• Nursing - Track III - LPN-to-BS

    Degree Overview
    If you are a licensed practical nurse, the LPN-to-BS in Nursing Bridge Program at Worcester State University can help you transition to the role of a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse. In the Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department, we emphasize respect for diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to excellence in nursing care. As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to meet our society’s health-care needs in a variety of settings. Our graduates also are able to: 

    • Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing as a foundation for safe client-centered care
    • Incorporate basic organizational and systems leadership to provide quality care and patient safety
    • Integrate evidence-based nursing practice including current research and critical thinking in the management of client care
    • Analyze information using information technology to improve patient outcomes
    • Examine the impact of health-care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on nursing practice
    • Integrate principles of effective communication in professional practice
    • Synthesize knowledge of health promotion and disease/injury prevention in designing population focused care
    • Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct into nursing practice

     Please note: This is a program for individuals who have graduated from an accredited LPN program and have a current license to practice in Massachusetts.

    Admission Requirements
    To apply, you must: 

    • be a graduate of an accredited LPN program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (Your official transcript will be reviewed with your application.)
    • be a currently licensed Massachusetts LPN in good moral character, according to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
    • successfully pass 3 National League for Nursing-Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NACE) exams prior to submitting your application to receive 18 credits toward a bachelor's degree: Foundations of Nursing (minimum required score of 72); Nursing Care of the Child (minimum required score of 62), and Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (minimum required score of 62)
    • complete WSU’s application packet, including your resume, 2 letters of recommendation (1 from your current employer; 1 from an LPN program faculty), and an essay about your professional nursing skills, personal interests, and career goals in nursing
    • A copy of your current LPN license is required
    • send your application packet to our Admissions Office to the attention of Ben McElroy by March 1, 2015

    NACE I PN Exam Information

    The following information will help you prepare for successful completion of the NACE I PN exams and entrance to our LPN-to-BS program:

    Program of Studies
    To earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Worcester State University, students are required to earn 60 credits in the LPN-to-BS in Nursing curriculum and 60 credits in WSU's LASC requirements.

    Non-Nursing Courses
    You must have a minimum grade requirement of C in the following courses prior to beginning the nursing courses in your sophomore year:
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
    • Survey of Chemistry
    • Medical Microbiology
    • English Composition I and II
    • General Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Statistics I*

    *Requires an Accuplacer Arithmetic/Elementary Algebra Test placement code 4 or above. Accuplacer exams are administered by our Academic Success Center.

    If you do not receive the required grade in a prerequisite course, you will continue in the program. You will have one opportunity to retake the course at WSU. Progression in the nursing courses depends on satisfactory completion of the courses and space availability.

    All Liberal Arts and Science Courses (LASC) must be completed by the end of the program curriculum and prior to the Pinning Ceremony and graduation.

    Transfer Information
    To learn more about our transfer admissions process, please visit

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    You may fulfill some of your course requirements through CLEP. CLEP exams are offered by our Academic Success Center.

    Clinical Course Requirements
    Prior to registering for a clinical practicum course, students must submit written verification of: 

    • Complete physical examination — updated annually — form available from Nursing Department secretary (508-929-8129).  
    • Documentation of an initial 2-step tuberculin skin test (TST) is required first year, then an annual TST. A TST may be available through our Health Services Office. (Follow-up X-rays may be required.)
    • Positive varicella titre level or 2 doses of Varicella vaccine
    • 2 MMR (measles [rubeola], mumps and rubella) vaccines, or titre levels for each (measles, mumps, and rubella) which indicate immunity 
    • 1 dose of tetanus-diptheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if it has been 5 or more years since the last does of the tetanus-diptheria (T-D) vaccine administered. Evidence of Tdap and/or T-D must be submitted.
    • Series of 3 vaccinations for Hepatitis B and positive titre level 
    • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) (adult and child) for the health-care provider/professional rescuer certification must be maintained throughout the program. No online courses are allowed. 
    • CORI is required for all students. 
    • SORI and/or drug screening may be required by health-care agencies. 
    • Seasonal flu immunizations is required. 
    • Professional liability insurance is renewed annually provided by Worcester State University. 

    Student Organizations

    National Student Nurses' Association: A student-led organization that is actively involved in outreach leadership development. Membership is mandatory for matriculated students.
    Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Phi Chapter-at-Large: The International Honor Society for Nurses provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people. Students are selected for membership into the local chapter of the Iota Phi Chapter-at-Large based on academic and personal criteria.
    IHI Open School: The mission of the IHI Open School is to advance health-care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide. The IHI Open House School provides inter-professional opportunities for students of medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, health administration, dentistry, and other allied health professions with the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety. IHI is a leading innovator in health and health-care improvement worldwide.

    Requirements for Graduation
    For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing students must have: 
    • Completed a minimum of 120 credits 
    • Completed each nursing course (and each component) with a minimum grade of 80 
    • Completed all Nursing Department and Worcester State University requirements 

    Students Who Enter as Freshmen 
    Must complete all courses listed in freshmen year in order to move to sophomore level. 

    Year 1 (fall and spring semesters): 
    Successful completion of the following courses with a minimum of C:
    A&P I and II
    Survey of Chemistry
    English I and II
    Medical Microbiology
    Introduction to Statistics
    General Psychology

    Year 2 (fall and spring semesters):
    NU 205: Pathophysiology (integrated with traditional sophomore nursing students)
    NU 203: Transition from LPN to RN (LPN bridge course)
    NU 430: Nursing Research (integrated with traditional junior nursing students)
    SO 100: Introduction to Sociology
    NU 215: Pharmacology (integrated with traditional sophomore nursing students)
    NU 213: Health Assessment (LPN-to-BS bridge course)
    CS 124: Health Informatics
    HE 120: Health and Nutrition
    Other LASC courses

    Summer Session 1
    NU 342: Medical Surgical Nursing Bridge (LPN bridge course) 

    Summer Session 2
    NU 343: Childbearing and Family (LPN bridge course)

    Year 3 (immersed with senior traditional nursing students):
    NU 440: Nursing Science III
    NU 450: Nursing Leadership
    NU 460: Nursing Science IV
    NU 470: Nursing Capstone Experience
    Any needed LASC courses

    Progression Sequencing

    • All nursing courses must be taken in sequence. 
    • All nursing courses must be completed by the end of each semester. 
    • All nursing courses (with NU prefix) must have a minimum grade of B-.  
    If the required grade is not met in a prerequisite course, the student will continue as a nursing major. Only one opportunity will be given to retake the course at WSU only. Progression in the nursing courses depends on satisfactory completion of the course.   

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department is in keeping with the Worcester State University mission with the emphasis on developing the professional nurse who values lifelong intellectual growth and global awareness. The Nursing Department fosters the professional growth of faculty and students through excellence in teaching and learning, rooted in scholarship and community service related to the discipline of nursing. 

    The department utilizes the following to guide the LPN-to-BS program:

    • The Baccalaureate Essentials 
    • The Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, 
    • QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses)
    • Nurse of the Future - Nursing leaders throughout the country are rethinking the entire process of how nurses are educated in order to identify more efficient and effective education strategies. 
    • MA BORN
    Undergraduate Program Outcomes

    1. Provide comprehensive, holistic care that is grounded in the biological sciences, the arts, and humanities.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of organizational structures, missions, visions, philosophies, and values.
    3. Utilize current theoretical, scientific, and research knowledge toward evidence-based professional practice.
    4. Demonstrate competence in utilizing information technology resources to advance professional practice.
    5. Comply with the Standards of Professional Nursing Practice.
    6. Implement effective inter-professional communication when working with the health-care team.
    7. Implement evidence-based practice to guide the nursing process toward culturally sensitive, individual, and population-focused care.
    8. Apply the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct to practice.
    9. Demonstrate clinical competency, accountability, and ethical decision-making as an entry-level, novice professional nurse.

    The Nursing Department has department-specific policies, which are found in the Department of Nursing Undergraduate Student Policy Handbooks. These policies include, but are not limited to, the following: progression and retention, classroom and clinical behavior, academic honesty, professional behavior, and CORI/drug screening/health requirements. The department reserves the right to modify policies and the curriculum during the students' enrollment. Sufficient notice of any change will be provided to students. Progression in the program requires successful completion of all pre- and co-requisite courses, sequential nursing courses, and all clinical placements offered in each course.

    Good Moral Character Required for Licensure
    In compliance with policy of the Massachusetts State Board of Nursing, all applicants/students are informed that completion of the BS degree does not guarantee admittance to the registered nurse licensure examination. According to Board Licensure Policy 00-01, any individual convicted of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, and/or who has been disciplined by a licensure/certification body must be evaluated by the Board to determine a licensure applicant's compliance with the "good moral character" licensure requirement established at Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112 , section 74 and 74A. Any individual who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, and/or who has been disciplined by a licensure/certification body, or whose ability to practice professional nursing is adversely affected by a physical or mental disability/illness that may endanger the health and/or safety of a person, should seek special advising prior to enrolling in any professional nursing program in Massachusetts. Individuals convicted of certain criminal convictions are permanently excluded from nurse licensure in Massachusetts. All students in the nursing program will be required to have periodic CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) checks requested by the department and/or clinical agencies. This background check is a computerized search to determine if an individual has any convictions, outstanding warrants or pending complaints. The information from these records is confidential and is destroyed when a student graduates. Progression and mandatory clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on a "no report" CORI check result. Clinical agencies may independently perform CORI checks on students and do not have to accept a student with a CORI report indicating that an offense exists. The department is not responsible for alternate clinical placements for students who cannot be placed in an agency related to a CORI offense report. Students have an obligation to inform the department chair if any legal issues arise, while in the program, that are reportable on a CORI.

    Health-Care Agency Requirements: Health, Drug Screening and Other
    Nursing students will be placed in a variety of health care settings. Each agency has requirements which the student must fulfill before they are allowed placement. This list may include, but is not limited to, the following; physical exam, immunizations, agency specific orientation, CORI, SORI and drug screening. Progression and mandatory clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on meeting all agency requirements. If a student is denied placement by the agency for any reason, including a positive drug or CORI report, the nursing department is not responsible for providing alternate clinical placements.