Nursing (LPN/LVN to BS)


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Access:  Open to eligible in-state and many out-of-state applicants

Campus requirements:  None

Indiana State University's LPN/LVN to BS Program enables licensed practical/vocational nurses to complete a bachelor of science with a major in nursing via online learning.

The program is open to the practicing LPN/LVN who has completed a practical nursing program and holds a current practical/vocational nurse licensure.

The program enables the LPN/LVN to transfer all applicable credit to Indiana State University and complete a bachelor degree via online learning. Selected courses may be satisfied entirely by ISU departmental challenge exams (credit by examination) and course equivalency exams. Clinicals are arranged in the student's community. On-campus visits are not required.

Successful completion of program requirements makes you eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN through the Indiana Board of Nursing. The NCLEX-RN may be taken anywhere in the country and if successfully passed, will result in an Indiana Registered Nursing License. Graduates of the program can then proceed to request an endorsed license in the state in which they reside. Please contact your state licensing authority to assure that, upon completion of the Indiana State University LPN/LVN to BS program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance obtaining contact information for the licensing authority in states outside of Indiana, contact Indiana State Online representatives at (812) 237-2345 or IndianaStateOnline@indstate.


Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, the LPN/LVN to BS Track is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

Last updated 6 August 2015