LPN to RN Diploma Program

This program is specifically designed for current LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) to advance their skill level to become an RN (Registered Nurse).

A pathway is also available for students to earn the bachelor's degree upon program completion.

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The LPN to RN Diploma program provides a direct path for individuals with a current LPN license to become a registered nurse.


  • Hands-on training from experienced professionals

  • Small class sizes in a cohort format

  • Complete the program in 12 months!

    • Classes meet 3 days per week

    • You can still work while attending classes!

  • Receive a nursing diploma from UVCC

  • Sit for the NCLEX exam upon program completion

  • A pathway to bachelor's degree is available through Muskingum University

UVCC also provides:

  • Assistance from career advisors

  • Access to opportunities with local healthcare networks

Career Opportunities

  • Assisted Living Communities

  • Hospitals and Medical Centers

  • Home Health and Hospice Care

  • Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Doctors’ Offices

  • Clinics

  • Life Plan Communities

Earning Potential

Registered nurses earn a median hourly wage of $36.22.*

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  • 12 months (46 weeks), 900 hours total

  • Classes 3 days each week

  • Academic terms

    • 1A - 11.5 weeks

    • 1B - 11.5 weeks

    • 2A - 11.5 weeks

    • 2B - 11.5 weeks

  • There will be vacation time and holidays allotted at various times during the program. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be an LPN before enrolling in the program?
Yes.  Our program is an LPN to RN program and you need to be an LPN prior to joining the program. 

I am not an LPN.  How do I become an LPN?
We offer a Practical Nursing program and would be glad to help you get started.  

Did I have to get my LPN at UVCC?
No.  All that is required is that you are an LPN with a current license.

Is there a waiting list?
Yes.  If you would like to be added to the list, please click the connect link on this page to be added to the list.

What is the cost of this course?
Tuition is $13,310 for the program. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

How long is the LPN to RN program? 
The program is 12 months long.

What will an average school week look like?
Students will spend two days per week in the classroom and one day participating in clinicals or lab.

What's the difference between an RN Diploma and an RN Associate?
When you complete our LPN to RN Program, you will take the same NCLEX, however you will have a diploma, not an associate degree. 

Can I get my bachelor's degree if I go through this program?
Yes. There is a pathway for you to get your BSN through Muskingum University.

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Don't put your future on hold for another day. Connect with us to get more details and see how you can begin your path towards your practical nursing career.

Cathie Zimmerman, Student Services

UVCC Health Science Center
8811 Career Drive
Piqua, Ohio 45356

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Graduation and Employment Rates
Based on ACCSC's Annual Report

LPN to RN Diploma Program
New Program - First cohort data is not yet available.