ACADEMICS

  • Nursing - Track III - LPN-to-BS

    Please note: This is not an LPN program; it is a program for individuals who have graduated from an accredited LPN program with a current license to practice in Massachusetts and want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Degree Overview
    Worcester State University's LPN-to-BS in Nursing Bridge Program is designed to transition the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to the role of a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse. Graduates of this program are prepared to meet societal health care needs in a variety of settings. Respect for diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to excellence in nursing care are emphasized.

    Program Objectives
    Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

    • 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

    The Dr. Lillian Goodman Department of Nursing utilizes the following to guide this program:

    1. The Baccalaureate Essentials  
    2. The Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health  
    3. Quality and Safety Education for Nurses
    4. Nurse of the Future
      a. 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.
    5. Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

    Admissions Criteria
    Final deadline for application: February 1, 2016

    Admission to the program only occurs in the fall.

    Applicants must submit the following documentation with their application:

    • Current LPN license and Good Moral Character according to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
    • Graduate of an accredited LPN Program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    •  Successful completion of NACE entrance exams (NACE I, PN-RN): 
      • Test name and minimum score required:
        • Foundations of Nursing: 72
        • Nursing Care of the Child: 62
        • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family: 62
        (Registration and test dates can be found at https://nlnonlinetesting.org/cgi/login.pl. You will want to register for the NACE I PN (or LPN) exams. Not the NACE II exams.)
       
    •  Professional resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • one from a current employer
      • one from LPN program faculty
       
    • Required essay to include your professional nursing skills, personal interests, and career goals in nursing

    Please Note:
    All admission documents need to be sent to the Admissions Office c/o Ben McElroy; not the LPN coordinator.
     
    Program of Study (currently being revised)

    To earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a nursing major from Worcester State University, students are required to earn 60 credits in the LPN-to-BS Nursing Curriculum and 60 LASC University requirements (see the course sequence).

    Prerequisites

    • Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.
    • Applicants must successfully complete the NACE entrance exams as outlined above.

    Fall Semester 1  

    • BI 161: Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 credits
    • EN 101: English Composition I, 3 credits
    • PS 101: General Psychology (HBSP), 3 credits
    • CH 112: Survey of Chemistry NSP #2, 4 credits

    Semester Subtotal: 14 credits

    Spring Semester 2

    • EN 102: English Composition II, 3 credits
    • BI 206: Medical Microbiology, 4 credits  
    • MA 150: Intro to Statistics QR, 3 credits

    Semester Subtotal: 14 credits

    Clinical Course Requirements for both Track I, Track II and Track III
    All newly admitted students will be required to participate in an online documentation tracking system, Verified Credentials, and provide the documentation listed below. Students are required to maintain compliance (updated documentation) for the entirety of the program. Information for accessing Verified Credentials will be provided to you
    by our clinical resource coordinator. The following requirements must be electronically submitted:

    1. CPR: American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer are the only accepted certifications
    2. Health Information Disclosure Form: available via Certified Credentials
    3. Proof of health insurance
    4. Physical exam: form available via Certified Credentials
    5. Hepatitis B Immunization Series and positive titer
    6. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): documentation of 2 doses or positive titers for each
    7. Varicella: documentation of 2 doses or positive titer (history of disease is not accepted)
    8. Tuberculosis
    9. All students with no past history of a positive Tuberculosis (TB) screening test must provide documentation of annual TB screening. Any student with a TB screening that is greater than 12 months old must provide baseline TB screening through IRGA (Interferon Gamma Release Assay) or a 2 -step TST (tuberculin Skin Test)
    10. Those who have been vaccinated with BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) and are accustomed to obtaining chest x-rays are required to have a baseline TB screening. BCG is no longer considered to be a protective measure against TB or a contradiction to TB screening. Should the result be positive, a chest x-ray and a doctor's note is required to rule out active disease
    11. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine, if it has been 5 years or more since the last dose of Td
    12. Flu vaccine for current flu season or signed declaration (medical exclusion only)
    13. Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI): required for all students
    14. Sexual Offender Record Investigation (SORI) and/or drug screening: may be required by health-care agencies
    15. Professional liability insurance: provided by Worcester State University and renewed annually

    Please note: Clinical facilities may stipulate additional requirements for which documentation must be provided. Also, many other of these requirements need to be updated annually or biannually. It is your responsibility to submit updated records.