Athabasca University’s Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing is designed to meet the specific education needs of current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) who are registered in Alberta.
The program builds on your current knowledge and practice skills, and prepares you for the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam. Your studies will include:
- medical surgical nursing
- mental health care
- nursing informatics
- nursing research
- primary health care
- family and community health promotion
You will also have the opportunity to develop a clinical focus in the final Consolidated Professional Practice course.
All AU nursing courses are mapped to the most current entry-to-practice competencies as determined by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) and to the NCLEX-RN detailed test plan as determined by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
Why take the Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing?
The Post-LPN BN program is designed specifically for practicing LPNs. You’ll complete your BN degree, get hands-on clinical experience and prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam. Successfully completing this exam enables you to apply for registration with CARNA, which is required in order to become a Registered Nurse.
The Post-LPN BN is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and approved by the Nursing Education Program Approval Board (NEPAB). It is also a solid foundation for future graduate study in many health disciplines.
AU offers a broad liberal university education and the flexibility to continue with your work and family commitments while you learn. All non-clinical courses are delivered via online education. You will also need to complete on-site practical components in order to complete the program.
Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing
Welcome to Athabasca University’s Post-LPN BN program. This unique program is designed specifically for the regulated (practicing) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). As you continue working in your field, you can remain in your community and complete your baccalaureate nursing theory courses in our flexible learning environment.
As a graduate of the Post-LPN BN program, you will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. If you plan to practice in a jurisdiction other than Alberta following completion of this program, please contact the regulatory body in that jurisdiction, before applying to this program, to determine acceptance of the program when seeking a temporary practice permit and active registration as a registered nurse.
Official transcripts for all your previous post-secondary education must be mailed directly to Athabasca University from each institution you have attended. After your official transcripts have been accepted, the following admission requirements will apply.
- Graduation from an approved practical nurse (LPN; RPN) certificate/diploma program.
- Regulated (Practicing) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.
- Equivalent of one year full-time work experience (1,700 hours) as a Licensed Practical Nurse (substantiated by letters from employers) .
Students admitted to the program must annually provide proof of current practicing licensure with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).
Agencies participating in practicum courses may request that students provide proof of up-to-date immunizations status and a criminal record check at the student’s expense.
In order for Athabasca University to complete your transfer credit evaluation, you must first meet the program admission criteria above and be a program student.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not take courses for which you will receive transfer credit. For example, if you have completed a junior/senior university English course at another institution, you may not be required to take an Athabasca University English course.
If you are new to Athabasca University, learn how to become a student by referring to the Undergraduate Calendar.
While You Wait
You may register in Cluster A courses while arranging for the documents to be submitted and the review/evaluation process to be completed. You cannot register in the nursing courses until all documents have been received and reviewed in order for us to determine that your admission requirements have been met. If you have received credit previously for any post-secondary English, philosophy or psychology courses, please do not register in those Cluster A courses in the event that transfer credit may be awarded. If you choose to register in a course before the evaluation is completed, you are doing so at your discretion.
Program Plan Worksheet
Once your transcripts and other documents have been received by Athabasca University and you have been officially accepted into the program, you will receive an e-letter from the Office of the Registrar. The e-letter will direct you to Degree Works where the transfer credit that has been awarded will be identified, as well as the courses that are still required. Please assist us in planning your program by completing a program plan in Degree Works, indicating projected start dates for all courses still needed, and submitting it for approval. We recognize the dates you are projecting for registration in professional practice courses may change as you continue through the program, however, providing us with a beginning outline of your plans helps in projecting the need for and making requests for practicum placements. If a program plan is not submitted, you may not be considered for future clinical placements.
All AU non-nursing, required, support and option theory courses are completed by distance education through a combination of print and online resources, or print only.
Course Start Dates
You may begin your undergraduate theory course the first of any month provided you are registered by the 10th day of the preceding month. For example, to begin your course on December 1, you must be registered by November 10 . All AU nursing courses are mapped to the most current entry to practice competencies, as determined by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).
Time to Complete Your Program
You will have 7 years from the date of your acceptance into the Post-LPN BN program to complete all requirements. Many students complete their program in 3 years or less depending on the time they have to devote to their studies, and the amount of transfer credit they bring to the program. All students graduating from the Post-LPN BN program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).