• Nursing - Track III - LPN-to-BS

    This program is designed for those students who have graduated from an accredited licensed practical nursing program.

    Degree Overview:
    The LP- to-BS in Nursing Track III Program is designed to transition the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to the role of the 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.

    Admissions Criteria:
    Final deadline for application is February 1, 2016. Students are accepted for fall of each year. Applicants must submit the following documentation with their application:

    • Current unencumbered LPN license
    • Grades of an accredited LPN program with cumulative grade point average greater than 2.5
    • NACE exam scores
    • Successful completion of the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NACE I, PN-RN)

      Test Name and Minimum Score Required
      Foundations of Nursing: 72
      Nursing Care of the Child: 62
      Nursing Care for the Childbearing Family: 62
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    • Professional resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Current employee
      • LPN program faculty
    • Essay discussing professional and personal experience

    LPN applicants must pass the entrance NACE exams to be admitted to the program.

    • Results must be submitted to the Registrar's Office to receive an 18-credit allocation.
    Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the registrar after admission to WSU.

    Students enter as Freshmen (year 1)

    • Must complete all courses listed in Year 1 in order to move to sophomore level.

    Sophomore year (year 2)

    • Students take some courses with sophomores (Patho and Pharm)
    • Students take one course with juniors (Research)
    • Students take 2 LPN courses (Transition and Health Assessment)
    • Students must complete CS 124 and HE 120 before moving forward to Summer Bridge courses of NU 341 and NU 343.

    Junior year is during the summer between sophomore and senior level.  

    • Summer Session: Med/Surg Bridge Course
    • Summer Session: Maternity/PEDI Bridge Course

    Senior year: Students are integrated with senior students and follow the same schedule as traditional undergraduate students.

    Nursing courses must be taken in sequence, but LASC courses can be taken at any time after freshmen year (unless otherwise specified).

    • All nursing courses must have a minimum grade of 80 (B-).
    • All prerequisites must have a minimum grade C (see below).

    The following courses must have a minimum grade requirement of C:

    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with lab
    • Survey of Chemistry with lab
    • Medical Microbiology with lab
    • English Composition I and II
    • General Psychology
    • Statistics I
    • Health and Nutrition
    • Intro to Sociology
    • Health Informatics

    Transfer of Previously Completed College Courses

    • Worcester State University has articulation agreements with Massachusetts colleges for transfer or credits.
    • Some students may be eligible for MassTransfer Block.
    • Students with a second degree will only need to take the prerequisites for nursing (if not already taken at a previous university; see above) and the required nursing courses.
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - some courses may be fulfilled through testing. (See the Academic Support Services page for testing services information).
    • Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the registrar after admission to WSU.

    Once LASC requirements are satisfied, students may select general requirements. Students are required to meet with their department advisor during the fall and spring preregistration periods to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.
    Clinical Course Requirements for Track I, Track II, and Track 3
    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. Requirements (below) must be electronically submitted include:

    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 Verified Credentials
    3. Proof of health insurance
    4. Physical exam: form available via Verified 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: 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). 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.
    9. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) Vaccine: if it has been 5 years or more since the last dose of Td
    10. Flu Vaccine: for current flu season or signed declaration (medical exclusion only)

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

    1. Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) is required for all students.
    2. Sexual Offender Record Investigation (SORI) and/or drug screening may be required by health-care agencies.
    3. Professional liability insurance is renewed annually provided by Worcester State University.

    Student Organizations:
    National Student Nurses' Association: Student led organization that is actively involved in outreach leadership development. Membership is mandatory for matriculated students in Track I and Track III programs.

    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 Schools 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 degree with a major 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