Accelerated licensed practical nurse to registered nurse training programs enable licensed practical nurses to move through the necessary coursework and clinical practice more quickly than a traditional program by eliminating coursework completed as part of the LPN program. Acceptance to an accelerated program requires completion of an accredited LPN program, state licensing as an LPN, a minimum of one year of work experience prior to acceptance and, occasionally, a recommendation from a registered nurse.
Accelerated programs sometimes also require applicants to complete college level courses in math and English prior to acceptance. Those completing an accelerated program typically receive the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, though some programs also offer the option of earning a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. These degree programs include coursework in advanced nursing science and patient care, biology and laboratory science as well as intensive clinical coursework, such as acute care nursing, nursing and pharmacology, and advanced nursing skills.
Many accelerated programs, which typically take 12 to 15 months, are available online and provide a mix of online and clinical coursework. Accelerated programs must meet the same accreditation standards required of traditional nursing education programs. Accordingly, even online programs are challenging and comprehensive and, because of the shortened time frame, may require more intense study.
After completing the accelerated program, a nurse must pass the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse and submit required documentation to her state's nursing board to verify completion of all clinical and licensing requirements.