Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) looking for a pathway to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) while continuing to work?   

The Saint Martin’s LPN to BSN program offers you the ability to complete your BSN over two academic years by attending class one day a week and one day a week of clinical practicums.  

Program highlights

  • Complete your BSN in two academic years  
  • One semester (15 credits) of coursework credited for your LPN license  
  • Attend class one day a week and one day of clinical per week 
  • Hybrid (traditional/online) learning model 
  • Scholarships available for all students  
  • Small class sizes 
  • Cohort model offers support of your LPN to BSN classmates  
  • Accredited through CCNE 
  • Located in the South Puget Sound region of Washington 
  • Interim approval by WA NCQAC, awaiting full approval following the first cohot's 2023 graduation

Why choose Saint Martin's Nursing

  • Small class sizes to foster your learning 
  • Clinical sites and experiences in the community and acute care settings designed to meet your learning needs and help you grow as a nurse 
  • Faculty who practice as nurses and who are current on nursing practice  
  • Scholarships available for all students 
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 

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LPN-to-BSN Program Requirements

All students must meet the university’s graduation requirement of 120 total semester hours, which includes accepted transfer credit. A maximum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) will be accepted in transfer toward fulfillment of requirements for the baccalaureate degree. Fifteen (15) semester hours of upper division credit will be awarded, based on verification of successful completion of the NCLEX- PN examination.  

  • BSN Prerequisite Courses  
  • BIO 121 Human Biology 
  • BIO 228/328 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 
  • BIO 229/329 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 
  • BIO 251 Microbiology for Applied Health  
  • CHM 121 Introduction to Chemistry  
  • MTH 101 Intermediate Algebra  
  • MTH 201 Introduction to Statistics  
  • NUR 203 Human Nutrition 
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 
  • PSY 215 Lifespan Development  

Core Curriculum Requirements

Information about core curriculum requirements, most of which may be satisfied by transfer credit, is found in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog. LPN to BSN students will be required to take COR 110 Religious Studies (3) and COR 340W Ethics, Human Dignity, and Reason (4). 


LPN to BSN Course Sequencing

The curriculum plan for the LPN to BSN student is as follows: 

Junior I semester   
NUR305 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice/LPN Skills Review Lab (3) 
NUR305CFoundations of Professional Nursing: LPN to BSN Clinical Practicum (1)
NUR306  Complex Pathophysiology/ Pharmacology (3) 
NUR350  Translating Research into EBP (3) 
NUR450  Care Coordination & Interprofessional Collaboration (3) 
Junior II Semester  
NU310  Health Policy (3) 
NUR314 LPN to BSN Skills and Simulation Lab (2) 
NUR 410  Promoting Population Health in the Community 
NUR415 Promoting Population Health in the Community Practicum for the LPN to BSN student (1)
NUR 422 Advanced Nursing Management of Childbearing and Childrearing families (2) 
NUR423 Childbearing Family clinical practicum: LPN to BSN (1) 
Senior I Semester   
NUR405  Nursing Management of Complex Chronic or Acutely Ill Patients: LPN to BSN (4) 
NUR406  Nursing Management of Complex Chronic or Acutely Ill Patients practicum (2) 
NUR413 Advanced skills lab and simulation:  LPN to BSN (1) 
NUR430  Nursing Leadership (3) 
COR110Religious Studies (online) (3)
Senior II Semester   
NUR480  Synthesis Practicum for LPN to BSN students (3) 
NUR481  Transition to RN Practice/NCLEX Prep for RN to BSN students (3) 
NUR490  Capstone (2) 
COR340WEthics (online) (4)


Application Process

Transfer student applicants to the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program must meet the transfer admission requirements of the University as outlined in the university catalog and at the Transfer (undergrad) website. 

Prerequisites for admission to the LPN to BSN Nursing Program 

  • Unrestricted Washington State Practical Nurse license.  
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Transfer student GPA is computed from all college-level coursework taken 
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA in all required prerequisite science courses. 
  • Students may repeat one pre-requisite science course one time if they receive a grade of lower than a B. 
  • Satisfactory completion of all clinical entry requirements, including background clearance, drug screen and immunizations. 
Photo of Saint Martin's nursing lab

$3.5 million donated for nursing labs and scholarships

Generous gifts have fully funded our 2,000 square feet remodel of Old Main to create an eight-bed nursing learning lab, two-bed simulation suite, classroom, faculty offices and equipment storage rooms.

Read more about the nursing donations

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