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Rockford, Illinois

LPN Bridge Program

Purpose: The LPN Bridge program is for LPN’s to pursue the AAS in Nursing
Program length: 3 semesters
Application deadline: October 15 (for spring admission)
Nursing Program contact: (815) 921-3261

Program Overview

The LPN Bridge program is an articulation between the knowledge and skills that a Licensed Practical Nurse has acquired and the scope of practice of the Registered Nurse. This program is directed toward LPN's who are self-starters with excellent learning skills and current clinical knowledge.

Bridging into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program will prepare graduates to work as entry-level registered professional nurses (RN) in a variety of health care settings, including acute care facilities, long-term care facilities and many specialty health care facilities. As the health care industry needs change, five RN-BSN partnerships have been formed to provide our students with seamless educational pathway options for obtaining their BSN.

The LPN Bridge program consists of three semesters of core nursing courses. LPN's who meet admission criteria and successfully complete the LPN Bridge courses (one semester) will be eligible to continue in the ADN Program (two semesters).  All nursing courses integrate theory, lab and clinical experiences which meet the standards of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. Supervision by experienced and credentialed nursing faculty allows students to develop and practice safe, competent entry level nursing skills.

Eligibility is based upon prior satisfactory completion of a recognized practical nursing program and currently working as a LPN. ADN program requirements must be met to qualify for admission. It is recommended that as many general education credits as possible are completed before beginning the nursing curriculum. We require that you meet with an academic advisor to plan your pathway, to ensure a seamless transition from LPN to RN to BSN. Meeting minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The Nursing Program reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the qualifications of the applicant pool for each admission cycle.


 

Information/Advisory

We want to ensure that each nursing student completes the program in a timely manner and seamlessly transfers to one of our five RN-BSN partners with ease, therefore all prospective nursing students are required to attend a Nursing Information Session and meet with an academic advisor.

Admission Requirements/Criteria

In order to be considered for admission, the following must first be completed:

  • LPN: Applicants must have an active LPN license with no disqualifying convictions
  • 2.75 GPA:Overall PNU program, including co-requisites and BIO 274
  • TEAS V Testing:
    • Contact the Testing Center to schedule time, register and pay ($76)
    • OVERALL score must be at "Proficient Level" or higher
    • Individual categories (English, Reading, Math, Science) must be at "Basic Level" or higher
    • Preparing for the TEAS V test is essential:TEAS V Study Guide available at Barnes & Noble, also visit www.atitesting.com for other study resources
    • 3.5 hours to complete this
  • Writing Sample:
    • Completed at time of TEAS V testing at the Testing Center
    • 45 minutes will be allowed to complete this
    • 1-2 pages to include:
      • Why I chose nursing
      • Why I should be a competent nurse
      • Previous healthcare work experience
      • Educational and professional career goals
  • Completed Application Forms:
    • Contact the Nursing Office for application forms (815)921-3261
    • Application Deadlines: must be submitted to Nursing Office by:
      • SPRING enrollment: October 15
      • In-district applicants, or those who reside in a district that has a cooperative agreement with RVC, are considered first, if seats remain open, Out-of-District applicants are then considered.

 

Nursing Program

The nursing program provides clinical education at various clinical agencies.The nursing program must adhere to these facilities' requirements. All admitted students will be required to provide the following at the expense of the student. Blood work can be done at your doctor's office, Health Department or AnyTime Lab (815) 397-8370

  • Physical exam
  • Tdap (within 10 years)
  • TB 2-Step and Annual TB test (or annual QuantiFeron TB Gold blood test)
  • MMR Titers
  • Varicella Titers
  • Hepatitis B 3 shot series & Titer
  • CPR
  • Health Insurance  
 

Prerequisite Courses

Number Title Credits
* BIO-185 Foundations Anatomy & Physiology (5)
* BIO-274 Microbiology (4)
* ENG-101 Composition I (3)
* FWS-237 Nutrition for Optimum Living (3)
* PSY-170 General Psychology (3)

* Indicates the required General Education courses; BIO-185 may be substituted by BIO-281 and BIO-282 (8 credits); BIO-185 must be completed within 6 years; BIO-274 must be completed within 5 years

 

Elective Courses

Choose any two (6 total credits) from the following (counted toward degree credit). These courses MAY be completed during the Nursing program, however it is HIGHLY recommended to complete these prior to the nursing program:
 
Number Title Credits
* MTH-220 Elements of Statistics (3)
* PSY-170 General Psychology (3)
* SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology (3)
* SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)

* Indicates the required General Education and/or elective courses

 

Nursing Core Courses

First Semester (Level II)

Number Title Credits
* NRS-108 Pathophysiology Altered Hlth. Concepts (3)
* NRS-207 Pharmacology for Nursing Care (2)
* NRS-210 Transition-Associate Degree Nursing (3)
 

First Semester (Level III)

Number Title Credits
* NRS-223 Adult Health Nursing I (5)
* NRS-228 Child & Family Health Nursing (5)
 

First Semester (Level IV)

Number Title Credits
* NRS-225 Professional Nursing Role (2)
* NRS-231 Adult Health Nursing II (5)
* NRS-233 Adult Health Nursing III (5)

* Required for ADN program (counted toward degree credit)

 

Program Standards and Expectations

The nursing program is responsible for providing our community with quality nurses who care for their clients safely.  In order to become a quality, safe practicing nurse, students will be required to attend all classes and all clinicals.  Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

All nursing courses require a "C", which is 80% to pass.  Students who do not earn a "C" (80%) or better in any given nursing course will remediate by course repetition.  Course repetition is only allowed once.

Program Completion

Upon successful completion of the nursing program, students will sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to earn the credentials of RN (Registered Nurse).  This process has additional fees.  Approximately $450

  • Fingerprinting Fee
  • Application Fee for NCLEX-RN testing
  • NCLEX-RN Exam Fee
  • RN Licensure Fee

RN-BSN Transfer Option

Graduates from the RVC nursing program have transfer options to any of the five RN-BSN partners.  While most RN-BSN programs have similar requirements, there are some variances.  For those students with a previous Bachelor's degree, RN-BSN requirements are different. Also, there are additional options for RN-MSN completions for those who have a previous Bachelor's degree.  Therefore, to ensure all students transition with ease and in a timely manner, meeting with an academic advisor to map out an educational pathway is required.