Students in the Cincinnati State Bethesda School of Nursing who are Licensed Practical Nurses with an unencumbered license may complete the Associate’s degree Nursing program using this option. Interested students should meet with a Nursing academic advisor.

The Nursing LPN-to-RN Progression program allows qualified students to shorten the time required to complete the Nursing associate’s degree.

  • Students enter the Nursing course sequence at the third level, taking Bridge and Transition courses (NUR 105 and NUR 106) instead of the course NUR 103.
  • The concepts covered in NUR 105 and NUR 106 verify that students are competent in basic nursing skills, pediatric skills, and safe care of the pediatric patient in the clinical experiences.
  • After successfully completing the first semester of Nursing coursework, the LPN-to-RN student applies for Advanced Standing credit in Nursing, which replaces required courses NUR 101, NUR 102, and NUR 103. Students must pay a fee equivalent to one credit hour to apply for Advanced Standing credit.
  • The Advanced Standing credits appear on the student’s academic record as NUR 150, after the successful completion of the second semester courses.

After receiving Advanced Standing credit, the LPN-to-RN students join traditional Nursing students to complete the required courses NUR 201 and NUR 202. These courses cover medical-surgical, obstetrical, mental health, management content, and clinical experiences. The LPN-to-RN students also complete the non-nursing requirements of the traditional Nursing program.

During the final semester of the curriculum, students must pass a nationally standardized comprehensive exam in order to pass the final theory course.

Because Nursing courses include labs and clinical experiences, courses meet three to four days or evenings per week. Therefore, it would be difficult for an LPN-to-RN student to maintain full-time employment concurrently with a full-time academic load.

An LPN may choose to pursue the traditional Nursing program (completing required Nursing courses over five semesters). This approach is recommended for individuals with little clinical experience, or individuals who need to complete non-nursing courses concurrently with required Nursing courses.

A limited number of students are admitted to the LPN-to-RN program each year, through a selective admissions process. Two groups of students are admitted during each academic year.

Application materials and other information about the selective admission process are available from the Nursing program advisors.


The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Clifton Campus in Cincinnati, Ohio) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA, 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000. Website: www.acenursing.org.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.

Public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program can be viewed at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by The Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-3413. Phone: (614) 466-3947. Website: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov.


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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in a variety of settings, from acute care units to extended health care facilities
  • Work with clients of various ages, from children to the elderly

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Registered Nurse

Graduate Employment Outlook

Employment for registered nurses is projected to grow about 9 percent through 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.

$75,330 median annual salary. Shift differential will add to the base salary for those working second and third shift assignments.

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Miami University
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Xavier University

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Drake Center
  • Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare Summit Behavioral Center
  • TriHealth, Inc.
  • UC Health

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid


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Learn about the Health & Public Safety Selective Admission (Progression) process and the TEAS test

Nursing (including LPN-to-RN Option) Admission Requirements

  • The core of courses taken by Nursing students is similar to the core of courses taken by all other students seeking degrees in allied health programs.
  • Nursing students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • High school or college biology and chemistry are prerequisites to the science courses required by the Nursing program.
  • A background check is required before entering the clinical portion of the Nursing program. Anyone wishing to enter the Nursing program who has been arrested or charged with a crime should see the Program Director before choosing the Nursing major.
  • All applicants to the LPN-to-RN nursing program must have an unencumbered practical nursing license prior to admissions into the Nursing clinical courses.
  • Please note: Graduation candidates must pass a nationally standardized exit exam in order pass the final course in the Nursing program.
  • Credentialing: Graduates must pass NCLEX-RN, the national standardized nursing examination, to practice as a registered nurse.

Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Nursing (LPN to RN Progression) (NURP)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
NUR 150 Nursing Advanced Standing – LPN to ADN ( T) 11 0 11
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning ( G) 2 2 3
Semester 2
NUR 105 Nursing LPN to ADN Transition ( B) 2 3 3
NUR 106 Nursing LPN/ADN Bridge ( T) 2 6 4
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
BIO 220 Microbiology ( G) 2 3 3
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
Semester 3
NUR 201 Nursing Concepts 4 ( T) 7 12 11
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 4
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology ( G) 3 0 3
NUR 202 Nursing Concepts 5 ( T) 6 9 9
Total Credits: 51 39 65


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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