Transitions in Nursing (LPN to ASN Bridge) - LT13 Degree
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.
- 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 their 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 2021 entry is May 1, 2021. 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.
Valdosta Campus – Fall 2020 Entry
- GPA: 3.38 average (low – 2.85)
- HESI Cumulative: 86.13 average (low – 75.6)
- HESI Critical Thinking: 92 average (low – 84)
- A total of 20 students were selected. There were 27 students core complete by the application deadline who were ranked for priority acceptance. There was a grand total of 45 applicants.
- This program begins each Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.
The Transitions in nursing program at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College at the Valdosta campus located in Valdosta, Georgia is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in nursing program is initial accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
|General Core Courses||15|
|Area I - Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours)||3|
|ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores Co-requisite(s): None Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
|Area II - Social/Behavior Science - Complete 3 Hours||3|
|Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Hours)||3|
|MATH 1111College Algebra
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Math Scores Co-requisite(s): None Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
|Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - Complete 3 Hours||3|
|General Education Core Elective - Complete 3 Hours||3|
|BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101 Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
|BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, ENGL 1101 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.
|BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2114L Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system,and reproductive system.
|BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2114 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
|BIOL 2117Introductory Microbiology
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): (BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L) OR (BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1111L) w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2117L Provides students with a foundation in basic microbiology with emphasis on infectious disease. Topics include microbial diversity, microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans, microorganisms and human disease.
|BIOL 2117LIntroductory Microbiology Lab
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): (BIOL 2113 and BIOL 2113L) OR (BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1111L) w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2117 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2117. The laboratory exercises for this course include microbial diversity, microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, interactions and impact of microorganisms and humans, and microorganisms and human disease.
|RNSG 1352Transitions in Nursing
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 7 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): RNSG 1355, 1365 The practical nursing transition course allows the student who has successfully obtained an unrestricted Georgia practical nursing license to continue their education in nursing by achieving an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree. This course is designed to provide the practical nurse with a comprehensive knowledge of professional nursing, the nursing process, health promotion, illness prevention practices, basic care of the adult and older adult population, and the responsibilities and challenges of the role of associate degree nursing. The focus of this course is on ethics and values, cultural diversity, safety, communication, collaboration, documentation, the nursing process, critical thinking, and patient teaching. Students are required to use components of health assessment to complete a head-to-toe physical assessment. This theory course must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of 70 percent.
|RNSG 1355Nursing Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-Requisites: ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L Co-Requisite: BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, RNSG 1350, RNSG 1360 This course is designed to prepare the student with necessary skills essential to perform accurate medication calculations in the metric system. The student will learn how to competently prepare and administer medications including oral, subcutaneous, intradermal, intramuscular, intravenous formulas and injections, conversions between systems and reconstitution of solutions. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and precision necessary for accuracy in drug calculations. The student will learn medication classifications, side effects, adverse reactions, action, peak, route of administration and medication safety. This course includes classroom, and a skills lab. This course must be successfully completed with a minimum theory grade of 70 percent.
|RNSG 1365Medical-Surgical Nursing I
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 6 Pre-Requisites: RNSG 1350, RNSG 1355, RNSG 1360 Co-Requisite: BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L, RNSG 2350 This initial medical-surgical course is designed to introduce and prepare the student to care for patients with selected medical disorders and surgical conditions. This course includes classroom, simulation and a clinical rotation which builds on concepts and skills taught in the Fundamentals of Nursing Care course. The role of the nurse as provider of care will be utilized to include patient care, basic clinical decision making, patient teaching, coordination of care, clinical reasoning, and collaboration of care with other disciplines. Specific medications related to health care conditions will be taught. The application of the nursing process in caring for patients experiencing alterations in cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematologic, musculoskeletal, neurologic, respiratory, and renal systems are included. Infusion therapy is introduced. The student will learn about the perioperative patient. Emphasis is placed on diversity and in care of the elderly considering developmental, cultural and spiritual needs of each patient. This course must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of 70 percent in the theory component and 70 percent in the clinical component.
|RNSG 1368Transitions: OB, Childbearing, and Peds Nursing
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): RNSG 1352, RNSG 1355 Co-requisite(s): RNSG 2355 This course prepares the student to provide competent, compassionate evidenced-based nursing care for the childbearing patient, family and the pediatric patient. Concepts will be introduced which include normal pregnancy and childbirth, complications in pregnancy and childbirth, care of the newborn, assessment, planning and intervention as well as nutritional care, patient education, health promotion strategies and illness prevention practices for the childbearing family. Emphasis is placed on disease processes and management, interventions and critical knowledge skills with care of the child. Pharmacologic principles are incorporated as applies to the obstetrical and pediatric patient. Students learn to provide safe and culturally competent care for obstetrical and pediatric patients and their families. The student will learn concepts and theories related to developmental stages. This course requires supervised clinical rotations in clinical environments to enhance the educational opportunities and meet course objectives. This course requires a minimum grade of 70 percent in theory and a minimum of 70 percent in the clinical rotation.
|RNSG 2355Medical-Surgical Nursing II
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 6 Pre-Requisites: RNSG 1365, RNSG 2015 Co-Requisite: RNSG 2350 This course prepares the student to care for patients with complex medical and multisystem disorders. This course includes classroom, simulation and a clinical rotation which builds on concepts and skills taught in the Medical-Surgical Nursing I course. Specific medications related to health care conditions will be strengthened. The student will learn to apply the application of the nursing process in caring for patients experiencing disorders of the immune system, arthritis, infections, cancer, cardiac disorders and, dysrhythmias, respiratory, neurologic, musculoskeletal trauma, intestinal, pituitary and adrenal glands, renal disease and transplants. The student will learn about advanced infusion therapy. Emphasis is placed on restoration and maintenance of health. Supervised clinical inpatient hospital experiences will provide the student with opportunities to meet course competency outcomes. This course requires a minimum grade of 70 percent in theory and a minimum of 70 percent in the clinical rotation.
|RNSG 2360Medical-Surgical Nursing III
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 9 Pre-Requisites: RNSG 2015, RNSG 2355 Co-Requisite: RNSG 2365 This course is the final medical-surgical nursing course. This class builds on previous instruction and includes classroom, skills lab, simulation and a clinical rotation. The student will learn about patients with complex and multisystem disorders. This course prepares the nursing student to acquire knowledge and skills in application of the nursing process to the care for patients with multi-system, emergency and life threatening disorders. This course requires a minimum grade of 70 percent in theory and 70 percent in the clinical rotation.
|RNSG 2365Essentials of Nursing Management and Leadership
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-Requisites: RNSG 2015, RNSG 2355 Co-Requisite: RNSG 2360 This course is designed to prepare the graduate nurse to function as a role of a leader with management and leadership skills necessary to promote growth and development in the profession of nursing. This course requires a minimum theory grade of 70%.
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