2019-2020 Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (APNURL)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Description

This Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) program prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Credit earned in the nursing program may transfer to a bachelor's degree (BSN) completion program. Learning opportunities are in the classroom, simulation lab, clinical setting, and community. Students will be prepared to succeed in a dynamic healthcare environment.

Admissions Requirements

WCC uses a competitive admission process for high demand programs in health care. WCC offers this LPN to RN program option every Fall semester for LPNs who have successfully completed the admission requirements for this program and prerequisites for NUR 134. Please see the application packet for the number of seats available each term. There are multiple requirements that must be completed prior to submitting an application for admission. Applicants are required to meet all admission criteria and will be ranked based on a point system. The best qualified applicants will be selected for admission to the program. Student residency will be a weighted factor in the process. Details regarding WCC's Admission to High Demand Programs policy including priority levels are on WCC's Board of Trustees page: www.wccnet.edu/about/policies/2005.php. Details regarding WCC's point scales that are used to calculate points are on WCC's Student Welcome Center, Health and Second Tier Program information page .

Prerequisite and program requirements along with WCC's point system and scales are reviewed annually and subject to change. Students are expected to meet the prerequisite and program requirements of the catalog term for the semester in which they first begin the program.

Requirements for application are:
1. Admission to WCC.
2. Completed and signed mandatory advising form. 
3. Verification of current, unrestricted LPN License.
4. Employment Verification Form showing at least 2,080 hours of employment within the last 2 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse.
5. Program prerequisite courses:
a. MTH 160 or any math level 4 or higher course with a minimum grade of C/2.0.
b. BIO 111 with a minimum grade of B-/2.7.
c. COM 101, COM 102 or COM 200 with a minimum grade of C/2.0.
d. ENG 111 with a minimum grade C/2.0.
6. Pass the current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills, ATI-TEAS TEAS Testing Information, by achieving the following minimum scores:
Math proficiency - 60 percent or higher
Reading proficiency - 70 percent or higher
English and Language Usage proficiency - 60 percent or higher
Science proficiency - 45 percent or higher
If repeated TEAS test attempts are needed to meet required scores, the highest subject score from each attempt will be applied towards admission requirements. Students are allowed three (3) attempts within five (5) years.
7. Signed Abilities Statement. WCC reserves the right to request, before or during the program, that students successfully demonstrate the specific physical and cognitive abilities related to the Nursing program.
8. Residency verification.

After Acceptance
1. Students are required to submit health records, undergo drug screening and complete a full background check paid to an outside vendor selected by the College.
2. Students must request up to fourteen (14) WCC prior learning credits and pay associated fees for their current LPN license/experience as needed to reach a minimum 60 credit hours. Nursing faculty will work with students to determine the correct number of hours.
3. Students should be aware that the Michigan Board of Nursing may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a crime or is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Applying for Admission to the Program

A formal application and acceptance to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from WCC's Student Welcome Center, Health and Second Tier Program information page . Completed and signed applications must be submitted to the Health and Second Tier Admissions Office in the Student Welcome Center, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building during the dates indicated on the application.

Requirement After Acceptance
Upon notification of acceptance to the program, students must purchase an account for a college-designated vendor to obtain a criminal background check and to track their health records. The criminal background check and health records must be submitted to the designated vendor. Specific information on the college-designated vendor and due dates will be included in the program acceptance letter.

Continuing Eligibility

-Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses.
-All Registered Nursing (NUR) courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C+/2.3 and all support courses to the program must be completed with a minimum grade of C/2.0 unless otherwise specified.
-Students are required to adhere to rules of the American Nursing Association (ANA) Nursing Code of Ethics.
-Additional criminal background checks may be conducted at any time during the program. Students may be required to have drug testing as well as additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence as requested by specific clinical facilities. Any student found to have a positive drug screen for drugs prohibited by State of Michigan or Federal law (including marijuana) or controlled substances will be dismissed from the program. Failure to receive an acceptable criminal background/fingerprinting at any time, will result in dismissal from the program. Any cost, if indicated, for these checks is the responsibility of the student.
-Students in the Nursing (LPN to RN) program will be required to purchase special uniforms and supplies throughout the duration of the program.
-Students are required to submit health records annually while in the program.
-Students who are dismissed from the program may not be eligible to reapply to the program.

Contact Information

Division
Health Sciences
Department
Nursing and Health Dept
Advisors
Susan Travis
Karolyn Lehn

Requirements

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Major/Area Requirements
Class   Title Minimum Credits
BIO 111   Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function 5
COM 101 or Fundamentals of Speaking  
COM 102 or Interpersonal Communication  
COM 200   Family Communication 3
ENG 111   Composition I 4
MTH 160 or Basic Statistics  
    Any Math Level 4 or higher course 4
Total 16
First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
BIO 212   Pathophysiology: Alterations in Structure and Function 4
NUR 134   Nursing: LPN to RN Transition Course 3
PSY 206   Life Span Developmental Psychology 4
Total 11
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
NUR 138   Nursing Concepts III 8
PHL 244   Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care 3
Total 11
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
NUR 288   Nursing Concepts IV 8
Total 8
Requirements
Class   Title Minimum Credits
    LPN unrestricted license and experiential learning; upon acceptance, students must formally request WCC credits for prior learning and pay any associated fees to WCC as needed, up to a maximum of 14 credits, to reach minimum 60 credits. 14
Total 14
Total Credits Required
60