Advance Your Nursing Skills From LPN To RN

Professional Nursing Mobility Entrance Option

Our Professional Nursing Mobility Entrance Option can help licensed practical nurses (LPNs) progress from the nursing career they started into the advanced career choice of a registered nurse (RN). Your current LPN education and experience provides the foundation for this exciting career change, while our Mobility Entrance Option provides credit transfer opportunities so you can complete  the additional education and advanced skills required to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become eligible to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in as little as 12 to 18 months.*



Seamless Transfer Policies and Advanced Curriculum

Our Professional Nursing curriculum focuses on developing complex clinical and patient-focused interaction skills, as well as increasing your critical thinking application of higher-level knowledge to real-world clinical situations so you can provide an exceptional patient experience in an expanded variety of employment settings.

Courses are taught by seasoned healthcare practitioners who provide:

  • The most updated and effective patient care practices, so you are immediately productive and successful in your career
  • NCLEX-RN exam preparation in all core courses from day one so you have the optimal potential to pass your NCLEX-RN and become eligible to practice as an RN
  • Career insight into specializations and practices that best fit your new career goals

Learn more about enrolling in our Professional Nursing Associate's degree and our Professional Nursing Mobility Entrance Option—complete the form on the right and one of our program managers will contact you shortly.

Minnesota Board of Nursing, 2829 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-3253; Florida Board of Nursing, 4042 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399; Kansas Board of Nursing, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051, Topeka, KS 66612; Wisconsin Board of Nursing, 1400 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703

*Rasmussen College will cover the application fee for each qualified student's first NCLEX-RN exam attempt. Should a student need to take the NCLEX-RN exam more than once to receive a passing score, the student will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Clinical costs such as transportation, parking, time away from work, etc. are not included.

Program Highlights
  • Approved by the Minnesota, Florida, Kansas and Wisconsin Boards of Nursing
  • Application cost of first NCLEX-RN exam included in tuition*
  • Previous college credits accepted upon evaluation**
  • Four start dates each year allow you to start your Professional Nursing (ADN) degree at a time that aligns with your career goals
  • Provides students with uniforms, required ebooks, NCLEX practice testing and reimbursement for first time NCLEX takers, as part of their resources fee

Professional Nursing Mobility Courses

Learn to provide exceptional patient care with professional confidence under a more advanced scope of practice

  • Gain experience in hospitals, home healthcare, clinics, nursing homes, mental-health settings, hospice care, and a multitude of other non-traditional settings.
  • Ability to collaborate and manage care with all members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team
  • Prepare for independent nursing judgment based on sound clinical decision making, care interventions, and evidence-based practice

Sample Course List

Mental Health Nursing
This course is comprised of a theory and clinical component where students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to safely and effectively care for clients with mental health and behavioral disorders across the lifespan in a variety of clinical environments. Emphasis is placed on Functional Ability, inclusive of concepts such as Cognition, Addiction, Mood and Affect, Stress and Coping, Anxiety, Psychosis, and Violence. Special emphasis will be placed on Communication, Motivational Wellness, Nursing Ethics and Law, and Advocacy as it pertains to this nursing specialty. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of clinical skills and attitudes, inclusive of therapeutic communication, appropriate affective interactions, pharmacotherapeutic education, and patient-centered, holistic care in order to successfully complete this course.
Nutritional Principles in Nursing
This course introduces the student to the chemical processes that occur on a cellular level related to nutrient intake and digestion. Emphasis is placed on the concept of Metabolism and the body's ability to meet basic health and wellness needs as it pertains to a diverse set of clients across the life span. Students will be introduced to basic physiological concepts and are encouraged to explore Clinical and Nursing Judgment, Education and Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. Special emphasis is placed on Growth and Development, Cellular Regulation, and clinical nutrition in order to prepare the student to critically apply these principles throughout the nursing program in the form of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Maternal Child Health Nursing
This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focus on the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes required to function in the appropriate role of the beginning Professional Registered Nurse in an acute care Obstetrics/Maternity Setting, Pediatric Setting, or similar environment. Emphasis is placed on Reproduction as well as Growth and Development. Special Emphasis is placed on Surgical Integrity, Glucose Regulation, Infection Control, and Patient-Centered Care as it applies to this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in conjunction with specific pharmacologic therapies for these clients will be examined. Students are required to critically apply all previously introduced Health and Wellness Concepts, as well as Metabolism, Education, Health Promotion, and Clinical Judgment, to content-specific exemplars presented in this course. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.
Role, Scope, Quality, and Leadership in Professional Nursing
This course is comprised of a theory and clinical component where students are able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained throughout the Professional Nursing Program. Emphasis is placed on Clinical Judgment, Professionalism, Quality Improvement, and Leadership. In order to successfully complete this course, the student must exhibit appropriate characteristics in the clinical setting related to Communication, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Advocacy, Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice, Education, Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. The student must also demonstrate proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan at the level of a beginning graduate Professional Registered Nurse to complete this course.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course resource fee.

  • Grants

    None Partner Success
  • Discounts and Scholarships

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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
$2,281,040
4.9%
Associate's Degree
$1,763,440
6.8%
Some College
$1,622,240
8.7%
High School Diploma
$1,367,880
9.4%

**http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Registered Nurses$45,630$54,180$66,220

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov/ooh/

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Professional Nursing Mobility Entrance Option graduates:

Associate's
$47,631

Seamless Transfer Policies

Minnesota Students

Students who have successfully completed a Practical Nursing program and hold a current Practical Nursing license will receive credit for NU117 Nutritional Principles in Nursing (4 credits) and NU203 Fundamentals of Professional Nursing (6 credits) in the Professional Nursing AS degree program. Students may also transfer in up to 47 credits in successfully completed applicable general education coursework; graduates of Rasmussen College's Practical Nursing program will receive credit for G124 English Composition, G233 College Algebra, and the Communication course the student completed in the Practical Nursing program (for a total of 12 additional general education credits). Rasmussen graduates should contact the campus in which they intend to enroll to determine whether they have completed additional coursework that is eligible for transfer. Students must successfully complete all remaining coursework in the Professional Nursing AS degree program to earn this degree.

Florida Students

Students who have successfully completed a practical nursing program and hold a current Practical Nursing license will receive credit for NUR 1172 Nutritional Principles in Nursing (4 credits) and NUR 2034C Fundamentals of Professional Nursing (6 credits) in the Professional Nursing AS degree program. Students may also transfer in up to 47 credits in successfully completed applicable general education coursework; graduates of Rasmussen College's Practical Nursing program will receive credit for ENC 1101 English Composition, MAT 1031 College Algebra, and the Communication course the student completed in the Practical Nursing program (for a total of 12 additional general education credits). Students must successfully complete all remaining coursework in the Professional Nursing AS degree program to earn this degree.

 

Must be an unencumbered Licensed Practical Nurse
*Time to complete is dependent on number of credits transferred in and credits taken per quarter.