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LPN to BSN

Nursing - B.S.N.

LPN & Allied Health to BSN

Kent State's LPN & Allied Health to BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) bridge program designed to meet the unique demands of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Paramedics, Field/Combat Medics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Please note our program is not 100% online, and rather a majority in-person commitment at the Kent, Ohio campus, and at hospitals across Northeast Ohio. Clinicals cannot be completed in any other area/state.

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Recognizing that many allied health professionals have the same desire as LPNs for a pathway to become BSN-prepared Registered Nurses (RNs), the LPN to BSN program was recently revised and expanded, making this only one of only a handful of BSN bridge programs in the nation for paramedics, medics, and EMTs, and perhaps the only BSN bridge program that admits other allied health professionals.

The LPN & Allied Health professional nursing sequence accepts applications three (3) times each year:

Start Semester Application Window Cohort(s)
Fall Apr. 1 – Jun. 1
Daytime

Evening & Weekend: Akron Cohort (even years)

Evening & Weekend: Cleveland Cohort (odd years)
Spring Jul. 1 – Sep. 1 Daytime
Summer Dec. 1 – Feb. 1 Daytime

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Daytime, Evening & Weekend Options

Kent State offers three BSN cohort options to meet the needs of a wide range of students. Each cohort option is distinct with different start dates and duration. 

Daytime Cohort (admits fall, spring, & summer)

The Daytime Cohort is a four (4) semester sequence.

  • This cohort will have traditional classroom hours (generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Clinical hours are generally 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Class and clinical will be any day Monday through Friday, but clinical may occur on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Clinical rotations will occur at any number of facilities in Northeastern Ohio, especially those facilities concentrated in Summit (Akron) and Cuyahoga (Cleveland) counties. Students may also have clinical in Mahoning (Youngstown), Stark (Alliance), Trumbull (Warren), or Portage (Ravenna) counties.
  • The Daytime Cohort accepts students for the Fall, Spring, and Summer* terms.
    *Due to application trends and required enrollment minimums, Summer admission is currently under review. Whether or not the College will take on a Summer 2024 cohort and/or future summer cohorts is yet to be determined. We are optimistic as the Summer 2023 ran successfully. 
Evening & Weekend Cohort: Akron Cohort

The Akron Cohort is a five (5) semester sequence.

  • This cohort typically has class on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kent campus. Clinical hours will primarily be on Saturdays or Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, a weekday clinical may be required during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.
  • Clinical rotations will typically take place at Summa Health Systems and Cleveland Clinic Akron General located in Akron. Three exceptions are NURS 30020, which will be held at Akron Children's Hospital; NURS 40020, which will be held at multiple locations throughout Summit County, and; NURS 40045, subject to preceptor location and shift availability.
  • The Akron Cohort accepts applicants every-other-Fall (even years). The Akron Cohort will next be offered in Fall 2024.
Evening & Weekend Cohort: Cleveland Cohort

The Evening & Weekend Cohort is a five (5) semester sequence.

  • This cohort typically has class on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kent campus. Clinical hours will primarily be on Saturdays or Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, a weekday clinical may be required during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.
  • Clinical rotations will take place in the Cleveland area. The Weekend Cohort is available in partnership with University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic.
  • Admission to the Weekend Cohort is available every other Fall on an odd-year basis. The fall 2023 application is the next term one might apply for admission to the Weekend Cohort. The Cleveland Cohort will next be offered in Fall of 2025.

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing prepares practitioners for professional nursing, helps them understand their role in society and prepares them for graduate study. The program emphasizes professional knowledge, skills and compassionate nursing practices. Students begin with courses that demonstrate the core foundations of the nursing profession and its historical roots. The capstone preceptorship exposes students to research and professional-practice concepts that will ensure their abilities to be nurse leaders and healthcare advocates.

Throughout the curriculum, students study life-span and cultural diversity issues while applying evidence-based practice to their profession.

The Nursing major includes the following optional concentrations:

  • The Accelerated Second Degree concentration is for students who hold a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue the B.S.N. degree in an accelerated manner.
  • The LPN and Allied Health concentration is a bridge program designed to meet the unique demands of licensed practical nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, field/combat medics and emergency medical technicians.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

New Students

Traditional Admission

Admission to the Nursing major is selective; the process is competitive, and acceptance is never guaranteed. Prospective applicants must have completed:

  • High school level mathematics, biology and chemistry.
  • In addition, students must have achieved one of the following:
    • Minimum 2.700 overall high school GPA (on a 4.000-point scale); and a minimum 22 ACT composite or a minimum 1100 SAT score; or
    • Minimum 3.0 overall high school GPA (on a 4.000-point scale).

Early Admission

Early admission students are granted admission to the professional nursing sequence as new students provided they meet the early admission criteria and maintain the progression requirements. Students must signify they want to be considered for early admission and agree to declare Kent State as their college of choice. The early admission program has a limited number of seats, with an emphasis on students who can enhance the College of Nursing's mission to improve healthy living in a diverse, changing society.

Transfer Students

Traditional Admission

Admission to the Nursing major requires a minimum 2.750 overall GPA and completion of 12 college credit hours from an institutional-accredited college or university.

Transfer students who have successfully completed a minimum 12 credit hours at Kent State University will be evaluated on their Kent State overall GPA only, along with the prerequisite criteria for admission into the Professional Nursing Sequence.

Direct Admission

Admission to the Professional Nursing Sequence requires meeting prerequisite criteria. Students who have failed out of another nursing program are not eligible for admission to Kent State's B.S.N. degree.

Transfer students from another accredited B.S.N. degree who have completed at least one laboratory or clinical course must have achieved the following for admission to Kent State's B.S.N. degree:

  • Minimum 3.200 overall GPA in all college-level coursework
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA for the required (or equivalent) science courses in Kent State's B.S.N. degree: BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020 and BSCI 20021 (or BSCI 30171) and CHEM 10050 (or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)
  • Minimum C grade in the following prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology (BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020)
    • Microbiology (BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171)
    • Genetics (BSCI 30050 or BSCI 30156)
    • Chemistry (CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)
    • Math (MATH 10040 or MATH 10041)
  • Good academic standing at current college or university

Students who want to be considered for direct admission to Kent State's B.S.N. program must complete the Direct Admission Request.

Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree Concentration

Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree concentration requires a completed bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.750 overall GPA. Students who have failed out of a nursing program are not eligible to apply to the Accelerated Second Degree concentration. Accelerated students must have all college-level core and nursing prerequisite courses complete:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020)
  • Microbiology (BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171)
  • Chemistry (CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)
  • Human Growth and Development (NURS 20950)
  • Minimum 2.750 overall GPA and minimum 2.750 science GPA
  • Minimum C grade in all science and mathematics courses

International Students

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning a minimum 71 TOEFL iBT score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 47 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive English Program. For more information on international admission visit the admissions website for international students.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Meet educational eligibility requirements to take the registered nurse licensing examination (National Certification and Licensure Exam).
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume the role of the professional nurse and for career advancement, including graduate studies.
  3. Provide equitable evidence-based care to diverse populations as a member of a diverse, interprofessional team.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 20021BASIC MICROBIOLOGY (min C grade in either course)3-4
or BSCI 30171 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
BSCI 30050HUMAN GENETICS (min C grade in either course)3
or BSCI 30156 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
NURS 20025PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I (min C grade)3
NURS 20950HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (min C grade)3
NURS 30010PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING (min C grade)4
NURS 30020HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN (min C grade)4
NURS 30025PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II (min C grade)3
NURS 30035NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (min C grade)9
NURS 30050BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS (min C grade)2
NURS 30070HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC) (min C grade in either course) 13
or NURS 40089 INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE POLICES (DIVG) (ELR) (WIC)
NURS 40010NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL (min C grade)4
NURS 40020COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (DIVG) (min C grade)4
NURS 40030PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (min C grade)4
NURS 40035SENIOR LEVEL SKILL COMPETENCY LABORATORY 1
NURS 40045INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) (min C grade)6
NUTR 23511SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BSCI 21010ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) (min C grade) 24
BSCI 21020ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (min C grade) 24
CHEM 10050FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS) (min C grade in one course)3-4
or CHEM 10055 MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
or SOC 22778 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS)
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Additional3
Additional Requirements or Concentration
Choose from the following:25-27
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120-122
1

NURS 40089 is only offered in another country for students who travel abroad. A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Students who have successfully completed ATTR 25057 (or EXSC 25057) and ATTR 25058 (or EXSC 25058) with a minimum C grade may use those courses in place of BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MATH 10040INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR) 4-5
or MATH 10041 INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
NURS 10060INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 20005CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING I 1
NURS 20015CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING II 2
NURS 20020FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN NURSING 3
NURS 20030FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING INTERVENTIONS 5
NURS 40005PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT 3
NURS 40872INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
NURS 45060NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:27

Accelerated Second Degree Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
NURS 20035ACCELERATED CLINICAL CALCULATIONS 2
NURS 20040FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 40025PROFESSIONAL AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 3
NURS 45060NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 2-3
or NURS 45075 NCLEX SUCCESS
Statistics Elective, choose from the following (min C grade):3-5
BA 24056
BUSINESS ANALYTICS I
EXSC 35068
STATISTICS FOR THE EXERCISE SCIENTIST
MATH 10040
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR)
MATH 10041
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
MATH 12022
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES
MATH 30011
BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
NURS 31010
APPLICATIONS FOR STATISTICAL FINDINGS FOR EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE
PH 30002
INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS
PSYC 21621
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)7
Minimum Total Credit Hours:25

LPN and Allied Health Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MATH 10040INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR) 4-5
or MATH 10041 INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
NURS 10060INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 20035ACCELERATED CLINICAL CALCULATIONS 2
NURS 20040FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 40005PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT 3
NURS 40872INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
NURS 45060NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:26

Progression Requirements

  • All students in the B.S.N. degree must have a minimum 2.000 overall GPA each semester to continue in the program; failure to achieve this GPA each semester will result in not permitted to continue in the program.
  • All students in the B.S.N. degree must have earned a minimum C grade in each science course required in the B.S.N. curriculum. All required biology and chemistry courses must be successfully completed with a minimum C grade to graduate with the B.S.N. degree.
  • Students in the traditional (no concentration) and Accelerated Second Degree concentration must have a minimum C grade in each of the sophomore nursing courses to progress to the junior nursing sequence.
  • Students in the traditional (no concentration) program must have a minimum C grade in each of the junior nursing courses (NURS 30010, NURS 30020 and NURS 30035) to progress to the senior nursing sequence.
  • All students must have a minimum C grade in each of the senior nursing courses (NURS 40005, NURS 40010, NURS 40020, NURS 40030, NURS 40045 and NURS 40872) to progress and graduate.
  • Students in the Accelerated Second Degree and LPN and Allied Health concentrations may take junior- and senior-level courses concurrently as specified by their curriculum.
  • Students in the traditional (no concentration) program may take a maximum of two clinical courses each semester.
  • Students in the Accelerated Second Degree and LPN and Allied Health concentrations are permitted to take three clinical courses each term, as specified by their curriculum.
  • Students in the Accelerated Second Degree and LPN and Allied Health concentrations who do not earn a minimum C grade in any nursing courses will no longer be permitted to take three clinical courses in a semester.

Professional Nursing Sequence

Students are eligible to apply to the Professional Nursing Sequence during the semester in which they anticipate completing or have completed 30 credit hours. Admission to the Professional Nursing Sequence is based on overall GPA and science GPA. Students who completed required prerequisite science courses while in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program may elect to repeat prerequisite science courses to be used in the calculation of the science GPA.

Students must meet all the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the Professional Nursing Sequence:

  • Minimum 2.750 overall GPA
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA in the required sciences:
    • BSCI 21010
    • BSCI 21020
    • BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171
    • CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060
  • Minimum C grade in each of the prerequisite courses:
    • BSCI 21010
    • BSCI 21020
    • BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171
    • CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060
    • MATH 10040 or MATH 10041
  • Candidates who meet the admission criteria for the Professional Nursing Sequence will be selected using a holistic admission process including the individual's personal experiences, attributes and metrics.

Professional Nursing Sequence for LPN and Allied Health Concentration

Students in the LPN and Allied Health concentration will need to complete all core and prerequisite coursework to be admitted to the Professional Nursing Sequence. Admission is competitive and is never guaranteed.

Admission checklist for the Professional Nursing Sequence for students in the LPN and Allied Health concentration:

  • Students are eligible to make application during the semester in which they anticipate completing, or have completed the core courses, along with:
    • UC 10001
    • MATH 10040 or MATH 10041 or NURS 31010 or PH 30002 or PSYC 21621
    • SOC 12050 or SOC 22778
    • NUTR 23511
    • NURS 20950
    • PSYC 11762
    • CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060
    • BSCI 30050 or BSCI 30156
    • BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171
    • BSCI 21020
    • BSCI 21010
    • NURS 10060
  • Minimum 2.750 overall GPA and minimum 2.750 science GPA
  • Minimum C grade in all science and mathematics courses
  • Unrestricted practice license (priority admission is given to students with two or more years of practice in their field)

The collage dean may review the student's educational files to determine if adequate progression has been made.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Minimum C grade is required in all specified NURS, BSCI, CHEM and Kent Core MATH courses.
  • Students must earn a combined minimum 2.750 GPA in BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020 and BSCI 20021 (or BSCI 30171) and CHEM 10050 (or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060).
Roadmaps

Roadmaps

Nursing Major (No Concentration)

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 21010 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10050
or CHEM 10055
or CHEM 10060
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS)
or MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
3-4
MATH 10040
or MATH 10041
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR)
or INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
4-5
NURS 10060 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
BSCI 20021
or BSCI 30171
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
or GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
3-4
BSCI 21020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
Requirement: Students must be admitted to the Professional Nursing Sequence to progress.  
BSCI 30050
or BSCI 30156
HUMAN GENETICS
or ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
3
NURS 20005 CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING I 1
!NURS 20020 FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN NURSING 3
NURS 20950 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 3
SOC 12050
or SOC 22778
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
or SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS)
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
NURS 20015 CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING II 2
NURS 20025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I 3
!NURS 20030 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING INTERVENTIONS 5
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Five
Requirement: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
NURS 30025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II 3
!NURS 30035 NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 9
NURS 30070
or NURS 40089
HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC)
or INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE POLICES (DIVG) (ELR) (WIC)
3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!NURS 30010 PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING 4
!NURS 30020 HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN 4
!NURS 30050 BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS 2
NURS 40872 INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
Requirement: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
NURS 40005 PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT 3
!NURS 40020 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (DIVG) 4
!NURS 40030 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 4
NURS 40035 SENIOR LEVEL SKILL COMPETENCY LABORATORY 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!NURS 40010 NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL 4
!NURS 40045 INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) 6
!NURS 45060 NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:122
 

Accelerated Second Degree Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester PrerequisiteCredits
BSCI 20021
or BSCI 30171
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
or GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
3-4
BSCI 21010 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 21020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
BSCI 30050
or BSCI 30156
HUMAN GENETICS
or ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
3
CHEM 10050
or CHEM 10055
or CHEM 10060
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS)
or MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
3-4
NURS 20950 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 3
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050
or SOC 22778
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
or SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS)
3
Statistics Elective 3-5
Kent Core Composition 6
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Humanities 3
Kent Core Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Additional 3
General Electives 7
 Credit Hours57
Semester One
Requirement: combined minimum 2.750 GPA in BSCI 21010; and BSCI 21020; and BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171; and CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060.  
NURS 20025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I 3
NURS 20035 ACCELERATED CLINICAL CALCULATIONS 2
NURS 20040 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 30050 BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS 2
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
NURS 30025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II 3
NURS 30035 NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 9
NURS 30070
or NURS 40089
HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC)
or INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE POLICES (DIVG) (ELR) (WIC)
3
NURS 40025 PROFESSIONAL AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 3
 Credit Hours18
First Summer Term
NURS 30010 PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING 4
NURS 30020 HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN 4
NURS 40020 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (DIVG) 4
 Credit Hours12
Semester Three
NURS 40010 NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL 4
NURS 40030 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 4
NURS 40035 SENIOR LEVEL SKILL COMPETENCY LABORATORY 1
NURS 40045 INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) 6
NURS 45060
or NURS 45075
NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION
or NCLEX SUCCESS
2-3
 Credit Hours17
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120

LPN and Allied Health Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 21010 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10050
or CHEM 10055
or CHEM 10060
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS)
or MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
3-4
MATH 10040
or MATH 10041
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR)
or INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
4-5
NURS 10060 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
BSCI 20021
or BSCI 30171
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
or GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
3-4
BSCI 21020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
BSCI 30050
or BSCI 30156
HUMAN GENETICS
or ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
3
NURS 20950 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 3
SOC 12050
or SOC 22778
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
or SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS)
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Four
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Five
Requirement: combined minimum 2.750 GPA in BSCI 21010; and BSCI 21020; and BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171; and CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060.  
NURS 20025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I 3
NURS 20035 ACCELERATED CLINICAL CALCULATIONS 2
NURS 20040 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 30050 BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS 2
NURS 40005 PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Six
NURS 30025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II 3
NURS 30035 NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 9
NURS 30070
or NURS 40089
HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC)
or INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE POLICES (DIVG) (ELR) (WIC)
3
NURS 40872 INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Seven
NURS 30010 PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING 4
NURS 30020 HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN 4
NURS 40020 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (DIVG) 4
 Credit Hours12
Semester Eight
!NURS 40010 NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL 4
NURS 40030 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 4
NURS 40035 SENIOR LEVEL SKILL COMPETENCY LABORATORY 1
!NURS 40045 INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) 6
!NURS 45060 NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
 Credit Hours18
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:121
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Geauga Campus (Nursing major only)
    • Kent Campus (Nursing major and Accelerated Second Degree and LPN and Allied Health concentrations)
    • Salem Campus (Nursing major only)
    • Stark Campus (Nursing major only)
    • Trumbull Campus (Nursing major only)
Accreditation

The B.S.N. degree in Nursing at Kent State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Why Kent State?
  • A program created with health professionals in mind. We developed a program that can fit within the lifestyle and circumstances of most LPNs and Allied Health professionals.
  • Individualized advising. Our experienced professional advisors will assist you with program planning and provide guidance throughout the program.
  • Hands-on learning. Develop top-notch nursing skills and be immersed in realistic simulated patient care experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories. A wide range of clinical experiences at facilities throughout Northeast Ohio will prepare you to care for pediatric, parent/newborn, adult, psychiatric, and seriously ill patients and to promote healthy living habits within the community.
  • High NCLEX-RN pass rates. About 95% of our 400+ graduates each year go on to pass the NCLEX-RN, a rate higher than the state and national averages.
  • Excellent graduate job placement. Be in demand! In a recent survey, almost 100% of our BSN graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation.
Your Path to the B.S.N
A diagram showing the progression of students in the LPN & Allied Health to BSN program. The beginning of the diagram shows a circle representing the LPN or Allied Health professional. She or he then progresses to Segment 1, which is made up of prerequisite and introductory nursing courses. Segment 1 takes the student at least one year and can be completed full-time or part-time. Following Segment 1 is a slash, representing the progression to the next segment. Segment 2 is the BSN professional nursing s

The LPN & Allied Health to BSN program at Kent State is divided into two segments: prerequisite/introductory nursing courses and BSN nursing sequence courses. This structure provides much greater flexibility for working professionals than a traditional BSN program.

Professional Nursing Sequence

Apply to the Professional Nursing Sequence (LPN to BSN)

Admission into the Professional Nursing Sequence is highly competitive and is not guaranteed.

Transfer students: If you are not admitted to Kent State University at the time of application review, your application to the nursing sequence will not be reviewed.

Apply to Professional Nursing Sequence (LPN to BSN)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have a job while going through the sequence?

Some students have worked while in the sequence, mostly part-time in the evenings or weekends. Students in the Summa Cohort or Weekend Cohort can work part-time during the regular work week. It can be done, but we highly recommend that you focus more on the sequence than work because it is an intensive program. Students who work more than 16 hours a week are less likely to complete the sequence.

Can I take more classes so that I can finish the sequence in a shorter amount of time?

No, because nursing courses are offered in a sequence (one is a prerequisite for the next, etc.) the clinical courses are not able to be taken out of order or earlier. Once you are accepted into the sequence, it is four or five semesters, depending on the cohort.

At what hospitals will I be completing clinicals?

You will have hospital-based clinicals at various facilities throughout Northeast Ohio: University Hospitals Portage Medical Center (formerly Robinson Memorial)Cleveland Clinic FoundationUniversity HospitalsCleveland Clinic Akron General, or Summa Health to name a few. We also work with non-hospital agencies such as Jennings Center for Older Adults, Town Hall II, and Coleman Professional Services to name only a few.

Can I be enrolled in the prerequisite courses when I apply to Kent State/professional nursing sequence?

Yes, you can - as long as you will be finished with your prerequisites prior your intended sequence start date. Preference is given to students who have completed the prerequisites at the time of application, but all applicants who will have the prerequisites completed before classes begin and who have the appropriate GPA (2.75) will be considered. Please note that meeting the prerequisites for admission is not the same as being competitive for admission. Attend an Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Registered nurses

7.2%

faster than the average

3,096,700

number of jobs

$75,330

potential earnings

Teaching assistants, postsecondary

3.4%

about as fast as the average

169,600

number of jobs

$36,250

potential earnings

Medical and health services managers

31.5%

much faster than the average

422,300

number of jobs

$104,280

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

Accolades & Accreditation

The Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing to award the Baccalaureate of Nursing Degree. Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the National Certification and Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). For specific state RN licensure, students should contact the states in which they are interested in working. See the National Council of State Boards website and the Kent State Professional Licensure website for specific information about each state.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kent State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) concentrations within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and APRN Certificates, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) program qualify graduates to sit for national APRN certification and APRN licensure in Ohio.  States other than Ohio may have additional requirements to apply for or obtain an APRN license, including but not limited to specific state examinations, letters of recommendation, or proof of completion of an accredited nursing program. The College of Nursing is in the process of collecting information from all states and has not yet made a determination whether graduates from the Kent State University College of Nursing MSN, Certificate, and BSN-to-DNP programs meet the requirements for APRN licensure outside the state of Ohio.

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