University of Akron School of Nursing


Bachelor's of science in nursing for LPNs

The University of Akron School of Nursing offers a career pathway to meet the needs of Licensed Practical Nurses who are interested in earning the baccalaureate degree in nursing.

The sequence is designed for LPNs who completed a practical nursing curriculum, as well as LPNs with bachelor's degrees in an area other than nursing. The pathway provides learning activities that build on prior knowledge and experience.

LPN education: The LPN to BSN option

The LPN/BSN sequence is designed for nurses who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

The program itself, after completion of the prerequisites, is 2½ years in length, full-time. A part-time option is available.

Highlights of the LPN/BSN program

  • Completion of the baccalaureate degree in less than three years after prerequisites are finished
  • Builds on prior learning and clinical experience
  • Spring semester start -last prerequisites may be completed at this time
  • Credit by exam given for previous LPN experience

Admission requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited LPN program
  • An active LPN license
  • Admission to the University of Akron and School of Nursing
  • A grade of "C" or above average in all prerequisite courses. Courses taken at other colleges may be transferred to receive credit towards prerequisite requirements
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5. Grades for transfer work are combined with those earned at The University of Akron in the computation of the admission GPA

All LPN students are admitted directly to the School of Nursing as undergraduate students. School of Nursing advisors will provide guidance as to the prerequisite courses needed and a plan of study that will best meet your needs.

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For current LPN/BSN students

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