LPN to BSN Entrance Exams



The National League for Nursing (NLN) Acceleration Challenge Examinations offers LPNs the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of advanced standing credit toward completion of baccalaureate-level coursework. 

The following are required for credit to be placed on the student's academic record:

  • Successful completion of all four NLN examinations;
  • Subsequent admission to the OU CON LPN-BSN program;
  • Subsequent, successful completion of one clinical course of the LPN-BSN program;
  • Successful completion of 12 or more semester hours of academic coursework at the OU College of Nursing
Testing information

The objective of the examinations is to validate previous learning as preparation for the accelerated LPN-BSN program. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing will administer the examinations at an OU College of Nursing campus. Testing must be completed prior to applying to the LPN-BSN program. Applicants are encouraged to take one exam at a time or may take all four exams during the same testing session. Please consult with an advisor to determine your best approach. The total cost for all exams is $240.00. Purchase Tests on NLN Marketplace.

  • Care of the Adult Client (4 hours – 200 Questions) $80.00 Assesses knowledge of the nursing care of adult clients with a variety of common health problems. Applicable to various practice settings.
  • Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder (2 Hours – 100 Questions) $80.00 Addresses the broad spectrum of psychological wellness and illness. Evaluates understanding of psychosocial assessment and nursing intervention strategies to support client strengths.
  • Care of the Client During Childbearing (2 Hours – 97 Questions) $40.00 Assesses knowledge of nursing care of clients during the antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal periods.
  • Care of the Child (2 Hours – 100 Questions) $40.00 Addresses the nursing care of children and adolescents in various stages of health and fitness.

A test result of 70% is required to pass.


NCLEX RN review books and/or any textbooks pertaining to the above subject matters. Test takers are advised that test material will cover content in addition to your LPN education. Please do not attempt these exams without studying.

  • Ascencia NACE II Exam Prep Book 
  • ATI RN Review Module Books
  • Saunders Comprehensive Review NCLEX-RN 
  • NLN Flashcards
  • NCLEX RN Mobile Application  
  • Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing by Mary C. Townsend 
  • Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing  
  • Fundamentals of nursing: The are and science of nursing care (9th ed.) 
  • Davis's drug guide for nurses (15th ed.) by A.H. Vallerand 
  • College of Nursing- NLN Exam Study Workshops
  • On the day of the exam the test taker must show picture identification at registration.
  • A calculator 
NLN Exam Study Workshops

Faculty led test prep sessions to prepare students to test for the NLN Entrance Exams. Workshops will be held at Oklahoma City Campus. Each workshop is $50. 

Upcoming Workshops: 

Monday, December 2nd                                                                             Wednesday, December 4th 

Pediatrics, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.                                                        Mental Health, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Maternal Newborn, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.                                                Medical Surgical, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

**Click date and time of workshop to register. If there are 5 or more registrants in located in the Tulsa area, workshops will be held at the Tulsa location. 



Registration will close 5 business days before testing is held. 

 Oklahoma City Campus 

January 23rd & 24th, testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on each day 

February 20th & 21st, testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on each day 

March 26th & 27th, testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on each day 

Tulsa Campus in room 3E35:  

January 23rd & 24th, testing begins at 9:00 a.m. on each day

February 20th & 21st, testing begins at 9:00 a.m. on each day 

March 25th & 26th, testing begins at 9:00 a.m. on each day 

Lawton Campus: 

January 23rd & 24th, testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on each day 

February 20th & 21st, testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on each day 

March 26th & 27th, testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on each day


Pre-registration by the registration deadline is required for all exams.

Please visit the OU College of Nursing Online Marketplace to register and complete payment for NLN exams. 

*Registration and payment must be submitted by the registration deadline in order to sit for NLN exams!*

Refund Policy:

Due to NLN examination ordering procedure, a full refund can only be given if registration is canceled by the registration deadline date.  Thereafter, no refunds will be given.  No refunds are given for remaining testing fees if a test taker is unsuccessful on an exam or chooses not to complete remaining exams.



  • Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the test time. Additional time will be needed for the distributing and collecting of test materials.

  • Each test taker must show picture identification at registration.

  • All personal items, including bags and phones, will be left in a secure area to be monitored by the exam proctor. Test takers are not allowed to have personal items at their desk during the exam. Items are returned only when the test is completed.

  • Test takers will be assigned a computer station according to the exam proctor’s seating chart. The seating chart is subject to change during the testing session.

  • The exam utilizes the lock-down browser. Test takers will not be permitted to access other items on the computer including personal email or the calculator.

  • Test results will be available immediately.


  • Giving, receiving, or exchanging information about the test while the test is in progress is not permitted under any circumstance, nor are test takers permitted to refer to any other material during the test session. Examiners are instructed to dismiss any individual who does not follow these instructions.
  • Test takers may not ask questions during a test. Questions may be recorded on the instruction sheet provided during the testing session. Questions will be answered only after all test takers have completed the exam.


  • Only those materials required for taking the examination are to remain on the test taker’s desk surface.
  • Test takers must leave cell phones, books, papers, rulers,  bags, notebooks, etc., in the secure area by the exam proctor. Scratch paper is also prohibited.
  • Test takers may do preliminary work including dosage calculations on the test instruction sheet that will be returned to the proctor at the close of the session.


The Academic Misconduct Code describes academic misconduct as including cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, fraud, destruction, bribery, or intimidation; assisting others in any act proscribed by this Code; or attempting to engage in such acts. The policy and procedures regarding dishonest work and definitions of each type of academic misconduct as noted above are detailed in the Academic Misconduct Code. 

See Appendix C of the Faculty Handbook for specifics: Faculty Handbook.



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