Nursing at EMU

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

In their first semester, LPNs are required to validate their clinical skills through a minimum of a four day clinical experience.

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 requirements

  • current license to practice as a practical nurse
  • cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application
  • completion of 60 semester hours of college credit at time of enrollment in level 1
  • Kaplan Admission Test (beginning with students applying for admission to the fall 2019 clinical level)

Prerequisite courses:

  • Anatomy/physiology I and II (both must be taken at the same institution)
  • One chemistry course (general, inorganic, or organic)
  • One biochemistry course
  • One developmental psychology course
  • One sociology course (must have a SOC prefix; examples include Intro to Sociology or Principles of Sociology. Other sociology courses by approval only)
  • One microbiology course (must include a lab)
  • One nutrition course (minimum 2SH)

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a C or higher. Students cannot repeat more than two of the prerequisite courses. A single course may not be repeated more than once.

Prerequisite courses may still be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed prior to beginning the clinical level of the program.

Prerequisite courses taken more than ten (10) years ago will not be accepted.

You must first be admitted to the university before the nursing program will consider your application.

Students entering EMU directly after high school graduation with significant college credit (e.g. prerequisite courses completed) may apply for the nursing program prior to entering EMU. Their admission would be dependent on meeting all admission requirements plus the following:

  • be 18 years of age
  • have successfully completed one semester at EMU

TOEFL and international students

For students whose first language is not English, we require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (does not include speaking section) on the written test, 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) that includes a speaking section, or a 213 on the computer-based test. Students who take the IELTS must obtain a score of 6.5 or higher. EMU’s Intensive English Program is available helps students with certain TOEFL scores achieve the level of English skill required to succeed in a degree program. Upon successful completion of the IEP, up to 15 credits may be applied to a degree program.

Also, a NACES member credential evaluation is required for all foreign university transcripts. Incoming EMU students often use World Education Services. Learn more by reading our admissions checklist for international students.

Application process and materials

Application deadline for fall semester is February 15 for submission of all application materials with final decision of admissions by March 30.

Application deadline for spring semester is June 15 for submission of all application materials with final decision of admissions by July 30.

Curriculum and course outline for Level 1

NURS 310: Conceptual Framework Bridge Course: 3 credits 
The student completes the entire NURS 310 Conceptual Framework course in addition to content fromNURS 315/316 Nursing Foundations I/II including nursing process, teaching and learning, decision-making and research.

NURS 313 Health Assessment Bridge Course: 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.

NURS 317 Professionhood I: 1 credit

Credits for LPN education

Upon successful completion of NURS 311 Conceptual Framework Bridge Course, NURS 313 Health Assessment Bridge Course, NURS 317 Professionhood I, and presentation of LPN transcript to the Eastern Mennonite University Department of Nursing, LPNs will be awarded 8 credit hours of portfolio credit towards graduation.

Additional course information for LPNs is available in the nursing program course catalog (PDF).

The nursing department reserves the right to adjust the current admission criteria when outcome assessment data demonstrates the need for such changes.