Oct 27, 2021  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LPN to RN Bridge, Associate of Applied Science

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The LPN to RN Bridge prepares Licensed Practical Nurses to become Registered Nurses. The program begins each January. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

The AAS Nursing Degree Programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, University Tower Building, Suite 800, 1123 South University, Little Rock, AR, 72204-1619. Phone: 501-686-2700 or www.arsbn.org.

The AAS Nursing Degree Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: ACEN, 3334 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020 or contact by web: www.acenursing.org.

The curriculum in nursing is a fulltime program, requiring a fulltime commitment from its students. The faculty of the Department of Nursing strongly discourages its students from fulltime or part-time employment. Students with financial difficulties should discuss alternatives to employment with the Financial Aid Office. For information about the Nursing Student Loan Program visit the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website at www.arsbn.org. The schedule of students requires a flexible lifestyle as clinical experience is held at area facilities during assigned hours which may be days or evenings. Because of this, transportation, child care and any employment should be considered prior to entry into the nursing program.

Major Code: 0710-01
Advising: Carla Jacobs, (870) 391-3535, cjacobs@northrark.edu
                 Advising Center: M184, South Campus, (870) 391-3115

The My Academic Plan (MAP) serves as a guideline for Licensed LPN’s to graduate in four semesters. The Key Milestones/Prerequisites listed for each semester highlight significant achievements that must be completed in the degree track. Students who do not follow the four-semester plan and/or who do not complete identified milestones may jeopardize their financial aid (if applicable) and/or delay graduation..

  • Program Application Required: Yes; requires current un-encumbered LPN License (Application Link)

Academic Preparedness

Northark recognizes the important connection between student success and academic preparedness. Students may be required to complete one or more of the following courses before enrolling in college level courses. Summer and/or intercession courses may be required to graduate within four semesters. Developmental course credits earned do not count towards degree completion requirements.

Possible Prerequisite Courses


Students must complete each required course in the remainder of this MAP with a minimum grade of “C” to obtain this degree.

Students begin in the Pre-Allied Health Technical Certificate. Required courses (bold) from the Pre-Allied Health Technical Certificate are to be completed prior to program entry include:

Required Courses

Total Credits: 16

  • Current un-encumbered LPN License is required.
  • Students who complete the above Pre-Requisites (Sciences taken no longer than 5 years previous to application) are ready to apply to the LPN-RN Program.
  • Applicants who have taken or enrolled in a science course more than two times and have not earned a grade of C or better will be advised to consider application to other programs. Withdrawals are counted as an enrollment. The RN Director may review applicant’s grades for special admission consideration.
  • Upon written program acceptance, the following courses are taken. NURS courses in the LPN-RN Program must be taken in sequence. Failure of any NURS course prevents progression in the program.

Semester 1

Total Credits: 22

Total Credits: 7

See Advisor for Recommendations for possible RN to BSN Completion program courses.

Semester 3

Total Credits: 18

Grand Total Credits: 63

*ET 1134  (previously MAT 1134) Applied Algebra & Trigonometry will not be accepted as an option for the MAT requirement for this program.

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