Indiana State University: LPN to RN Program Overview

Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, is a small college with a student-teacher ratio of just 20:1 which is ideal for experiential learning and individual attention. Through on-campus and online programs, the University offers accredited associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The most popular programs are elementary/early childhood education, criminology, communications, and systems & decision sciences.

The university is broken up into five colleges

  • College of Arts and Science
  • Donald W. Scott College of Business
  • Bayh College of Education
  • College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services
  • College of Technology

Quick Facts about Indiana State University

  • Founded in 1865
  • Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Current total enrollment: 12,448 (as of Fall 2013)
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915
  • Over 100 majors to choose from
  • Academic calendar is separated into 2 semester with some summer classes available
  • School colors: Blue and White
  • Team: Sycamores
  • Mascot: Sycamore Sam

LPN to RN bridge program

The College of Nursing’s LPN to RN program can be completed on campus or online. The Department of Baccalaureate Nursing Completion handles students on the distance education tracks, while the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing is in charge of on-campus nursing students. Programs prepare students to communicate, educate, and advocate effectively within their nursing roles. By the end of the program, LPNs or LVNs in the LPN to RN degree program will meet the requirements to take the RN licensure exam. Most states recognize the LPN to RN track, including Florida, Illinois, and Colorado.

Students entering with an LPN or LVN must have already taken courses in mental health, nursing care of adults, children and families, in addition to courses in basic microbiology, communication, and general psychology. Once accepted into the LPN to RN major, students must complete 41 credits in classes like Nursing in Mental Illness, Nursing Care of Families in Stress and Crisis, and Population-Focused Community Health Nursing.

Most classes are a combination of in-class study (or online study) and hours spent in health facilities. Although much of the coursework can be taught out of books, emphasis is placed on students learning from professionals currently working in the field by working alongside them.

Quick Facts about the LPN to RN program

  • Designed for: Licensed Vocational Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Nursing prerequisites: Mental Health Aspects of Nursing Practice, Nursing Care of Adults, Nursing Care of the Child and Family, Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (15 credits total)
  • Other prerequisites: Introductory Microbiology and Microbiology Laboratory, Introduction to Public Communication, Rhetoric and Writing, Psychology, Quantitative Literacy, Information Technology (25 credits)
  • All prerequisites can be completed through examination
  • Typical program outcome: Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and eligibility to apply to take the R.N. licensure examination
  • Program length: 3 to 4 years (120 credits)
  • Classes available online and at the campuses
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who are eligible and apply