Advance your professional credentials as you deepen your nursing experience. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have a special opportunity to accelerate their associate degree in nursing and become an RN through St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University’s LPN-RN bridge program. The program requires an online bridge course, a transition course, and an additional two semesters of full-time study at SVC at SHU.

The LPN-RN bridge program is offered in the spring semester only. If you are interested in beginning your studies in the fall semester, consider applying to the Nursing program and transferring eligible credits.

Take the Next Step in Your Healthcare Career

  • Apply 16 advanced placement credits to the associate degree in nursing
  • Be eligible to become an RN in as few as 2 semesters, plus a summer session
  • Utilize student life resources that enhance your education and hone your job-search skills

Admission Criteria

The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, taking into account each student’s personal situation and demonstrated potential for success at SVC at SHU. The application review includes an analysis of academic preparation, including high school and college transcripts, coursework rigor and selected grades in Math and Science, as well as life experiences such as professional skills training and military experience.

  • College Algebra with a minimum grade of C+
  • General Psychology with a minimum grade of C
  • Lifespan Development Psychology with a minimum grade of C
  • English Composition and Literature with a minimum grade of C+
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a minimum grade of B-
  • Microbiology with a minimum grade of B-
  • Nursing students must pass the TEAS Test before enrolling in Nursing 101, the first course in the major. A passing score is as follows:
    • Adjusted individual total score of 60% or higher (effective for applications to Fall 2019 and subsequent terms)

    Application Checklist

    To apply for the LPN-RN Bridge program, the following application materials are required:

    • Online application
    • $25 application fee
    • Official transcripts showing prerequisite courses (see Admission Criteria)
    • Official transcript from the practical nurse education program
    • A copy of current LPN license
    • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or employer
    • TEAS VI Test results from within the last three years
    • Interview with an admissions counselor

    More Information

    Admitted students must complete a health clearance, as well as pass a criminal background check and drug screen, in order to register for classes. Instructions on completing this clearance are provided upon receipt of the enrollment deposit.

Contact Us

SVC at SHU Office of Admissions

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

Mailing Address (for transcripts):
St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University
Office of Admissions
75 Hunting Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606