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LPN-BN Nursing Pathway

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Advance your nursing career

The LPN-BN Nursing Pathway provides the education needed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in New Brunswick to apply to UNB's Bachelor of Nursing (BN) Fredericton program. The LPN-BN Nursing Pathway builds on current knowledge and nursing practices and prepares students for entry into the third year of the four-year BN Fredericton program.

Consisting of six online courses, the LPN-BN Nursing Pathway can be completed in a single term (6 courses in winter term) or over two terms (3 courses each term - fall and winter).

Please note: Years three and four of the BN degree program are not online. Once you complete the LPN-BN Pathway and transfer to the BN program, you will be required to complete the BN on-campus in Fredericton.


PSYC 1013 - Introduction to Psychology I OR PSYC 1023 - Introduction to Psychology II (or equivalent)

Stats 2263 - Statistics for Non-Science Majors (or equivalent)

BIOL 2759 - Physiology and Pathophysiology for Licenced Practical Nurses
This course will provide a detailed review of normal human physiology and then focus on the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying diseases in each organ system. This course is offered through online delivery and is open to students in the Nursing LPN to BN bridging program.

NURS 2132 - Pharmacotherapeutics
Includes theory and principles of pharmacology as they apply to Nursing. Provides requisite knowledge to administer medications, provide patient education, and assess the potential for adverse events related to drug and lifestyle issues. The theory will include basic legal and safety issues related to drug administration by the nurse.

NURS 2217 - Professional Nursing Practice
Builds on the concepts of professional nursing practice gained in Practical Nurse curricula expanding knowledge and practice to the scope of the entry-level Registered Nurse. This course will focus on communication, professional identity, and social justice abilities within the BN curriculum. Particular emphasis on role transition, academic writing, and evidence-informed practice.

NURS 2218 - Enhanced Decision Making in Clinical Practice
Using a case-based approach across the lifespan, this course builds on assessment, data collection, pharmacotherapeutics, and clinical decision making of LPNs. Specific attention will be paid to the abilities of knowledge and its application and critical thinking and skills of analysis within the BN curriculum. Frameworks for recognizing and responding to changes in a client’s condition will be introduced (anticipatory thinking).

Admission Requirements

For admission into the LPN-BN Nursing Pathway, you must:

  • Have a current membership in the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses (ANBLPN) in good standing
  • Be a licensed graduate of either the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Practical Nurse program or the Oulton College Practical Nurse Program (2016 to present)
    • The applicant from NBCC must have completed either the 18-month or two-year NBCC Practical Nurse program
    • NBCC graduates of the 2-year program must be graduates from 2009 and onward
  • Have a minimum grade of 75% in each course in their PN programs
  • Have completed High School MATH 112(a) (Functions & Relations or Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations 12) with a minimum grade of 60%

Official transcripts from all high school, community college, or university courses are also required.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the LPN-BN Nursing Pathway is Feb. 15, 2021. Early application is encouraged.

Transferring to the BN program

Once you complete the LPN-BN Nursing Pathway, you must apply for transfer into the third year of the four-year BN program.

To be eligible for transfer into the BN program, students must have a minimum grade of C in each of the LPN-BN Nursing Pathway courses with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0. NOTE: Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission into the BN program.

Admitted students will be granted a block transfer of 50 credit hours based on their Practical Nurse program and earn an additional 18 credit hours from the LPN-BN Nursing Pathway.

Once enrolled in the BN program, students have four years to complete the degree. The transfer application deadline to UNB's Bachelor of Nursing program is Feb. 15. Early application is encouraged.

Apply now!

NOTE: The LPN-BN Pathway is specific to the UNB BN program on the Fredericton campus only.

Shannon Waite
Phone: 506 447-3449 (toll-free: 1-866-599-4646)
Email: lpnpathway@unb.ca