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Degree OverviewIf 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:
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 RequirementsTo apply, you must:
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 StudiesTo 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.
*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 InformationTo learn more about our transfer admissions process, please visit www.worcester.edu/transfer-students.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 RequirementsPrior to registering for a clinical practicum course, students must submit written verification of:
Student OrganizationsNational 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.
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 IISurvey of ChemistryEnglish I and IIMedical MicrobiologyIntroduction to StatisticsGeneral 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 InformaticsHE 120: Health and NutritionOther LASC courses
Summer Session 1NU 342: Medical Surgical Nursing Bridge (LPN bridge course)
Summer Session 2NU 343: Childbearing and Family (LPN bridge course)
Year 3 (immersed with senior traditional nursing students):NU 440: Nursing Science IIINU 450: Nursing LeadershipNU 460: Nursing Science IVNU 470: Nursing Capstone ExperienceAny needed LASC courses
Mission StatementThe 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: