Dec 07, 2023  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing (A.S.)-LPN to RN

35 Major Hours, 65 Degree Hours

Available at following USD locations: Pierre, Rapid City, and Watertown

Admission is limited to currently licensed LPNs with an unencumbered active LPN license.


The LPN to RN student must complete all general education courses (30 hours) and departmental requirements. Anatomy & Physiology I (PHGY 220 /220L ) and Anatomy & Physiology II (PHGY 230 /230L ) must be completed prior to admission to LPN to RN.

Beginning the 2015/2016 academic year, LPN/PN to RN students will receive 8 credits for LPN license and be required to complete 3 full semesters of nursing coursework including NURS 261, NURS 282, and NURS 286. Entering LPN/PN students will be required to complete a one credit bridge course which would include face-face and online components prior to starting NURS 261 beginning academic year 2015/2016. Support coursework requirements will include:

  • Completion of Physiology 220 before NURS 261 
  • Completion of Physiology 230 prior to or concurrent with NURS 261
  • Completion of Math102 prior to or concurrent with NURS 282 
  • Completion of remaining required general education courses prior to completion of NURS 286 .

LPN’s seeking admission for Fall 2015 should contact an advisor for specific guidance on required course sequencing and plan of study.

Required Testing:

The South Dakota Board of Regents Proficiency Examination: All students seeking undergraduate degrees must achieve satisfactory performance on The South Dakota Board of Regents Proficiency Examination, the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP). Students pursuing an Associate degree must take the examination as soon as they have passed 32 credit hours. For additional information see Testing Requirements