Major: Nursing – Track 3: LPN to RN Bridge Curriculum
Students who are LPNs are required to complete at least 17 hours of the general education courses before beginning LPN to RN nursing classes. The length of this tract depends on the amount of time needed to complete the general education classes. The nursing classes can be completed in one year. Some LPNs may opt for the part-time evening weekend program, which requires two years of nursing classes after completion of general education requirements.
The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program’s advance placement or “Bridge Program” is designed to grant advanced placement to LPNs who have been admitted to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) Associate Degree program and meet prerequisite requirements.
If there is sufficient enrollment in the VATNP, Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program, students who meet the eligibility requirements for the advanced placement will take “Bridge Courses” in the summer term and then be eligible to take the sophomore level courses and graduate within one (1) academic year with an AAS Degree in Nursing.
This program is designed to recognize the common abilities of nurses and to bridge the difference between the LPn and RN knowledge base and to allow these students to finish the AAS program within a two and one-half semester period.
Admission Requirements: Admission requirements for the LPN to RN nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exceptions:
- Current LPN license
- Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2011 or have at least one (1) year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer at time of application
- Be an accepted student in the regular VATNP program.
- Completion of 17 credits of support (general education) courses required for graduation from the Nursing program: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 11, ENG 112, ITE 100 or 115, MTH 126, and SDV 108. Additional required general education courses can be completed after acceptance into the program.
|Course Number||Course TItle||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Course Credits|
|*Pre-Clinical studies must be completed before entering the program|
|SDV 108||College Survival Skills||1||0||1|
|BIO 141||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3||3||4|
|BIO 142||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3||3||4|
|ENG 111||College Composition I||3||0||3|
|ITE 115||Intro. to Computer Applications & ConceptsOR||3||0||3|
|ITE 100||Intro to Information Systems|
|MTH 126||Mathematics for Allied Health||2||0||2|
|Summer Semester - Year 1|
|NUR 115||LPN to RN Transition*||5||3||6|
|NUR 136||Prin. of Pharmacology I||1||0||1|
|NUR 137||Prin. of Pharmacology II||1||0||1|
|NUR 226||Health Assessment||1||3||2|
|Fall Semester - Year 1|
|ENG 112||College Composition II||3||0||3|
|NUR 201||Psychiatric Nursing||2||3||3|
|NUR 205||Introduction to Second Level Nursing||2||9||5|
|NUR 236||Principles of Pharmacology III||1||0||1|
|PSY 231||Life Span Human Development I||3||0||3|
|Spring Semester - Year 1|
|NUR 245||Maternal/Newborn Nursing||2||3||3|
|NUR 208||Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing||3||9||6|
|NUR 237||Principles of Pharmacology IV||1||0||1|
|NUR 254||Dimensions of Professional Nursing||2||0||2|
|PSY 232||Life Span Human Development II||3||0||3|
*Upon completion of NUR 115, credit will be awarded for NUR 105, 108,109, and 195 (15 credits). These credits will appear on the student’s official transcript.
Total Minimum Credits for the LPN to RN Bridge 60
**Humanities electives include: ART 201, 202; foreign languages; literature; MUS 121, 122; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152