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LPN to RN, Associate of Science


LPN to RN, Associate of Science

Why the Bridge Program?

Ancilla College offers an LPN to RN Bridge Program for bridging the gap between the educational requirements of LPNs and RNs and provides you with an opportunity to advance both your education and your potential for professional advancement. Coursework in the Bridge Program are designed to build your understanding of nursing theory, nursing science, patient care methods and professional nursing practice.

The program combines small, interactive classroom learning with expert clinical experiences at local and regional health care facilities.

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) Bridge Program at Ancilla College will prepare you to take the NCLEX licensure exam for licensure as an RN. Students achieving an ASN often continue on to receive a bachelor’s (BSN) or master’s (MSN) for more career advancement opportunities. 

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At A Glance

Program Credit Hours

To earn the ASN degree you must have 60 credits in the following areas:

  • General Education…25 cr.
  • Nursing………….……35.5 cr.
    (24.5 cr. hrs. completed + 11 cr. hrs. verified)

See LPN to RN Sample Course Layout for More Information

Standard Completion Time

1 year


Ancilla College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Nursing program is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (ISBN). National accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) for the nursing program is in progress.

LPN to RN Frequently Asked Questions

What prerequisite classes are required?

None; all required general education courses which do not transfer in can be taken along with the nursing classes. All required classes must be completed before graduation.

Are credits from other colleges accepted?

The decision on transferring in course credits from other colleges is made by the Registrar of Ancilla.

What is the time limit for accepting courses?

Science courses (Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology) are not accepted after 7 years. Other general education courses do not have a time limit. If Anatomy & Physiology courses are too old, A&P II can be taken at Ancilla and upon completion of the class with a C or above, credit is given for A&P I also. A&P II can also be taken at another college (check to make sure credits from the college transfer in), transferred in, and credit received for A&P I. (FYI – A&P I and A&P II at Ivy Tech are equal to our A&P I; Advanced A&P at Ivy Tech is equal to our A&P II.)

Are all nursing courses offered every semester?

Yes; All Nursing courses are offered every semester.

Are nursing classes offered in the summer?

Some Nursing courses may be offered in the summer sessions. General Education courses required for the nursing program are offered in the summer.

Are nursing classes offered during Winter session?

No; Nursing classes are not offered during the Winter session. 

How many days per week will we have classes?

Bridge students normally have classes at the college or clinical site 2-3 days per week. This will vary according to the classes you are taking. Some classes are offered online.

Can I take classes part time?

Yes, depending on your financial aid status.

Is there a certain GPA required?

No, but your GPA for required general education courses is awarded points as part of the acceptance criteria.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program can be completed in 2 semesters if all of the gen. ed. requirements are completed and if you are a fulltime student.

Should you have any additional questions, you may contact the Ancilla College Department of Nursing at 574.936.8898 ext. 327.


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

P.O. Box 1, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.

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