Associate of Science in Nursing (LPN-RN Bridge) (AD13)

Degree

Program Chair: Tammy Bryant

Program Description: The Associate of Science in Nursing program supports commitment of Southern Regional Technical College to serve the surrounding counties, the state of Georgia, and the southeast region. The ASN Program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Length of Program: Two (2) semesters of prerequisite courses and Three (3) semesters of general education and occupational courses

Locations offered:
Moultrie (Veterans Parkway)
Thomasville

Associate of Science in Nursing

ASN Program Effectiveness Data
ASN Student Handbook

The purpose of the Associate of Science in Nursing (Bridge), Associate of Science Degree program, is to prepare students as entry-level practitioners who can provide safe, effective nursing care, as well as promote healthy transitions for culturally diverse clients in a variety of settings. Furthermore, the program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences, and humanities; incorporates knowledge acquired from general education courses; and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility, and professional ethics.

Program Outcomes:

  • Licensure Examination Passage Rate Expected Level of Achievement – 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12 month based on a calendar year (January to December).
  • Program Completion Rate Expected Level of Achievement – Not less than 60% established by SRTC ASN faculty. The ELA was based on research from the program completion rates for the program over three years (2012-2014) which averaged 63.3%. After reviewing this data the ASN Program adopted not less than a 60% completion rate for each cohort. Also, assisting in the decision to adopt the 60% was the program three year retention rate based on the Performance Accountability System (PAS) trend data (p. 6) acquired from TCSG, which was not less than 63.1% as the College Benchmark. The ASN Program retention average over the three years (2013-2015) was 90%.
  • Job Placement Rate Expected Level of Achievement – not less than 90% within 12 months of graduation. This ELA was established by the ASN faculty after reviewing the AY2015 TCSG report on Unduplicated Graduates and Placement, which showed an average on total placement of 98.2%, and the Perkins Benchmark of 90% as recorded in the SRTC Perkins FY2017 Local Improvement Plan (p. 12). The ASN Program three year (2013-2016) average was 100%.

Associate of Science in Nursing End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EOPSLOs) are decided on by the ASN faculty and are learner-oriented expectations. The outcomes express the knowledge, skills, or behaviors that SRTC ASN students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the program. SRTC has developed EOPSLOs based on established professional institutional TCSG program standards which encompass both the SRTC ASN Generic option (NC73) and SRTC ASN LPN-RN Bridge option (AD13). These Standards provide the guidelines and competencies to be used for instruction throughout the ASN program. The outcomes provide a framework for all curricular components and represent the change from student to entry-level practitioner at the ASN level.

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EOPSLOs):

  1. Students will satisfactorily integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes of quality and safety competencies to include: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.
    Means of Assessment: Student performance of 850 or higher on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) categories for the program exit exam and overall performance of exit exam. QSEN’s overall goal in nursing education is to prepare nurses who exhibit the knowledge, skills and attitudes to improve quality and safety of patients in the healthcare settings. The areas measured by the exit exam include the key components identified by QSEN that include: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. See Student Level Data for EOPSLO and Sample HESI Report (p. 9).
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 60% of students will complete the program by individual scoring 850 or higher in overall performance of the course final exit exam within three attempts. To determine any areas of deficiency, performance in individual QSEN categories will be recognized in the analysis of results.
  2. Students will satisfactorily perform clinical skills that are evidence-based and reflect contemporary practice that promotes nationally established patient health and safety goals.
    Means of Assessment: Student completion of all graduation skills on the graduation skills checklist by graduation. See Student Level Data for EOPSLO and Graduation Skills Checklist.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will complete the graduation skills checklist by end of program. To determine any areas of deficiency, performance of percentage of skills per course will be recognized in the analysis of results.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of professional values and characteristics congruent with the professional role when providing ethical, competent, caring, and culturally sensitive individualized care across the healthcare continuum and lifespan.
    Means of Assessment: Student performance of the overall clinical evaluation and in each individual nursing concept in RNSG 2941. See Student Level Data for EOPSLO and RNSG 2941 Clinical Evaluation Tool.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will score 70% or above on the final clinical evaluation tool for RNSG 2941. A score greater of 70% will result in a satisfactory for the clinical component of the course. Anything below 70% results in a course failure. Any deficiency, resulting in less than the maximum point for each individual nursing concept will be identified in the analysis results.

Entrance Date: Prerequisite Courses open; however, all prerequisite/Competitive Admissions courses (which are listed as follows) must be successfully completed prior to competitive program admission deadline.

Program Admission: Moultrie – Fall Semester Intake; Thomasville – Spring Semester Intake.

Bridge Option: BIOL 2113 – Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 2113L – Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, BIOL 2114 – Anatomy and Physiology II, BIOL 2114L – Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, BIOL 2117 – Introductory Microbiology, BIOL 2117L – Introductory Microbiology Lab, ENGL 1101 – Composition and Rhetoric, MATH 1111 – College Algebra, PSYC 1101 – Introductory Psychology, COMP 1000 – Introduction to Computers, one Humanities Elective, and one additional General Education Elective.

LPN-RN Bridge Option Admission: All materials to be considered for the Thomasville ASN LPN-RN Bridge Option must be completed by the end of Summer (Thomasville) and Spring (Moultrie) semester.

Associate of Science in Nursing Competitive Admissions Criteria Requirements:

Entrance Requirements: Entry into this program is based on competitive admissions criteria. Contact the program advisor or admissions for details. Completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission into the program. The bridge option must be completed within 2 years of successful completion of RNSG 1960. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

General Information: Students who are unsuccessful in RNSG 1960 must apply for the Generic Option and are not eligible for the Bridge Option. Generic program students of SRTC who are unsuccessful in the generic option and qualify for the LPN-RN bridge option (must have an active unencumbered LPN License) will receive exemption credit for RNSG 1960 as long as they have completed RNSG 1920, RNSG 1940, and RNSG 1950 with a “C” or above.

Students will not be eligible to apply for admission to the ASN Program if they have unsuccessfully completed any ASN, ADN, or BSN programs at another institution. Students will be considered for admission to the ASN Generic Option five (5) years after the last nursing course failure. However, the student who completes a PN Program does not have to wait five (5) years before applying for the ASN LPN-RN Bridge Option.

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older prior to first clinical course.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. All pre-requisite and co-requisite courses in math and science must have been taken within five (5) years of program start/re-entry date.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: All students, both Generic and Bridge option, will be required to take and achieve minimum required scores on standardized and program-generated achievement tests. Physical Exam, Immunization record, drug toxicology screening tests, and Criminal Background Check are required upon start of the program. The student must also hold a current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare provider CPR card upon entry into and throughout the program.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not have access to clinical sites. If clinical placement is not available, the student may be withdrawn from the ASN Program. Successful completion of all program requirements does not guarantee student will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination and/or receive a registered nursing license.

Program Policies and Procedures: Students are provided a copy of the ASN Student Handbook during their first semester. The ASN Student Handbook is to be used in conjunction with the College Catalog and Student Handbook and serves as a means of informing the students of specific policies and procedures as they relate to the ASN Program. The policies and procedures of the ASN Program may change during a student's period of enrollment in the program and students are expected to be proactive in obtaining information regarding these changes. The most current version of the ASN Student Handbook can be obtained on the College website under Other Resources/Policies & Procedures or the ASN Program pages.

Program Final Exit Point: Associate of Science in Nursing, ASN. Upon successful completion of all program requirements including passage of a standardized final exit exam, the student will be awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing and will be eligible to submit application to the Georgia Board of Nursing to register for NCLEX-RN licensure examination.Note: Upon successful completion of RNSG 1960, eleven (11) additional semester credit hours will be granted for RNSG 1920, RNSG 1940, and RNSG 1950.

Credits Required for Graduation: 64 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Collaborative Graduate BSN Cohort: SRTC & University of Phoenix

Accreditation Information: The Associate of Science in Nursing program is accreditated by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org and approved by the Professional Licensing Boards Division Georgia Board of Nursing, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217, Phone: 478-207-1640, http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45.

Cost
1st Term
Books: $875.46
Fees: $390.90
Tuition: $1,335.00
Total: $2,601.36

2nd Term
Books: $653.30
Fees: $284.00
Tuition: $1,157.00
Total: $2,094.30

3rd Term
Books: $216.40
Fees: $743.50
Tuition: $356.00
Total: $1,315.90

4th Term
Books: $1,293.70
Fees: $1,886.42
Tuition: $979.00
Total: $4,159.12

5th Term
Books: $413.60
Fees: $1,100.41
Tuition: $1,335.00
Total: $2,849.01

6th Term
Books: $99.20
Fees: $1,505.57
Tuition: $445.00
Total: $2,049.77

Curriculum Credits

Curriculum Credits

1: General Core Courses (15 Hours)

15

Area I: Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Hours) 3
PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology 3
Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Hours) 3
And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor) 3

2: Institutional Credit (3 hours)

3

COLL 1500 Student Success 3

3: Occupational Courses (46 hours)

46

COMP 1000 Intro to Computer Literacy 3
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy/Physiology Lab I 1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy/Physiology Lab II 1
BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology 3
BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
RNSG 1911 Health Assessment Through The Lifespan 3
RNSG 1931 Introduction to Nursing Principles of Pharmacy 3
RNSG 1960 Transition to Associate of Science in Nursing 5
RNSG 2910 Life Transitions III: Obstetrics 4
RNSG 2920 Life Transitions IV: Pediatrics 4
RNSG 2930 Life Transitions V: Medical Surgical 6
RNSG 2941 Life Transitions VI: Clinical Decision Making 6

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