Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Nursing
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

If you’re a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with a certificate, diploma, or associate degree, our first-class blended LPN to BSN program can help you get the education you need to grow in your profession.

In this BSN bridge program, you can learn alongside other LPNs who share your goals and are driven to make a difference in patients’ lives. At the University of Mary, recognized as one of the top nursing schools in North Dakota, we stand out as a leader in preparing ethical, values-driven nurses and nursing leaders. Our CCNE-accredited BSN programs are led by dedicated faculty and offer values-based curriculum designed to prepare you for evidence-based practice and patient advocacy in today’s ever-evolving healthcare landscape. Here, you can build nursing skills that will make a difference in your career and for your patients.



*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


  1. Flexibility of Blended Learning

    We’re reducing obstacles for working BSN students by offering this LPN to BSN bridge program in a blended learning format. You can study primarily from anywhere, with the exception of occasional on-site sessions in Bismarck, North Dakota.

  2. Complete in Just Two Years (6 Semester)

    This program takes into account your experience and education as an LPN, so you can earn your degree efficiently and use what you learn immediately at work.

  3. Benefits of On-Site Collaboration

    Meet your cohort and have a more engaging learning experience by joining us on campus for orientation as well as for required simulations, comprehensive exams, and clinical experiences. The remainder of the program, including theory courses and a portion of clinical experiences can be fulfilled near your home community. (A minimum of 23 days must be completed in Bismarck, North Dakota, over the six semesters of the LPN to BSN program).

  4. Nursing Degrees Grounded in Christian Values
    For more than 30 years, the University of Mary has stood out as a leader in nursing education. That education is underscored by our Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values. At Mary, you will graduate with both the career skills you need and the ethical leadership qualities that will guide your nursing practice.



The next logical step in an LPN’s career is to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The typical entry-level education for an RN, however, is a bachelor’s degree. If you want to move up in the nursing field and reap the benefits of increased salary expectations and job security (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for RNs is expected to grow 15% from 2016-2026), you are well-advised to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing.

What is an LPN to BSN Program?

An LPN to BSN bridge program takes into account the training and experience you already have, and builds upon it in pursuit of your bachelor’s degree. By entering a bridge program, you can save time and money as you skip material you’ve already covered and focus only on the coursework and clinical experiences that will expand your skills.

And, our LPN to BSN bridge program at the University of Mary is designed for working LPNs, so you can continue working while you earn your degree.

Core course requirements:

  • ANT 171 or SOC 107: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or General Sociology
  • BIO 207: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 208: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 209: Medical Microbiology
  • CHE 107: Composition II
  • ENG 121: Composition II
  • IPE 401: Interprofessionalism in Healthcare
  • MAT 180 or MAT 103: College Algebra or Elementary Statistics
  • PSY 201: General Psychology
  • PSY 207: Life Span Development

Nursing major courses:

  • NUR 216: Nutrition
  • NUR 248: Health Assessment
  • NUR 317: Pharmacology
  • NUR 319: Pathophysiology
  • NUR 323: Concepts of Intravenous Therapy
  • NUR 331: Maternal/Child Bridge
  • NUR 336: Ethics, Law & Policy
  • NUR 341: Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • NUR 343: Nursing Care of the Older Adult
  • NUR 345: Medical/Surgical Bridge
  • NUR 347: Medical/Surgical Nursing II
  • NUR 423: NCLEX Review I
  • NUR 424: NCLEX Review II
  • NUR 436: Nurse as Leader
  • NUR 443: Critical Care Nursing
  • NUR 444: Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 446: Community Health Nursing
  • NUR 450: The Role of the Professional Nurse

Nationally-Recognized and State-of-the-Art DNP Learning Technology +

Thanks to SynDaverTM Labs technology, the University of Mary has one of the most complete and state-of-the-art synthetic anatomy learning facilities in the nation.

This technology allows us to provide students with realistic synthetic human tissues and body parts—replacing cadavers that can result in higher fees and less-than-optimal learning experiences. Learn more about this innovative approach to nursing education.

LPN to BSN Program Admission Requirements

To gain admission to the LPN to BSN nursing program, prospects must:

  • Complete an admission application
  • Hold a current license in good standing as a certificate-, diploma-, or associate degree-holding LPN
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a combination calculated from a minimum of 15 credits from prerequisite courses and all the nursing courses from your LPN program
  • Provide a passing score on an ATI TEAS Entrance Exam (the minimum level for admission accepted is “proficient”)
  • Grade of “C” or higher in each of the following nursing prerequisite courses (the following courses may only be repeated once):
    • English Composition II
    • Microbiology
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
    • General Psychology
    • Lifespan Psychology
    • Sociology or Anthropology
    • Elementary Statistics and/or College Algebra

At the University of Mary, we understand that financing your education can seem like a confusing experience. We strive to make the experience as seamless and affordable as possible through a variety of scholarships and financial aid packages.

We welcome you to contact us in admissions to learn more about your options. We’ll connect you with a financial aid counselor who can answer your questions.

If you are considering pursuing a degree in nursing, you might also be interested in the following nursing programs offered at the University of Mary:


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