LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Transfer up to
31 Credits
Specially designed for LPNs and LVNs

Online LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

It’s Your Time – Earn Both an AAS and Bachelor’s in Nursing

If you’re a working LPN or LVN, Excelsior provides the perfect pathway to advance your career and earn both your Associate in Applied Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This streamlined dual degree program helps you build on the experience you already have and prepare for greater opportunities to come your way. The program lets you learn at your own pace using online courses.

In the AAS in Nursing part of the program, you’ll build your knowledge of nursing theory and demonstrate your RN-level competency in a clinical setting by participating in online laboratory experiences and two clinical courses with live experiences in acute-care hospitals.

Once you’ve completed all associate-level requirements, you can seamlessly continue to the bachelor’s-level courses where you’ll focus on population-based health, the role of registered nurses in influencing health care delivery, and both collaborative and individual practice experiences.

Excelsior offers unparalleled support throughout the program as you learn from instructors with decades of real-world nursing experience and build lasting connections with your fellow nurses.

Note: Students must have an active and unencumbered RN license to complete the bachelor’s degree requirements.

Meet the faculty program directors.

Learn about the LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing admissions requirements.

Fast Facts:

41% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a BS in Nursing. (Source: Aacnnursing.org)

Nurses with a BS in Nursing can work in high-paying specialty fields like intensive care, pediatrics, and obstetrics. (Source: Nursejournal.com)

Graduates with a BS in Nursing have a 94% job placement rate 4-6 months after completing their degree. (Source: Aacnnursing.org)


credit hours

Online LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Details

General Education Component (31 Credits)

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Information Literacy
  • Written English Requirement
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
    • Life Span Developmental Psychology Core
    • Sociology Core
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Anatomy and Physiology Core
    • Microbiology Core
    • Mathematics
  • Arts and Sciences Electives

Associate Degree Nursing Component (34 Credits)

Phase I
NUR 101 Introduction to Professional Nursing
NUR 104 Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Safety
NUR 105 Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Differences
NUR 109 Foundations of Nursing Practice

Phase II
NUR 209 Reproductive Health
NUR 211 Health Differences Across the Life Span 1
NUR 212 Health Differences Across the Life Span 2
NUR 213 Health Differences Across the Life Span 3
NUR 250 Clinical Nursing Practicum: Care of patients Across the Life Span

Phase III
NUR 275 Clinical Competencies for Contemporary Nursing Practice
NUR 290 Nursing Capstone: Advanced Clinical Practicum

Bachelor’s-Level General Education Component (30 Credits)

  • Written English Requirement 2
  • Humanities
  • Ethics Core
  • Social Science Elective
  • Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Elective
  • Arts & Sciences Electives

Bachelor’s Nursing Component (26 Credits)

Phase IV
NUR 301 Bridge for Professional Socialization
NUR 338 Introduction to Informatics for Nurses
NUR 342 Holistic Health Care Across the Life Span
NUR 356 Leadership and Management in Nursing

Phase V
NUR 430 Research in Nursing
NUR 446 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society
NUR 448 Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public’s Health

Phase VI

NUR 462 Nursing Capstone

  • Apply principles of nursing scholarship to optimize health care outcomes.
  • Integrate equitable, person-centered care standards to improve care across diverse settings.
  • Employ ethical, fiscally sound strategies in the management of population health.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to optimize healthcare outcomes.
  • Assess strategies that create a culture of quality and safety.
  • Apply information and healthcare technologies to manage the delivery of care.
  • Apply the role of the professional nurse leader in the empowerment of others to deliver quality care.
  • Apply effective written communication methods for diverse audiences to support decision-making.
  • Surveys are administered to our nursing program students upon graduation and at one year post-graduation. The survey results are available here.

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    Common Careers with an
    Online LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Nurse entrepreneur

    Patient care in high-activity units, such as intensive care units

    Patient care in outpatient settings

    Supervisory position in long-term care

    Travel nursing

    Caleen Oliver
    BS in Nursing, 2015

    “There’s a great support system with Excelsior, as far as the professors, school counselors, and fellow students. There’s never been a time I’ve come across a roadblock that there wasn’t someone available to communicate with. I’ve never felt like I didn’t have a support system at Excelsior.”

    Recognitions & Accreditations

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing logo

    New York State Board of Regents – Recognized Programmatic Accreditation

    Excelsior College’s nursing programs are programmatically accredited by the New York State (NYS) Board of Regents, State Education Department Office of the Professions (the Regents). The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Regents as a state agency for the approval of nursing education programs since 1969. More information about the NYS Board of Regents’ Recognized Programmatic Accreditation may be helpful for students or graduates to present to a school they are attending or to an employer seeking more information about their Excelsior College nursing degree.

    ACEN Accreditation

    The bachelor’s and master’s nursing programs at Excelsior College are accredited by the:

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the bachelor’s nursing program in March 2019 is Continuing Accreditation.

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s nursing program in March 2019 is Continuing Accreditation.

    View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding these programs at acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

    Center of Excellence in Nursing Education logo

    Center of Excellence Recognition

    The National League for Nursing (NLN) designated Excelsior College's School of Nursing a 2016-2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, in recognition of the School's sustained achievements in creating environments that promote student learning and professional development. This is the fourth consecutive designation.

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education logo

    Institutional Accreditation

    Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    Phase: Accredited
    Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
    Accreditation Granted: 1977
    Last Reaffirmation: 2017
    Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

    All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.