LVN to RN Bridge Option
$50,140 – $94,950
Thank you for your interest in the LVN to RN Bridge program at Navarro College. We are committed to promoting the best possible educational experience for our students. NC ADN faculty engage in evidence-based practices, attend annual nursing education training, and comply with nationally recognized professional and ethical standards. We are proud of our high student and customer satisfaction scores. The Navarro College Bridge program is known for
- High pass rates of graduates on the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination
- Experienced and credentialed faculty (Both full-time and part-time faculty have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and three faculty are Certified Nurse Educators (CNE).
- Preparation of students for higher nursing education
- Good student retention rates
- Posting program outcomes (link)
The Associate Degree Bridge Program is a two-year mobility curriculum with summer bridge or transition courses that allow LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses) to “bridge” the gap between Vocational Nursing Education and the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Bridge program is one year of prerequisite courses, then one year taking nursing (RNSG) courses. Bridge applicants must have a current LVN license and 9-months of work experience in an acute or patient care setting. (The setting does not have to be a hospital.) The curriculum includes classroom learning activities, campus skills labs, faculty-directed low tech clinical simulation experiences, and clinical agency learning experiences. LVN Bridge graduates who meet ADN eligibility requirements as mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing and who successfully complete the NCLEX-RN licensure examination are eligible to begin practice as registered nurses.
ADN Bridge applicants are due December 1st every year. Any required courses completed by Bridge applicants after the December 1st deadline can be verified by faculty with a check of the applicant’s transcripts sent in with the updated courses. ADN Bridge applicants have seven (7) pre-requisite courses:
- BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
- BIOL 2420 Microbiology
- PSYC 2301 General Psychology
- PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development
- SPCH 1311 or SPCH 1315 Speech
- ENGL 1301 Composition
All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the program. Applications sent without the required pre-requisite courses must include a plan for completion of each such course. Any of the other Non-RNSG degree plan courses on the degree plan can be taken prior to entering the program or after admission.
ADN Degree Plans will be initiated upon admission to the ADN Program and will be changed if the student drops from the program. New students will be registered for the appropriate RNSG classes by ADN faculty. New students should register themselves for other required classes and, of course, select the schedule the student prefers. A calendar that details the RNSG course lecture, lab, and clinical schedules will be available to students a month or more before the semester starts.
Graduate NCLEX-RN Pass Rate History
The program has a long history of having a high pass rate for first-time NCLEX-RN candidates. Published data from the BON lists annual pass rates. Pass rate outcomes for Navarro College ADN graduates for the past 10 years are:
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates compared to National Pass Rates
The ADN goals is for our 3-year average to be greater to the National NCLEX-RN 3-year rate
Program Completion Rates
Greater than 60% is the NC ADN goal for traditional and greater than 80% for LVN Bridge. Traditional retention rates are not final until one year later.
|YEAR||% OF TRADITIONAL STUDENTS||% OF BRIDGE STUDENTS|
(not final until Fall 2017)
Graduate & Employer Satisfaction
Goal is greater than 3.5 on a 5.0 scale. Data is from email surveys to major employers in the area and health care agency Advisory Committee members.
Graduate Employment Rates
Data is collected 6-12 months after graduation and only for graduates seeking employment – not graduates delaying employment for reasons such as enrollment in BSN program, health issues, or a new baby. The ADN goal is greater than 99% employment. Data is based upon faculty phone calls and emails plus email returns of surveys sent to major employers in the area.
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ACCESS TO PROGRAM INFORMATION
Potential applicants can receive program information from an ADN faculty. Call 903.875.7590 and ask for a phone conference or for an appointment to meet with a faculty on one of the Navarro College campuses.
Two hour mandatory Admission Information Sessions are scheduled several times each fall semester. Schedules will be posted on the NC ADN website each September. Alternate arrangements can be made for military applicants or applicants out-of-state or country.
PLEASE REFER TO THE ONLINE COLLEGE CATALOG FOR DEGREE PLANS AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How can I take the TEAS entrance test?
Call the Navarro College Testing Center
- May I apply before taking all the pre-requisities?
Yes. Just have a plan for completion of pre-requisities prior to the admission date.
- How many points do I need to be admitted to the ADN program?
a. Admission is contingent upon three things: passing all sections of the TEAS exam, a 3.0 GPA, and the TEAS reading comprehension score.
b. Applicants with a 3.0 GPA are ranked by the TEAS Reading Comprehension scores and those applicants with the highest scores are offered admission. (If there are not enough qualified applicants with a GPA of 3.0, then applicants with a GAP of 2.9, then 2.8 will be ranked).
C. Ties among 2 or more applicant scores will be broken by selecting the student(s) who live in Navarro County first. If that does not break the tie, then the student who has the highest score on the TEAS math will be selected. Finally, if there is still a tie, faculty will use grades on prerequisite science courses (A&P I, A&P II, and Microbiology). The last step will be to admit all with tying scores or admit none of those with tying scores.
PROGRAM APPROVAL AND ACCREDITATION
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Navarro College is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
Initial national accreditation was in 1996. The program has maintained national accreditation since that date. The last ACEN site visit was a scheduled 8th year visit in the spring of 2017. The program’s current status is pending affirmation by the ACEN Board of Directors of the site visit recommendation: “continued accreditation with a follow-up report due in 18 months for:
- Noncompliance with Standard 6: Criterion 6.1 has not been met
- And the following areas that need development:
Standard 3: Criterions 3.2 and 3.6 need development
Standard 4: Criterion 4.3 needs development
ACEN Contact information:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Texas Board of Nursing initial approval was when the first class graduated in 1984. BON approval has been maintained since that date. The last BON approval letter covered the period from May 2016 to May 2018. This certificate is posted in the Program Director’s office.
The Texas Board of Nursing
PO Box 430
Austin, TX 78767-0430
PROGRAM PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE
Navarro College has a Peer Review Committee as required by the Texas Board of Nursing. This committee reviews and maintains the Peer Review Policy in addition to reviewing complaints against RNs and LVNs that work for Navarro College.
Any person who has reason to believe that an RN or LVN who works for Navarro College is not competent or has engaged in malpractice should report that licensed nurse to this Peer Review Committee. They may call:
- Patricia Lucas, Chair of the Peer Review Committee at 903.875.7558
- Debbie Carter, LVN Program Director at 903.875.7549
- Betty Shumate, ADN Program Director at 903.875.7588
FORMS FOR 2018 ADN APPLICANTS
**Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Cost does not include lab fees, additional fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2016 tuition chart here.