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

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, graduates will:

  • Evaluate caring relationships and behaviors that contribute to positive outcomes for clients, families, communities and populations, as well as health care providers and health care systems. (Communication, Diversity)**
  • Analyze client-centered care with respect to health, environment and cultural preferences across the lifespan while respecting the client as the source of control. (Diversity, Critical Thinking)**
  • Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering teamwork and collaboration with the client, family, community and populations. (Communication)**
  • Utilize best current evidence considering clinical expertise along with client and family preferences for the delivery of optimal health care. (Critical Thinking, Professionalism)**
  • Participate in data evaluation to monitor client outcomes to continuously improve the quality of health care. (Technology)**
  • Evaluate standardized practices and technologies to minimize the risk of harm to clients and health care providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Analyze information and technology resources to build knowledge, select the mode of communication, to decrease error and support decision making. (Technology)**
  • Analyze behaviors consistent with the ANA Code of Ethics, Nursing’s Social Policy Statement and Standards of Practice into the role of the professional nurse. (Professionalism)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism. 

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Admissions office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).


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: ◊

Required Courses for Bachelor of Science in Nursing: LPN to BSN Option

General Education Courses

(40 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 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
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Electives 7
Total Semester Hours 40
Support Courses

(21 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
BI 210 - Microbiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
BI 227 - Pathophysiology 3
CH 110 - General Chemistry I - Lecture and Lab 4
HC 220 - Gerontology 2
Total Semester Hours 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)

Courses Semester Hours
NS 349 - Pathways for Success 1
NS 355 - Concepts of Professional Practice for the LPN to BSN 3
NS 358 - Transitional Medical Surgical Nursing for the Adult Client Theory 1
NS 359 - Transitional Medical Surgical Nursing for the Adult Client Clinical 2
Total Semester Hours 7
Required BSN Courses

(49 semester hours)

Courses Semester Hours
NS 161 - Introduction to Population-Based Public Health Nursing: Theory Online 1
NS 235 - Pharmacology I 2
NS 256 - Pharmacology II 2
NS 261 - Population-Based Public Health Nursing – Health Policy and Current Trends: Theory Online 1
NS 340 - Behavioral Health Continuum of Care: Theory 3
NS 341 - Behavioral Health Continuum of Care: Clinical 3
NS 342 - Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Theory 3
NS 343 - Nursing Care of Women and Child-Bearing Families: Clinical 2
NS 344 - Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Theory 3
NS 345 - Family-Centered Nursing Care of Children: Clinical 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 4
NS 472 - Principles of Leadership and Management 3
NS 470 - Concepts of Complex Multisystem Clients II: Theory 3
NS 473 - Preceptorship: Clinical 4
NS 474 - Pharmacology III 1
◊ NS 476 - Population Health IV: Theory 2
NS 477 - Population Health IV: Clinical 2
Total Semester Hours 49
Last updated: 03/12/2019