Nursing & Health Sciences

LPN to BSN Track

Thank you for your interest in the LPN to BSN program at Lewis-Clark State College!

The basic BSN program offers an option for licensed LPN students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.   Students with an associate degree (A.S.) or associate degree of applied sciences degree (A.A.S) in practical nursing interested in pursuing this track are advised to meet with an advisor for the LPN to BSN track.  

Students eligible to apply to the LPN to BSN track must meet academic admission criteria as stated in the basic BSN track application.  Students compete with basic BSN students for provisional admission and once admitted follow an abbreviated curriculum plan of 4 semesters that is similar to the basic BSN student plan. Please see the LPN to BSN Curriculum Plan for details.


The BSN curriculum is based on the liberal arts and sciences and specific support coursework. All pre-program courses must be completed prior to entering the program. 

Basic Track

LPN to BSN Track Curriculum

LPN to BSN Study Plan

LPN to BSN Information

General Education Core Requirements


Applications to the BSN Basic Track are accepted twice annually. The application windows are February 15 - 28th for fall semester entry and September 15th - 30th for spring semester entry.

Admission is based on GPA, entrance testing, and patterns of grades earned in prerequisite coursework. The strongest candidates for our program are those who complete courses on the first attempt with better than average grades. The BSN Basic Track is an upper division program. All general education core and prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the start of BSN coursework.

Screening criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college level courses completed
  • Science & Math GPA of 2.5 in these courses:
    • Anatomy & Physiology plus lab (8 semester credits)
    • General, Organic & Biochemistry plus lab (4 semester credits)
    • Microbiology plus lab (4 semester credits)
    • Statistical methods
  • Grade of "C" or higher in all BSN support courses (English 102 (research writing), core level mathematics, anatomy & physiology, general/organic/biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, pathophysiology, and human genetics).
  • Entrance test (TEAS) score of 59% or higher
  • Certification as a nursing assistant (C.N.A.) in good standing, or approved equivalency.
  • Students who are non-native to the United States and who do not have English as their native or 1st language are required to take the TOEFL or iELTS test prior to application to the BSN program. Details found in the Pre-Program handbook, Language Proficiency Guidelines.

Contact your academic advisor for assistance with the application process. The NHS Advising Center ( is available to answer question for prospective students. Students not enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College apply to the college and submit transcripts at least 6 weeks in advance of the BSN application window. Our FAQs page provides answers to common questions.

LPN to BSN Process
Entrance Testing ( TEAS / HOBET )
BSN Student Transfer Policy


We welcome transfer students! This page contains links to several documents that may assist you in the transfer process.

LCSC Transfer Student Website

Nursing Transfer Guide

Other Transfer Student Curriculum Plans

Mission & Goals

BSN Program Mission Statement

To strengthen the health and wellbeing of the people of our communities by preparing students as professional nurses who engage in critical reasoning and creative thinking to design, provide, and coordinate exceptional nursing care in a dynamic healthcare environment.

BSN Student Outcomes

  1. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to function as a Baccalaureate nurse in a various healthcare settings.
  2. Graduates well-prepared to participate as a member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
  3. Graduates well prepared to understand and assume leadership roles in the healthcare system.
  4. Stakeholders who are satisfied with the BSN curriculum and educational experience.
  5. Students who successfully complete and graduate from the program.

BSN Program Philosophy

The faculty of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, in support of the mission of Lewis-Clark State College, the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences and the BSN Program, is committed to providing an outstanding undergraduate education for the preparation of professional nurses. The philosophy of the BSN program reflects the beliefs of the faculty and is based on the synergy of three concepts:

  • The Science of Nursing
  • The Art of Nursing
  • The Teaching/Learning Environment

Synergy is the working together of two or more parts when the result is greater than the sum of their individual effects or capabilities.

We believe the Art of Nursing and the Science of Nursing are synergistic and within the teaching learning environment provide the philosophical basis for the BSN program.

We believe the BSN prepared professional nurse graduate is prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare environment, assuming leadership roles in the profession, advocating on behalf of clients and participating in the political processes impacting healthcare and the profession of nursing.

Science of Nursing

We believe that the nursing process is the scientific methodology whereby nurses plan interventions. It is the critical process of the science of nursing, a deliberate problem solving approach to meeting people's health care and nursing needs.

We believe that critical thinking and evidenced based practice and research are the foundations from which clinical reasoning and clinical judgment arise.

We believe that understanding the complexity of human needs requires extensive knowledge and integration of the life and social sciences.

Art of Nursing

We believe that Caring Practices along with the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics creates a compassionate, supportive, and therapeutic environment for patients, family members, communities and colleagues with the aim of promoting comfort and healing and preventing unnecessary suffering.

We believe the 7 C's of Caring define understanding of the caring concept for the nurse and the client.

  • Commitment - Commitment to relationship is essential to caring. Nursing is a mutual interactive process producing an experience where both the client and nurse benefit.
  • Compassion - Compassion means having an understanding of and being sensitive to situations and needs, understanding an experience from another's perspective.
  • Confidence - Encourages trust, truth, and respect without fear or conditions.
  • Competence - Combining judgment and skills with knowledge and experience to best serve the client.
  • Conscience - A process of valuing self and others. Conscience encompasses the principles of humanistic nursing care and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
  • Collaboration - working with others in a way that promotes/encourages each person's contributions toward achieving optimal/realistic patient/family goals. Involves inter-disciplinary work with colleagues and community.
  • Cultural Sensitivity - to recognize, appreciate and incorporate differences into the provision of care. Differences may include, but are not limited to, cultural differences, spiritual beliefs, gender, race, ethnicity, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, age, and values.

Teaching/Learning Environment

We believe in providing an environment that requires the student to be actively involved and to take responsibility for their learning.

We believe in and strive to create an interactive teaching-learning environment which embraces various teaching methods and modalities and takes into account student learning preferences.

We believe the faculty develops curriculum that facilitates learning that is responsive to the changing health care environment.

We believe that paramount to the curriculum are the AACN Professional Roles of Provider of Care, Designer/Manager/Coordinator of Care and Member of the Profession.

We believe in providing a safe environment that facilitates open communication where experiential learning is encouraged.

We believe that adult learning principles guide the curriculum. Students are encouraged to extend and refine previous knowledge and experiences to examine the complex meaning of nursing phenomena.

We believe that professional collegial relationships between faculty and students are essential.

We believe in fostering students' intellectual curiosity and a commitment to life long learning.

We believe that the faculty's teaching expertise, personal scholarship, professionalism and clinical excellence provides students with the tools to develop an expert level of practice as professional nurses.