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2 Best LPN to BSN Programs in Alabama

June 3, 2020 | Staff Writers

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The nursing workforce is made up of a huge variety of people. Many of those are LPNs – Licensed Practical Nurses. This is a degree of choice for many people because it is quick to complete and almost guarantees an immediate job. But now most LPNs are dedicated to furthering their career and gaining better qualifications and education. This is demonstrated in the vast array of LPN to RN (Registered Nurse) qualifications that are out there. This pathway leads to an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). However, although this is a good degree and certainly a step up from the LPN qualification, more and more employers are now committed to having a higher educated workforce, thus, requiring a bachelor’s degree (BSN) as a minimum. Indeed, there are now many employers who will no longer accept applications from those with an ADN, and there is even talk of completely phasing the degree out. This means that there is now a high demand for LPN to BSN programs instead, as well as programs that otherwise enable students to take part in programs that prepare them for even further education at master’s or even doctorate level.

Unfortunately, the nursing workforce is seeing an extreme shortage and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the nurse educator field. As a result, many schools are struggling to take on applicants for BSN and master’s degree (MSN) programs. It is even more difficult for them to start brand new programs, like an LPN to BSN program. Indeed, there are currently no accredited schools in the state of Alabama that offer LPN to BSN programs. Luckily, there are a number of online programs that you can choose from if you have your heart set on this program.

If you are an LPN and you want to achieve your BSN, you have two main options. Firstly, you can choose to do an LPN to RN program, followed by an RN to BSN program. The other option is to go straight for an LPN to BSN program if you are able to find one that meets your specific needs and requirements. To do this, it is recommended that you contact at least three different schools and compare their offerings to your personal needs and capabilities. Things such as program duration and cost, method of delivery and geographical location are very important factors.

Below are the 2 best LPN to BSN programs in Alabama to help you get started on your search. All of these programs are delivered fully online but none have a campus in the state of Alabama itself.

1. Ivy Tech and Indiana State University

Ivy Tech and Indiana State University have partnered up in order to deliver an LPN to BSN degree program that is available fully online. You will need to take part in a number of clinical practicums. These are arranged in the student’s community.

  • Campus: Online
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Tuition: Varies, please inquire
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 120 credits
  • Online Availability: Yes
  • Programs: Nursing (LPN/LVN to BS)
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

2. Online CUW (Concordia University)

CUW is a Christ-centered school that believes nursing is a true calling. Graduates from this school are in high demand across the country. They ensure that the curriculum is able to integrate faith and learning, so that students are able to deliver high quality care in an empathic manner with Christ at its center. Up to 90 credits can be transferred into the degree program from your LPN certification and work experience, as well as accredited educational programs you have taken part in.

  • Campus: Online
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $1,080 per credit
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 18 to 24 months
  • Online Availability: Yes
  • Programs: BS-N with credit transfers
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid
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