Galen College of Nursing

Nursing Programs offered at Galen

Galen College of Nursing has campuses in Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; San Antonio, Texas, and Tampa Bay, Florida.

Each campus offers different programs. To find out about the programs offered at the Galen campus nearest you, choose from the chart below.

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Associate Degree in Nursing Program (To Become a Registered Nurse)

Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) means you will assess patients, develop individualized plans of care, evaluate treatment outcomes and revise the patient’s plan of care as needed. As a vital member of the healthcare team, RNs collaborate with the patient, families, physicians and other healthcare professionals. They supervise LPNs and work under the supervision of physicians. Galen has RN programs at each of its four campuses.

The U.S. Government Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, on a national average, a Registered Nurse’s median salary is $31.99 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $21.14 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $45.05 per hour. On an annual basis the median Registered Nurse salary is $66,530. The lowest 10% earn $43,970 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $93,700 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average. (These pay ranges depend on geographic areas, healthcare institutions, duties, professional titles, etc.)

Find out what a career as an RN encompasses.

RN to BSN Online Program

Today's nurses are being expected to develop a wider range of competencies in health policy, quality improvement and leadership and systems thinking as their role across the spectrum of healthcare continues to expand. The Institute of Medicine is calling for 80% of nurses to possess a BSN degree by 2020, highlighting the need for nurses as leaders in and outside of patient care.

The innovative Galen RN to BSN online curriculum was custom created from the ground up with recognized industry experts and Galen faculty. This combination of teaching expertise and subject matter experts will help our students apply their learning in the job force and better prepare them to manage their roles in healthcare as they move through their career. Our online courses are highly interactive, content-rich courses utilizing 3D graphics, video content, and real-time and video discussion, taking online learning to a whole new level.

And Galen already has a great track record for having faculty and staff who are highly supportive. This program, though online, will be no different. Every student in our RN to BSN program will have a Student Support Liaison to help them through their journey. We are doing what we can to ensure that our students feel like they have the resources they need just as if they were in our building.

We offer enrollment six times a year and eight-week modules so students can complete the program in 16 months if they choose or take more time if they need.

LPN to ADN Bridge/Advanced Standing Programs

Galen’s LPN to ADN Bridge and Advanced Standing Programs are designed to allow current Licensed Practical Nurses and Vocational Nurses to continue their education for an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ADN), to become Registered Nurses.

This type of program essentially is an RN track that includes credit for previous LPN/LVN studies and certification, and prepares graduates to take NCLEX nursing board exams so that they can become practicing Registered Nurses.

Online College Nursing Classes

Many of Galen’s nursing and general education courses can be taken online under the supervision of Galen faculty. This helps provide students with flexible options in their nursing education, especially for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who want to become RNs.

Galen’s online nursing courses give students the option to complete much of the curriculum at home and in hours they set. However, students who choose the online nursing education option for certain classes will work with Galen faculty and classmates to complete the coursework within a specific time frame.

Are You a Candidate For Online Learning? Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do I work well unsupervised?
  • Am I able to stick to a schedule and be disciplined with my time?
  • Can I stay focused and meet deadlines?
  • Am I comfortable using a computer for course work?
  • Do I have regular and reliable access to the internet?
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Practical Nurse/Vocational Nurse Programs (To Become a Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) collect data on a patient’s status and report it to the rest of the team, assist in developing a plan of care, and provide patient care under the supervision of an RN or physician. LPNs and LVNs can supervise nursing assistants and nursing aides. LPN programs are offered at the Louisville, and Tampa Bay campuses while LVN programs are offered only at Galen’s San Antonio campus. Both day and evening programs are available.

The U.S. Government Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, on a national average, a Practical/Vocational Nurse’s median salary is $19.66 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $13.89 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn about $26.49 per hour. (These pay ranges depend on geographic areas, healthcare institutions, duties, professional titles, etc.)

Find out what a career as an LPN or LVN encompasses.

Evening Programs

Galen offers evening options for many of its LPN/LVN and RN programs, to enable those who want to become a nurse to have more flexible access to nursing education. Evening programs vary by campus, but are designed to provide opportunity for those who previously thought they couldn't enroll in nursing school due to daytime work or family responsibilities.

Students can finish Galen’s evening practical/vocational nursing program (where available) in less than two years, and will have access to modern classroom facilities, as well as science and clinical educational laboratories, just like in Galen’s daytime programs.

In addition, evening program students will receive the same hands-on clinical experience as daytime students, but can do so in area healthcare facilities during the evenings to better fit their busy schedules. There are also evening options for RN Bridge Program students at many Galen campuses.

If you’ve believed that you couldn’t attend nursing school because of daytime work or family commitments, the time is now to look further into the different options for getting your nursing education at Galen.
Cincinnati, OH
Advanced-Standing Dual-Track BSNDuration 
LPN to ADN (Online/Onground Hybrid)18 months
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RN to BSN, online16 months
Dual-Track BSNDuration 
ADN (Full-Time)24 months
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RN to BSN, online16 months


Louisville, KY
Practical Nursing (PN)Duration 
Practical Nursing Diploma (Full-Time Days)12 months
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Practical Nursing Diploma (Part-Time Evenings)21 months
Dual-Track LPN to BSNDuration 
LPN to ADN (Full-Time, Online/Onground Hybrid)15-18 months
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RN to BSN, online16 months
Dual-Track BSNDuration 
ADN (Full-Time)24 months
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RN to BSN, online16 months


San Antonio, TX
Vocational Nursing (VN)Duration 
Vocational Nursing Diploma (Full-Time Days)12 months
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Vocational Nursing Diploma (Part-Time Evenings)21 months
Associate Degree in Nursing (RN)Duration 
LVN to ADN Bridge (Full-Time, Online/Onground Hybrid)15-18 months
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Associate Degree in Nursing (Full-Time)-LVN + LVN to ADN Bridge27-39 months


Tampa Bay, FL
Practical Nursing (PN)Duration 
Practical Nursing Diploma (Full-Time Days)12 months
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Practical Nursing Diploma (Part-Time Evenings)18 months
Dual-Track LPN to BSNDuration 
LPN to ADN (Full-Time, Online/Onground Hybrid)15-18 months
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RN to BSN, online16 months
Dual-Track BSNDuration 
ADN (Full-Time)24 months
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RN to BSN, online16 months



Online Campus
Duration 
RN to BSN16 months
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