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
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.
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.
In order to be considered for admission, the following must first be completed:
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
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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.
All supporting courses/electives required for the degree must also be completed with a "C" or higher in order to receive the A.A.S. degree in nursing.
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
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.