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Nursing, Advanced Placement

Academic Programs

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 two 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.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354
Dr. Mary M. Evans, Dean Health Professions, 815/835-6376

Option I

1. Complete the College’s general admission procedure.

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

  • BIO 109 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 Semester Hours)

    A study of introductory chemistry, cells, metabolic processes, the organization of tissues, the skeletal system, joints and articulation, the integumentary system, micro and macro organization of the nervous system, and somatic and special senses. Prerequisites: BIO 105 or BIO 108 with a grade of C or higher OR two years of high school biology with a C or higher within the last five years AND CHE 102 or CHE 103 or CHE 105 with a grade of C or higher OR one year of high school chemistry with a grade of C or higher within the last five years. Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec, 2 lab/week

  • MAT 081 - Intermediate Algebra (4 Semester Hours)

    This is an intermediate level algebra course; the following topics will be extended to an intermediate level of competency; real numbers and expressions, equations and inequalities, graphing methods, polynomials and factoring, quadratic equations, and systems of equations. New topics include: functions and their graphs, radicals and complex numbers, rational expressions, quadratic equations, quadratic and rational inequalities, graphs of second degree equations, and variation. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or completion of MAT 074 or MAT 075 with a grade of ""C"" or higher. Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

    OR

    HIGHER
  • NRS 141 - Pharmacology for Nursing (2 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to provide nursing students an introduction to the principles of pharmacology with emphasis on drug classes, rationale for use, dosage, therapeutic, adverse and side effects, integration of legal, ethical, other social factors and nursing implications. Admission to the ADN program. BIO 108 or 109 with a grade of ""C"" or better or concurrent enrollment. Semester hour(s): 2 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec.

  • PHL 101 - Intro to Logic/Formal Reason (3 Semester Hours)

    A study of the principles of correct reasoning. Attention will be given to such topics as the logical use of language, types of definition, mathematical logic and methods of science. Emphasis is placed on understanding logical theory and on using techniques of valid reasoning. Although modern symbolic logic may be included in the content, the course will focus on a humanistic approach to logic rather than a mathematical one. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): H4 906 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • PSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology (3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to introduce the student to major concepts, theories, principles, and research in the field of psychology. This course will survey the scientific study of human and animal characteristics and behavior. Major topics from biological, behavioral, cognitive, personality, developmental, abnormal, and social psychology theory and research will be emphasized. Universal characteristics and individual differences will be explored Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S6 900 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

4. Skill Level Assessment.

The applicant will be required to register for a two credit hour Independent Study (IDS). This course will orient the applicant to the Nursing Skills Lab and the skills testing procedures. In addition, the student will receive an assessment of their skill level in relation to first semester ADN students through participation in the skills testing for NRS 140 - Fundamentals of Nursing Practice. 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 skills testing/performance. The applicant will not be required to pass the skills testing/performance. The student must register for the IDS and skills testing/performance 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 140 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice upon completion of NRS 142 Medical Surgical Nursing I 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.

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 & Physiology I (4 Semester Hours)

    A study of introductory chemistry, cells, metabolic processes, the organization of tissues, the skeletal system, joints and articulation, the integumentary system, micro and macro organization of the nervous system, and somatic and special senses. Prerequisites: BIO 105 or BIO 108 with a grade of C or higher OR two years of high school biology with a C or higher within the last five years AND CHE 102 or CHE 103 or CHE 105 with a grade of C or higher OR one year of high school chemistry with a grade of C or higher within the last five years. Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec, 2 lab/week

  • BIO 110 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Semester Hours)

    A continuation of BIO 109. BIO 110 is the study of the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. Additionally, electrolyte, pH, and water balance and human development will be discussed. Prerequisite: BIO 109 with a grade of C. Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec, 2 lab/week

  • MAT 081 - Intermediate Algebra (4 Semester Hours)

    This is an intermediate level algebra course; the following topics will be extended to an intermediate level of competency; real numbers and expressions, equations and inequalities, graphing methods, polynomials and factoring, quadratic equations, and systems of equations. New topics include: functions and their graphs, radicals and complex numbers, rational expressions, quadratic equations, quadratic and rational inequalities, graphs of second degree equations, and variation. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or completion of MAT 074 or MAT 075 with a grade of ""C"" or higher. Semester hour(s): 4 Lecture/Lab Hours: 4 lec/week

    OR

    HIGHER
  • NRS 141 - Pharmacology for Nursing (2 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to provide nursing students an introduction to the principles of pharmacology with emphasis on drug classes, rationale for use, dosage, therapeutic, adverse and side effects, integration of legal, ethical, other social factors and nursing implications. Admission to the ADN program. BIO 108 or 109 with a grade of ""C"" or better or concurrent enrollment. Semester hour(s): 2 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec.

  • PHL 101 - Intro to Logic/Formal Reason (3 Semester Hours)

    A study of the principles of correct reasoning. Attention will be given to such topics as the logical use of language, types of definition, mathematical logic and methods of science. Emphasis is placed on understanding logical theory and on using techniques of valid reasoning. Although modern symbolic logic may be included in the content, the course will focus on a humanistic approach to logic rather than a mathematical one. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): H4 906 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • PSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology (3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to introduce the student to major concepts, theories, principles, and research in the field of psychology. This course will survey the scientific study of human and animal characteristics and behavior. Major topics from biological, behavioral, cognitive, personality, developmental, abnormal, and social psychology theory and research will be emphasized. Universal characteristics and individual differences will be explored Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S6 900 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

4. NRS 201 Bridging Nursing Concepts

NRS 201 is a two credit hour course. The lab portion of this course will consist of orientation to the Nursing Skills Lab and the skills testing 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 skills testing/performance of NRS 142 - 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 and the administration of the skills testing/performance. The applicant will not be required to pass the skills testing/performance. 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 201 Bridging Nursing Concepts 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 18 credits in escrow for NRS 140 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice and NRS 142 Medical Surgical Nursing I upon the completion of NRS 201. 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.