Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Nursing: LPN AS

The LPN-ASN program is offered in both Fort Wayne and Crown Point.

The LPN-ASN program recognizes and gives credit for previous education as a licensed practical nurse. Advantages of becoming a registered nurse include expanded nursing knowledge and skill, greater career mobility, increased employment opportunities, and increased income.

The Associate of Science in Nursing Program prepares graduates for entry-level nursing practice as nurse generalists. Guided by the Franciscan Values and Catholic Social Teaching students learn the value of service, lifelong learning and caring behaviors as the foundation for professional nursing. The nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care and active member of the discipline are emphasized as students progress through the curriculum. Students integrate concepts from physical, social and behavioral sciences and humanities with nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice. Using the nursing process as a critical thinking framework, students provide safe, accurate and individualized nursing care to select individuals and groups with health needs or common well-defined health problems. Students learn about care for a variety of patient populations across the life span and the health care continuum in acute care, long-term care and community based settings. The curriculum provides an academic background which serves as the basis for continuing education and ongoing personal and professional growth. After completing the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


The Associate of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. www.acenursing.org.

ASN Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the University of Saint Francis Associate of Science in Nursing Program are prepared for entry level nursing practice as nurse generalists who will:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to promote health of patients within a family and community context.
  • Use nursing judgment supported by evidence to provide safe, cost-effective and quality patient care.
  • Use the nursing process to provide patient-centered care that supports optimal health outcomes.
  • Provide care that reflects Franciscan values for diverse patients and their families.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with patients and their families, and members of the healthcare team.
  • Participate as a member of the inter-professional health care team promoting mutual respect and shared decision making.
  • Practice within the legal standards and ethical framework of the nursing profession.


After successful completion of the ASN program, the graduate is eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse by examination. The test used to determine licensure is the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). In Indiana and many other states, graduates must complete an application which requires disclosure of criminal history including, but not limited to, charges pending against the applicant or conviction regarding a violation of any federal, state or local law relating to the use, manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of controlled substances, alcohol or other drugs or drug addiction; and/or conviction of any offense, misdemeanor or felony in any state. This excludes minor violations of traffic laws resulting in fines. If the graduate responds affirmatively to any of the items on the application, all related details must be submitted to the board. The application is completed under penalty of perjury.

In addition Indiana applicants must complete a criminal background check at the time of NCLEX-RN application. The Board of Nursing reviews the application and determines the applicant’s eligibility to take the licensure exam. The State Board of Nursing may request a personal appearance dependent on the criminal history. Final approval of the candidate’s NCLEX-RN application is at the discretion of the State Board of Nursing.

Applicants should contact their respective Board of Nursing for further information or clarification. Graduates with special learning needs must contact the State Board of Nursing if special consideration for testing needs to be made.

Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN entitles the graduate to practice as a registered nurse in that state. Applications may be made for reciprocal privileges with other states.

Degree Requirements

The LPN to ASN program requires 70 credit hours, which includes 27 General Education credits and 43 Nursing credits.

Program of Studies

  • Required Nursing courses: NURS 100, 175, 176, 180, 223, 224, 248, 249, 252, 265, 266, 285, 286, 294
  • Required General Education courses: BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL 223, BIOL 270, CHEM 121, PSYC 121, MATH 131 ENGL 101, THEO 105.
  • GE requirements also include 3 credit hours in an applicable Sociology/Social Work class (choose 1 course).

Admission Requirements for LPN-ASN Program

A point system is used to evaluate applications of qualified candidates in order to accept applicants into the program as either a pre-nursing or nursing major. The point system used by the Nursing Program Admissions Committee will be provided to an applicant upon request.

  • Meet university entrance requirements for transfer students.
  • Submit a current active LPN license.
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.7 or better from the LPN program attended.
  • Have completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
  • A minimum of 26 credit hours in nursing must be taken at the University of Saint Francis to be awarded an associate degree in nursing from the University of Saint Francis.

Students who do not meet the nursing admission criteria may be admitted to the university as a pre-nursing major or academic exploration major. Each applicant is reviewed on an individual basis.

The following criteria must be met before a pre-nursing student can request a change of status to be considered for admission to the nursing major.

  • Completion of all courses required by placement.
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 hours at USF. Students must have a biological science course (BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL 223, or BIOL 270) as part of the required 12 credit hours at USF.)
  • FYS 100/101 – First Year Experience
  • CHEM, 121, Introductory Chemistry, if required
  • MATH 131, College Algebra
  • A grade of C or above in all required courses
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above earned at USF
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) entrance examination

Graduates of LPN programs that are not accredited by national nursing organizations who meet minimum admission requirements are eligible for admission as pre-nursing majors.  Graduates of non-accredited LPN programs must meet the following criteria to be considered a LPN-ASN major:

  • Completion of all courses required by placement  (English, Reading, Math)
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 hours at USF
  • Students must have a biological science course (BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL  223, or BIOL 270) as part of the required 12 credit hours at USF)
  • FYS 100/101-First Year Experience
  • MATH 131, College Algebra
  • NURS 100, LPN Transitions
  • NURS 180, Pharmacology I
  • A grade of C or above in all required non-nursing courses
  • A grade of B- or above in all nursing courses
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above earned at USF

Once admitted to the nursing major, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7, achieve a “B-” or better in all nursing courses and earn a grade of “C” or better in all required non-nursing courses.

In order to participate in clinical experiences, clinical requirements as set by the Department of Nursing and clinical agencies must be met including, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug testing. 

Entry into the clinical sequence is based on availability of enrollment openings for the course. When necessary to form a waiting list for clinical courses the following criteria are used for prioritizing students to begin the clinical sequence:

  • GPA earned at the University of Saint Francis.
  • Date of entry into the nursing program.
  • Number of credit hours completed toward the degree, including transfer credit.
  • Grades in non-nursing courses, especially science and math.

Progression Requirements

Each level of nursing courses builds on the knowledge and skills of the level preceding it. Nursing process skills of assessing, interpreting, analyzing, and synthesizing begin in the first semester and are progressively developed in succeeding semesters. In order to progress in the nursing sequence, students must meet the prerequisites and co-requisites for each course in the LPN-ASN curriculum. The following criteria must be met in order to progress in the nursing sequence:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  • Must achieve a “B-” or better in all nursing theory courses and achieve a “P” in all nursing clinical courses.
  • Must receive a minimum of “C” in the following courses:
    • All required biology courses
      • BIOL 221
      • BIOL 222
      • BIOL 223
      •  BIOL 270
    • All required chemistry courses
      • CHEM 121 (if taken)
    • All required psychology courses
      • PSYC 121
    • All required math courses
      • MATH 130 (if taken)
      • MATH 131
    • Other required courses
      • ENGL 101
      • SOCI 101, 135, 251 or SOCW 160, 377
  • Failure to maintain the academic standards for progression will result in academic probation or dismissal. A change of major from pre-nursing major to nursing major does not provide an additional opportunity for academic probation. Only one academic probation is allowed during enrollment as a nursing student.
  • Nursing majors will be placed on Academic Probation for failure to:
    • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7
    • Earn a minimum grade of “B-” in a nursing theory course and a “P” in a nursing clinical course.
    • Earn a minimum grade of “C” in a required non-nursing course.The probation period will be one semester in length. A second probation period will result in dismissal from the nursing major.A student may repeat only one nursing course one time. When repeating a nursing course a student who receives less than a “B-” will be dismissed from the nursing major.If a nursing course must be repeated for either clinical failure or for a theory grade below“B-”, both the theory course and the concurrent clinical course must be repeated at the same time.A student who earns less than a “B-” in a nursing course may not take additional nursing courses until the failed course is successfully completed.If the cumulative GPA has not reached the minimum requirement of 2.7 by the end of the probation period, the student will be dismissed from the nursing major.If a student earns less than a “C” in a required non-nursing course, the non-nursing course may be repeated only once. Upon a second attempt, if the student does not earn a minimum grade of “C” the student will be dismissed from the nursing major.
  • All Nursing Department academic standards will be applied to Academic Exploration majors, Exploratory Healthcare majors or other USF majors seeking a change of status. Students who fail to meet nursing academic standards will not be eligible for consideration as a nursing major.
  • During the duration of the student’s enrollment as a nursing or pre-nursing major a student may have a maximum of two “withdraw passing” after midterm from nursing courses.  Upon a third “withdrawal passing” the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.  A nursing course that includes both theory and clinical will represent one course withdrawal.
  • The Department of Nursing uses a system of external assessment and remediation for pre-licensure students. All pre-licensure students purchase a designated testing package upon enrollment in the first nursing course. The primary purpose is to help prepare students for NCLEX-RN success. Students are required to complete designated assessments including content mastery assessments at specified points in the curriculum. Additionally, a nationally-normed comprehensive examination designed to predict success on the NCLEX-RN will be administered during the final clinical nursing course. Students must achieve a designated satisfactory score on the comprehensive examination in order to meet course requirements.
  • A student who is dismissed from the nursing major may reapply no sooner than two years from the date of dismissal and must follow University and Department of Nursing admission criteria. A student seeking readmission to the nursing major must provide evidence of improving one’s potential for success. Readmission is not guaranteed.

LPN to ASN Graduation Requirements

To complete the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, LPN-ASN students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students in the ASN program (generic ASN track or LPN-ASN track) must take a minimum of 26 credit hours in nursing at the University of Saint Francis to be awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing degree.
  • Completion of all required nursing and non-nursing courses.
  • Meet the requirements for academic standards (see ASN Progression, Probation and Dismissal sections of the ASN Student Handbook).
  • Payment of all financial obligations to the University.
  • Complete requirements for University graduation no more than eight (8) semesters (Fall & Spring) after starting nursing clinical course work.

Courses described in the ASN curriculum are representative of the requirements to complete the stated major. Requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with their department advisor to determine the exact requirements needed to complete the degree.