There are a number of schools across the United States that offer LPN to RN bridge programs including Chamberlain College of Nursing, Fortis Institute and Columbia State Community College. Carrington College and Allegany College of Maryland also offer LPN to RN bridge programs.
The admission criteria for an LPN to RN bridge program does vary based on the school; however, most do require an active LPN license in the United States. Schools may also require that students maintain their license throughout the entire program. Schools may require a specific GPA, as well as completion of prerequisite courses. Some schools, such as Columbia State Community College, require applicants to have at least six months of experience working as an LPN.
Each LPN to RN bridge program is different, but the focus of each is to help a student transition from a licensed practical nurse to a registered nurse. Areas of study can include nursing assessments, advanced pathology, advanced physiology, wound care and care planning. While the standard coursework may be completed either online or at a campus, participation in a clinical program may also be required in order to learn skills such as IV insertion and central line placement and care. Clinical participation may also be required for state licensure.