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The University of Arkansas (U of A) Eleanor Mann School of Nursing is launching a new online program for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing (BSN). The program will begin in the fall but students can apply now. 

U of A’s new online LPN to BSN program will help meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation from 2015 that 80 percent of nurses in the United States hold a bachelor’s degree by 2020. The program will also benefit graduates who will become more competitive in the nursing job market and increase their earning potential. 

Susan Patton, director of the U of A School of Nursing, tells news.uark.edu, “In order to face the challenges of an aging population, a dynamic health care environment and a pending nursing shortage, the BSN degree is becoming the new standard for registered nurses. Our BSN programs are comprehensive and offer knowledge that can be applied in all health care settings such as critical care, primary care, public health and mental health.”

The new LPN to BSN program was created to meet the needs of working licensed practical nurses who require a flexible option to finish their degrees. The required clinical hours can be completed in the student’s local area to avoid travel to campus. Courses are offered in 8-week sessions each fall and spring.

To be eligible for the program, students must be a licensed practical nurse with at least 2,000 hours of work experience at the LPN level in the last 12-24 months. Applicants must also have 48 hours of prerequisite courses completed with a minimum 2.8 GPA. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

To learn more about the University of Arkansas Nursing’s new LPN to BSN program, visit here

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