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LPN-RN: Advanced Placement

LPNs can earn their RN license faster with this bridge program

Licensed Practical Nurse - Maternity

Advanced Placement = Accelerated Pace

Labouré College of Healthcare's LPN to RN program allows qualified Licensed Practical Nurses to receive credit by examination for professional coursework completed in their LPN programs prior to entering Labouré. That means taking fewer courses at Labouré, and finishing in less time than the full (non-advanced placement) Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program. LPN students may finish the advanced placement program in as little as one year, earning an ASN degree and becoming eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination to become a Registered Nurse. 

How do I know if I qualify for the accelerated RN track?

Candidates for LPN-RN advanced placement must meet all admissions criteria for the Associate in Science in Nursing program, have graduated from a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution pre-licensure program recognized by the Department of Higher Education and fully approved by the Board of Nursing, and provide evidence of a current, valid Massachusetts license as a Licensed Practical Nurse. 

Once a candidate has been accepted to the College, he or she must sit for the fee-based HESI examination(s) to earn credit for previous Nursing professional coursework in Fundamentals, and Maternity/Pediatrics. 

Students must earn a minimum score of 780 on the  HESI examination to earn Credit by Examination for their course(s) and qualify for Advanced Placement. 

Please contact the Office of Admission for details on HESI examinations available.

LPN to RN program

Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN)

The Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) degree is comprised of general education and professional coursework. Professional coursework combines classroom theory with both hands-on learning in the College's state-of-the-art simulation technology lab, and also with real patients at clinical sites across the Boston, North Shore, and South Shore areas. Students who successfully complete the ASN program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to earn their RN credentials and practice as a registered nurse. 

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With your RN credentials, you will be able to work as a registered nurse while completing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

The RN to BSN degree is designed for RNs who have just passed their NCLEX exam, or for working nurses who want to take their education to the next level. Completion of this program will equip you to handle the full scope of professional nursing responsibilities, making you eligible for a wider range of career options and far more competitive in the application process. 

Many hospitals now require a BSN as an entry-level credential. Labouré's program builds on your nursing foundation with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, collaboration, safe patient care, and leadership. 

Continuing for your BSN will equip you to handle the full scope of professional nursing responsibilities, making you eligible for a wider range of career options and far more competitive in the application process.

Learn more about Labouré’s LPN to RN program:

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the Labouré College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to develop competent entry level registered nurses to function as caring, competent, and compassionate practitioners across a variety of care settings and to establish a foundation for lifelong learning. The graduates of this program will be able to work with and provide care for patients of diverse groups in a multicultural community. 

The student learning outcomes are derived from the mission, philosophy, conceptual framework, and organizing concepts and structure of the nursing program, with a focus on the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies. 

By completion of the Associate Degree Program, the graduate will be able to: 

1. Implement nursing process to provide safe, effective care to a diverse population of clients in a variety of healthcare settings. 

2. Provide evidence-based, clinically competent care for clients across the lifespan, utilizing critical thinking, decision making, and information literacy skills. 

3. Engage in teaching/learning activities with clients and significant others to promote optimal achievement of client outcomes. 

4. Apply basic management and leadership skills as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

5. Communicate effectively with clients, families, and members of the healthcare team using oral, written, and electronic modalities. 

6. Demonstrate caring and professional behavior in developing and maintaining empathetic relationships with clients and families. 

7. Practice within the ethical-legal framework of the nursing profession.

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Can I stop after completing my ASN or is the BSN required?

Yes, you can stop after the ASN. Some students do not continue on to get their BSN. This is acceptable, and the College holds a graduation ceremony for associate graduates at this point – but all students are encouraged to continue on to earn their BSN. Some students decide to take a break and work for a few years and then come back to complete their BSN.

Is the program accredited?

Yes. The Associate in Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (http://www.acenursing.org/).

The Associate in Science in Nursing program has full approval status by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. Phone: 617-973-0900. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/about-board-approved-prelicensure-nursing-programs

The baccalaureate degree program in Nursing at Labouré College of Healthcare is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202-887-6791. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org 

How long is the LPN-RN Advanced Placement accelerated track?

The LPN to RN program - an advanced placement track of the ASN program - can be completed in approximately one year at a full-time pace, while the BSN program can be completed in as little as 16 months. 

Your HESI exam results will determine your eligibility for acceleration. The accelerated track is characterized by receiving Credit by Examination for two professional clinical courses, as shown in the Curriculum listing.

Many Labouré students choose to attend school on a part-time basis due to work or family commitments, and may take longer to complete each program. Our academic advisors can work with you to help you find a plan that works for you.

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