Licensed practical nurses who are admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program are eligible for the articulation process into either the Traditional or the Non-Traditional tracks. The Traditional track works best for LPNs who have not been practicing in an acute care setting, and/or have not taken most of the general education studies and support courses, and/or can attend regular day time classes and clinicals. The Non-Traditional track works best for LPNs who are working in an acute care facility, and have most of their general education studies and support courses completed, and need to take evening and weekend classes and clinicals.

The articulation process grants 5 nursing credit hours for Fundamentals (N1101) for an unencumbered LPN license. L PNs may test out of Anatomy and Physiology (HLCA 1170 and 1171), Nutrition (FOSM 1110), and Maternal and Newborn Nursing (NURS 1109) for a total of 10 credits. The Traditional track is either 3 or 4 semesters depending on prior college work completed. The Non-Traditional track is 3 semesters, once pre-requisites are completed.


  • In order to receive credit for Fundamentals ( N1101), the LPN applicant must be admitted to the nursing program.  LPN applicants must be accepted through the same admission selection process as all ASN students. See Admission Requirements at
  • In order to receive credit for Anatomy and Physiology (HLCA 1170 and 1171), Nutrition (FOSM 1110) and Maternal and Newborn Nursing (NURS 1109) , the LPN applicant must:
    • Arrange with Janice Porto, Nursing Administrative Assistant, 304-367-4133 to take the exam(s).
    • Pay exam fee by check (made out to FSU School of Nursing) in the Nursing Office to order test(s).
    • Successfully pass the exams by achieving the established minimum score.
  • In order to receive credit for Written English I (ENGL 1104) and Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1101) the applicant may take the Clep Examination by contacting Fairmont State Center for Workforce Education. Information about procedures for applying for examination is also available in the Student Affairs Office.

Program Options

The School of Nursing and Allied Health Administration offers two program options for the LPN-ASN degree. These programs are limited enrollment classes and applicants apply for these through the application procedure for the ASN program. Application deadline is December 1, but an earlier application is preferred.

The two options are the Traditional LPN-ASN and the Non-Traditional LPN-ASN.

Both programs

  • Require 3 semesters of nursing course work.
  • Mirror the Traditional ASN Program.
  • The LPN with a valid LPN license receives credit for NURS 1101, Fundamentals of Nursing, (5 credits).
  • The LPN must take NURS 1102, Transition for the LPN
  • The LPN may challenge Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition  & Normal OB.

Traditional Program Track

The Traditional Program is best for LPNs who are new graduates of an LPN program and/or for LPNs who do not have most of the required support courses ( ENGL 1104 and 1108, HLCA 1170 & 1171 -Anatomy & Physiology,  FOSM 1110- Nutrition and PSYC 1101- Introduction to Psychology)  completed either through course work or challenge testing. Once accepted into this program, the student takes support courses, NURS 1100 and NURS 1102 in the fall semester and them matriculates into the traditional class in January.

Non-Traditional Program Track

The Non-Traditional program is best for experienced LPNs who have completed most of their support courses for Nursing. The courses are taught through WIMBA and Blackboard allowing synchronous on-line classes and live instructor –student interaction without having to drive to campus. Clinicals are conducted two days each month. Students for this program must possess basic computer skills  and have computer access. Class is limited to 24 students per year. The program starts each summer.

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