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Nursing, Advanced Placement

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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:

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Health Career Education Counselor, 815/835-6354;
Janet Lynch, Dean of Health Professions, 815/835-6374.

Option I


1. Complete the College’s general admission procedure.


2. Submit a transcript from a school of practical nursing.


3. Complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or above:


  • BIO 109 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Semester hour(s)
  • MAT 106 - Applied Mathematics 3 Semester hour(s)
  • or higher

  • PSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester hour(s)
  • NRS 132 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3 Semester hour(s)

4. Skill Level Assessment.


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.)

5. Credits in escrow.


The applicant will receive 9 credits for NRS 128 and NRS 130 upon completion of NRS 133 with a grade of “C” or better.

Note


All requirements must be completed by the end of the fall semester of the year before the applicant wishes to be admitted to the program.

OPTION II


1. Complete the College’s general admission procedure.


2. Submit a transcript from a school of practical nursing.


3. Complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or above:


  • BIO 109 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Semester hour(s)
  • BIO 110 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Semester hour(s)
  • BIO 111 - Introductory Microbiology 4 Semester hour(s)
  • CHE 102 - Introduction to Chemistry 3 Semester hour(s)
  • or

  • CHE 103 - Introduction to Chemistry 4 Semester hour(s)
  • MAT 106 - Applied Mathematics 3 Semester hour(s)
  • or higher

  • PSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester hour(s)
  • PSY 200 - Human Growth and Development 3 Semester hour(s)
  • NRS 132 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3 Semester hour(s)

4. NRS 200 Nursing Concepts for Role Transition.


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.

5. Credits in escrow.


The student will receive 17 credits in escrow for NRS 128, NRS 130, and NRS 133 upon the completion of NRS 200. These credits will be awarded upon receiving a grade of “C” or better for the nursing courses in the first semester second level of the ADN program.

Option III


1. TEAS score applicable to initial admission standard.


2. CGPA of 3.0 prior to any nursing course work.


3. Minimum of three semester credits of online general education course which meets nursing program requirements with a "B" or higher.


4. VOC 276 or an equivalent pharmacology course from another college or university.


5. Eight credits of college level Anatomy and Physiology or ability to complete additional hours in the summer semester of admission.


6. Completion of or plan for completion for all course work for graduation.


Notes


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.

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