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Overview & Employment – Nursing ADN Option for Licensed Practical Nurses

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A limited number of Licensed Practical Nurses who meet the following criteria will be eligible to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program on a space-available basis and only during the fall start date. The student is eligible to begin the application upon completion of ALL prerequisite courses and general education courses required for entry into Nursing III.

The program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.), 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404-975-5000), www.acenursing.org.

The application process, entrance requirements and curriculum are provided in the LPN to ADN Option Program Brochure.

Eligibility into Nursing III requires the following:

    1. A current, unencumbered LPN license.
    2. A 3.0 cumulative GPA in the PN nursing courses and a graduate from an approved PN program within the last five years.
    3. Completion of ALL general education courses required in the ADN program prior to Nursing III, with at least a C in each course.
    4. Required employment within the past two years in an acute or long-term care setting involving medication administration and direct patient care with at least 750 hours of documented employment. A form verifying hours of employment and skill sets incorporated while employed will be sent to the employer.
    5. At least one year must transpire between completion of the PN program and entrance into the ADN program.
    6. Any transfer student applying for admission, who has been enrolled in a nursing curriculum other than NIACC, will be required to meet with the Division Chair to discuss placement in the curriculum after the following items have been received from the transfer institution: course syllabi, clinical placement documentation (hours/sites) reflecting sufficient theory, clinical hours, and experiences comparable to the first year of the ADN curriculum. The student will also, upon written authorization, allow contact with instructors from the transfer institution regarding theory, clinical, and overall student conduct from the Chair of Health Programs at the transfer institution. Information acquired from these contacts will be considered in acceptance and proper placement into the NIACC nursing curriculum.
    7. Completion of Nursing IIA prior to the fall start.

A student who does NOT meet the criteria to enter Nursing III, must meet the following criteria for admission into Nursing II:

    1. A current, unencumbered LPN license.
    2. A minimum of a 2.25 cumulative GPA in the PN nursing courses from an approved LPN program.
    3. Completion of ALL general education courses required in the ADN program prior to Nursing III, with at least a C in each course.
    4. Required employment within the past two years in an acute or long-term care setting involving medication administration and direct patient care with at least 500 hours of documented employment. A form verifying hours of employment and skill sets incorporated while employed will be sent to the employer.
    5. At least one year must transpire between completion of the PN program and entrance into the ADN program.
    6. Any transfer student applying for admission, who has been enrolled in a nursing curriculum other than NIACC, will be required to meet with the Division Chair to discuss placement in the curriculum after the following items have been received from the transfer institution: course syllabi, clinical placement documentation (hours/sites) reflecting sufficient theory, clinical hours, and experiences comparable to the first year of the ADN curriculum. The student will also, upon written authorization, allow contact with instructors from the transfer institution regarding theory, clinical, and overall student conduct from the Chair of Health Programs at the transfer institution. Information acquired from these contacts will be considered in acceptance and proper placement into the NIACC nursing curriculum.
    7. Participation in designated parts of Nursing IIA prior to fall start.

Because assignment to the proper course is contingent on multiple factors, students are encouraged to apply at least a year before the desired date of entering Nursing III to allow for placement in Nursing II, if necessary. In some cases, enrollment in Nursing I may be required. Final placement in the appropriate nursing course will be determined by the faculty in June prior to fall start.

Eighteen semester hours of first year nursing credit will be awarded upon successful completion of Nursing III, the first course with a clinical component. In the event a student is not successful in Nursing IIA or Nursing III, the student will be evaluated on an individual basis and may be required to apply for reentry into the program for the second semester of the freshman year on a space available basis.

Prerequisites

The following required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Mathematics:

  1. One full-year course (2 semesters) of high school Algebra II
    OR
    one semester of an equivalent math course (e.g., MAT-092, Intermediate Algebra)

Science:

  1. Biology: Two semesters of high school/college preparatory biology
    OR
    One semester of an equivalent biology course (e.g., BIO-102 Introductory Biology and Lab)
  2. Chemistry: two semesters of high school/college preparatory chemistry
    OR
    one semester of an equivalent chemistry course (e.g., CHM-122, Introduction to General Chemistry)
  3. Anatomy & Physiology: college level A&P for two semesters (e.g., BIO-206 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO-207 Anatomy and Physiology II). Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be completed within five years of beginning the Nursing II or III course. Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be completed prior to entering ADN-103 or ADN-603.

Computer Technology:
Since the NCLEX-RN exam is a computerized test, computer competencies are strongly recommended.

Other elements of the selection process include high school and college GPA and ACT scores. All criteria for the ADN program apply and should be reviewed. This information must be in the applicant’s file before the admissions committee will act on the application. Upon acceptance, a physical examination providing evidence of current immunization and sound physical and mental health is required.

Since the applicant’s progress toward meeting prerequisites and admission requirements must be tracked, applicants to the Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing program must complete the application process through the health professions counselor located in the Student Development Office. Expected date of graduation will determine when the application to the program must be submitted.

Students must attain a C grade in all ADN courses and prescribed support courses to continue in the ADN program. An overall 2.00 GPA in the prescribed curriculum and a minimum overall cumulative college grade point average of 2.00 is required for graduation from this program.

The ADN program will have additional prerequisites for entry into the program beginning the Summer of 2016.

  • An ACT composite score of 20
  • BIO-102 Introductory Biology (3 s.h.) and BIO-103 Introductory Biology Lab (1 s.h.)
  • CHM-151 College Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • A college algebra course (3 s.h.)
  • PSY-121 Introduction to Psychology (3 s.h.)

An accumulated GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for the courses listed above.

 

Career Opportunities

    • Hospitals, nursing facilities, and clinics
    • Health maintenance organizations
    • Private offices and clinics of doctors and dental surgeons
    • Government agencies and the military
    • Visiting nurse associations
    • Community Healthcare agencies
    • Temporary staffing agencies
    • Entrepreneurial ventures

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