• 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 LPN 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 healthcare needs in a variety of settings. Respect for diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to excellence in nursing care are emphasized.

  • Admissions Criteria

    Application deadline: February 1, 2017

    • Students are accepted for Fall of each year
    • Current unencumbered LPN License
    • Grade of an accredited LPN Program with Cumulative Grade Point Average GPA > 2.5
    • Successful completion of the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NACE I, PN-RN)

    NACE Exams and Required Scores

    • Foundations of Nursing (72)
    • Nursing Care of the Child (62)
    • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (62)
    Registration and test dates may be found at

    Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the Registrar after admission to the University
    Preliminary Test Dates:
    Date: Sept 10, 2016
    Time: 9 a.m. - 1p.m.
    Location: Science and Technology Building (ST) RM 216 Computer lab
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    Prerequisite Courses
    • BI 161 & 162: Anatomy & Physiology I & II (must include lab)
    • CH 112: Survey of Chemistry (must include lab)
    • BI 206: Medical Microbiology or Micro (must include lab)
    • EN 101 & 102: English Composition I & II
    • PS 101: General Psychology
    • MA 150: Introduction to Statistics
    Clinical Requirements

    Clinical Course Requirements for ALL Nursing Tracks:

    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. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of MA.
    2. CPR: American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer are the only accepted certifications
    3. Health Information Disclosure Form: Available via Certified Credentials
    4. Proof of Health Insurance
    5. Physical Exam: Form available via Certified Credentials
    6. Hepatitis B Immunization Series & positive titer
    7. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Documentation of 2 doses or positive titers for each
    8. Varicella (documentation of 2 doses or positive titer, history of disease is not accepted
    9. Tuberculosis
    10. 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)
    11. 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
    12. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine, if it has been 5 years or more since the last dose of Td
    13. 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
    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