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Registered Nursing - LPN to RN Transition

Clark State Community College / Springfield Regional School of Nursing

This program is offered at Clark State's Bellefontaine and Springfield locations.

The LPN to RN option meets the educational needs of the licensed practical nurse desiring to become a registered nurse. The Registered Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000; and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing,17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410; (614) 466-3947; Graduates are prepared to function in beginning staff-level registered nurse positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, and comparable health care facilities as members of a health care team.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing, a graduate will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.
  • Demonstrate behaviors that reflect respect for and sensitivity to individual differences while working with patients, families and other health care providers.
  • Manage nursing care for individuals and small groups of clients with common and recurring health problems.
  • Use the nursing process to provide holistic care for individuals across the life cycle.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to make nursing care decisions.
  • Develop and implement health teaching plans for individuals and small groups to assist them in achieving maximum health potential.
  • Display professional behaviors and practice within the ethical/legal framework of nursing.

Technical Standards
Specific attributes, characteristics, and abilities are essential to practice nursing. Professional competency is the summation of many cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. Students who enter the nursing program must be able to perform (with or without reasonable accommodations) these Essential Functions, which are linked to this program page on the College's website.

Students who may require accommodations to perform the essential functions should contact the College's Office of Accessibility to request reasonable accommodations.

Students are asked to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to perform the Essential Functions of the Student Nurse at the program orientation session. Attendance at this session is required for all students who have been accepted to start the nursing program's technical courses.

Admission Requirements
The LPN to RN program is a space limited program that admits students twice a year in fall and spring semesters. In addition to applying to the college, students must apply to the program. Minimum grade point average, reading, writing, math, and science requirements must be met prior to applying to the program. Completion of the minimum requirements and application to the program does not guarantee admission. Entry to the LPN to RN program is competitive and based on academic achievements. Detailed information about the program’s competitive admission criteria, process, time line, and forms are available in the Petitioning/Application Process for Health programs area of Clark State’s website.

Clinical Requirements
Transition students must meet health requirements, show proof of health insurance, and meet criminal background check requirements before entering the first clinical nursing course. Specific information will be provided prior to beginning the nursing transition course.

Students will be billed for liability insurance for the clinical courses.

Progression Requirements
In order to progress to the next clinical nursing course, students must have successfully completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better.

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for an associate degree, Transition students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and have a grade of C or better in all courses in the curriculum.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Licensure is mandatory for practice as a RN. Candidates for licensure in Ohio must complete a criminal background check and disclose information related to any prior felony or misdemeanor, crime involving gross immorality or moral turpitude, violation of a drug law, and/or recent diagnosis or treatment of a psychotic disorder. The Ohio Board of Nursing will determine whether the candidate may take the licensing exam.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Options
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing are prepared to obtain licensure and employment as a registered nurse.  Graduates are also prepared to continue their education and obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. A number of colleges and universities have designed bachelor's nursing completion programs for associate degree prepared registered nurses. Clark State has articulation agreements with a number of area BSN completion program including Ohio State University, Ohio University, Urbana University, Wittenberg University, and Wright State University, Students are encouraged to refer to the transfer section of the catalog, the transfer guides area of the college's web site, and their academic advisor for more information about these programs.

Curriculum Plans and Course Formats
The curriculum is offered as a full-time program in Springfield and the Bellefontaine area. A part-time evening weekend program is also available in Springfield. The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory requirements. Individuals taking college preparatory education courses or attending school part-time will require additional semesters of study. Students should contact the Health and Human Services main office for a copy of the part-time evening-weekend curriculum plan.

Many non-nursing and some nursing (NUR) courses in the curriculum are available in both traditional and online/hybrid formats for Springfield cohort students. All courses are presented in an online or hybrid format for Bellefontaine cohort. All lab sessions are conducted on campus and/or at a healthcare facility, regardless of the format.

All students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Course Title Credits
BIO 1131 Microbiology 3
BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I * 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO 2122 Anatomy and Physiology II * 4
ENG 1112 English II 3
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
NUR 1175 LPN to RN Transition 3
NUR 1176 Adult Nursing for LPNs 2
NUR 1174 Behavioral Health Nursing 4
NUR 1190 Associate Degree Equivalency for LPN Outcomes ** 14
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 2272 Children-Family Nursing 3
NUR 2274 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 3
NUR 2276 Adult Nursing II 5
MTH -- Math Elective*** 3
NUR 2278 Adult Nursing III 7
NUR 2279 Nursing Capstone Clinical 2
NUR 2280 Nursing Review 1
  Total Credit Hours 73

* BIO 2121 and BIO 2122, or the equivalent must be successfully completed within five  years of entry into the first clinical nursing course. If older than five years, the course must be repeated.

** Recognition of competency achievement equivalent to 14 nursing semester credit hours will be given (posted on the transcript as NUR 1190) after successful completion of NUR 1175 and NUR 1176.

*** Students may choose from MTH 1050 Math for Today's World (prerequisite CPE 0700), MTH 1060 Business Math (prerequisite CPE 0500), or STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I (prerequisite CPE 0700). Students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) should choose a math course that will satisfy the BSN program requirements for their school of choice.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.