Nursing (LPN to ADN)

(CIP Code 513801)

66 Semester Hours

The LPN to ADN Option provides qualified licensed practical nurses (LPN) the opportunity for advanced placement into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The ADN curriculum prepares graduates to function as competent nurses who are caring and sensitive to diversity, use critical thinking and technology to provide care in structured settings for individuals and their families/significant others. Throughout the curriculum, the student has planned clinical experiences to complement classroom learning and to enhance skills in the application of nursing principles and associated technology. The scheduling of clinical experiences varies throughout the nursing program.

The ADN program at CCTC prepares graduates to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and is approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) Board of Nursing. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000 accredits the program.

Successful completion of the ADN program does not guarantee licensure to practice as a registered nurse.

Requirements for the program are subject to change without notice in order to meet requirements of the South Carolina LLR Board of Nursing, the South Carolina Technical College System,  and ACEN.

The program has a limited competitive enrollment and students must apply with their academic advisor by the deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day.

  • Fall Admission – May 31
  • Summer Admission – March 15

Admission Criteria

  • Graduate from an accredited high school or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Meet the general enrollment requirements of Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) and the requirements for Health Sciences students.
  • Submit all official transcripts (including high school and all regionally accredited institutions) to the Registrar by the admission deadline.
  • Completion of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam - Foundation of Nursing I (NACE I) with a minimum score of 75.

Combining NACE I scores from different dates is not allowed. Test scores older than two years will not be accepted. The test may be taken twice in a calendar year (January 1-December 31) with at least 6 months between testing. The test may not be taken more than 3 total times.

  • Provide proof of graduation from a state approved Practical Nursing program by submitting official transcripts to the Registrar.
  • Provide proof of current licensure as a LPN.
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the following General Education Core Courses:

BIO 210, BIO 211, BIO 225, ENG 101, MAT 110 or MAT 120, PSY 201, PSY 203

The General Education Core Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. A course may only be repeated once if a grade of  “D”,” F”, ”W”, “WA”, or “WF” is earned. The student is ineligible to apply for 3 years from the end of the last unsuccessful semester.  Grades from all institutions are subject to this policy.

Credit awarded as “E” to a student through Advanced Standing will not be calculated in the admission program GPA.

The applicant will be ranked based upon scoring of the GPA and NACE I.

Meeting the criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 031, MAT 032, RDG 032, and ENG 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:

SEMESTER I (FALL) - FALL ADMISSIONCreditLabClass

NUR 106 Pharmacologic Basics in Nursing Practice 202

NUR 170 Nursing Applications 130

NUR 201 Transition Nursing 303

635Total

SEMESTER II (SPRING) - FALL ADMISSIONCreditLabClass

NUR 214 Mental Health Nursing 44.52.5

NUR 220 Family Centered Nursing 765

1110.57.5Total

SEMESTER III (SUMMER) - FALL ADMISSIONCreditLabClass

ENG 102 English Composition II 303

NUR 217 Trends and Issues in Nursing 202

NUR 221 Advanced Nursing Concepts 592

1097Total

 

2722.519.5Program Total

 

This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Health Science

SUMMER ADMISSION

SEMESTER I (SUMMER)

CourseCreditLabClass

NUR 106 Pharmacologic Basics in Nursing Practice 202

NUR 170 Nursing Applications 130

NUR 201 Transition Nursing 303

635TOTAL

 

SEMESTER II (FALL)

CourseCreditLabClass

NUR 214 Mental Health Nursing 44.52.5

NUR 220 Family Centered Nursing 765

1110.57.5TOTAL

 

SEMESTER III (SPRING)

CourseCreditLabClass

ENG 102 English Composition II 303

NUR 217 Trends and Issues in Nursing 202

NUR 221 Advanced Nursing Concepts 592

1097TOTAL

 

SEMESTER IV (SPRING)

CourseCreditLabClass

ENG 102 English Composition II 303

NUR 217 Trends and Issues in Nursing 202

NUR 221 Advanced Nursing Concepts 592

1097TOTAL

Additional Notes

The student may challenge up to 7 credit hours from the following NUR courses. All prerequisites for challenge courses must be met prior to approval for challenge. A course may only be challenged one time.

Prior to NUR 201:

NUR 106 Pharmacologic Basics in Nursing Practice

Following successful completion of NUR 201 and NUR 106:

NUR 214 Mental Health Nursing

NUR 220 Family Centered Nursing

Credit for the following courses will be substituted after successful completion of NUR 201 with a “C” or higher. Students are eligible to take NUR 201 only once.

NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing 67.53.5

NUR 120 Basic Nursing Concepts 765

NUR 210 Complex Health Problems 563

The student must complete 25% of required courses at CCTC to be eligible to receive an associate degree.

Progression Standards

Failure to meet progression standards will result in suspension from the program.

  • The student will maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in General Education Core Courses and nursing courses combined.
  • The student must successfully complete all components of a nursing program course (theory and clinical) to pass the course. Failing the clinical component results in a course grade of “F” regardless of the time in the semester. The student is not eligible to receive a “W” or “WA”.
  • The student must sequentially complete (without interruption) the program courses over 3 semesters.
  • The General Education Core Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. A course may only be repeated once if a grade of “D”, “F”, “W”, “WA”, or “WF” is earned. The student is ineligible to apply for 3 years. Grades from all institutions are subject to this policy.
  • The student is limited to one attempt at successful completion of NUR 201. A grade less than a “C” or a withdrawal (“W”, “WA”, or “WF”) from NUR 201 will result in suspension from the ADN program. The student may then apply via competitive admission to the ADN program.
  • The Nursing Program Courses (NUR 106, 170, 201, 214, 217, 220, 221) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Only one course (based on space availability) may be repeated if a grade of “D”,” F”, ”W”, “WA”, or “WF” is earned. NUR 201 may only be taken one time. The student is ineligible to apply for 3 years. The student is limited to two attempts at successful completion of a nursing program course. Grades from all institutions are subject to this policy.
  • A grade less than a “C”, a withdrawal (“W”, “WA”, or “WF”), not completing a pre or co-requisite course, or a decision not to progress will be considered as one attempt to complete a nursing program course and the student will be unable to remain in the nursing program.
  • The student will maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Provider certification through the American Heart Association. Online certification/recertification is not accepted.
  • The student will maintain current documentation of health status according to program requirements.

Transfers or Readmissions

  • The student who has been unsuccessful (received a grade of “D”, “F”, “W”, “WA”, or “WF”) or did not to progress in the program at CCTC or any other institution must request admission/readmission to the program from the Nursing Admission and Transfer Committee. The student may request special consideration from the Nursing Admission and Transfer.
  • For readmission, the student must have a minimum 2.0 program GPA in General Education Core Courses and nursing program courses.
  • The student seeking transfer who has been unsuccessful (received a grade of “D”, “F”, “W”, “WA”, or “WF”) in one course (more than one time) is ineligible for admission/transfer for a minimum of three years from the last unsuccessful attempt.
  • The student who has been unsuccessful (received a grade of “D”, “F”, “W”, “WA”, or “WF”), did not complete a pre or co-requisite course, or did not progress in the nursing program (more than one time) at CCTC will be dismissed from the program. The student is ineligible for admission or readmission for a minimum of three years from the last unsuccessful attempt.
  • The student seeking transfer must meet all admission requirements and upon request submit syllabi, course outlines, and catalogs from the former institution for review. The student must request transfer from the Nursing Admission and Transfer Committee and must follow specific guidelines outlined by that committee.
  • The student must complete all course requirements within one and one-half times the length of the program (4 semesters) of the starting date of the first nursing course (NUR 201/NUR 106/NUR 170).

Program Outcomes

Major in Nursing (ADN) (NURS)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program Outcomes

Outcome: Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduate NCLEX-RN First-Time Passing Rate

Expected Level of Achievement: Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program will pass the NCLEX-RN the first-time taken at a rate equal to or above the state and national pass rates.

Source:

National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Exam Statistics & Publications. Retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/7285.htm

 

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, South Carolina Board of Nursing. Retrieved from  http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Nursing/index.asp?file=NurPrograms.htm

 

Outcome: Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduation Rate

Expected level of Achievement: 85% of the students entering the first nursing course will graduate from the Associate Degree Nursing program at the end of one and one-half time the length (3 years) allotted for the program.

 

Outcome:  Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduate Employment Rate

Expected Level of Achievement: 85% of graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program will be employed in nursing within 6 to 9 months of graduation.

Source:  Central Carolina Technical College Research & I.E/Program Evaluation.

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