LPN Advanced Placement Program (ASN)

Program Overview

The Nursing Department supports the concept of education as a continuous process. Faculty view learning as a life-long process and subscribes to the belief of career mobility. Without unnecessary duplication of learning experience, this advanced placement program provides the LPN an opportunity to advance to RN. 

As an LPN, you will enter the Associate Degree program in the third semester of the four semester curriculum. All general education courses required in the first two semesters of the program must be met and all sciences must be a C or higher grade and GPA is a 2.7 or above to qualify. Once you qualify you will be required to take two NLN standardized tests and a Medication Calculation exam. The testing occurs in the spring of the year you are seeking fall admission.  These tests are for testing out of NURS101 and 102.  Once you meet all the requirements and are approved to enter the program, you will be awarded the 16 nursing credits from the first year of the curriculum.

Program Philosophy

The Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Associate of Science in Nursing Program provides an affordable, comprehensive education to students from diverse backgrounds. It provides the skills and the theoretical background necessary to ensure graduate nurses who are capable of delivering quality nursing care to individuals and families in a variety of settings within the community.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is the conceptual framework that provides continuity and language for the program. The curriculum integrates three major threads throughout the program: mental health concepts, pharmacology and nutrition. Lifespan concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum.

The Nursing Program subscribes to the mission statement of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and bases the curriculum on the following beliefs about the person, environment, health, nursing and nursing education.

Person – is viewed as an intelligent being that possesses traits and characteristics that make them unique beings with personal dignity and self-worth. Persons, as members of society, are adaptive and continually interact with their environment as they strive to achieve maximum health potential. As a person evolves through their life cycle, they use their intellect and free will to make conscious choices regarding their health needs and health care. Persons have basic human needs but may differ in culture, values, health practices and spirituality.

Environment – consists of physiological, psychosocial, cultural, philosophical, developmental and spiritual conditions and forces impacting the person’s health. Environmental conditions and forces continually change and interact, forming a complex context for nursing practice. The nurse has the responsibility to assess the environment at the level impacting the person, manage its constraints and utilize its resources to promote the health of the person.

Health – is a dynamic state in which individuals adapt to alterations in their internal and external environment; so that there is a state of physical, emotional, socioeconomic, and spiritual well being. Health encompasses levels of wellness and illness; and nursing assists individuals when there is an alteration in their health status. The nursing faculty believes that individuals have inherent rights to receive the appropriate health care needed to achieve their optimal health potential. Within this context, health care is provided to assist individuals and families in meeting their basic needs in accordance with their capacity, goals and life style.

Nursing – is an art and science characterized by critical thinking, clinical competence, accountability, and commitment to the value of caring, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Nursing applies to persons across the life span and within various cultures. It is based upon interpersonal communications among the individual, the family, and the nurse. It involves assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the human needs of the individual in health and illness. An important part of the nursing process includes health teaching by the nurse to assist individuals in the promotion and maintenance of health. In cooperation with other members of the health team, nursing care is delivered in accordance with the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession and in response to societal health needs.

Nursing Education – is the process by which the learner develops a knowledge base for nursing practice progressing from simple to complex. This base includes knowledge and skills from nursing science as well as the humanities and the natural, behavioral and social sciences. Faculty provides an environment conducive for integration of concepts from these disciplines to the practice of nursing in a variety of supervised clinical settings.

The faculty believes students must be actively involved in the learning process to acquire clinical proficiency and to be socialized into professional roles. These roles include provider of care, manager of care and membership within the discipline of nursing. Associate degree education is a means of preparation for these roles, and provides experience for the nursing student at the entry level. The associate degree graduate will practice in diverse settings where policies and procedures are specified and guidance is available.

Faculty views learning as a life-long process and subscribes to the belief of career mobility. In accordance with this, an advanced placement option is offered to Licensed Practical Nurses desiring to obtain an associate degree. In addition, distance education for Licensed Practical Nurses is offered at remote sites periodically, enabling these individuals to overcome access barriers by providing a unique educational experience through the use of technology. The nursing program also provides a foundation for further study towards a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

The Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Associate of Science in Nursing program facilitates the development of skills and provides the theoretical background necessary to ensure graduate nurses capable of delivering quality nursing care to all individuals and families in a variety of settings within the community.