Course Catalog

Transitions in Nursing (LPN to ASN Bridge) - LT13 Degree

Program Description: The LPN to ASN Bridge Transitions in Nursing Associate of Science degree is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students to merge into the role of a registered nurse. The curriculum is designed to produce highly trained, technically advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. The purpose of the program is to provide the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice competently and safely as a novice professional in a healthcare environment. The registered nurse is viewed as a caring holistic professional who possesses accountability, critical thinking, integrity, problem-solving skills, refined psychomotor skills, and a theoretical knowledge base. Program graduates receive an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree and are then eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing, graduates may obtain employment as a professional registered nurse.

Locations Offered:
Valdosta

Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Transitions in Nursing program.
  • Enrollment in the Transitions in Nursing Program is limited and competitive, and meeting all admissions requirements does not guarantee admissions into a competitive program. Applicants must also be accepted to Wiregrass and successfully complete there required pre-requisite courses to be accepted into a competitive program.
  • The online competitive admissions application, official transcripts, HESI A2 scores, and any other required information must be on file with the College by the deadline listed on the program application.
  • The grades students want to use for competitive admissions must show in the students’ Degree Audit.
  • Students must meet with an ARC advisor prior to submitting the competitive application.
  • American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.
  • Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Transitions in Nursing program.
  • Applicants must be in "good academic standing" with Wiregrass. Applicants on academic warning, probation or suspension cannot be accepted into the program.
  • Applications can be submitted prior to completion of the required pre-requisite courses; however, priority selection will be given to applicants who have completed the required pre-requisite courses by the application deadline.
  • The HESI A2 exam must be taken at Wiregrass. Scores from other institutions will not be accepted. Both the cumulative and critical thinking portion of the exam must be completed. HESI scores are valid for 2 years and must be valid at the application deadline date. Applicants have 3 attempts per 2 years to complete the HESI A2 exam.
  • All applicants should review the Allied Health Policy Packet.
  • A criminal background check and drug screen will be required if accepted into this competitive admissions program and prior to the clinical experience. Previous arrests and convictions, as well as a positive drug screen, may prohibit a student from completing the clinical portion of the program. An immunization record will also be required to be submitted. Certain vaccinations and immunizations may be required. It is encouraged to begin all vaccines prior to entering the program.
  • Students accepted into this program must provide proof of American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care providers.

Competitive Admission Rank Order:

  • Applicants will be ranked based on the following formula: Pre-Requisite Courses GPA (40%) + HESI Critical Thinking Conversion Score (20%) + HESI Cumulative Score (40%)
    • Required Pre-Requisite Courses: ENGL 1101, Area II, MATH 1111, Area IV, Elective, BIOL 2113/L, BIOL 2114/L, BIOL 2117/L.
    • Applicants must have a 2.75 or better GPA in the required pre-requisite courses.
    • Applicants must have a 75.0 or better on the cumulative HESI A2 Exam.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2020 entry is July 1, 2020. The application is not available at this time. The program accepts up to 20 students.
    • Unencumbered and Unrestricted LPN License is required to make application to the competitive Transitions in Nursing (PN to ASN Bridge) Degree Program. A copy of the license will need to be uploaded by the applicant into the online application.
    • If class capacity remains unfilled for a program, the deadlines and/or other requirements for that program can be extended/modified with the Dean of Allied Health’s approval.
    • All of the competitive admissions criteria are current as we know them. They may be modified with curriculum revisions. Please see the Advisement and Retention Center for the most current criteria.

Start Terms:

  • This program begins each Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.
Curriculum
General Core Courses 15
Area I - Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Area II - Social/Behavior Science - Complete 3 Hours 3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - Complete 3 Hours 3
General Education Core Elective - Complete 3 Hours 3
Occupational Courses 45
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
BIOL 2117 Introductory Microbiology 3
BIOL 2117L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
RNSG 1352 Transitions in Nursing 7
RNSG 1355 Nursing Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations 3
RNSG 1365 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 6
RNSG 1368 Transitions: OB, Childbearing, and Peds Nursing 5
RNSG 2355 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 5
RNSG 2360 Medical-Surgical Nursing III 6
RNSG 2365 Essentials of Nursing Management and Leadership 1

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