Rockford, Illinois

LPN Bridge Program

Purpose: The LPN Bridge program is for LPN’s to pursue the AAS in Nursing
Program length: 3 semesters
Application deadline: October 15 (for spring admission)
Nursing Program contact: (815) 921-3261

Program Overview

The LPN Bridge program is an articulation between the knowledge and skills that a Licensed Practical Nurse has acquired and the scope of practice of the Registered Nurse. This program is directed toward LPN’s who are self starters with excellent learning skills and current clinical knowledge. Eligibility is based upon prior satisfactory completion of a recognized practical nursing program within the past five years or current nursing practice for those who graduated more than five years ago. ADN program requirements must be met to qualify for admission. The nursing program reserves the right to make final admission decisions based upon the qualifications of the applicant pool for each admission cycle.

It is recommended that as many general education credits as possible are completed before beginning the nursing curriculum. LPN’s who meet admission criteria and successfully complete the LPN Bridge courses will be eligible to continue in the ADN Program. After the Bridge semester the student completes the second year nursing courses over the next two semesters. LPN’s receive credit for nursing courses (18 additional nursing credits) from the first two semesters of the ADN Program after satisfactory completion of NRS 223 or NRS 228 with a minimum “C” 80% grade.

Prerequisites LPN Bridge to ADN Program

Number Title Credits
* BIO-185 Foundations Anatomy & Physiology (5)
* PSY-170 General Psychology (3)
* BIO-274 Microbiology (4)
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
* FWS-237 Nutrition for Optimum Living (3)

Bridge semester Level II

Number Title Credits
  NRS-108 Pathophysiology Altered Hlth. Concepts (3)
  NRS-207 Pharmacology for Nursing Care (2)
  NRS-210 Transition-Associate Degree Nursing (3)

* Indicates the required General Education courses