• Nursing - Track III - LPN-to-BS

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

    Total Credits: 120

    Program Contact Information:

    Susan Alix, DNP, RN
    Program Coordinator
    Ghosh Science and Technology Center
    Office ST-223B

    Brittany Brown, MS, RN
    Program Assistant

  • Program Objectives

    Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

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

    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

    All new students are accepted for the fall of each year. The next cohort of LPN-to-BS students will enter in the 2017 fall semester. The application for admission and all required supporting materials, including NACE exam scores, MUST be received by February 1, 2017.

    • Current unencumbered Massachusetts LPN license
    • Graduate of an accredited LPN program with cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • Completion of all required prerequisite courses:
      • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (including lab)
      • Microbiology (including lab)
      • Chemistry (including lab)
      • English I and II
      • General Psychology
      • Introduction to Statistics
    • Successful completion of 3 specified Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NACE I, PN-RN)

    NACE Exams and Required Scores

    • Foundations of Nursing (72 or higher)
    • Nursing Care of the Child (62 or higher)
    • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (62 or higher)

    All NACE exams will be scheduled by the Nursing Department. Exam outlines and study guides will be available. Registration and test dates may be found at We also list upcoming test dates in the announcement box on this page.

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    Program Curriculum

    To earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Worcester State University, students are required to earn 120 credits in the LPN-to-BS in Nursing program.

    • Grade requirements: Courses with an asterisk have a minimum grade requirement of 2.5
    • Transfer of credits: Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the Registrar after admission to WSU.
    • Transfer or completion of required prerequisite science, math, and English college courses, including the courses listed in the Admissions Criteria section.

    All nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80 in each nursing course.

    Fall Semester, Year 1 (10 credits)

    • NU 206: Path-Physiology/Pharmacology I (3 credits)
    • NU 203: Nurse Transition Bridge I (1 credits)
    • SO 100: Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
    • HI Constitution course (3 credits)

    Spring Semester, Year 1 (11 credits)

    • NU 216: Path-Physiology/Pharmacology II (3 credits)
    • NU 213: Health Assessment (2 credits)
    • HE 120 Health and Nutrition (3 credits)
    • LASC** (Global Perspectives course) (3 credits)

    Fall Semester, Year 2 (16 credits)

    • NUL 310: Nursing Science II (7 credits) — includes clinical
    • NU 430: Nursing Research (3 credits)
    • LASC** (U.S. World History course) (3 credits)
    • Elective**, if needed (3 credits)

    Spring Semester, Year 2 (15 credits)

    • NUL 340: Nursing Science III (7 credits) — includes clinical
    • LASC** (Quantitative Reasoning course) (3 credits)
    • LASC** (Creative Arts) (3 credits)
    • Elective**, if needed (2 credits)

    Fall Semester, Year 3 (14 credits)

    • NU 440: Nursing Science III (8 credits) — includes clinical
    • LASC** (Thought, Language, & Culture course) (3 credits)
    • Elective**, if needed (3 credits)

    Spring Semester, Year 3 (13 credits)

    • NU 460: Nursing Science IV (3 credits)
    • NU 450: Nursing Leadership (3 credits)
    • NU 470: Nursing Capstone (7 credits) — includes clinical

    **LASC courses are WSU-required electives that must be completed prior to graduation. These courses do not have to be taken in sequence, but are entered in as a recommendation. Individuals with previous collegiate education may have transfer credits that could apply to these courses.

    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. The following requirements must be electronically submitted:

    • Annual physical examination (form is available via Certified Credentials) and flu vaccine or signed declaration (medical exclusion only)
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI). Sexual Offender Record Investigation (SORI) and/or drug screening may be required by health-care agencies.
    • CPR certification: American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider or American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer are the ONLY accepted certifications.
    • Health information disclosure form: Available via Certified Credentials
    • Updated vaccination records:
      • Hepatitis B immunizations series and positive titer
      • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) — documentation of 2 doses or positive titers for each
      • Varicella — documentation of 2 doses or positive titer, history of disease is NOT accepted
      • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine, if it has been 5 years or more since last dose
      • Tuberculosis*

    *All students must provide initial documentation of a baseline TB screen through IRGA (Interferon Gamma Release Assay) or a 2 -step TST (tuberculin skin test) with annual testing every 12 months while in the program.

    *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.

    Please Note: Clinical facilities may stipulate additional requirements for which documentation must be provided. Many of these requirements need to be updated annually or biannually. It is the student's responsibility to submit updated records.

    Please download and complete the Verified Credentials requirements for this cohort. The one-time cost for this is $25 (incurred by students)

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    Kimberly Silver Dunker
    Program Coordinator

    Ghosh Science & Technology Center
    Office ST-222L