University of Akron School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for LPN's)

Program Overview

Curriculum Guide (Degree Requirements)

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 3 years in length, full-time. A part-time option is available.

Highlights of the LPN/BSN program

  • Completion of the baccalaureate degree in three years after prerequisites are finished
  • Builds on prior learning and clinical experience
  • Fall semester start 
  • Credit by exam given for previous LPN experience

Admission requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited LPN program
  • An active unrestricted 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
  • Complete a Progression to Major form with their academic Advisor. 
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.75 GPA in the science pre-requisite courses. 
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75. 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 advisers will provide guidance as to the prerequisite courses needed and a plan of study that will best meet your needs.

Prenursing and Nursing Student Baccalaureate Handbook 

Background check

The college requires entering students to submit to a background check.