Kent State's LPN to BSN bridge program is a flexible sequence designed to meet the unique demands of working licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

Built on the foundation of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, the LPN to BSN sequence is designed to prepare practitioners for professional nursing, help them understand their role in society and prepare them for graduate study. The program emphasizes professional knowledge, skills, and compassionate nursing practices.

Learning through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical setting instruction, Kent State nursing students graduate with a solid foundation of nursing knowledge.

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the National Certification and Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Individual advising, program planning and guidance by experienced academic advisors
  • Clinical experiences at major hospitals and health care facilities throughout Northeast Ohio
  • Hands-on learning experiences in our state-of-the-art simulation laboratory
  • A 90%+ average NCLEX-RN pass rate
  • High graduate placement — you will be in demand

A Flexible Path to the BSN


A diagram showing the progression of students in the LPN to BSN program. The beginning of the diagram shows a circle representing the LPN. She or he then progresses to Segment 1, which is made up of prerequisite and introductory nursing courses. Segment 1 takes the student two years or more and can be completed part-time or full-time. Following Segment 1 is a slash, representing the progression to the next segment. Segment 2 is the professional nursing sequence courses. Segment 2 is full time and takes the student 15 to 18 months to complete. At the end of the diagram is a circle representing the BSN, as the student has completed the program requirements.

With job and family responsibilities, many nurses worry that going back to school is going to be overwhelming. Not so in this program.

The first segment of the program consists of prerequisite and introductory nursing courses, which can be completed part-time, allowing you the time and flexibility to continue working as an LPN.

Since these courses are also offered at Kent State Regional Campuses across Northeast Ohio, you have the option to complete them near your home and at a reduced tuition rate. Plus, nearly all of the courses are available 100% online.

In the second segment of the program, you will complete the full-time, 4- or 5-semester (depending on the cohort) professional nursing sequence. Courses in this sequence are aimed at your development to become a BSN-prepared registered nurse.

Cohort Options

Kent State offers three LPN to 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.
Summa [Evening/Weekend] Cohort (admits fall 2020)

The Summa 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 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 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 Summa Cohort accepts applicants every-other-Fall (even years). The Summa Cohort will next be offered in Fall 2020.
Weekend Cohort (admits fall 2019)

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

  • This cohort has class on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kent campus. Additional coursework and/or labs will be required on Saturday and/or Sunday on campus.
  • Clinical hours will be primarily held on Saturday and/or Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, weekday clinicals may be required during the final two 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 2019 application is the next term one might apply for admission to the Weekend Cohort.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the LPN to BSN program is a two-step process. First, you must be admitted in the Nursing major. Second, upon completion of all core and prerequisite courses, you may apply to the professional nursing sequence.

I. Nursing Major

Kent Campus

  • Completion of high school math, biology, and chemistry
  • 2.7 overall high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum 22 ACT composite/1020 SAT combined critical reading and mathematics score
Applicants with lower ACT/SAT scores but higher GPAs may qualify. See the full admissions requirements for details.

Regional Campuses

Admission to the regional campuses (non-nursing major) requires the following:

  • High school transcripts or GED
  • ACT/SAT scores

II. Professional Nursing Sequence

  • Overall 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • An overall average 2.75 GPA in the required science courses (BSCI 21010, BSCI 21020, BSCI 20021, and CHEM 10055)
  • A “C” or better in all science and math courses
  • Completion of all core and prerequisite nursing courses
  • Unrestricted LPN license


You will begin with courses that demonstrate the core foundations of the nursing profession and its historical roots. The capstone preceptorship will expose you to research and professional-practice concepts that will ensure your ability to be a nurse leader and healthcare advocate.

Throughout the program, you will study lifespan and cultural diversity issues while applying evidence-based practice to the profession. 

Sample Daytime Cohort Curriculum Plan


You may complete these courses on a part or full-time schedule. You must complete 57 prerequisite credit hours in total, including:

Basic Sciences & Health

  • BSCI 21010† - Anatomy and Physiology I / 4 credits
  • CHEM 10055*† - Molecules of Life / 3 credits
  • BSCI 21020† - Anatomy and Physiology II / 4 credits
  • BSCI 20021*† - Basic Microbiology / 3 credits
  • NURS 10060 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 20950† - Human Growth and Development for Health Professionals / 3 credits
  • NUTR 23511 - Science of Human Nutrition / 3 credits
  • BSCI 30050* - Human Genetics / 3 credits

Social Sciences

  • PSYC 11762 - General Psychology / 3 credits
  • SOC 12050 - Introduction to Sociology / 3 credits

Mathematics & Statistics

  • MATH 10041*† - Introductory Statistics / 4 credits
  • MATH 11009*† - Modeling Algebra  / 4 credits


  • ENG 11011* - College Writing I / 3 credits
  • ENG 21011* - College Writing II / 3 credits

Humanities & Fine Arts

9 credits. You must complete at least one course from each category. One course must also satisfy the global diversity requirement.

See list of Humanities & Fine Arts Courses

General Electives

2 credits. Any course you wish to take.

* May be substituted for an equivalent course
† Minimum grade of "C"
Semester 1 (16 credit hours)

Starting in this semester, you must complete these courses on a full-time basis.

  • NURS 20025- Pharmacology and Alterations in Physiological Functioning I / 3 credits
  • NURS 20040 - Fundamentals of Nursing / 8 credits
  • NURS 30050 - Basic Nursing Informatics / 2 credits
  • NURS 30070 - Health Care Policy / 3 credits
Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
  • NURS 30025 - Pharmacology and Alterations in Physiological Functioning II / 3 credits
  • NURS 30035 - Nursing of Adults Across the Lifespan / 9 credits
  • NURS 40005 - Professional Nursing Development / 3 credits
Semester 3 (15 credit hours)
  • NURS 30010 - Parent and Newborn Nursing / 4 credits
  • NURS 30020 - Health Care of Children / 4 credits
  • NURS 40020 - Community Health Nursing / 4 credits
  • NURS 40872 - Introduction to Evidence Based Practice / 3 credits
Semester 4 (17 credit hours)
  • NURS 40010 - Nursing of the Critically Ill / 4 credits
  • NURS 40030 - Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Nursing Care / 4 credits
  • NURS 40045 - Integration of Leadership and Management in Nursing / 6 credits
  • NURS 45060 - NCLEX Review Preparation / 3 credits