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Nursing LPN to BSN


LPN to BSN Program

The LPN to BSN program is an online BSN completion program, with the exception of clinical practical experiences, designed for those who already hold an unencumbered Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) license.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Students

Deadlines: Applicants must be accepted and enrolled by the following dates to start in that semester: Fall Semester: June 1 and Spring Semester: November 1.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion track is for current unencumbered licensed practical/vocational nurses who have graduated with a degree or diploma from a state-approved nursing program. The LPN student may receive advance standing articulation hours of up to 30 hours of credit.

All LPN students must meet University admission requirements. The BSN curriculum builds upon previous nursing and general education course work. The program is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.

LPN Students Application, Selection & program

Our professional curriculum is offered in an online format, with the exception of clinical practical experiences. The program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and prepares graduates to continue their education at the master’s level. Courses include online discussions and lectures, academic writing, clinical practical experiences, and practicum projects. Courses are offered in an eight-week format, with two eight-week sessions in spring and fall and one in the summer.

Application to the program can be made by any LPN-licensed student. The criteria for admission to the nursing LPN-to-BSN program include a retention GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) for all previous college/university work. Applications will be retained only for the application cycle in which they were initiated. The LPN must complete the BSN degree within five years following the acceptance into university.

There are four main steps to the SWOSU LPN to BSN application process.

  • Apply to SWOSU and select "LPN to BSN" as your major.
    • Submit official, sealed copies of all transcripts to the SWOSU Department of Nursing for admittance. Electronic copies are preferred. Send electronic copies to If you need to send physical copies, please mail them to Department of Nursing: LPN-BSN Program 100 Campus Drive Weatherford, OK 73096.
    • Applicants must confirm receipt of transcripts. This can be done by calling 774.3065. When all transcripts have been received, you will receive confirmation of acceptance to SWOSU. If you have not yet received this, it is crucial that you contact the number above to ensure transcripts were received. This is the most common cause of delayed acceptance. If you had a prior last name, please check to see if transcripts were received under this name.
  • Apply to the LPN to BSN Program through our online Formstack application.
  • Request an informal degree checkby sending a set of official or unofficial transcripts to and stating that you would like to request an informal degree check. Please list the names of all colleges you have attended. You can request an informal degree check before applying. There is no obligation to enroll or apply if you choose to request an informal degree check prior to submitting your application.
    • The informal degree check can take up to two weeks after receipt of transcripts. When you receive your informal degree check, you will use it to guide your enrollment throughout the LPN-BSN program, so please be sure to keep it.
  • Schedule your NACE examsby contacting Assessment Center Director Jan Kliewer at or 580-774-3084. There are two NACE exams required as a part of your application to the LPN-BSN program.
    • NACE I Nursing Care of Child: Includes content related to nursing care of the infant, the toddler and preschooler, and the school-aged child and adolescent (100 Items / 2 hours administration).
    • NACE I Nursing Care of Childbearing Family: Includes content related to nursing care during the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods (100 Items / 2 hours administration).

If you have applied to SWOSU but have not yet been admitted:

  • Contact the SWOSU Registrar's Office for your application status. Please contact Kasey Delk ( with questions about transcripts and other documentation. If your last name has ever been different, please let them know of this when you call, as transcripts may be under your previous last name.
    • If you are not yet admitted due to a lack of transcripts, please make sure all official (sealed) transcripts are mailed to SWOSU Department of Nursing: LPN-BSN Program, 100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, OK 73096 or are sent virtually from your school to
    • If the Registrar's Office instructs you to send your transcripts to their office, please send them to the Department of Nursing instead for faster processing and fewer delays.

Advance Standing Credit for Licensed Practical Nurses

SWOSU offers the LPN nurse an advance standing credit of 30 nursing credit hours by successfully demonstrating nursing competence. The LPN applicant can take the Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exams (NACE) for advance standing credit toward the completion of the baccalaureate level courses at SWOSU Department of Nursing. These exams must be passed with a goal of 70%. LPN Applicants may contact SWOSU’s Assessment Center to discuss exam fees, schedule available test dates, and registration deadlines. Advance standing credit will be awarded to LPN applicants for the courses listed below:

  • NURS 3156 Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NURS 3236 Acute & Chronic Care I
  • NURS 4376 Psychosocial Nursing
  • NURS 3256 Child Health Nursing (must demonstrate competency through exam scores)
  • NURS 4356 Family Health Nursing (must demonstrate competency through exam scores)
  • Total: 30 credit hours

To complete your application, ensure you meet Admissions Criteria

  • Retention GPA 2.5 or above.
  • Holds a valid unencumbered LPN license.
  • Students should aim to have no more than 12 hours of prerequisite courses left at the time of application, and acceptance is contingent upon completion of specific pre-requisites prior to entrance into the program.
  • Students must be current legal residents of the state of Oklahoma. We do not currently accept out-of-state students.
  • Current legal residents of the United States, you may check with, if you are an international student, to determine your eligibility to attend this program.
Estimated Expenses
Type of Expense Estimated Costs
Tuition and fees ($333/credit hour in-state) based on 30 hours* $10,193
Books $400
Total $10,593
Tuition may be costlier related to addition co-requisite courses to satisfy LPN-to-BSN requirements. This depends on courses students have yet to complete outside of nursing. Please note that this information reflects tuition prices as of August 2020. Tuition prices are subject to change.

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The amount of time to complete the program is seven eight-week sessions. Students complete six-hours of course credits during each eight-week session. This allows students to complete the program in 12 months.

Mostly, the professional nursing courses are delivered online in our learning management system. However, some courses have clinical practical experiences that will be completed within 100 miles of the students’ homes. Students may opt to take any needed pre-professional or general education courses online from SWOSU if offered by the University, to test out of some general education courses via CLEP exam or take the courses locally (after ensuring they will transfer). All exams are taken online and proctored using a webcam purchased by the student and monitoring software. Students are able to attend graduation but are not required to do so.

Yes. The program has clinical practical experiences in some of the courses. The total number of required clinical practical experiences is 116 hours throughout the program. Other courses require practical learning experiences, which may be completed by the student on their own time. Most courses contain a teaching-learning project in which students will apply their knowledge to a project that is completed outside of the classroom.

No. We admit students during both the fall and spring semesters.

Students must be current legal residents of the state of Oklahoma. We are currently unable to accept out-of-state students.

No, the program follows the same academic calendar as the campus. Online students have the same holidays and breaks as the campus. Courses are taught by semesters, with two eight-week sessions offered in fall and spring, and one eight-week session offered in summer.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, Phone: 404.975.5000; is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing; and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing.

Students will occasionally be required to come to campus for check-offs. University resources are available to students and they are welcome to utilize those resources. Students may opt to attend graduation or visit the Department of Nursing. If you have questions regarding the requirements for admission to the LPN-to-BSN Program at SWOSU, please contact the Department of Nursing at 580.774.3065