The LPN to RN degree is for working LPNs who would like to take their career to the next level.
Offered in an accelerated format, this program will allow you to complete the degree in as little as three semesters (depending on transfer credits).
Upon completion of the program, you’ll be ready for professional nurse positions in hospitals, home healthcare, long-term care facilities, and other related healthcare environments.
Program highlights include:
- Accelerated format. Your nursing classes and clinical will take place on the weekend.
- Experienced faculty. Classes are taught by dedicated, masters and doctoral-prepared nursing faculty.
- State-of-the-art labs and equipment. You’ll practice nursing procedures and scenarios using various levels of high-fidelity mannequins, which include SimMom, SimBaby, SimJunior, and SimMan 3G.
- Excellent pass rate. The national average pass rate for first time candidates on the NCLEX-RN performance exam is 87%; ours is 95%.
- RN to BSN option. As an alumni of the associate degree nursing program, you’ll qualify for a 38% tuition discount for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) major, offered 100% online.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Nursing program is approved by the SBON and accredited by the Accreditation Commissions for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through fall 2023 for all of our Nursing Program degree options. The new NL major will need to be approved as a new pathway for the LPN to be eligible for licensure by both the PA SBON and ACEN once approved by the College curriculum committee.
Graduates find jobs in hospital acute care settings, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, state and federal health related facilities, private duty nursing agencies, and within the office practice of physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $104,100.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||1,685,820||$36.45||$75,820|
|Offices of Physicians||196,040||$32.16||$66,890|
|Home Health Care Services||179,310||$33.77||$70,230|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||155,450||$31.59||$65,710|
|Outpatient Care Centers||132,070||$36.39||$75,680|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Special Admissions Requirements
Students will have successfully completed a practical nursing program and earned a Practical Nursing license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Students must meet technical standards established by the School of Health Sciences and the Nursing Program. One criteria required for selection into the nursing major is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS exam). Prospective students can register for the TEAS exam by creating an account at www.atitesting.com and purchasing the TEAS exam through the ATI Testing online store. The TEAS exam is offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology several times each semester. See the ATI Testing online store for other testing dates and locations. Students may take the TEAS exam up to three times, with a minimum of 30 days between attempts, in a one year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year. Students are selected into the major annually in December.
Please refer to the special admission information for a complete list of selection admission criteria.
All students in the major are required to maintain a graduation grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to remain in the major. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation as stated in the College Catalog. In addition, all students must earn a "C" (2.0) or higher in all NUR, HTH, and BIO courses. If a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated.
The following grading system is applied to all nursing courses in the NL major. There is no rounding of grades:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below
Transfer standards established by the College require a minimum of a “C” in transfer courses. Official transcripts must be sent to the Penn College Admissions office. The College may also request official high school transcripts or an official GED score report. For fall acceptance, transcripts need to be received by June 1st. Students transferring from other Colleges will have their nursing credits evaluated by Penn College nursing officials after acceptance into the major. Graduates of this major can enroll into Penn College's RN to BSN completion major.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students in this major are expected to purchase a dual head stethoscope; a custom nursing kit (must be purchased at the College Bookstore); uniforms, and various smaller items. Refer to the estimated expenses and equipment costs list.
PLATO is a web-based system that is fully certified to work with Windows and MAC Operating Systems.
The fully supported browsers for PLATO are: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Safari
Desktop or Laptop Computer (Windows 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended)
Internet Connection (cable or DSL heavily recommended)
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Headset with Microphone suggested
Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help Desk available for assistance)
Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.
Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Nursing Advisory Committee
- Ms. Sharon Adams, RN, BSN, Manager, Patient Care ED & M/S Unit, UPMC Susquehanna
- Ms. Lori A Berger, RN, BSN, '89, Director of Nursing Education, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Ms. Cinde L Bower-Stout, RN, '94, Level 1 Heart Attack Nurse Coordinator, Geisinger Medical Center
- Ms. Patricia A Campbell, Director, Outpatient Nursing and Coordinator Nursing Affiliations, Geisinger Medical Center
- Ms. Juliann W Gombosi, Director of Nursing Education/Clinical Practice, UPMC Susquehanna
- Ms. Kathy Harris, RN, BSN, MHA, '00, '13, Manager of Compliance/Quality Outcomes, UPMC Susquehanna
- Mr. James Haywood, Business Consultant, PA CareerLink
- Ms. Gaye Jenkins, M.Ed., '96, '97, Academic Specialist, WATCH
- Ms. Susan Kemmerer, BSN, RN, '92, '00, Care Coordinator, Geisinger Home Health & Hospice
- Mr. Gerald A Kriner, '80, Executive Assistant, Senate of Pennsylvania
- Ms. Tammy E Lucas-Coleman, RN, CNDLTC, '04, Director of Nursing, The Williamsport Home
- Ms. Andrea Reed, '06, '07, Nurse Manager, UPMC Susquehanna
- Ms. Lou Ann Simpson, RN, BSN, '92, '01, Director of Nursing, Valley View Nursing Center
- Ms. Jane Thompson, Health, Nutrition, Fitness Coordinator, Step Office of Aging
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.