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Nursing (LPN-RN) Advanced Placement Program

This advanced placement program provides the LPN an opportunity to advance to an RN. It offers LPNs a pathway to career advancement, increased earning potential, a broader scope of practice, and the opportunity to make a more significant impact in healthcare. It is a valuable investment in professional growth and the pursuit of higher nursing qualifications. Students must have an LPN license prior to the start of this program.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Study Track
Location
  • Clearfield
  • Lock Haven
Department
College
Program Contact
Associate Professor
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A common goal of our faculty is to graduate outstanding students who are ready and able to provide excellent nursing care and services using theory and evidence-based practice. The program prepares our students to make judgments and carry out nursing care based on critical thinking and research-based knowledge for health promotion and maintenance, prevention of disease, and rehabilitation. Nursing is a dynamic career with many opportunities. Registered nursing is a prime occupation for job and professional growth. RNs are always in demand in Pennsylvania and in other states.

Course Delivery 

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Courses and Curriculum

Degree Requirements LPN-RN Checklist Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Associate of Science in Nursing Program is competitive. There are more qualified applicants applying to the program than there are seats available. Those interested in the nursing program should meet with an advisor early to review the criteria and clarify the process. It is important to note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

During Fall 2024 advising, it is the students' responsibility to verify with your advisor that you will be completing all prerequisite courses by the end of Spring 2025, in order to get your Ticket to Test from them
*The Ticket to Test will give you information on the LPN to RN Advanced Placement NACE Package that you will use to help you prepare for and to take the exams required to test out of the first year.

In order to be considered for the fall 2025 LPN to RN Advanced Placement, you must have application, pre requisites, and NACE Exams completed by February 28, 2025.
Once you meet all of the requirements and are approved to enter the program, you will be awarded the 8 or 16 nursing credits from the first year of the curriculum.

Admission Deadlines & Timeline

  • The program application deadline must be submitted by February 28, 2025 for  consideration into the LPN Advanced Placement to start Fall 2025. You will be notified by March 1, 2025 of the CU Nursing admissions committee decision.
  • February 28th- Deadline to submit CU nursing application
  • March 1st - CU Nursing admissions notifies applicants

APPLICATION PROCESS: LPN TO RN ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM

STEP 1:  CU APPLICATION

PLEASE NOTE:  Admission to the Nursing program is competitive. There are more qualified applicants applying to the program than there are seats available. Those interested in the nursing program should meet with an advisor early to review the criteria and clarify the process. It is important to note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

STEP 2:  REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

  • Submit all transcripts from other schools you have attended (i.e. high school, LPN school, college)

STEP 3:  CONTACT THE NURSING DEPARTMENT

  • After receiving the CU admissions acceptance letter, contact the Nursing Department at 814-768-3450 to discuss your academic plan.

STEP 4:  COMPLETE PREREQUISITE COURSES

Must complete Algebra, Biology and Chemistry
Complete A, B, C’s with minimum required grade of C or higher.

  • ________Algebra (can be completed at the High school level)
  • ________Biology/lab (Bio/lab can be completed at the High school level)
  • ________Chemistry/lab (Chem/lab can be completed at the High school level)


COMPLETE PREREQUISITE COURSES: Your transcripts will be reviewed to verify what courses must be completed prior to applying to the nursing program. Complete all prerequisite courses with minimum required grade of C or higher. Must maintain a 2.7 GPA.  All prerequisites must be completed by the end of Spring Semester 2024 for Fall 2024 admission.

  • ________Math 101-or higher
  • ________WRIT 103- Foundations in Composition
  • ________HLSC 115- Anatomy and Physiology I
  • ________HLSC 120 -Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ________PSYC 212 -Lifespan Development

STEP 5:  MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR

During Fall 2024 advising, it is the students' responsibility to verify with your advisor that you will be completing all prerequisite courses by the end of Spring 2025, in order to get your Ticket to Test from them.


*The Ticket to Test will give you information on the LPN to RN Advanced Placement NACE Package that you will use to help you prepare for and to take the exams required to test out of the first year.

Mission

The Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania Breiner School of Nursing mission is to promote excellence, value diversity, and provide education to meet the various and changing health care needs. The educational process which integrates the concepts from the liberal arts and sciences prepares professional nurses at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels emphasizing critical thinking, clinical judgment, and disparate experiences and perspectives.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Breiner School of Nursing at Commonwealth University reflects the values and beliefs of faculty which provide a strong foundation for each nursing program, associate to doctoral, and contributes to excellence in professional nursing practice. Our program will prepare the graduate to be proficient in nursing competencies for clinical practice.  Our philosophy is based on the belief that nursing is a unique and valuable profession that requires a commitment to caring, career-lifelong learning, innovation, and professional development. We believe that nurses should be competent, compassionate, and provide person-centered holistic care. Faculty believe in fostering a supportive and collaborative learning environment that equips students with the necessary cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, clinical judgement, and commitment to the values of the profession to function as effective nurse leaders. The faculty recognize diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning experiences based on the students’ individual learning needs, learning styles, and readiness. Learning is a continuous, career-life-long process that occurs throughout domains enhanced by an environment that encompasses critical thinking, clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, evidence-based practice, clinical simulation, and person-centered holistic care. In a developmental manner, students will progress from knowledge to proficiency in the eight core concepts. We are committed to providing our students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to succeed as competent, compassionate, and person-centered professional nurses.  

Core Concepts:

  • Clinical Judgment
  • Communication
  • Compassionate Care
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Ethics
  • Health policy
  • Social determinates of Health

Upon completion of the Commonwealth University – Lock Haven Associate Degree nursing program, the graduate is prepared to:

  • Provide nursing care across the lifespan, adapted to the health care consumer’s physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual dimensions of health. (Patient-Centered Care)
  • Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors, evidencing integrity, legal accountability, ethical responsibility, advocacy, caring and a commitment to lifelong learning. (Professionalism)
  • Select informatics and technology to manage information, minimize error, and achieve defined health care outcomes. (Informatics and Technology)
  • Select effective and professional communication skills. (Communication)
  • Interpret effective relationships with health care consumers and members of the health care team in order to meet mutually determined health care outcomes. (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide nursing care that protects health care consumers and health care personnel from health and environmental hazards. (Safety)
  • Evaluate the principles of quality improvement to achieve cost effective, patient-centered outcomes. (Quality Improvement)
  • Use critical reasoning and best current evidence to make nursing care decisions. (Evidence-Based Practice)
  • Select leadership strategies to direct nursing care, promote change and foster achievement of health care goals. (Leadership).
  • Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors related to global health practices that include the effects of the culturally diverse community, from the individual to global perspectives, on such areas as disease transmission, violence, health care policy, and health care economics. (System Based Practice/Global Awareness)
     

2023 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 96%

CU - Lock Haven ASN Program
Expected Level of AchievementYearLicensure Examination Pass Rate
The graduate, first time NCLEX pass rate will be at or above the national mean (NCSBN) and at least 80% for first time takers.201993.14%
Same as above201889.13%
Same as above201783.02
Performance on Program Completion - Aggregated for Entire Program
Expected Level of AchievementYearProgram Completion Rate
60% of students will graduate within 150% of the stated program length201976%
Same as above201874%
Same as above201772%
Performance on Job Placement - Aggregated for Entire Program
Expected Level of AchievementYearProgram Completion Rate
80% of graduates, so desiring, will be employed as an ASN prepared nurse within one year following graduation from the program.2019100%
Same as above2018100%
Same as above2017100%
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Why Commonwealth U?

Accreditation

The ASN Nursing Education Program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.).

PA State Board Approved: Our ASN program is fully-approved by the PA State Board.

Scholarships

From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. 

The Commonwealth Difference

96%
2023 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

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Jessica Bower

Jessica Bower

  • Assistant Professor / Chairperson, Breiner School of Nursing - Undergraduate
  • Bloomsburg

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