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Athabasca University

Build on your LPN knowledge and skills

Welcome to the Post-LPN BN program. This unique program offers a broad liberal university education designed specifically for the licensed practical nurse. As you continue working in your field, you can remain in your community and complete your baccalaureate nursing theory courses in our flexible learning environment.

All of the non-nursing, required, support and option theory courses are completed by distance education through a combination of print and online resources.

As a student in the Post LPN BN program, you will work to achieve the program learning outcomes, enhance your critical thinking skills, explore concepts and theories in nursing practice, and integrate theory and skills related to family and community health promotion, among other areas.

Graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. If you plan to practice in a jurisdiction other than Alberta following completion of this program, please contact the regulatory body in that jurisdiction, before applying to this program, to determine acceptance of the program when seeking a temporary practice permit and active registration as a registered nurse.

Please review the Post LPN BN program regulations and admission requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

After you successfully complete the Post LPN BN program, you will achieve or exceed the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Engage in baccalaureate registered nursing practice compliant with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) current Entry-to-Practice Competencies for the Registered Nurses Profession while demonstrating registered nursing practice consistent with the present:
    • CARNA Nursing Practice Standards and all other CARNA standards and guidelines
    • CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses
    • Health Professions Act (HPA), the practice statement in Schedule 24 of HPA, and the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation
    • Common law, provincial and federal legislation that directs practice
  2. Integrate concepts of population health, primary health care and health promotion while working with individuals, families and communities with complex alterations in health.
  3. Synthesize theory, evidence-based practice and research while working with individuals, families and communities with complex alterations in health.
  4. Model leadership behaviours such as reflection, advocacy and integrity to influence self and others toward goal achievement.
  5. Function effectively as a baccalaureate registered nurse utilizing critical inquiry processes to act in situations of uncertainty and ambiguity.
  6. Work collaboratively with other disciplines and across health care sectors.
  7. Incorporate personal integrity, responsibility and accountability in employment, community activities and further study.
  8. Demonstrate commitment to scholarship and lifelong learning that includes self-reflection, self-direction and technological innovation.

Updated October 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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