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CLEP AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT CREDIT

LSN accepts College Level Examination for Proficiency (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP) scores for the required university non-nursing courses with the exception of Anatomy and Physiology I & II. If a student achieves the passing score recommended by the American Council on Education, CLEP exam scores are accepted.



TRANSFER CREDIT FOR NURSING COURSES

Transfer credit for nursing courses will only be considered when it is:

  • comparable in scope, content, and credit hours earned to coursework that is part of the LSN curriculum;
  • completed within the past three (3) years with a grade of “C” or better;
  • from a school accredited by recognized registered nursing program accrediting agency.

Transfer credit must be awarded prior to the initial enrollment in nursing courses at LSN.

  • Transfer credit for NR 102 and/or NR 103 – Math for Medication Administration I and II will only be awarded after a student successfully passes a dosage calculation test with an 85% or better.

TRANSFER CREDIT FOR NON-NURSING COURSES

Students may transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions for a specific non-nursing course.  Courses taken at technical/vocational institutions are not transferable to Lutheran School of Nursing.

Transfer credit for courses will only be considered if:

  • a “C” or better was earned in the course;
  • it was completed at a regionally accredited institution;
  • it is comparable in content, nature, intensity and the number of credit hours to the LSN course it is replacing.

Transfer credit for Anatomy & Physiology I and/or II will only be considered if the course(s) were completed within the past five (5) years. 

Students currently enrolled at LSN are required to take non-nursing courses at the time offered in the curriculum if transfer credit was not awarded prior to initial enrollment.  If an LSN student wishes to take a non-nursing course at another institution, she/he must submit a written request to the registrar prior to registration and receive written permission from the Lutheran School of Nursing administration.


EXTENSION, CORRESPONDENCE AND TELECOURSE WORK

Extension, correspondence and telecourse work is accepted as transfer credit provided the accredited university records the credit on an official transcript.


RESIDENCY POLICY

To receive a diploma from Lutheran School of Nursing, transfer students must complete at least two Level II Nursing courses and the Role Transition course in academic residence.


APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE AND THE MISSOURI NURSING PRACTICE ACT

The graduate is eligible to apply to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse upon successful completion of the nursing program. However, completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to write the licensure exam. The Missouri Nursing Practice Act, section 335.066 includes additional criteria for eligibility to apply for licensure to practice nursing upon completion of a nursing program. See the Student Handbook or click this link http://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/npa.pdf.


PROGRAM LENGTH

The nursing program, including all nursing and non-nursing course work is 28 months. The Registered Nurse Track is a 22-month, full-time day program. The LPN to RN Bridge Track is approximately 15 months. Students typically have a one week break after each 8-week rotation, two weeks for the winter holidays and six weeks during the summer. The calendar often requires adjustment, which can affect the length of the winter or summer break. Program length reflects the nursing academic weeks and break weeks, and does not reflect any pre-nursing course enrollment.


TUITION

The tuition charge for each course is determined by multiplying a base charge by the number of semester credit hours awarded for the course. The tuition is the same for both the university non-nursing courses and the LSN nursing courses. Current tuition and fee schedule can be found in the tuition section of this website. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is due seven days prior to the first day of the term or a $50.00 late fee will be applied. Financial Aid is available and based on individual need.


RESIDENTIAL STUDENT COSTS

On-campus housing is available for enrolled students. All assignments in the Nurse‘s Residence Hall are for private rooms. Housing charges are paid seven days prior to the first day of classes beginning each regular academic semester (fall, spring, summer) as part of the tuition and fees due for that semester. (See current tuition fee schedule for cost of housing.)


ADDITIONAL COSTS OF ATTENDANCE

The cost of attendance also includes textbooks, uniforms/related supplies and expenses of living (food, clothing, personal items, transportation). Current information is provided separately after acceptance to the program. All costs are subject to change.


NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Lutheran School of Nursing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, national or ethnic origin or disability in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan program, and athletic or other school administered programs. If individuals believe that they have been subjected to such discrimination, they should contact the Director of Human Resources who is the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator of St. Alexius Hospital.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Lutheran School of Nursing
Office of Admissions
3547 S. Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 577-5850
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LSNinfo@sahstl.com

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