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Worcester State University

Track III - LPN to BS in Nursing Program

When: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 5-6P
Where: ST 217

This is NOT an LPN Program. It is a program for those students who have graduated from an accredited LPN program with a current license to practice in MA.

Program Description

The LPN to BS in Nursing Bridge Program transitions the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to the role of a baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurse. Graduates are prepared to meet societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings. Respect for diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to excellence in nursing care are emphasized.

Priority deadline for admission to the program is January 15th with the final deadline for application March 1st.

Admission Requirements

Current Massachusetts LPN in Good Moral Character according to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Graduate of an accredited Practical Nurse Program. Transcript reviewed upon review of application

Successful completion of three specified National League for Nursing - Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NACE) I PN-RN at determined decision scores. NLN Testing will be scheduled by the Nursing Department. Exam outlines and study guides are available. Link current NLN information here (Outline, Policy, Exam Dates)

• National League for Nursing - NACE I LPN-RN
• National League for Nursing - NACE I - Information Bulletin
• NLN Registration Information
• Practical Nursing Textbooks Available

New testing NACE times:

Dates are constantly updated on nln website. Go to and view updated schedule. You may take these NACE exams anywhere but make sure you download your results so that you can send to WSU with your application.  These exams MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM AND MUST BE INCLUDED AS PART OF YOUR ADMISSION PACKET. You will receive 18 credits towards graduation once these are submitted. Please contact the LPN coordinator via email for free ATI review tools.

All applicants must complete the following 2 things

  1. The final deadline is May 1, 2014 
  2. Applicants should send the COMPLETED package to ADMISSIONS AND NOT THE LPN COORDINATOR.

Professional Resume

Two letters of Recommendation: one from a current employer and one from PN program faculty

Essay to include your professional nursing skills, personal interests, and career goals in nursing

Applicants must also complete all Worcester State University Admission Criteria - Contact Admissions Link Priority Deadline - January 15th for Fall admission
Program of Studies

To earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Worcester State University, students are required to earn 120 credits in the LPN to BS in Nursing Curriculum.

Current LASC Requirements:

Transfer of Previously Completed College Courses

Worcester State University has articulation agreements with Massachusetts colleges for transfer of credits.

Transfer of Credits:

Transfer Equivalency:

Transfer of previously completed science courses (A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology, Chemistry) will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Transfer of previous college credits is completed through the Registrar after admission to the University.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - Some courses may be fulfilled through CLEP - Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the Registrar after admission to the University. CLEP:
Non-Nursing Courses

The following courses must have a minimum grade requirement of 77 (C) and must be successfully completed prior to beginning the nursing courses in sophomore year.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
Survey of Chemistry
Medical Microbiology
English Composition I and II
General Psychology
Statistics I

If the required grade is not met in a prerequisite course, the student will continue in the Program. There will be one opportunity to retake the course and the course must be taken at WSU. Progression in the nursing courses depends on satisfactory completion of the course and space availability.
All Liberal Arts and Science Courses (LASC) must be completed by the end of the Program curriculum.
Nursing Courses

All nursing courses have a minimum grade requirement of 80 (B-)

All nursing courses must be taken at Worcester State University
A nursing course may only be repeated once to obtain a passing grade.
Nursing courses must be completed in the outlined sequence and be completed by the end of each semester

Students will receive a “WSU Department of Nursing LPN to BS in Nursing Bridge Program Undergraduate Student Handbook” upon admission for current nursing policies and program details.

Mathematics Placement

Accuplacer Arithmetic/Elementary Algebra Test is a Department of Higher Education Requirement (DHE) upon admission. Refer to Academic Support Services for preparation and testing details.

MA 150 Statistics I - prerequisite placement code 4 or above

Math Placement

Requirements While Enrolled in Nursing Courses

Annual Physical Examination, Tuberculosis Screening & Current Immunizations

Current Health Insurance

Current CPR Certification: American Heart Association - Health Care Provider or American Red Cross - Professional Rescuer

Professional Liability Insurance - Provided through WSU

WSU Nursing Uniform & Emblem, Lab/Scrub Coat, Name Pin, Watch, Stethoscope, White Uniform Shoes

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), Sexual Offender Record Information (SORI), Drug Screening as required by clinical agencies

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing within Nursing Courses

Mandatory membership in the National Student Nurses Association membership
Career Opportunities

Once the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and the NCLEX-RN exam are successfully completed, graduates are eligible to work as a professional Registered Nurse in various healthcare settings, e.g., acute care, primary and long-term care, seek nursing leadership roles, and apply to graduate programs in nursing.

For More Information Contact:

Best way to contact and get a timely response is NOT by phone but rather to send an email to the LPN coordinator as listed.

Dr. Susan Alix,
LPN to BS Coordinator 

(phone) 8586


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