Are you an LPN?
If you’re an LPN, we assume your prior learning and work experience is pertinent to the curriculum, but you need additional learning to earn your RN.
At EMU, LPNs work closely with faculty mentors to navigate the program throughout their four semesters. LPNs initially enroll in two bridge courses that focus on the transition to the RN roles, such as planning care for patients, using research in practice and facilitating patient learning. Later courses build on the nursing role in relation to complexity of care, the number of patients, and the inclusion of families and communities as clients.
Clinical learning experiences and clinical hours
LPNs omit all demonstrations and clinical experiences in Level 1.
LPNS are required to complete 350 direct care clinical hours which must “encompass the attainment and maintenance of physical and mental health and the prevention of illness for individuals and groups throughout the life cycle in a variety of clinical settings” [18VAC90-20-120.B.1, Code of Virginia], which shall include registered nursing clinical experiences in Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Mental Health, and Medical/Surgical nursing (Virginia Board of Nursing Guidance Document), all which are central to the Level 2 curriculum.
Because Levels 2 and 3 include more than the 350 required hours across the life span, an LPN may master the direct client care of three adult patients in the Adult Health practicum courses in less time than the traditional student. This is usually based on the LPN having significant medical/surgical experience as an LPN.
Admission criteria and credits for LPN education
Applicants for the program must hold a current license to practice as a practical nurse. Other admission criteria are the same as for traditional students.
Upon completion of mastery of all Level 2 curriculum, LPNs will be awarded 11 credit hours of portfolio credit towards graduation.
Registration, testing and grades
Nursing students take standardized examinations after each major component in the program. LPNs are required to take these standardized examinations for the course work they complete in the program.
Curriculum and course outline
NURS 310: Conceptual Framework Bridge Course: 3 credits
The student completes the entire NURS 310 Conceptual Framework course in addition to content from NURS 315/316 Nursing Foundations I/II including nursing process, teaching and learning, decision-making and research.
NURS 313 Health Assessment: 3 credits
In addition to the health assessment course, this includes health promotion content from Nursing Foundations I/II including Health Promotion & Nutrition, Oxygenation (promoting healthy lifestyles section), Aging & Sensory, and Sleep & Rest units.
Additional course information for LPNs is available in the nursing program course catalog.