A licensed practical nurse (LPN) who wishes to expand her/his role in the nursing field can earn an associate degree in nursing through an advanced placement process. This process permits the LPN to receive credit in escrow for certain ADN courses. In addition, the LPN must complete the general education prerequisites comparable to the generic ADN student at the point she/he wishes to enter the program.
The LPN has three options for advanced placement. Option I would permit entry into the second semester of the first year of the program. Option II would permit entry into the first semester of the second year of the program. Option III would permit entry into the second semester of the NIOIN Hybrid nursing program. The suggested sequence for each option is as follows:
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The applicant will be required to register for a one credit hour Independent Study (IDS). This course will orient the applicant to the Nursing Skills Lab, and the Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) procedure. In addition, the student will receive an assessment of their skill level in relation to first semester ADN students through participation in the Clinical Competency Exam for NRS 130 - Nursing Fundamentals. This course will be graded as pass/fail. In order to receive a passing grade, the applicant will be required to complete the orientation for and the administration of the CCE. The applicant will not be required to pass the CCE. The student must register for the IDS and CCE by October 1. It is recommended that this process be completed during the fall semester immediately prior to the spring semester the applicant wishes to be admitted to the ADN program. (LPNs who graduated from SVCC’s program after July, 1991 may be exempt from this requirement.)
The applicant will receive 9 credits for NRS 128 and NRS 130 upon completion of NRS 133 with a grade of “C” or better.
NRS 200 is a variable credit hour course of one to two credits. Applicants who are required to take the lab portion of the course will take the two credit option. The lab portion of this course will consist of orientation to the Nursing Skills Lab and the Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) procedures. In addition, the applicant will receive an assessment of their skill level in relation to generic students at the end of the second semester of the ADN program through participation in the CCE for NRS 133 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I . The lab portion of the course will be graded as pass/fail. In order to receive a passing grade for the lab the applicant will be required to complete the orientation for and the administration of the CCE. The applicant will not be required to pass the CCE. This exam is only offered during the spring semester. (LPN’s who graduated from SVCC’s program after July 1991 may be exempt from this requirement). The applicants must pass NRS 200 with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible for admission into the second level courses of the ADN program.
3. Minimum of three semester credits of online general education course which meets nursing program requirements with a "B" or higher.
5. Eight credits of college level Anatomy and Physiology or ability to complete additional hours in the summer semester of admission.
The number of advanced placement students is limited by seats available. Therefore, a screening procedure is used to select the applicants who are the most academically prepared. Following the deadline, applicants will be evaluated.
Students who completed BIO 109 and 110 at SVCC prior to 1998 will not be required to complete BIO 111.