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LPN to RN Bridge Associates of Science

The LPN to RN Bridge Associates of Science program is designed to facilitate career mobility for the Registered Nurse. The program is also designed to provide educational and clinical experiences leading to employment in beginning positions as registered nurses in hospitals or comparable facilities. This educational program builds on the vocational knowledge and experience of the licensed practical nurse. The program is designed to provide the licensed practical nurse with a method to complete an associate of science in nursing and be eligible to take the State of Florida NCLEX-RN exam. The program is four semesters long and is comprised of (15) semester hours general education courses, (18) semester hours of pre-requisite courses, (30) semester hours of professional nursing courses with (9) semester hours of transfer credit provided for successful completion of a licensed practical nurse program combined with a passing score on the State of Florida NCLEX-PN exam.
Areas of study include nursing values and roles, fundamental nursing concepts and techniques, adult health nursing, gerontological nursing, mental health nursing, gynecology, obstetrics and pediatrics nursing, community health concepts, medical and surgical nursing and pharmacology, with nutrition integrated throughtout the program.

Curriculum Development
The Associate of Science degree LPN to RN Bridge Program at Palm Beach Vocational Institute prepares the graduates to sit for Florida State Board Examination (Florida Statutes, Chapter 464) and upon successful completion of the exam to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN).

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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is designed to facilitate career mobility for the Registered Nurse. The program is designed to provide educational and clinical experiences leading to employment in beginning positions as registered nurses in hospitals or comparable facilities.
This educational program builds on the vocational knowledge and experience of the licensed practical nurse. The program is designed to provide the licensed practical nurse with a method to complete an associate of science degree in nursing and be eligible to take the State of Florida NCLEX-RN exam.
The program is nine (9) quarter long comprising of six (6) general and pre-requisite courses, twelve (12) professional nursing courses totaling 109 quarter hours. This translates to 820 clock hours of didactic instruction, 100 clock hours of supervised laboratory experience and 630 clock hours of supervised clinical experience for a total of 1550 clock hours.

Areas of Study
Nursing values and roles, fundamental nursing concepts and techniques, adult health nursing, gerontology nursing, mental health nursing, gynecology, obstetrics and pediatrics nursing, community health concepts, medical and surgical nursing and pharmacology, with nutrition integrated throughout the program.

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Phlebotomy

The primary program objective is to provide students with sufficient theoretical and specialized clinical skills to enter the field of phlebotomy at an entry level. This program will assist the student, who has no previous healthcare training, to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to perform all required basic procedures, as well as have a clear understanding of the role of a phlebotomist..

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Nursing Assistant (NA)

This program is designed for the student seeking employment as a Nurse Assistant in a long-term care facility or an adult living facility under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Students will also learn skills which can be applied in acute-care settings as well. Clinical experience is provided at acute and/or long-term care facilities. A diploma will be given after successful completion of the course. No certification is granted by the school.

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Home Healthcare (HHA)

The Home Health Aide Program will allow students to acquire the skills necessary to enter the medical support field as a Home Health Aide. Students will become proficient in personal care for homebound patients, including personal hygiene, assistance with self-medication, and other assistance as needed. The core curriculum of the program focuses on the theoretical aspects of assisting patients that are homebound, with some of the program time devoted to in-class clinical practice. As the program progresses, the student expands upon the knowledge gained in the initial theoretical training and lab experiences.

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Electrocardiography (EKG)

This program is designed for the student seeking employment as an EKG Technician in a clinical medical setting. This program will assist the student with no previous healthcare training to learn the skills and information necessary to work as an EKG Assistant. The graduate will be able to perform all required basic procedures and will have the understanding of the role of an EKG Technician in a hospital, nursing home, home care setting or in a doctor’s office. The program consists of 150 clock hours of coursework including laboratory and clinical experience.

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Patient Care Technician (PCT)

The program is designed to prepare students for employment as entry level advanced cross-trained Patient Care Technicians. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant for acute and long term care settings. The program is comprised of a sequence of instruction that includes a health science core and six occupational completion points. A student who completes the applicable competencies at any occupational completion point may either continue with the training program or exit as an occupational completer.

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Medical Coding & Billing (MCB)

This program prepares students for employment as medical coders and billers. The medical coder/biller is responsible for assigning correct diagnostic and procedural codes to medical documentation from patients’ medical records to ensure appropriate medical insurance reimbursement and compliance. The program content covers both inpatient and outpatient coding and documentation information.

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Practical Nursing (LPN)

The program is designed to prepare students to pass the test for the licensure as a Practical Nurse in the state of Florida. The program consists of 1350 hours of education, including lectures, lab skills, and clinical work. The objective of the program is to prepare students to work in a variety of medical settings as a Practical Nurse. Appropriate information and skills will be presented that meet the requirements of the Florida Board of Nursing for practical nurses and that meet the curriculum frameworks set forth by the state of Florida. The clinical portion of the program will help to provide hands-on experience for students, so that they may relate classroom and lab experiences to an actual working environment.

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Students will learn the American Heart Association designed Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Course. This course will prepare a wide variety of healthcare professionals to recognize several life-threatening emergencies and to provide CPR, use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner.

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Continuing Education

Health care professionals in Florida are required to complete CEU credits periodically, depending on your field or discipline. Palm Beach Vocational Institute can help you maintain your certifications with appropriate CEU classes. It is our goal at Palm Beach Vocational Institute to meet the needs of our current students, as well as after the experienced Certified Nursing Assistant. In order to meet this goal, we offer a variety of Continuing Education courses.

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