LPN to RN Program

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The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) nursing program at SOWELA Technical Community College located in Lake Charles, Louisiana is accredited by the: ACEN Accredited - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm (opens new window).

2022: The Associate of Science in Nursing program has continued full approval through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

SOWELA Technical Community College now offers Louisiana licensed LPN students the opportunity to enroll into SOWELA’s LPN to RN program.

Curriculum Overview
LPN to RN Application (PDF) – Due by 3:00pm on March 18, 2022

LPN to RN Admission Requirements

  • Selection for Enrollment in Nursing Courses:
    • Faculty will review each clinical application packet and selection will be made based on each student’s rank:
      • TEAS exam – 30%
      • GPA – 30%
      • Fundamentals exam – 40%
      • TOTAL Possible = 100%
      • Additional points will be awarded if the student holds a degree/diploma/certificate:
        • Master +5
        • Bachelor +4
        • Associate +3
        • Diploma +2
        • Certificate +1
    • Faculty decisions for admission to the LPN to RN program are final. Appeals will not be considered.
  • Must have an Unencumbered Louisiana License to Practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Must have IV Therapy Certification.
  • Must score a 64% on the Entrance Exam (TEAS VI) prior to registering for NURS 1153.
  • Must score a Level II (65%) on the ATI Fundamentals Exam prior to registering for NURS 1153.
  • Must apply to NURS 1153 the semester prior and be permitted to register based on the above criteria being satisfied.
  • Upon successful completion of NURS 1153, NURS 2300 and NUR 2310 – 17 Credit hours in nursing will be awarded for the following nursing courses: NURS 1100/NURS 1110, NURS 1150, and NURS 2200 and NURS 2210.
  • A minimum grade of ‘C’ in all required biology, mathematics, and nursing courses.
  • Completion of prerequisite general academic courses toward the degree. (All courses listed in the first and second semester of the curriculum pattern.)
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.8 in all courses required for the degree. Grades earned in any required course completed at the time of the application will be calculated in the GPA.
  • A student will be permitted to repeat only one required non-nursing or nursing course. A student who fails or withdraws (receives a grade of ‘D’, ‘F’ or ‘W’) again in that course or from a second required course will no longer be permitted to apply to the ASN program at SOWELA Technical Community College School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Course Description

NURS 1153: LPN to RN Transitions: (3-0-3) This online course provides a framework for assisting transition from a licensed practical nurse to an Associate of Science in Nursing Registered Nurse. An overview of principles of pharmacology and the registered nurse’s role in meeting man’s basic needs across the lifespan. Prerequisites: Must meet minimum LPN to RN admission entrance requirements, CSSK 1010, English 1020, Math 2100, Biol 2263, Biol 2261, Hist 2010 OR Hist 2020. Co Requisites: Biol 2103 and Biol 2101.

LPN to RN New Class Start Times by Semester and Location
Location SOWELA
Lake Charles, LA.
Semester Summer 2021
Summer 2022
Summer 2023

Contact Information

Racheal Bilbo, RN, MSN
(337) 421-6584 ext. 4511

Elizabeth “Kaye” Martin, RN, MSN
(337) 421-6584 ext. 4525

Deanne Smith, RN, MSN
(337) 421-6584 ext. 4524

Kristine Stout, RN, MSN
(337) 421-6584 ext. 4526