Bachelor of Science in Nursing: LPN to BSN Option

Director of Undergraduate Nursing
Marsha Cravens, M.Ed., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6287  TF 800.647.5500

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Nursing
Mary Dishman, M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6134  TF 800.647.5500


Current, unencumbered LPN license from Nebraska or another state within the U.S.

Curriculum Requirements

The LPN to BSN program combines theory in general education, support and major courses. The advanced placement LPN to BSN student enters the third-level nursing courses after successfully completing the first- and second-year general education and support courses, NS 128 Population Health I, NS 235 Pharmacology I, NS 256 Pharmacology II, NS 257 Population Health II and the LPN to BSN transition courses.

Upon graduation, LPN to BSN students are prepared to practice in a variety of settings, both independently and collaboratively with other disciplines. LPN to BSN graduates have a solid preparation for graduate nursing studies and are encour­aged to pursue graduate education as one means of lifelong learning. BSN degree graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.

In order to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Clarkson Col­lege, students must successfully complete a total of 130 semester hours. These hours must be distributed as follows:

  • General Education = 40 semester hours (which must include nine semester hours of the Clarkson College Health Care Core curriculum).
  • Support Courses = 21 semester hours (at least eight semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology, four semester hours of Microbiology, four semester hours of General Chemistry I, three semester hours of Pathophysiology and two semester hours of Gerontology).
  • Major Courses = 69 semester hours (includes 52 semester hours of nursing theory and 17 semester hours of clinical nursing courses).

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Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Curriculum plan of required courses for LPN to BSN option

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General Education Courses (40 semester hours) Semester Hours
BI 122 Nutrition Science 3
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
◊Intercultural Communication Health Care Core IC 200 Developing Cultural Competence OR  IC 250 Advancing Cultural Competence 3
Humanities Health Care Core HU 200 A Cultural History of the Healing Arts OR HU 205 The History of Science, Technology and Medicine OR HU 210 American Social Movements OR HU 215 Academic Travel Abroad Humanities 3
Ethics, Empathy, and Advocacy Health Care Core EA 200 Biomedical Ethics in Health Care OR EA 205 Death and Dying OR EA 210 American Poverty and Health Care OR EA 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
MA 101 Introduction to Algebra 3
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PY 200 Human Development 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ST 310 Statistics 3
  Electives 7
    Total 40
Support Courses (21 semester hours) Semester Hours
BI 210 Microbiology 4
BI 211 Anatomy 4
BI 213 Physiology 4
BI 227 Pathophysiology 3
CH 110 General Chemistry I 4
HC 220 Gerontology 2
    Total 21

Total General Education Semester Hours 61

Note: It is possible to transfer in all non-core general education and support courses.

Major Courses (69 semester hours)

The LPN Advanced Placement student will receive validation credit for
13 semes­ter hours, after successful completion of NS 349, NS 355 and NS 357.

BSN Transition Courses (seven semester hours) Semester Hours
NS 349 Pathways for Success 1
NS 355 Concepts of Professional Practice for the LPN-BSN 3
NS 358 Transitional Medical Surgical Nursing for Adult Client Theory 1
NS 359 Transitional Medical Surgical Nursing for Adult Client Clinical 2
    Total 7
Required BSN Courses (49 semester hours) Semester Hours
NS 128 Population Health I 1
NS 235 Pharmacology I 2
NS 256 Pharmacology II 2
NS 257 Population Health II 1
NS 340 Behavioral Health: Theory 3
NS 341 Behavioral Health: Clinical Application 3
NS 342 Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Theory 3
NS 343 Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Clinical Application 2
NS 344 Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Theory 3
NS 345 Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Clinical Application 2
NS 346 Evidence-Based Inquiry in Health Care 2
NS 347 Population Health III 1
NS 467 Transition into Practice 1
NS 468 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Theory 4
NS 469 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients I: Clinical Application 3
NS 470 Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients II: Theory 3
NS 472 Principles of Nursing Leadership and Management: Theory 3
NS 473 Preceptorship: Clinical Capstone 4
NS 474 Pharmacology III 1
NS 476  ◊ Population Health IV: Theory 2
NS 477 Population Health IV: Clinical 2
    Total 49