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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 and evening 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 may be found within the application for the RN program as well as the information page for the RN program.

Students who may require accommodations to perform the technical standards should contact the College's Office of Accessibility Services 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

2023 Academic Year (Fall 2023 and Spring 2023), and 1st Quarter Spring 2024 first-time test-takers from all cohorts (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN)

2023 Academic Year Graduates - 89.52%

Spring 2024 Graduates - 95.24%

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.

  • 2022 fall and 2022 spring All cohorts (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) =75%

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.

  • 2023 fall and 2024 spring rates for all graduates (RN, LPN to RN, and Paramedic to RN) = 100%

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. To Investigate these programs affiliated with Clark State, please use the following link to take you to Clark State's transfer guides.

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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/Human Flourishing: The student will engage in professional nursing practice, providing holistic, individualized, compassionate care that is patient centered and culturally and developmentally appropriate across the lifespan.
  • Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement/Spirit of Inquiry: The student will incorporate a spirit of inquiry through the utilization of current best evidence to make clinical judgements for quality improvement.
  • Safety, Informatics and Technology/Nursing Judgement: The Students will 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/Professional Identity: The student will transition to the role of the professional nurse, incorporating legal, ethical, and professional standards.
  • Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration/Professional Identity: The student will utilize effective communication with nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering an open communication, respect, and shared decision making.
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
NUR 1121 Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Dosage Calculation     1
NUR 1122 Pharmacology II           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
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
NUR 2234 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 2.5
NUR 2236 Adult Nursing II 6.5
-- (Pharmacology III) 1
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
NUR 2232 Children-Family Nursing 2.5
NUR 2239 Adult Nursing III 8
-- NCLEX Capstone 1
  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. NUR 1121 must be completed within 1 year of entry into the first clinical nursing course. If older than one year, the course must be repeated.

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

The curriculum is offered as a full-time day program in fall in Springfield. A evening weekend program is also available in Springfield with a spring start. 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, 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. All NUR 2239 students must successfully complete the specified areas within Virtual ATI NCLEX review for NUR 2239 course completion.

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, LPN to RN 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

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Garrett Fisher Director, Nursing Programs