Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management




College of Natural & Health Sciences

Committee Chair

Dr. Shelly Randall, PhD, RN

Second Committee Member

Dr. Shelly Daily, DNP, APRN, CNE

Third Committee Member

Dr. Melissa Darnell, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Program Director

Dr. Jennifer Helms, PhD, RN

Dean of Graduate College

Dr. Sarah Gordon, PhD


The significance of seamless academic progression has been emphasized in the nursing profession for more than a decade. A significant amount of research has been conducted on the transition from registered nurse (RN) to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared nurse in order to identify potential barriers to progression: yet a significant literature gap exists for the transition from licensed practical nurse (LPN) to RN. The purpose of this quantitative descriptive study was to identify what perceived barriers practical nursing students and recent practical nursing graduates identify as potentially hindering academic progression to a registered nursing program. Data was collected anonymously using a researcher-developed survey distributed to current students and recent graduates of a practical nursing program. Twenty-nine participants completed the survey. Results indicate that, while many potential barriers to academic progression that exist for RNs transitioning to BSN may also exist for an LPN transitioning to RN, the experience necessitates further research.