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Nursing LPN Bridge Option Degree

Nursing is a diverse and rewarding discipline that combines sophisticated health technology with compassion. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program prepares students to be frontline providers of health care. Registered nurses design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and larger populations. Nursing students learn how to attend to the sick and the injured; how to rehabilitate, counsel, and educate patients; and how to work as part of a health care team in many settings.

Students take courses in psychology, medical microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, the humanities, and nursing. Supervised clinical experience is provided in hospital departments such as maternity, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Nurses should be responsible, caring, empathetic, and detail oriented. They must be able to supervise or direct others, correctly assess patients' conditions, establish priorities of care, and determine when consultation is required. They must be emotionally stable and able to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a 72 semester hour program with a bridge option for licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The curriculum is designed to prepare highly educated, technically competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are required to make a minimum grade of (C) in all courses each term for progression.

Students are admitted to the Health Care Assistant Certificate Program or Healthcare Science Certificate Program any term to begin work on required non-nursing courses. Selection of applicants to begin the ADN is competitive and occurs once per year in spring. The admitted AND students begin the program Fall Semester. Transfer students who wishes to compete should contact the Office of Admissions by January to establish their status.

Program graduates are prepared to function as providers and managers of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings such as, but not limited to, hospitals, clinics, home healthcare, physicians' offices and long-term care facilities. Career placement services are available to assist students in finding employment. Graduates are eligible to apply for advanced nursing programs in neighboring university systems. The ADN curriculum has been accepted by both Columbus State University and Troy University RNBSN Bridge Program for advanced degrees.

Program graduates who meet graduation requirements are eligible to apply to the Georgia Board of Nursing to write the national licensure examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses (RNs). The program has full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing, and is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

Program Admission Requirements for Nursing-Associate Degree (RN)

(Competitive Admission)

Must have presented official documentation of an earned high school diploma or official GED scores to the Admissions Office

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. No provisional and/or special admission students considered for the program.
  3. Must have minimum Reading (79) and Writing (62) COMPASS scores and these scores can not be more than five (5) years old in the semester you compete.
  4. Accumulative GPA of 2.5 in designated competitive admission courses is required to compete for the Associate Degree Nursing program.
  5. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 at the end of spring semester.
  6. Submit packet containing the following:
    • Letter of Intent
    • Personal Data Form.
  7. After completing the pre-NLN Exam, the minimum total overall score must be in the 75TH percentile (115) or above for the competitive admissions process.
  8. Provide current physical exam (medical form)/immunization record and current CPR card after program acceptance.
  9. Submit verification of Work Experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse

Packets should be turned in to HSC-3325 by October 1, 2013 for Spring 2014 semester admission no sooner than two weeks prior to due date. All packets must be complete prior to due date.

Entrance into any healthcare program is contingent upon completion of a Background Check/Drug Screen from H.I.R.E. which must be completed after being conditionally accepted to the program.

Curriculum Outline

All pre-requisite courses and occupational courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

( 73 Semester hours)

FIRST SEMESTER

Hrs

SEMN1000 - First Semester Seminar

1

BIOL 2113 - Anatomy and Physiology I *#

3

BIOL 2113L - Anatomy and Physiology Lab I *#

1

ENGL 1101 - Composition and Rhetoric *#

3

MATH 1111 - College Algebra *#

3

SECOND SEMESTER

Hrs

BIOL 2114 - Anatomy and Physiology II *#

3

BIOL 2114L - Anatomy and Physiology Lab II *#

1

PSYC 1101 - Introductory Psychology

3

THIRD SEMESTER

Hrs

BIOL 2117 - Introductory Microbiology *#

3

BIOL 2117L - Introductory Microbiology Lab *#

1

RNSG 1120 - Foundations for Bridge to Professional Nursing

6

FOURTH SEMESTER

Hrs

RNSG 1110 - Professional Practice I:Nursing Foundations of Health Promotion and Restoration Co Requisites RNSG 1130, RNSG 1140, PSYch 1101

6

RNSG 1130 -Health Assessment through the Life Span

6

RNSG 1140 - Pharmacology and Dosage Calculation

5

RNSG 1150 - Professional Practice II: Health Promotion Adult and Child

6

RNSG 2100 - Professional Practice III: Health Promotion for Women's Health Care and the Child Bearing Family

4

RNSG 2120 - Professional Practice IV: Health Promotion and Restoration for Mental Health

4

FIFTH SEMESTER

Hrs

SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking

3

RNSG 2140 - Professional Practice V: Health Restoration Adult and Child

6

SIXTH SEMESTER

Hrs

HUMN 1101 - Introduction to Humanities

3

RNSG 2150 - Professional Practice VI: Complex Care For Adult and Child

6

RNSG 2160 - Professional Practice VII: Role Transition for Professional Nursing

5

**denotes course used in ranking for competitive admission

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