Nursing, LPN to RN

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
student in lab with Sim Mom

About this program

You’re inspired to care for others and determined to make the future a better place. When you pursue nursing at Penn College, you will. In small classes with extensive hands-on experience and expert faculty by your side, you’ll be real-world ready to dive into this thriving career field. Approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, our rigorous program prepares students for their registered nursing licensing examination. And our pass rates are consistently above state and local averages, a clear testament to the quality of a Penn College education.

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission.

3

Semester Program

Accelerated Format - Classes & Clinicals Take Place on Fridays & Weekends

38%

Associate Degree Nursing Alumni Qualify for a 38% Tuition Discount for the Online BSN Program

Careers

  • Hospital acute care settings
  • Home health agencies
  • State and federal facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Physician/surgeon/dentist offices
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Credentials Proven By Licensure (LPN) (NUR118)
  • LPN-RN Role Transition & Medical Surgical Nursing I (NUR234)
  • LPN-RN Role Transition & Medical Surgical Nursing I - Clinical (NUR237)
  • Essentials of Pharmacology (NUR287)
  • Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing II (NUR214)
  • Psychosocial Nursing (NUR272)
  • Topics in Nursing (NUR274)
  • LPN-RN Adult Medical Surgical Nursing III (NUR290)
  • Childbearing Nursing (NUR270)
  • Nursing Care of Children (NUR271)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) (MNA)
  • Communication Elective (CMM)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY203)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO125)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
Facilities

Advanced Learning Labs

Gain valuable hands-on skills working in six different nursing labs outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment including a series of high fidelity patient simulators: Nursing Anne, SimBaby™, SimJunior®, SimMan® 3G, SimMan® ALS, and SimMom®.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

UPMC Susquehanna
Geisinger
Evangelical Community Hospital
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Student Nurses’ Association (SNA)

The SNA’s mission is to explore professional growth, promote mutual respect in collaboration between the different levels of nursing, and serve as a channel for the exchange of ideas to promote holistic health and provide for both patient and student education.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

Explore the field of nursing beyond the classroom with international learning experiences to Guatemala and Belarus.

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Clinical Experience

Your knowledge in practice

Get career defining exposure to diverse specialties through clinical experiences at all types of healthcare facilities within a one-hour radius of campus.

Dual Degree

Take two

Dual Degree

Students have the option of dual majoring in the Pre-Nursing, Completion, bachelor degree once they are accepted into the LPN to RN major.

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Accreditation

The Nursing LPN-RN major is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. For further information, contact the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326; 404-975-5000.

More Information

The Nursing LPN-RN major is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. For further information, contact the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326; 404-975-5000.

Students will have successfully completed a practical nursing program and earned a Practical Nursing license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.  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 cumulative graduation GPA of 2.0 or greater to remain in the major. In addition, all students must earn a "C" (2.0) or higher in all NUR 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 this major. There is no rounding of grades: 
A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

Child abuse clearances and criminal background checks are required by for this major as established by clinical affiliation agreements. Agencies can prohibit students from participating in clinical experiences at their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Pennsylvania College of Technology students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to complete clinical, fieldwork, or intern educational experiences will result in the inability to meet program and course outcomes. For additional clarification, students can speak with their program director.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing advises that a drug-related conviction and/or conviction of a felonious act or two misdemeanors might result in denial and/or revocation of a license to practice nursing. In accordance with The professional Nurse Law, Act of 1951, P.L. 317, No. 69, as amended, The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing shall not issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Act known as "The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act" or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless at least 10 years have elapsed from the date of the conviction.

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.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Students accepted into this major will incur expenses for tools/instruments, a custom nursing kit (can be purchased at the College Store), uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances, certifications, etc. Refer to the equipment and estimated cost list .

Technical Requirements

Laptop Computer Required (Windows 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended) 

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 5 or higher) processor (recommended)
  • 4+ GB RAM (recommended)
  • 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended)
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Internet Connection (cable or DSL highly recommended)
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help Desk available for assistance)

*Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS are prohibited 

Operating Systems:
P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning and Teaching Online) is Penn College's implementation of Desire2Learn/Brightspace LMS. It is a Web-based course management system that allows instructors to post course materials online, facilitate course communication, gauge student progress, and extend learning beyond the classroom. 

Browsers:
The fully supported browsers for PLATO are: Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari

Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.

 

  • 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, Nurse Manager, 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Nicole Beerman

SASC, Rm. 1089
800.367.9222 ext. 7052
ngbeerman@pct.edu