Advance Your Nursing Career with the LPN to BSN Degree

You're already an LPN working in the field, but you want to advance your nursing career with a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree. Marywood University offers a special, defined track of study just for you, in a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Knowledgeable and involved faculty work closely with you in leading-edge scientific facilities at Marywood, presenting nursing research from around the globe and guiding you as you pursue opportunities in the local region for hands-on clinical experience.

Graduates of the nursing program who successfully pass the NCLEX licensure exam are prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including: critical care, community health, public health, primary care, acute care, long-term care, home health, and mental health care, as well as pharmaceutical and administrative settings.

  • Advance your nursing career
  • Specially designed LPN to BSN track of study
  • Highly credentialed faculty
  • Leading-edge scientific facilities

Top Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Clinical/Doctor's Office
  • Mental Health Office
  • School Districts

Top Career Paths

  • Registered Nurse
  • General/ Family Practitioner
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Nursing Educator

Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

In addition to the completed application form and fee, the candidate to be considered for admission must send to the Office of Admissions the following information:

  1. Prior to March 2016, a minimum of 1450 (combined) on the SAT, with no single test score below 480 (or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher).
  2. After March 2016, a minimum of 1040 (Evidence based reading and writing plus math sections) SAT, with a minimum of 530 in the math section.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, teacher, or other person familiar with the student’s academic background.
  4. An official high school and/or university transcript with an indication of class rank and/or QPA.

Transfer Requirements

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

Internal Transfers

External Transfers

LPN Students

Meet SAT/ACT requirements -Direct Admit in and maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Must have QPA of ≥3.0 in current program and maintain ≥3.0 along with a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Must have QPA of ≥3.0 at current institution and maintain ≥3.0 along with a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Must have QPA of ≥3.0 at current institution and maintain ≥3.0 along with a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Do not meet SAT/ACT requirements-will be admitted as undeclared interest in nursing but need to achieve a QPA of ≥3.0 by the end of the second enrolled semester and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in nursing courses.

Do not meet QPA requirements-will need to remain in current major or transfer to undeclared interest in nursing until a QPA of ≥3.0 met. If transferring into undeclared interest in nursing, students need to achieve a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Do not meet QPA requirements- may come to Marywood as undeclared interest in nursing but need to achieve the QPA of ≥3.0  and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Do not meet QPA requirements- may come to Marywood as undeclared interest in nursing but need to achieve the QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

 

*Note Internal Transfer students,  at the completion of either the Fall or Spring semester; must submit to the Nursing Department the following:

     * Change of Major

     * Unofficial transcript

To progress to the Nursing Major courses, the student must:

  1. Have the required physical ability to perform in the nursing profession.
  2. Achieved a QPA of ≥3.0 and be admitted into the nursing major (students in the category of 'Undeclared, Interest in Nursing' are ineligible to take nursing courses)
  3. Complete the following cognate courses or their equivalent, with a minimum of “C” or better
    BIOL 121, 122      Anatomy & Physiology* 4,4
    BIOL 114 Microbiology* 4
    CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry* 4
    ND 112 Nutrition 3

*Lab Required

One additional cognate course is required which must be taken prior to nursing research (N353) with a grade of 'C' or better.  This is:

MATH 155 Statistics 3

NOTE:  The cognate courses fulfill many of the liberal arts requirements for the nursing major.

***Once admitted to the major, students must maintain a QPA of 3.0 or higher and must achieve a 'C' or better in all nursing courses.

Nursing LPN-BSN Challenge Tests

Test Dates & Location

Starting September 2020 students have the ability to test remotely at their convenience. Please see the Student Guide to NLN Testing as well the NLN Challenge Exams Information Sheet for how to sign up for exams. 

NOTE: students need to create a new account through the link listed on the Info Sheet. If you go not use that particular link we will not get your scores. 

**if you have any questions please contact the LPN to BSN coordinator, Professor Danielle Holod at daholod@marywood.edu.

**Please note: when you complete an exam please email Ms. Notari and jnotari@marywood.edu to let her know you have completed an exam so she can pull the scores.

Students may only take each exam one time.

The following NLN Challenge test(s) are available:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Microbiology

NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenges Exams:

  • NACE II Care of the Adult Client (passing score gives student credit for NURS350/NURS351)
  • NACE II Nursing Care of Child (passing score gives student credit for NURS 450A)
  • NACE II Nursing Care of Childbearing Family (passing scores gives students credit for NURS 450B).

Please see the Student Guide to NLN Testing Portal to create a new username, password, and to register for the appropriate test. Students may test remotely at home at their convenience. 

Students choosing to receive advanced standing credit for Chemistry need to visit the CLEP website. (Please note CLEP exams are not administered by Marywood University.)

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Center for Natural & Health Sciences

The Department of Nursing is located in the Center for Natural & Health Sciences. It is equipped with a state of the art simulation laboratory. It also houses the Comerford Theatre, which is one of the largest lecture halls on campus.

Clinical Simulation Lab

The use of SimMan and Vital Sim Models along with the newly purchased Nursing Anne and SimMom provides an opportunity to experience realistic clinical situations. The new skills lab is a state of the art facility that helps students establish fundamental critical thinking skills that can be applied in nursing practice.

Student Lounge

Within the sim lab, students have access to a student lounge where they can study and socialize and they have access to a microwave and refrigerator. Students can access the lab and the lounge with their Marywood ID card.  

Computer Lab

Students have access to a computer lab with up-to-date resources for academic development located right inside the Center for Natural & Health Sciences. Other computer labs are available across campus. 

Nursing Skills Lab

The Nursing Skills Lab in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences is equipped with patient simulators, Turning Point technology, and patient mannequins that afford students the opportunity to practice a range of nursing skills. This simulation lab offers students an environment to apply knowledge in a safe setting, fostering critical thinking. The simulators are programmed to respond physiologically to diseases, trauma, and interactions as human beings. Realistic patient scenarios can be simulated in a controlled environment in which students can practice the nursing process, critical thinking, and decision making.

The Nursing Department utilizes various healthcare facilities that include acute and critical care, pediatric, obstetrics, long term care, psychiatric and mental health, and community care settings. These facilities serve populations of culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, offering the students exposure to a microcosm of the larger global community in which they will practice after graduation.


Center for Natural and Health Sciences

206 Morgan Road
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The Center for Natural and Health Sciences contains various science laboratories, computer labs, the 100-seat Comerford Theatre, and various classrooms. Classrooms for our Math and Computer Science, Science, Nursing, and Public Administration programs are in this building.

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Science Center Classrooms


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The Center for Natural and Health Sciences contains classrooms for our Math and Computer Science, Science, Nursing, and Public Administration programs.

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Science Center Computer Labs


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Room 102, Room 103 (Science, Nursing, and Math/Computer Science Majors Only). Printer available.

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