Nursing is a high demand career field and is recession resistant. With the American population living longer and longer, the medical field is ever-expanding. If you are a licensed practical nurse (LPN), you can advance your career by becoming a registered nurse (RN). There are many nursing programs available in Philadelphia to help you meet your goals.

La Salle University

La Salle University offers an LPN to BSN program that allows licensed practical nurses to pursue their bachelor of science degree in nursing and qualify to take the licensure exam to become a registered nurse. The program consists of 126 credit hours of coursework. It is designed for nurses who already have jobs and families and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

La Salle University 1900 W. Olney Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-951-1000 lasalle.edu

Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia offers the associate of applied science degree in nursing which qualifies graduates to take the licensure exam to become registered nurses. Licensed practical nurses can apply for advance placement in the program by receiving credit for life experience. You must have had at least one year of successful previous nursing school experience. Proof of a current, active license in good standing is required along with transcripts from LPN school.

Community College of Philadelphia 1700 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 215-751-8010 ccp.edu

Drexel University

Drexel University offers a bachelor of science in nursing which qualifies graduates to take the exam to become a registered nurse. While they do not have specific programs designed to move from LPN to RN, Drexel does have options for advanced placement based upon previous nursing credits earned. You should contact the program director for a review of previous coursework and advanced admissions options.

Drexel University School of Public Health Main Offices Center City Hahnemann Campus 1505 Race Street, Philadelphia PA 19102 215-895-2000 drexel.edu