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2021-2022 College Catalog (Effective Fall 2021) 
2021-2022 College Catalog (Effective Fall 2021) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, LPN to RN, ASN

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Program Description

The LPN to RN Transition Program is designed for currently employed licensed practical nurses (LPN) to complete accelerated academic coursework in preparation for the NCLEX-RN, the national registered nursing (RN) licensure exam. The program includes three semesters of coursework combined with credit for prior learning. Applicants should have three years of experience as an LPN. Admission to the program is on a selective basis and is determined by the Division of Nursing FacultyAdmission Committee. The program provides the student with the knowledge, skills, ability, values, and competencies required to practice nursing at the professional level. Through classroom instruction and clinical experiences this program prepares individuals to perform nursing skills and provide care to patients in all areas of healthcare - from the acute care bedside to hospice or the home. The use of clinical sites will include acute care facilities in the Acadiana area as well as outpatient, home health, and hospice settings.  Graduates will be eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which must be successfully passed before applying for licensure with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Although a terminal degree program, general education requirements as well as the core nursing courses may be transferable to a baccalaureate of nursing (BSN) program.

Program Goals

  • To enable students to acquire the general education competencies expected of an associate of science degree graduate
  • Teach basic scientific and clinical concepts which will prepare students for entry-level as RNs for safe and competent nursing practice utilizing the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains
  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop clinical skills necessary to function effectively in a variety of healthcare settings
  • To meet state and national expectations within the nursing profession

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate of Science degree in Nursing will

  • Identify current technology and safety factors in providing care to assigned patients. 
  • Exemplify the ability to function as an advocate for patients and families while providing culturally-sensitive patient care in a variety of healthcare settings.  

  • Demonstrate professional integrity and accountability within established legal standards and ethical principles.

  • Apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a beginning nurse generalist to improve the quality and safety of healthcare.

  • Evaluate the use of current evidence-based practices in making nursing judgments and clinical decisions to promote health and wellness.

  • Collaborate with the nursing team and interdisciplinary team members to provide safe, competent care for ensuring optimal patient outcomes. 

  • Perform safe and competent nursing care utilizing the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.

Specific Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn an Associates of Science Nursing Degree from South Louisiana Community College must:

  • Be employed full-time as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Students applying should have at least three years of experience as an LPN. Verification of employment from human resources is required. 

  • Complete application packet to the program by stated due date - admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • Have completed the required prerequisite courses before applying to the program for admission.
  • Pass the required nursing entrance test
  • The Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) requires all applicants to complete an Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form and an authorization form for a criminal background check. Applicants who have been charged with pled guilty or nolo contendere to, been convicted of, or committed a criminal offense that involves a crime of violence or distribution of drugs may be denied the right to practice nursing as a student in Louisiana.
  • Submit History & Physical examination report(s) certifying they are physically and emotionally fit for the program
  • Submit proof of current immunizations or titers
  • Provide recent (less than one year) TB skin test or Chest x-ray and annual updates
  • As documented by a physician on the history & physical exam document, students must demonstrate the ability to meet following technical/performance standards (related to ADA compliance) while receiving the instruction as outlined in each course syllabus:
    • Read and communicate orally and in writing using the English language.
    • Hear with or without auditory aids to understand normal speaking voice without viewing the speakers face.
    • Visually, with or without corrective lenses, observe changes in client’s condition and actively participate in learning process.
    • Utilize stamina, strength and psychomotor coordination necessary to perform routine nursing procedures at floor or bed level.
    • Demonstrate use of gross and fine motor skills necessary to provide independent, safe and effective nursing care.
    • Solve problems and apply critical thinking skills while providing safe and efficient client care.
    • Interact with individuals/families/groups from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
    • Adapt and function in a multi stressor environment while adhering to legal/ethical guidelines of the school, Louisiana Nurse Practice Act and clinical agencies.
    • Pass a background check
  • Pass drug screen(s)
  • Purchase the required class and clinical uniform(s), and supplies as outlined by the instructor.
  • Obtain CPR for Healthcare Provider certification
  • Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
  • Arrange transportation to clinical sites or any additional trainings or extra-curricular activities.
  • Have a degree program adjusted SLCC cumulative average of 2.0.   
  • Have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through SLCC courses.
  • Have earned at least a “C” in each course unless stated by a specific program.
  • Have no more than one-third credit hours in required major courses and no more than 50 percent of credit hours total from non-traditional sources, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), to meet the degree requirements, unless required by a specific program.
  • Have completed at least the number of credits stipulated in the degree program.

Major Requirements - Total Credit Hours: 43

  • Credit for Prior Learning - 12 Credits: Students will receive credit for prior learning for NURS 1100 and NURS 2100 upon completion of NURS 1000 and NURS 1200 with a grade of “C” or better.

Total Credit Hours: 72

Total: 29

Semester 1

  • Credit for Prior Learning - 12 Credits: Students will receive credit for prior learning for NURS 1100 and NURS 2100 upon completion of NURS 1000 and NURS 1200 with a grade of “C” or better.

Total: 22

Total: 13

Total: 8

Associate of Science Nursing

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