/ear). The pediatric individual is studied with a focus on common health problems that include the human needs of oxygenation, nutrition, elimination, physiological safety, activity/mobility and communication/cognition. Topics related to individual emergencies, trauma, bio-terrorism and disaster nursing are discussed. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, leadership, management and delegation as the student prepares to transition into practice. The student builds upon previously acquired knowledge from general education and applied general education course work. Clinical experiences are provided for students in a variety of structured settings to practice safe and competent nursing care. This capstone course concludes with a role-transition experience. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: NSG 1721, NSG 2521 or NSG 1326, NSG-2521C, NSG-2521L, NSG 2522, NSG-2522C, NSG-2522L, Background check (fingerprint)
Corequisites: MTH 1260, NSG-2525C, NSG-2525L.