The PN 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.
The Associate of Science degree PN 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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