Free directory of 145 accredited LPN to RN Programs throughout the U.S.

Earn your BSN degree and become a Registered Nurse

The State of Pennsylvania has put forth an initiative to attract more Registered Nurses. The State has implemented a program that allows a Licensed Practical Nurse to work toward an Associate’s or Bachelors degree in Nursing and be qualified and prepared to take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam and become a registered nurse.

Many of the Pennsylvania nursing schools adopted the initiative and put the LPN to RN programs in place to provide the necessary stepping stone. The program allows LPN’s to receive credit for their previous studies and work experience and apply it to the RN program.

To be admitted to an LPN to RN program, the student must be a high school graduate or hold an equivalency certificate and a valid Pennsylvania LPN license. High school classes taken should include math, science and English. Part of the application process includes a criminal back ground check and finger print, a copy of the valid LPN license and documentation of transcripts, both high school and LPN courses, a passport photograph and 3 references, including one from the director of the LPN program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and returned for completion.

Course work for the LPN to RN program includes the required nursing classes as well as Anatomy and Physiology I and II, lab safety, nutrition, biology, Microbiology, nursing management classes and the choice of several non-nursing programs. Students will also be required to participate in clinical training a requirement for graduation.

Students admitted to the LPN to RN programs, sometimes called a bridge program, will receive up to 15 credit hours towards an Associate’s degree for courses taken while studying to become an LPN. Programs are held full and part time and include day, evening and some weekend classes, making the educational process more convenient for students who have other responsibilities.

In the State of Pennsylvania, students must at least hold an Associate’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) to qualify to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Upon graduation, the student must apply to the Nursing Board of the State of Pennsylvania and petition the Board for an Authorization to Test (ATT).

As soon as the application has been submitted, the student then schedules an appointment with PearsonVUE to take the exam. PearsonVUE is a third party testing unit chosen by the State of Pennsylvania to administer the RN exam. As soon as the nursing board approves the ATT application, the student will be issued the approved ATT. That document must be presented at the time the exam is taken.

Upon successful completion of the exam, the student must submit an application and the required fee to the State Board of Licensing and will receive their paper license in about 4 weeks.

LPN to RN Programs in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania LPN to RN Schools

Find LPN to RN online programs that offer flexible scheduling and variable completion dates. Browse our list of nursing schools in Pennsylvania that offer CCNE accredited LPN to RN programs:

Alvernia College LPN to RN

620 Greenway Ter
Reading, PA 19607
(610) 775-1730

Bloomsburg University LPN to RN

400 East 2nd Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1399
(570) 389-4000

Indiana University of Pennsylvania LPN to RN

1011 South Drive
Indiana, PA 15705
(724) 357-2100

La Salle University LPN to RN

1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1000

University of Scranton LPN to RN

800 Linden St
Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 941-7400

Waynesburg College LPN to RN

51 West College Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370-1257
(724) 627-8191

Wilkes University LPN to RN

84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766-0003
(570) 408-5000

York College of Pennsylvania LPN to RN

441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403-3651
(717) 846-7788

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