LPN to BSN, Nursing (BSN)

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Major: Nursing
Concentration: LPN-BSN Option
Program Code: 3610

About This Major . . .

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN-BSN option) is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. This program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses to achieve a bachelor of science in Nursing Degree, opening up greater employment opportunities, increased compensation, and more job security. The LPN-BSN program integrates nursing theory, practice and science with a liberal arts education. This program has selective admission requirements.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain the current admission requirements.

All Essential Learning requirements, other lower-division requirements, and foundation courses must be in progress or completed before applying to the program with a C or higher. Additional admission requirements also apply. Please visit the Department of Health Sciences' website for a complete list of admission requirements and program information.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Construct a practice-based performance/project drawing on knowledge, skills, and attitudes specific to the discipline of nursing. (Specialized Knowledge)
  2. Employ quantitative reasoning in making judgments and reaching conclusions. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Make and defend assertions about a nursing practice topic in a well-organized evidence-based document or presentation. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking behaviors as a basis for practice. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Utilize information from relevant sources to improve health among diverse populations. (Information Literacy)
  6. Engage in ethical reasoning to provide optimal nursing care. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA13
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 233Human Growth and Development-GTSS33
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab 24
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of “C” or better and must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


Recommended: BIOL 101/BIOL 101L or BIOL 250/BIOL 250L.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(15-16 semester hours)

BIOL 209Human Anatomy and Physiology3
BIOL 209LHuman Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
BIOL 210Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 210LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
BIOL 241Pathophysiology4
STAT 200Probability and Statistics-GTMA13-4
or STAT 215 Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
Total Semester Credit Hours15-16

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(68 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

27 credits from LPN27
NURS 318Health Assessment and Promotion3
NURS 318LHealth Assessment and Promotion Laboratory1
NURS 329Advanced Adult Health I4
NURS 329LAdvanced Adult Health I Laboratory3
NURS 333Basic Concepts of Pharmacology II2
NURS 400Nursing Research3
NURS 421Population Health3
NURS 421LPopulation Health Laboratory2
NURS 427Mental Health3
NURS 427LMental Health Laboratory1
NURS 429Adult Health II3
NURS 429LAdult Health II Laboratory3
NURS 431High Risk Obstetrics and Pediatrics3
NURS 431LHigh Risk Obstetrics and Pediatrics Laboratory2
NURS 449Leadership2
NURS 449LLeadership Laboratory1
NURS 470LCapstone Laboratory2
Total Semester Credit Hours68
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 (or higher) 3
BIOL 209
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
KINA Activity 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
BIOL 210
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
PSYC 233 Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
BIOL 241 Pathophysiology 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
LPN with IV certification 27 credits transfer for 2nd year 27
 Semester Credit Hours27
Third Year
Fall Semester
STAT 200
Probability and Statistics-GTMA1
or Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
Essential Learning - History 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours18-19
Spring Semester
NURS 318
Health Assessment and Promotion
and Health Assessment and Promotion Laboratory
NURS 329
Advanced Adult Health I
and Advanced Adult Health I Laboratory
NURS 333 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology II 2
NURS 400 Nursing Research 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
NURS 421
Population Health
and Population Health Laboratory
NURS 427
Mental Health
and Mental Health Laboratory
 Semester Credit Hours9
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
NURS 429
Adult Health II
and Adult Health II Laboratory
NURS 431
High Risk Obstetrics and Pediatrics
and High Risk Obstetrics and Pediatrics Laboratory
NURS 449
and Leadership Laboratory
NURS 470L Capstone Laboratory 2
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours120-121

 Recommended: BIOL 101/BIOL 101L or BIOL 250/BIOL 250L.

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.