Nursing (LPN to ADN)

Expand your employment opportunities and increase your income potential with our direct-entry LPN-to-ADN program.

Available as
Associate Degree in Nursing
Fort Wayne, Crown Point
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Why Earn Your ADN at Saint Francis?

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care in a variety of healthcare settings — and they are in high demand. An associate degree in nursing provides the academic foundation and clinical experience you need to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

At Saint Francis, students have the opportunity for admission into LPN-to-ADN program. Students are eligible for direct admission with the following criteria:

  • Completion of pre-requisite courses outlined by the Division of Nursing
  • Active LPN Licensure


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Saint Francis is ranked the #2 Best College for Nursing in Indiana and top 10% nationally.

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Why Choose Saint Francis for Your LPN-to-ADN Program?

Why Choose Saint Francis for Your LPN-to-ADN Program?

We developed our LPN-to-ADN program with current nursing professionals in mind:

  • Fits Your Schedule: Attend full or part time
  • Flexible Format: Participate in on-site classes and labs; complete clinicals at a partner site
  • Finish Sooner: If you’re an LPN, you can get credit for your previous education, which helps you earn your ADN in as little as three semesters

With an educational mission rooted in Franciscan values of faith and reason, Saint Francis’ nursing programs provide a holistic, person-centered approach to patient care. You’ll gain the knowledge and technical skills to become a competent RN — and essential soft skills that will make you stand-out as a compassionate, caring healthcare professional.

Learn By Doing: Simulations and Clinical Experience

When you become an ADN student at the University of Saint Francis, you’ll find a safe learning environment where you will develop not just skills and techniques, but also confidence in your abilities as a nursing professional.

You will collaborate with classmates on real-world scenarios in a state-of-the-art science center that features:

  • a simulation lab (with life-like patient simulators)
  • a nursing resource center with exam rooms and patient units

The LPN-to-ADN program also includes more than 450 clinical hours; you’ll gain valuable professional experience as you observe and work with various members of a patient care team at partner sites such as:

  • Franciscan Health Partners
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Methodist Hospitals
  • Parkview Health
  • Saint Catherine Community Health System

Nursing Careers in Indiana and Beyond Opportunities

Once you’ve earned your degree, pass your NCLEX-RN exam and officially become a nurse, you’ll be able to work as an RN in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • Community health centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physician’s offices
  • Public health agencies
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Urgent care centers

Additional Career and Educational Opportunities

After completing an associate degree in nursing, many Saint Francis graduates pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing to expand career opportunities even more.

Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

Graduates of Saint Francis’ LPN-to-ADN Program find nursing positions at places such as:

  • Adams Health Network
  • Central Park Healthcare
  • Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers
  • DeKalb Health
  • Goshen Health
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Lutheran Health Center
  • Parkview Health
  • Premier Hospice & Home Health


The LPN-ADN program at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne and Crown Point, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

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