Lakeshore Bridge to Practical Nursing

Medical Assistant Bridge to Practical Nursing Pathway

Lakeshore has a three-step Admissions/Enrollment college application process for all Nursing students. Step One is to complete the admissions requirement to get accepted into the college. Step Two is to complete the class registration requirements to enroll into general education courses. Step Three is to complete the program requirements to be accepted into the Bridge pathway. 

It is mandatory that all the Practical Nursing general education classes be completed prior to starting the MA Bridge to PN classes. A grade of “C” or better is required in all classes with the exception of Body Structure and Function (or alternative courses), where a grade of “B” or better is required. The Medical Assistant must have earned MA certification and worked 3,000 hours within the past 3 years. If not certified, the MA must provide verification of 6,000 hour of employment within the past 3 years. Please contact for additional information.

The Bridge to PN pathway is a summer-only entry. The number of seats available are limited. Classes are offered in the late afternoon/evenings, however, a few Saturdays may be required.

MA to PN Bridge Pathway

Supporting Classes/Gen Eds:
10809196 Development Psychology (3)
10801195 Written Communications (3)
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communications (3)

Summer Term 1:
31543311 MA Bridge to PN Fundamentals (2)

Fall Term 2:
31543312 MA Bridge to PN Skills (3)
31543304 Nsg: Intro to Clinical Practice (2)

Spring Term 3:
31543305 Nursing Health Alterations (3)
31543306 Nursing Health Promotions (3)
31543308 Nsg: Intro Clinical Care Management (2)

Total Credits: 24

For information on the LPN Bridge to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) pathway, please see the Associate Degree Nursing page.

Nursing Transfer Students

Lakeshore welcomes nursing transfer students who have been enrolled in core nursing classes at other institutions.

A Letter (email) of Good Standing must be sent from the previous institution’s Director of Nursing directly to the Lakeshore Nursing Program Advisor. This letter supports that the student transferring is in good standing in that program and should include why the student is leaving the former nursing program.

A decision on transfer and admission will be made based upon the information provided, current Lakeshore policies and standards, as well as the standards and policies of the program of enrollment.

Students must meet the published admission, enrollment, and program requirements established prior to entering the nursing program (background check, health form, HESI, program advising, etc.).

General Education Nursing Students from other institutions

Lakeshore welcomes general education course takers from other institutions (typically online summer courses). Students must show prerequisite course completion prior to registration. The Lakeshore Nursing Advisor is sent either an official transcript or a transcript directly from their college.

Nursing Students from other institutions taking Lakeshore Nursing Courses

Students enrolled in another WTCS nursing program can take an Lakeshore core nursing course with approval from their institution. A Letter (email) of Good Standing needs to be sent to the Lakeshore Nursing Advisor that states permission to take the specific class and that it will be accepted by their program.

High school classes for nursing program preparation

Chemistry-one year (one full credit) class grade B or better

Dual Credit classes-college level
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology or Intro to Diversity Studies
  • Oral/interpersonal Communications
  • Anatomy & Physiology
AP Classes

Advanced Placement classes with an AP exam score of 3, 4, or 5 are accepted and advanced standing is granted.