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Registered Nursing - LPN to RN Transition

Registered Nursing - LPN to RN Transition

Clark State College / Springfield Regional School of Nursing

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location. The Registered Nursing - LPN to RN Transition degree is available full-time day in Springfield and part-time evening-weekend in Springfield.

The LPN to RN option meets the educational needs of the licensed practical nurse desiring to become a registered nurse. 

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.

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 Technical Standards, which are linked to this program page on the College's website.

Students who may require accommodations to perform the technical standards 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 Technical Standards of the Student Nurse when applying to the program. These Technical Standards are also reviewed 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.

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.

Student Achievement Data
The nursing program publishes student achievement data that is required by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The data includes the graduates' success on the licensure examination, program completion rates, and employment rates. 

Licensure Examination Pass Rate - Performance on the licensure examination for first-time test-takers 

  • 2019 first-time test-takers from all cohorts (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 77.08%
  • LPN to RN Day, December 2018 graduates = 58.33% 
  • LPN to RN Bellefontaine campus , December 2018 graduates = 75%
  • LPN to RN Evening/Weekend, May 2019 graduates = 78.5%

Program Completion Rate - Percentage of students who graduate within a defined period of time. The definition used by ACEN for the program completion rate is the number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.

  • 2019 All cohorts (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 75.13%
  • 2019 LPN to RN Day Cohort  = 100%
  • 2019 LPN to RN Bellefontaine Campus Cohort = 100% 
  • 2019 LPN to RN Evening/Weekend Cohort = 85.71%

Job Placement Rate - Percentage of graduates, responding to a graduate survey, who were employed in a position for which the program prepared them six (6) to twelve (12) months after graduating.

  • 2019 rates for all graduates (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 95%

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 programs including Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Western Governors 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.

Career Information

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Outcomes and Curriculum

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

  • Patient Centered Care: Engage in professional nursing practice, providing holistic, individualized, compassionate care that is patient centered, culturally, and developmentally appropriate across the lifespan.
  • Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration: Utilize effective communication with nursing and interprofessional teams, fostering open communication, respect, and shared decision making.
  • Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement: Incorporate a spirit of inquiry through the utilization of current best evidence to make clinical judgements for quality improvement.
  • Safety, Informatics and Technology: Integrate informatics and technology to guide nursing judgement in making clinical decisions that minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers.
  • Leadership and Professionalism: Transition to the role of the professional nurse, incorporating legal, ethical, and professional standards.
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 1110 Dosage Calculation 1
NUR 1135 LPN to RN Transition 3
NUR 1136 Adult Nursing for LPNs 2
NUR 1134 Behavioral Health Nursing 2.5
NUR -- Articulated credit awarded** 8
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 2234 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 2.5
NUR 2236 Adult Nursing II 6.5
MTH -- Math Elective*** 3
NUR 2232 Children-Family Nursing 2.5
NUR 2239 Adult Nursing III ^ 8
  Total credit hours 65
* 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 courses must be repeated.

** Students are awarded 8 semester hours of articulated credit for advanced placement after successful completion of NUR 1135 and NUR 1136.

*** Students are required to take STT-2640, Elementary Statistics (see course description for prerequisites) or its equivalent.  If transferring in a statistics course, it must be an OTM (Ohio Transfer Module) course.

^The 3 day NCLEX review only offered on Springfield Campus during NUR 2239. 

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 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. 

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 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.

Academic Requirements

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.  Applicants must complete the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills).  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, timeline, and forms are available on the RN - LPN to RN transition petition page.

Additional Program Requirements
Prior to starting the program, students must have current healthcare provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/BLS) certification. Students must also meet health requirements, show proof of health insurance, meet criminal background check, and drug screen requirements before starting the program.

Students must update health requirements, criminal background checks, and drug screens in accordance with program and clinical agency policies. Additional information about these requirements is provided at the nursing program orientation sessions that are required for all students who have been accepted to start the program. Students must complete these requirements at their own expense. Students will be billed for liability insurance for each year of clinical courses as part of a course fee.

All students enrolled in NUR 2239 are required to enroll in the Virtual ATI review. 

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

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 higher in all courses in the nursing curriculum.


The Registered Nursing (RN) program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High Street,  Suite 660, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3947; 614-466-3466; and accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326