BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM ADMISSION PROCESS ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE Dean of Academic Affairs: Dr. Bonnie Nicholson Assistant Dean, Nursing Division: Susan Hayes Program Coordinators, Associate Degree Nursing: Lise Roemmele, Cooper Campus Dixie Webb, Lawrenceburg Campuses ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING MISSION STATEMENT The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares program graduates to write the National Council Licensure Examination to become registered nurses. The program curriculum combines general education and nursing education and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The program faculty support lifelong learning and workforce development through faculty efforts in continuing education and community service. CHANGES TO THE ADMISSION TO THE ADN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS Effective for Fall 2012: • New Nursing Curriculum – new prefixes and change of order of co-requisite courses • All applicants must take the PAX-RN NLN Exam within three (3) years of beginning the Nursing program ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS • LPN may receive nine (9) credit hours for Nursing 101 through advanced standing. To earn this credit they must meet one of the following: • Has graduated within three years of admission to the BCTC nursing program and holds a current active unrestricted practical nurse license. • Has graduated more than three years prior to admission and verifies current employment as an LPN and holds a current unrestricted practical nurse license. Current employment is defined as one year of full-time employment as an LPN within the last three years. • Be currently enrolled practical nursing student within KCTCS. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR LPN’S • Attend a pre-admission nursing conference. • High school transcript /GED official score report • Official transcripts for ALL colleges, universities, and/or vocational schools attended since high school. • NLN PAX-RN Exam, must be current within 3 years. • Successfully graduated from PN program ADVANCED STANDING APPLICATION DEADLINES • Spring 2014 - November 8, 2013 • Summer 2014 - April 11, 2014 PRE REQUISITES FOR LPN ONLY Mathematics* 3 (MA 111,MAT 150 or higher) PSY 110 3 BIO 137* 4 PSY 223 3 BIO 139 4 Computer Literacy course * Letter grade of “C” is required for all nursing courses, biology, and math courses. LPN’S – BYPASS THE FALL SEMESTER NSG 101 (received credit) 9 FIRST YEAR- SPRING SEMESTER NSG 197 3 NSG 212 3 NSG 215 1 ENG 101 3 COMMUNICATION 3 (COM 181, 252, 281) LPN TRACK ONLY SUMMER SEMESTER • NSG 197 3 credits • Transition to ADN • NSG 212 3 credits • Behavorial Health Nursing • NSG 215 1 credit • Pharmacology SECOND YEAR- FALL SEMESTER NSG 220 6 NSG 211 3 BIO 225** 4 ENG 102 3 **Credits earned in biology courses that are 6 years or older must be updated SECOND YEAR- SPRING SEMESTER NSG 230 6 NSG 213 3 NSG 225 1 Heritage/Humanities/ Language 3 PREFERENCE CATEGORIES • • • • Bachelors Degree Associate Degree Credit Hours > 30 hours Credit Hours> 15 hours • GPA • NLN PAX-RN Verbal score • NLN PAX-RN Comprehensive score TECHNICAL STANDARDS • Visual acuity • Auditory perception • Gross and fine motor coordination • Communication skills • Intellectual and emotional function ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM Immunizations: • Hepatitis B series • Tdap • Flu vaccine • MMR (2) • Varicella • TB screening • CPR (Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer) • Criminal Background Check • Crime Conviction Form signature PAX-RN NLN TESTING Test Registration Instructions Go to www.registerblast.com/bluegrass/Exam Click “How to Register” for instructions Online technical support is available through the following e-mail links: [email protected] ; [email protected]; and [email protected] Registration closes 2 weeks prior to the test date for most tests (5 weeks for NOCTI end-of-program paper tests) Seats are limited, so register early Refunds are not issued Carefully read student acknowledgements Print, read and bring confirmation e-mail to test FAQ FOR ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS How long does it take to complete the ADN program? Three semesters Can I finish quicker if I take more nursing courses per semester? No. Each nursing course must be taken prior to or concurrent with the semester sequence in which you are enrolled. What grade do I need to make to pass a nursing course? “C” = 77% Do you accept nursing courses from other nursing programs? If you have taken courses in another program, you must make an appointment with the Program Coordinator to review your transcript. How many days per week do I need to be on campus? Four days FAQ CONTINUE What degree will I graduate with when I complete the program? Associate in Applied Science- Nursing Where will I be able to work? Hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics, home health How many students does the program admit? 90 at Cooper campus and 40 at Lawrenceburg campus How many LPN’s are admitted to the program per year? Depends on available space (10 – 18) FAQ (continue) Can I work while I am in nursing school? Yes, but it is not recommend to exceed 20 hours per week. Where do we go to do clinicals? St Joseph’s Hospital, University of KY, Central Baptist, VA Medical Center What does the job market look like for RN’s in the Bluegrass area? In the past three years, 90% of our graduates were working as RN’s by six months post graduation. Can I take some nursing courses prior to be accepted into the program? No, you must be first accepted into the program before you can take any nursing courses. We encourage you to take the co-requisites prior to starting the program. FAQ (continue) Can I take any courses on-line? Currently we do not have a long-distance program. Only the pharmacology courses will be done online. Can I apply to the program before taking the pre-requisites courses? Yes you can. You will be admitted on the contingency that the prerequisites will be completed prior to starting the program. How much does the nursing program cost? Not including tuition, approximately $1300.00. In addition you will be required to purchase a wireless device, a standardized test , NCLEX prep resources, and a skills pack each semester.