The highly competitive Ascent Program [Advanced Placement and LPN-BSN Program] enables students with the right coursework to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in as little as five semesters.

Who should consider the Ascent Program?

The Ascent program is an innovative program that provides individuals who are Licensed Practical Nurses an appealing option for earning the BSN (LPN-BSN Transition) in addition to providing students who have earned the prior science and humanities credits a timely option for earning a BSN.

The WHY?

Individuals with prior college credit who may be interested in Nursing:

  • Nursing is a career that provides financial stability, career flexibility and the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Nursing is the most trusted profession in the nation!
  • The nursing profession provides high levels of satisfaction because of the impact of the work and the challenge to continuously learn.

LPN to BSN - Why earn a BSN?

  • More earning potential – On average, RNs with a BSN earn $86,520 as compared to RNs with an ADN whose average salary is $72,000 and those RNs holding a diploma ($65,000 annual salary) - 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey
  • More job opportunities – Holding a BSN opens up opportunities for position advancement in leadership and specialized roles in nursing; many of which provide salary advancement.
  • Career advancement – The BSN curriculum prepares nurses with a broader knowledge and skill foundation promoting opportunities for advanced education and degrees in addition to specialized roles.
  • Impact - Quality care for patients – Ongoing research demonstrates that the quality of patient care and patient outcomes correlate to higher levels of nursing education.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Ascent Program, a student must:

  • Successfully complete required prerequisite courses, with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of C- will not be accepted) from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate a minimum cumulative college GPA, based on all prerequisite coursework taken, of at least 3.0.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if English is not your native language (a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based test is required)
  • LPN to BSN applicants only – holds an unrestricted LPN License in the State of Ohio.

Required Prerequisites

  • SCIE 123: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • SCIE 124: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • SCIE 103: Organic Biochemistry
  • SCIE 125: Microbiology
  • ENGL 110: English Composition
  • PSYC 101: General Psychology+
  • PSYC 225: Human Growth & Development+
  • SCIE 220: Nutrition+**
  • SCIE 230 & 231: Physiologic Alterations I & II**

**Those who do not have credit for SCIE 230 & 231 and or SCIE 220 may be considered for Summer (May) semester admission. SCIE 220, 230 & 231 will then be integrated into the plan of study.

+Credit awarded based on LPN professional licensure and prior training.

Program Start Times

There are two opportunities to start the Ascent program. Students may start during the Spring (January) or Summer (May) semesters.

Please review the sample plans of study available for the Spring or Summer program starts.

Course Delivery

The Ascent program is a blend of fully online, hybrid and campus-based courses. The blend of course delivery supports schedule balance during the program of study. Most courses are 8 weeks in length. Students can expect to be on campus for class, lab or clinical 2 to 3 times per week depending on the course and term. Advanced notice for classes, labs and clinical days and times supports students’ planning and success.

The Mount Carmel College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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If you have college credit from another institution or have earned a college degree, knowing which credits will transfer to Mount Carmel College of Nursing is important. For details about transferable courses and how student status is determined, click on the links below.

For more information, call the Admissions Office at 614-234-4CON or e-mail

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