LVN to RN Bridge Option

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WHY STUDY LVN TO RN BRIDGE OPTION AT NC?

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.  Navarro College nursing faculty have 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 LVN to RN Option program has

High Pass Rates of Graduates on the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination

Experienced and Credentialed Faculty

Preparation of Students for Higher Nursing Education

High Retention Rates of Students

The Bridge entry is based on a 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.  This one-year curriculum completes the 60 hours required for an Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S. A.D.N. Bridge). Bridge applicants must have a current LVN license. It is recommended that applicants have 9+ months work experience in an acute care setting. Applications to the program are available at nursing information sessions, which are conducted at various times starting each September or October.   Prospective LVN to RN Bridge applicants must meet all general program admission requirements including attendance at a program information session.

Seven (7) Pre-Requisite LVN to RN Bridge courses include:

  • BIOL 2401 – Anatomy & Physiology I (A&P I)
  • BIOL 2402 – Anatomy & Physiology II (A&P II)
  • BIOL 2420 – Microbiology
  • PSYC 2301 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 2314 – Lifespan Growth and Development
  • SPCH 1311 or SPCH 1315 – Speech
  • ENGL 1301 – Composition

Two (2) additional non-RNSG degree plan courses that can be completed while in the program:

  • BIOL 1322 – Nutrition & Diet Therapy
  • Approved Fine Art/Humanities elective

Potential applicants can receive program information from an ADN faculty. Call 972.923.5128 and ask for a phone conference or for an appointment to meet with a faculty on one of Navarro College campuses.

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.

 

The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements http://www.bne.state.tx.us/licensure_eligibility.asp

 

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential ADN License prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.”  http://www.bne.state.tx.us/enlcnotice.asp

 

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.

 

Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

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:

 

  1. Noncompliance with Standard 6: Criterion 6.1 has not been met
  2. And the following areas that need development:
    Standard 3: Criterions 3.2 and 3.6 need development
    Standard 4: Criterion 4.3 needs development

 

Verification of ACEN current accreditation status: http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

 

ACEN Contact information:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

 


 

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 2018 to May 2020. This certificate is posted in the Program Director’s office.

Contact information:
The Texas Board of Nursing 
PO Box 430
Austin, TX  78767-0430
Telephone: 512.305.6818
www.bon.state.tx.us

 

Site for verification of current BON Program approval:

https://www.bon.texas.gov/pdfs/education_pdfs/education_programs/ApprovedRNschools.pdf

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:

 

  • Julie Arteaga, AND Program Director at 972.923.5122
  • Sigrid Jones-Albercrombie, MSN, RN at 972.923.6494
  • Alaine Long, MSN, RN at 972.923.5126

Program Outcomes

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 seven (7) years are:

 

20182017201620152014201320122011
76.25%92%91%84%84%95%94%

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Compared to National Pass Rates

The ADN program outcome for our NCLEX-RN pass rate is for the annual rate to be >80% and to be equal to or greater than to the National ADN NCLEX-RN pass rate average.

 

NC ADN NCLEX-RN PASS RATENATIONAL ADN NCLEX-RN PASS RATE
201484%79.26%
201591%82%
201692%81.38%
201776.25%85.37%

Program Completion (Retention) Rates

The Navarro College ADN program outcome for Bridge student completion or retention is >80% for each cohort. The Bridge retention rate must be considered complete one year after they start the program as the curriculum does not provide for completion in 1.5 times their 12-month program length.

 

YEARPERCENT OF TRADITIONAL STUDENTSPERCENT OF BRIDGE STUDENTS
201473.5%76%
201568%86%
201665.3%87.5%
2017*64.3%92.8%
*not final until Fall 2018

Annual Student Retention

 

ADN Tradition = 61%

LVN Bridge = 93%

Graduate Employment Rates

The Navarro College ADN program graduate employment outcome is >98% employment within 6 months of passing the NCLEX-RN. Data is collected and documented 6-12 months after graduation. Graduates not seeking employment or delaying employment due to enrollment in a BSN program or health or family issues are not counted as unable to find employment.

 

YEAR6 MONTHS AFTER NCLEX12 MONTHS AFTER NCLEX
201484%99%
201598%100%
201698%100%
201798%Pending

Information Session Schedule

All sessions are open to both LVN-to-RN Bridge students and Traditional ADN students.

 

Corsicana Campus
Bain Center, Room 400
DateTime
September 17, 20185:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
December 12, 20185:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Traditional ADN applicants only)
Waxahachie Campus
Building C, Room 144
DateTime
September 14, 20184:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
October 26, 20181:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
November 16, 20184:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November 30, 20181:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
December 10, 20183:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Traditional ADN applicants only)
January 18, 20194:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Traditional ADN applicants only)
Mexia Campus
South Campus, Room 116
DateTime
October 9, 20183:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
November 5, 20184:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

A reservation is not required to attend an Information Session. However, attendees must arrive on time as information will not be repeated. Sign-in sheets will not be available once the session has begun. Questions will be answered immediately after the program.

 

The TENTATIVE orientation day for new LVN-RN Bridge students is Friday, April 26, 2019.

The TENTATIVE orientation day for new Traditional students is Friday, July 26, 2019.

 

Applicants do not have to have all courses completed to apply to the ADN program but must have the pre-requisite courses completed the semester before admission.

 

Written application instructions and the application forms will be part of the Guide to Admission packet – available at information sessions and on the ADN website.

 

NOTE: Information Sessions for the Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program are separate meetings and posted on the Navarro College LVN webpage. You must attend both LVN and ADN sessions to be eligible to send in applications to both programs.

Application Deadlines

APPLICATION DEADLINEORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS ACCEPTED TO PROGRAMCLASS START DATE
Traditional ADN ProgramFebruary 1, 2019July 26, 2019August 2019
LVN to RN Bridge Program December 1, 2018April 26, 2019June 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I take the TEAS entrance test?

Call the Navarro College Testing Center at 903.875.7457 or 972.923.6429

 

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?

  • Ranking points are contingent upon three things: number of courses successfully completed on the ADN degree plan, a 2.8 GPA, and the TEAS reading, math, and science scores.
  • Ties among 2 or more applicant scores will be broken by selecting the student(s) who has the highest score on the TEAS science subtest. 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.

 

Is there an expiration date on my science courses?

No. Currently, there is not. Science courses could have been taken several years ago, as long as they were completed with a C or better.

 

Can I still work while attending the program?

It is not recommended that students work while attending the ADN Program. The schedule often requires students to attend class and/or clinical rotations throughout the week.  Clinical rotations may also be scheduled on weekends.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Registered Nurses (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Course Descriptions

RNSG 1201 Pharmacology

Introduction to the science of pharmacology with emphasis on the actions, interactions, adverse effects, and nursing implications of each drug classification. Topics include the roles and responsibilities as well as the skills of the nurse in safe administration of medications within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, HPRS 1101. Co-requisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1261. 

 

RNSG 1261 Clinical – Nursing Foundations

Clinical experience involving direct patient/client nursing care in selected long-term care and acute care clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply foundations of nursing practice theory concepts and skills as well as demonstrate
legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, HPRS 1101. Co-requisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1201. 

 

RNSG 1262 Clinical – Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students

Clinical experience involving direct patient/client care in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to begin the application of the concepts and skills of the associate degree nurse with adult as well as begin to demonstrate professional registered nurse-level legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Twenty-four (24) hours of general education courses specified on degree plan: (BIOL2401, BIOL2402, BIOL2420, PSYC2301, PSYC2314, ENGL1301, SPCH13ll or 1315). Co-requisite: RNSG 1417. 

 

RNSG 1263 Clinical – Nursing Practice II for Articulating Students

Observations, virtual technology, and faculty directed simulation clinical experiences in nursing care of the childbearing family during the perinatal periods and children from birth to adolescence. The articulating LVN student will expand the application of concepts and skills of the associate degree registered nurse and demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication.Prerequisites: RNSG 1417, RNSG 1262. Co-requisite: RNSG 1442. 

 

RNSG 1361 Clinical – Nursing Care of Clients with Common Health Care Needs

Clinical experience involving the provision of nursing care to diverse clients/families experiencing common health care needs. The student will be expected to apply related theory, concepts, and skills as well as demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1261, RNSG 1201. Co-requisite: RNSG 2504. 

 

RNSG 1413 Foundations of Nursing Practice

Introduction to the role of the associate degree nurse as a provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of a profession. Topics include fundamentals of nursing, and nursing knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, HPRS 1101. Co-requisites: RNSG 1261, RNSG 1201. 

 

RNSG 1417 Concepts of Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students

Provides the articulating LVN student the opportunity to examine the role of the professional nurse; , a systematic problem solving process, and critical thinking skills. The focus is on the adult population; and competency in knowledge, judgment, skill, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: 24 hours of general education courses specified on degree plan: (BIOL2401, BIOL2402, BIOL2420, PSYC2301, PSYC2314, ENGL1301, SPCH13ll or 1315). Co-requisite: RNSG 1262. 

 

RNSG 1442 Concepts of Nursing Practice II for Articulating Students

Provides the articulating LVN student the opportunity to examine the role of the professional nurse; a systematic problem solving process, and critical thinking skills. Focuses on the utilization of leadership and management skills in the provision of care to the childbearing family during the perinatal periods and children from birth to adolescence. Includes knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework.Prerequisites: RNSG 1417, RNSG 1262. Co-requisite: RNSG 1263.

 

RNSG 2201 Care of Children and Families

Study of concepts related to the provision of nursing care for children and families. Content includes applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504, RNSG 1361. Co-requisite: RNSG 2261.

 

RNSG 2261 Clinical – Nursing Care of Children and Families

Clinical experience involving the provision of nursing care to children and families in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply nursing of children and families theory, concepts, and skills as well as demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504, RNSG1361. Co-requisite: RNSG 2201.

 

RNSG 2461 Clinical – Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Health Care Needs

Clinical experience involving the provision of nursing care to patients/clients with complex health care needs in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply related theory, concepts, and skills as well as demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504/1361 or RNSG 1442/1263. Co-requisite: RNSG 2514.

 

RNSG 2462 Clinical – Integrated Client Management

Clinical experience involving direct patient/client care in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply management/leadership skills of the associate degree nurse as well as demonstrate critical thinking skills, legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 2514, RNSG 2461. Co-requisite: RNSG 2535.

 

RNSG 2504 Integrated Care of the Patient with Common Health Care Needs

Application of a systematic problem-solving process and critical thinking skills to provide nursing care to diverse patients and families across the life span with common health care needs. Emphasis on secondary disease prevention and collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Content includes applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1261, RNSG 1201. Co-requisite: RNSG 1361.

 

RNSG 2514 Care of the Client with Complex Health Care Needs

Application of a systematic problem-solving process, critical thinking skills and concepts to provide comprehensive nursing care to diverse patients and families across the life span with complex health care needs. Emphasis on tertiary disease prevention, health maintenance/restoration and collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Content includes the roles of the professional nurse and applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504/1361 or RNSG 1442/1263. Co-requisite: RNSG 2461.

 

RNSG 2535 Integrated Client Care Management

Application of independent nursing interventions to care for diverse patients and families throughout the life span whose health care needs may be difficult to predict. Emphasis on collaborative clinical reasoning, nursing leadership skills, and patient management. Content includes the significance of professional development, trends in nursing and health care, and applicable knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 2514, RNSG 2461. Co-requisite: RNSG 2462.

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ACCREDITATION
Navarro College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees; approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and is a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Community Colleges. The Associates Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Program Director, Waxahachie Campus | 972.923.5122

Dean’s Office, Waxahachie Campus | 972.923.5120

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.