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Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Empower yourself to take a more hands-on role in the treatment of patients by earning a LPN/LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing.* A BSN allows you to provide more comprehensive patient care and makes you a more attractive employee to magnet hospitals actively seeking bachelor’s-prepared nurses. Studies prove that BSN-prepared nurses have better patient outcomes.** And once you earn your BSN, you’ll be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Be among the essential, knowledgeable nurses hospitals need today. Speak with an Enrollment Representative to learn how our LPN/LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program prepares you to enter this field.

* This degree is offered at specific campus locations in Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii.

** International Journal of Nursing Studies, June 2009

What you'll learn


The Bachelors of Science in Nursing program has a special sequence for the Practical Nurse/Vocational Nurse (PN/VN) to achieve the BSN degree. This program builds on the basic education,skills, and experience of the practical nurse transitioning to the professional nursing role. Curriculum builds upon a foundation of biological, physical, and social sciences, which contribute to the science of nursing. The liberal arts components enhance the development of the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of the professional nurse. Program content will focus on role transition, advanced clinical skills, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The University of Phoenix, College of Nursing is committed to the advancement of nurses through the development of nurse leaders. Program objectives focus on leadership, advocacy, professionalism, collaboration, incorporation of caring, and reflective clinical/teaching practice. The acquisition of these objectives is essential to the practice of nursing.\r

This program is a pre-licensure program designed for licensed vocational/practical nurses in good standing who wish to pursue licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program builds on the basic education, skills and experience of the practical nurse transitioning to the professional nursing role. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses upon completion of the BSN.


Make an informed choice

We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.

View the Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing gainful employment disclosures (CA).
View the Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing gainful employment disclosures (MA).

Review how University of Phoenix students have performed on the NCLEX-RN exam:

How to afford your degree

Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.

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How to get started

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The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.

To view all the courses you’ll need to complete this degree program, visit our General Education requirements page.

Core courses

*Although these courses are accepted by some state boards of nursing toward continuing licensing requirements, this may not be the case in all states. Please check with your own state board for applicability.

Make your work experience count

University of Phoenix allows you to apply relevant learning, work and life experiences to college credits through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Speak with a representative to find out if you can fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary and/or general education courses by going through the PLA process.

Make your enrollment decision easier with our tuition tool

From finding the right college to finding time for your other work and family responsibilities - we know you have a lot on your mind. That's why we offer the tools you need to better understand your financial commitment and the Finance Advisors who can help you understand your options.

How much will it cost?

Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.

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Cash Plan

Review our Cash Plan, which gives you the option to pay course-by-course as you pursue your education.


Scholarships pay for tuition-related expenses and don't need to be paid back. Your advisor can help you find scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Prior Learning Assessment

Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.

Federal Financial Aid Plan

Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.

Third-party billing

Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.

Need more information?

An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.

How can I use my Military benefits?

Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.

The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program

With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.

Montgomery GI Bill

At University of Phoenix, you can apply your Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, or your Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve benefits to your educational costs.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits. 

Active Duty Spouse Benefits

As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.

Benefits of this degree program

  • Learn from nurse leaders with advanced degrees and relevant nursing experience.

    Every class is taught by a master's- or doctoral-prepared nursing professional. Our more than 800 faculty members average more than 5 years of teaching experience and 14 years of professional experience — many of them are in roles you may aspire to, including Director of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer and nurse educator.

  • Experience the unparalleled ways we empower you to succeed.

    Our intimate class sizes in the School of Nursing average 14 students, allowing for dynamic, personal interaction with your classmates and instructors. To us, you’re more than just a face in a crowded lecture hall. That's why you also get a team of representatives that will be with you every step of the way until you graduate.

  • Enjoy a flexible education for ambitious learners.

    Flexibility counts when your time is in demand. University of Phoenix gives you the option of learning online around your schedule and personal needs, or of attending classes at one of our participating locations across the country.

  • Advance your nursing knowledge in a CCNE-accredited program.

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (

  • Find the academic and life resources you need to succeed.

    You can find academic support through the Center for Mathematics Excellence, the Center for Writing Excellence and our University Library, which features 30,000 full-text books, 44,000 journals and more than 250 individual information repositories. You can also find life and career coaching, financial advice, daily living and counseling resources through our Life Resource Center.

  • Talk to dedicated nursing representatives.

    Our specially-trained nursing representatives understand your needs and can help determine what program's best for you.

Is this the right program for you?

If you’re ready to advance your nursing career and open the doors to increased responsibilities, contact an enrollment representative today. Specially-trained Nursing Advisors are available to help you.You can also get to know University of Phoenix by checking out the Phoenix Prep Center.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Health Professions graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the LPN/LVN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

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One of the nation's largest Nursing schools

For more than 30 years, our School of Nursing has been a leader in nursing education.

A real-world education

Our curricula — taught by faculty members who are MSN-prepared nurses — emphasize evidence-based practice, critical-thinking skills and leadership development.

Accredited programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.