Undergraduate Programs
Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing Degree Program (120 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2008

The Centre for Nursing and Health Studies offers the post-LPN BN program. Before you enrol, please email the program advisor.

The program is designed to provide the Regulated (Practicing) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with the opportunity to continue his or her education in nursing in a baccalaureate program that offers flexible modes of course delivery and opportunities to develop a clinical focus. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examinations and to apply for registration with the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

For additional program information, please email the program advisor.



Admission Requirements

After official transcripts have been accepted, the following admission requirements apply:


Regulated (Practicing) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.
Equivalent of one year full-time work experience (1,700 hours) as a Licensed Practical Nurse (submit letter(s) from employers to substantiate).

An overall average of C- (60 percent) and no grade below a D (50 percent) in the following secondary school courses:

• English 30
• two science courses at the 30 level

Applicants lacking the above high school course requirements may substitute comparable college or university-level courses.

Students admitted to the program must annually provide proof of current licensure with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)

Agencies participating in practicum courses may request that students provide proof of up-to-date immunizations status and a criminal record check at the students' expense.


Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first degree in a discipline outside of nursing who wish to obtain an AU Bachelor of Nursing degree must apply under the Second Undergraduate degree regulations. These students may transfer applicable coursework from the previously completed degree to satisfy up to 50 per cent of the total credits required to complete the post LPN BN program. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree. Those students who hold an international credential in the same discipline who wish to obtain a Canadian credential may be permitted, in consultation with the Program Director and reviewed by the Office of the Registrar.

  Program Structure  
  Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree credit requirements 120
  Credits awarded for Licensed Practical Nurse
  Total credits required to complete
the post-LPN BN degree

Residency requirement. A minimum of 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University


Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits

  The 90 credits required to complete a post-LPN BN
degree shall be distributed as follows:
• required nursing credits 63
  • required non-nursing credits 12
• support and option courses 15
Additional credit may be awarded for university-level courses completed before admission to the post-LPN BN program or on the basis of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Course Requirements

Courses listed in Cluster A are prerequisite to those listed in Cluster B, and courses listed in Cluster B are prerequisite to those listed in Cluster C. Pre/co-requisite course requirements are also present within both Cluster B and C. It is recommended that support and option courses be taken throughout the program. Students are responsible for ensuring that prerequisites and co-requisite course requirements are met throughout the program in accordance with the Prerequisite Declaration Form.

Note: Clinical courses will only be offered within Alberta.

  Required Nursing and Non-Nursing Courses (75 credits)
  Cluster A Courses (18 credits)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (recommended)
or junior/senior level university or equivalent ENGL course*
HLST 320 Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics (3)
NURS 250 Exploration of Professional Nursing Practice (3)
PHIL 152 Basic Critical Thinking
or any 200-level or higher philosophy course
PSYC 290 General Psychology (3)


*English Writing Skills Requirement
Students who choose ENGL 255 are strongly encouraged to take it early in their program. (The Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test may be used to demonstrate mastery of English writing skills; however, this option may not be available after Sept. 1, 2009. Please contact an AU advisor to confirm.). Upon successful completion of the test, the University will exempt students from completing the English requirement. This course must then be replaced with another course in the Humanities.

  Cluster B Courses (29 credits)
NURS 322 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3)
NURS 324 Concepts and Theories in Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 328 Understanding Research (3)
NURS 434 Community Health Promotion (4)
NURS 435 Professional Practice in Community Mental Health Promotion (6)
NURS 436 Family Health Promotion (4)
NURS 437 Professional Practice in Family Health Promotion (6)
  Cluster C Courses (28 credits)
NURS 400 Adult Health and Health Alterations
NURS 401 Professional Practice with Adults Experiencing Health Alterations
NURS 432 Management and Leadership in Nursing Practice (4)
NURS 438 Trends and Issues in Nursing and Health Systems (3)
NURS 440 Independent Study (3)
NURS 441 Consolidated Professional Practice (9)
  Support Courses (6 credits)

Humanities (300 or 400 level)

Science or Social Science (300 or 400 level) (3)
  Options Courses (9 credits)

  May be selected from Applied Studies, Humanities, Science, or Social Science. A maximum of three credits may be at the 100 level; at least three credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. (9)

Computer Requirements

Access to a computer with basic word processing and Internet access is required. Refer to the online glossary.

Specific Regulations

Given the unique and professional nature of the
post-LPN BN program, some of the general policies governing academic studies at Athabasca University are superseded by the following regulations.


In order to register in a nursing course with a practicum component, students must present proof of the following:

Current licensure with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.
Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).

Agencies participating in practicum courses may
request that students provide proof of up-to-date
immunization status and a criminal record check at
the student's expense.


The pass mark for all nursing courses is C- (60 percent).


Students in the post-LPN BN program are not permitted to challenge required nursing theory or clinical courses.


Students who have been awarded two failing grades in one or more clinical courses will be automatically withdrawn from the post-LPN BN program, with no opportunity for re-admission.


Students will be permitted a maximum of seven years to complete all degree program requirements from date of enrolment.


To be awarded a BN degree, a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 is required in all Athabasca University courses used toward the degree.


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