LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge

This program is for licensed practical and vocational nurses who are seeking to become registered nurses.

LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge (32 credits)

LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge program page


This program is for licensed practical and vocational nurses who are seeking to become registered nurses. Students receive 11 prior learning credits for completing their practical nursing degree and licensure. Eligible applicants will complete a transition course before joining Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the second year of the ADN program. 

While all students are welcome to apply to M State's nursing programs, acceptance is selective. 

Learn more about the application process by watching LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge Admission (video).

Nursing application information

Fall 2024 LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge - Application information - (Application closed on May 5)
Spring 2025 LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge - Application information - Deadline - Apply

*If you experience issues logging in to the application, please contact logan.schmidt@minnesota.edu

Nursing accreditation and approval

Accreditation ADN

Accreditation PN

The M State Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are accredited system-wide by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Accreditation (NLN CNEA) 2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20032, 202.909.2526.

All M State nursing programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Educational requirements for initial licensure

The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing curriculums meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. See more information for licensure and/or certification in other states at Nursing.

DOE Requirement Nursing Program - States

NCLEX first-time test taker pass rate

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Advancing your nursing career

Graduates who earn an associate degree in nursing are eligible to apply for admission to baccalaureate nursing programs through articulation agreements with colleges in the Minnesota State system as well as other colleges and universities outside Minnesota. A bachelor's degree offers nurses increased opportunities in management and community settings.

M State partners with MSUM on Dual Acceptance Program

M State has partnered with Minnesota State University Moorhead to be designated as a Dual Acceptance Program, making graduates of M State’s Associate Degree Nursing program eligible for automatic acceptance into MSUM’s RN-BSN program.

For M State ADN students, this new partnership offers the advantages of:

  • A seamless, efficient and cost-effective transition to MSUM’s RN-BSN program
  • Bypassing the traditional RN-BSN application process
  • Flexibility for professional, adult learners:
    • 100% online
    • Individualized pace and program progression, with completion in as little as three semesters or up to five years
    • Program starts in fall, spring and summer semesters

Information, including eligibility requirements, is available at M State AS-N to MSUM's RN-BSN Dual Acceptance Program & Plan.

Background check, immunizations required

Students in the nursing program must have current immunizations and undergo a criminal background check. Requirements are outlined in the program application.

Computer requirements

Many M State programs have specific computer requirements. Visit Computer Requirements to see the requirements for this program.