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 Requirements

  • current license to practice as a practical nurse
  • cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application
  • prerequisite GPA of 2.8 at the time of application

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Anatomy/physiology I and II
  • One chemistry course (inorganic, organic, or biochemistry)
  • One psychology course
  • One sociology course
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a C or higher. Only one prerequisite course may be repeated.
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.

If English is not your first language, we require a TOEFL score of 550 (does not include speaking section) on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) which include a speaking section.

Credits for LPN Education

Upon completion of mastery of all Level 2 curriculum and presentation of licensure to the university registrar, LPNs will be awarded 8 credit hours of portfolio credit towards graduation.

Application information

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.

  • University application
  • Clinical nursing application
  • $100 nursing application fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcript – from each college attended. (A NACES member credential evaluation is required for foreign university transcripts.)

Curriculum and course outline

Level 1

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.