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Blog Post

By: Jersey College // May 20, 2019

What is an LPN to RN Bridge Track?

The LPN to RN Bridge track provides Practical Nurses with the opportunity to continue their education to become a Registered Nurse. Credit is granted in the program for prior educational learning as a practical nursing gradaute. 



 gradicon.jpgWhat type of degree is offered in the LPN to RN Bridge track?

New Jersey: Students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing upon successful completion of the Professional Nursing program in New Jersey.
Florida: Students earn an Associate of Science degree in Nursing upon successful completion of the Professional Nursing program in Florida.


courses2.jpgWhat courses are covered in the LPN to RN Bridge track?

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 time.jpgHow long will it take an LPN to become an RN?

The Professional Nursing program consists of 113 Quarter Credits. The coursework for the LPN to RN Bridge track takes approximately 15 months to complete in the day schedule and 21 months in the evening schedule.


** The normal time to complete the LPN to RN Bridge track is 18 months in the day schedule and 24 months in the evening schedule. (Normal time in the Professional Nursing program includes the additional time associated with passing the comprehensive assessment and completing assignments needed for licensure recommendation by Jersey College). Students in LPN to RN Bridge track of the Professional Nursing program are provided with 20 quarter credits for prior learning upon completion of NUS201 - LPN to RN Transition
** Additional information regarding the coursework in the Professional Nursing program (e.g., curriculum plans, course descriptions, program schedules, etc.) is available in our Academic Catalog and in the Course Offerings and Sample Educational Plans Brochure. 



rnA1.jpg  A Closer Look at the LPN-to-RN Bridge Track 

 Jersey College offers a 15-month LPN-to-RN Bridge track for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to become Registered Nurses (RNs). Here we’ll discuss the differences between these two types of nurses. What advantages are there for an LPN in becoming an RN?


 rn5.jpg Building on LPN Skills to Transition to RN  

It is important to recognize that the LPN-to-RN Bridge track is not a new beginning for LPNs. Instead, it builds upon the skills that LPNs already have, but directs these skills toward broader, or more “holistic,” goals. To take an example: LPNs have been taught and have developed keen observational and physical assessment skills in the clinical setting. RNs take these skills and add to them a deeper knowledge of diseases and treatments, allowing them to better understand the condition and care needs of the patient. The RN, in short, moves from the “what” to the “why” of a patient’s condition and “puts it all together” to make informed decisions about patient care—decisions that improve patient outcomes.


criticalthinkingrn.jpg Critical Thinking Skills

The ability to carefully weigh information to make effective decisions requires those much-discussed “critical thinking” skills. Nurses who think critically can assess all the complexities of a patient’s situation—for example, the patient’s signs and symptoms, emotional state, culture, and family history—and use this information  to make good clinical judgments. The LPN-to-RN Bridge Program emphasizes critical thinking skills.


For RNs, critical thinking shows up in many different ways on the nursing floor, perhaps nowhere so much as in patient assessment. To improve students’ assessment skills, the LPN-to-RN Bridge track provides intensive courses in pathophysiology, microbiology, and health assessment, which allow RNs to put physical symptoms in a broader context of disease process and, crucially, treatment.  LPN-to-RN Bridge students are taught to use the “nursing process”—assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation—to prioritize and initiate care and delegate responsibilities appropriately. To help future RNs master this process, in all its varieties, the Bridge track emphasizes learning through instructive case studies.



rnnursing.jpg  Communication Skills

RNs are also teachers—and for this reason must be effective communicators. They practice “active listening” and “therapeutic communication” to understand patients and give appropriate advice that respects their patients’ physical and emotional situation. Patient education—including discharge planning—is a major responsibility of RNs. (Only RNs, for example, can initiate discharge planning.) There is therefore an emphasis in the LPN-to-RN Bridge track on effective communication, patient teaching, and care planning. Coursework in sociology and life-span development prepares students to care for patients—and families—from various cultural traditions.


roleofrn.jpg Roles of RNs

Once in the workforce, RNs have different responsibilities from LPNs. For one, RNs are more commonly found in supervisory roles. Because RNs are care managers, they must know how to delegate appropriately to other health-care personnel. There are several other tasks, ranging from hanging IVs to pronouncing deaths, that are performed by RNs and not LPNs. In addition, RNs are more likely to work in acute care settings (though they also work in sub-acute settings). And while LPNs and RNs work with a lot of different health-care personnel, including physicians, RNs will find themselves more involved with care planning and decision-making as part of a larger health-care team. Because of their knowledge and clinical experience, they have access to a wider variety of jobs.


RNgrads.jpg  LPN-to-RN Bridge Track Graduates

Graduates of Jersey College’s LPN-to-RN Bridge track will have expanded their base of knowledge about disease processes, treatments, and the provision of nursing care. We always keep in mind that this knowledge is practical.  It is in the service of a goal: To become self-reflective practitioners who plan, implement, and evaluate effective patient care.


 rn4.jpg Want to learn more about how to become an RN?

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