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[Poteau, Oklahoma] – Carl Albert State College is proud to announce the launch of its new online LPN to RN program, offering licensed practical nurses (LPNs) the opportunity to advance their careers and become registered nurses (RNs) in just two semesters.

The online LPN to RN program is designed to provide LPNs with a streamlined pathway to earn their RN credentials while balancing their professional and personal commitments. With a focus on accessibility and flexibility, the program allows students to complete all theory coursework online using the Blackboard platform.

“We are excited to offer this online LPN to RN program, which provides LPNs with a convenient and efficient way to further their education and expand their career opportunities,” said Becky Sanders, CASC Director of Nursing. “By leveraging online learning technologies, we aim to empower LPNs to achieve their academic and professional goals without sacrificing their work or family obligations.”

The application process for current LPNs is simple and straightforward. Applicants can apply online and must submit transcripts and copies of their LPN license. Applicants must be licensed to apply for the program.

In addition to online coursework, students will have the opportunity to participate in simulations and lab check-offs, with some in-person visits required. Clinical experiences will be arranged at pre-approved sites in Oklahoma and Arkansas, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities under the supervision of experienced professionals.

The program is designed to be completed in two semesters, with students entering the third semester of the RN program upon completion. There are no longer placement exams required, as the state has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) allowing all LPNs to go directly into the third semester. Prerequisites are required.

Applications for the program are now open and will close by May 17, 2024. While priority will be given to early applicants, late applications will be considered as they come in.

The online LPN to RN program will commence in August 2024, with completion expected in spring 2025. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot in this innovative and in-demand program.

“One of the core values embedded within our mission statement is to provide accessible education to students,” said Dr. Jay Falkner, CASC President.  “Because of the visionary leadership of Director Sanders and her team, the launch of the online LPN to RN program aligns with our desire to provide each student the opportunity to realize their own potential and experience success.  This initiative also directly contributes to the workforce development vision endorsed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; we’re proud to play a part in developing Oklahoma’s future workforce- especially in a critical occupation field such as healthcare.” 

Interested applicants can begin the process at www.carlalbert.edu.


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