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LPN To RN (Associate of Science Degree)

Program Objectives:

The objective of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing program at the College is to help graduates prepare to become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs). The program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of medical settings as Registered Nurses. The program combines theory and clinical components in addressing the concepts of professional nursing roles: caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator and manager.

The purpose of the LPN to RN Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing program is to participate as an active partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the community by educating and preparing entry-level professional nurses to practice in a variety of settings. The faculty is committed to the professional development of the student, the support of the institution within the community and the enhancement of the nursing profession. Graduates of the bridge track are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Upon completion of the LPN to RN Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing program graduates will:

  • Achieve a passing score on the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • Provide compassionate, protective and effectual professional nursing care to individuals and families.
  • Employ other professionals and paraprofessionals in therapeutic and mutual discussion for the benefit of patient results.
  • Combine the knowledge of biological and behavioral sciences into the decision making process regarding patient care.
  • Merge values, ethics and legal principals with critical thinking when making decisions for patients.
  • Support the mission and goals of the organization through efficient use of all resources, personnel and financial.
  • Display a commitment to professional nursing through patient advocacy, professional activism and lifelong learning.

Program Description:

The LPN to RN Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing degree program is designed to facilitate career mobility for the Licensed Practical 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 degree in nursing and be eligible to take the State of Florida NCLEX- RN exam.

The program is four quarters long comprised of twenty-four (24) quarter hours general education courses, twenty (20) quarter hours of pre-requisite courses, forty-nine (49) quarter hours of professional nursing courses with fifteen (15) quarter 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 throughout the program.

Curriculum Development

The Associate Degree of Nursing Bridge Program at the College prepares the graduates to sit for the Florida State Board Examination NCLEX-RN (Florida Statutes, Chapter 464) and upon successful completion of the exam to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN).

Estimated Length of Study:

Day Classes: 4 Quarters, 12 – 16 Months (109 Quarter Hours)

Online Course Delivery

This course has been approved for online course delivery of general education courses.

*Books and materials are included in the cost of tuition. Students must purchase their own uniforms.

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