LPN Advanced Placement

This advanced placement program provides the LPN an opportunity to advance to an RN. 

What You'll Study

LPN Advanced Placement

As an LPN, you will enter the Associate Degree program in the second or third semester of the four-semester curriculum. Pending qualification you will be required to take two NLN standardized tests and a Medication Calculation exam. The testing occurs in the spring of the year you are seeking fall admission.  These tests are for testing out of NURS101 and 102. Once you meet all 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. 

Topics covered include:

  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Behavioral Health
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • School Health Nursing

Register for an LPN Advanced Placement Information Session


Program Highlights

  • Admission Requirements:
      • Applicant must be a graduate of a program accredited by ACEN, The Commission on Occupational Education, or Middle States Accreditation.
      • Applicant must provide copy of LPN licensure.
      • Applicant must provide official transcript from their LPN program of study.
      • Applicant must provide a letter of verification from Human Resources Supervisor indicating that the individual has worked 1,000 hours under their LPN Licensure in the last three years. If the applicant has not practiced nursing in three or more years, the applicant is not eligible for advanced placement.
      • Applicant must take two standardized Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams prepared by the National League for Nursing. The applicant is responsible for a fee for each computerized exam. The applicant must score 70% or higher and is permitted two attempts at each exam. The exams are:
        • Foundations of Nursing (NURS101 required if unsuccessful)
        • Nursing Care During Childbearing Family (NURS102 required if unsuccessful)
        • Applicant must take the Medication Calculation LPN entrance exam and score a 94% or higher.
          • Applicants are permitted three attempts at this exam. A calculator is permitted for this exam.
        • All exams will begin in May of the year in which you are seeking admission to the LPN Advanced Placement Program. You will be notified February-March to pick up the study packet information for testing.  The nursing department will verify all required coursework either completed or currently registered in that spring semester and your GPA is a 2.7 or above in order to qualify for testing
        • Applicant must complete the Clinical Skills Checklist indicating which skills the individual feels competent in and would not need to repeat.
        • Applicant must provide transcript(s) of satisfactory completion of required general education credits.
  • Accreditation: The ASN Nursing Education Program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.).
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.

Want to Know More?

Department of Nursing

Marie Fair, Academic Secretary
030 Founder's Hall, Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus
(814) 768-3450

Office Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday
(814) 768-3405

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