LPN to BSN Program at NMU
As a licensed practical nurse you've already experienced the rewards of a career of caring for people as a trained health professional. Now you can fortify your skills and prepare for a wider field of career opportunities by continuing your studies and earning a bachelor of science in nursing.
The LPN to BSN program follows the same academic plan and requirements as the Traditional-Track BSN program, except that those who already have an LPN license may be granted up to 12 advanced placement credits toward the 120 credits required for the degree.
Courses are generally offered in fall and winter semesters with select courses in the summer. An adviser from the School of Nursing will assist you in planning an academic program to complete the required courses. Please refer to the Traditional-Track BSN for further information about the foundational program and requirements for the degree.
Before admission to the nursing sequence applicants must have:
- Been admitted to Northern Michigan University.
- Completed or be in the process of completing the following courses: BI 201/207, BI 202/208, BI 203/203A, CH 109, PSY 100/PSY 101/PY 100, AH 102, AH 201/HN 301A and AH 202/HN 301B or equivalent courses.
Prerequisites must be completed with a "C-" or better. In special circumstances, with permission of the department, BI 104 may be substituted for BI 201/207. Students that completed their LPN at NMU may substitute HN210 for both AH 201 and AH 202.
- Met the admission criteria. A 2.75 or greater cumulative NMU grade point average is required for students to be eligible for admission into the nursing major. The transfer grade point average will be used until a student completes 12 credit hours at NMU. After completion of 12 credit hours at NMU, the NMU grade point average is used.
- Met the progression criteria: A 2.25 cumulative GPA is the minimum required GPA for students to remain enrolled in the nursing major. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25 while in the nursing program. If the cumulative GPA falls below 2.25, the student is not eligible to enroll in a nursing course until the cumulative GPA is raised to 2.25. Because the student is not enrolled in any nursing courses while the GPA is less than 2.25, the student must reapply to the nursing major when the student's GPA enables the student to again enroll in a nursing course.
- Met the progression criteria: Students must earn a "C" or better in nursing courses with traditional letter grades and must earn an "S" (satisfactory) in nursing courses with "S/U" grading in order to progress in the nursing curriculum.
- Nursing theory courses that have an adjunct nursing clinical course are considered as one course in respect to the above criteria. They are not considered one course however, for GPA calculation by the university.
- Submit an application online to the School of Nursing by February 1 for the succeeding fall semester or October 1 for the succeeding winter semester.
The NMU School of Nursing admits a limited number of students to the baccalaureate nursing sequence in each semester. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of placements available the faculty reserves the right to select the applicants who shall be admitted. The remaining eligible applicants may apply for admission the following semester. Ordinarily, students may expect to complete the entire baccalaureate nursing program in approximately two and one-half academic years after being admitted to the nursing sequence, assuming they complete all of their courses satisfactorily and in sequence.
The department reserves the right to determine the method of selecting students admitted. The faculty reserves the right to withdraw any student whose health, conduct, scholastic standing or clinical practice is such that it is inadvisable for the student to remain in the School of Nursing. Each student is responsible for reading the Northern Michigan University Undergraduate Bulletin and the Student Nurse Handbook, and seeking consultation with nursing faculty or staff if specific questions arise. Records and applications of all students are reviewed promptly, and students are notified of acceptance or rejection no later than the beginning of the pre registration period.
Advanced Placement Credit for Licensed LPNs
Beginning in Fall 1999, students with an LPN license who request admission to the BSN program, and who have graduated from LPN program within five years of admission into the BSN program and/or who have worked as an LPN within five years of admission into the BSN program, will be granted, without testing, advanced placement credit for: NU 211 (4 credits), and NU 212 (3 credits).
Students must submit a copy of their current LPN license prior to acceptance into the BSN program.
This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the State of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review those requirements via the Board of Nursing.