Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing Transition Track (LVN/Paramedic to RN), Associate of Applied Science

Nursing- Associate Degree Nursing Transition Track (LVN/Paramedic to RN)

Associate of Applied Science

Overview

The Associate Degree Nursing Program Transition Track at Laredo College (LC) is a one & a half year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

The program trains and prepares students to provide direct patient care in numerous settings.

Students applying to this program must be a graduate from a Vocational Nursing Program accredited by a State Nursing Board and be a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the State of Texas or be a Licensed Emergency Medical Services Paramedic with an AAS Degree from an accredited EMS Program and be licensed as a Paramedic in the State of Texas.  All other health care providers are welcome to apply to the traditional 2 year Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Program Mission

The mission of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare individuals to become competent and safe professional nurses by providing quality nursing education with a commitment to educational excellence and promotion of student success.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Why choose a career in nursing?

Flexibility 

Not many jobs come as flexible as nursing. You can work where and when you want. You can work full-time or part-time. Many employers offer flexible schedules that allow you to work whatever time of day you want, in 4, 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts. You can work weekdays or weekends or a combination.

Job Opportunities

With over 100,000 vacant positions across the nation and an ever-growing need for healthcare workers, the career outlook is excellent for the nursing field.    There are many specialties available in a variety of settings and environments for nurses to work. 

Salary/Benefits

Starting salaries will range from 80,000 or above depending on geographical area (location), number of hours/ weeks, shift differential, experience, and specialize area (such as emergency room, intensive care and many more).  Many hospitals will often offer sign-up bonuses.

Program Costs  

The approximate cost of the two-year program for tuition and fees is $10,000.00, not including books and other fees that will be required throughout the program.  Please refer to the LC catalog for specifics.  Students seeking financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Center at either campus for more information.

Accreditation and Licensure

 ACEN-accreditation.jpg 

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN) and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).     

 

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully accredited by:

ACEN
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

 The Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully approved by:

Texas Board of Nursing
1801 Congress Avenue Suite 10-200
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 305-7400

 

Statistical Data (Licensure/Exam/Retention Rates)

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING DATA

 

 

2022

 2021

2020

2019

2018

National Council Licensure Examination RN (Registered Nurse)

100%

(25/25)

97.92%

(47/48)

100%

(33/33)

100%

(26/26)

100%

(42/42)

Nursing Program Graduates

25

48

33

26

42

Graduates Obtaining a job

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Completion Rates

42%

(25/60)

85.7%

(48/56)

66%

(33/50)

45%

(26/58) 

69%

 (42/61)

 *27 ADN students completed the Exit Survey.

 59.26% of students ranked the ADN Program at Laredo College as excellent and 40.74% of students ranked the ADN Program as good in 2022; totaling 100%.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • 100% of students felt prepared in planning and improving patient-centered care by collaborating and communicating with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to implement evidenced based practices.
  • 96.30% of students felt prepared in evaluating and creating opportunities for patient and family teachings that focus on the needs and preference of the individual and their family to include health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to simulate and justify accountability nursing care while functioning within the legal/ethical scope of practiceconsistent with the state and national regulations.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to evaluate and prepare for safe, compassionate nursing care using the nursing process which is achieved through critical thinking and problem solving.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to evaluate and improve patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions to include pharmacological principles of safety.
  • 92.59% of students felt prepared to infer and prioritize the physiological, psychosocial, and developmental needs and preferences of culturally, ethically, and socially diverse patients and their families.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to determine, assemble evidence and report actual and potential unsafe practices to promote safety in the individual and family environment by following professional standards of nursing practice.

Information

Admission Process

Please visit the Bursar's Office at Fort McIntosh or South Campus to pay the application fee(s) ($10 per program). Application fee is non-refundable.

Your application will not be submitted without proof of application fee payment.

https://webportalapp.com/sp/adn_transition

  • Applications Open August 1, 2024, 9 am - Applications Close September 5, 2024, at Midnight.
  • Please use your legal name (no nicknames) as this information will be submitted to the Texas Board of Nursing for background check processing.
  • Students taking pre-requisite courses in Fall 2024 do not qualify to apply in 2024 but are welcome to apply in August 2025.
  • An LC Palomino ID# is required to apply and your LC student email.
  • There is an application fee of $10.00 for each program application submitted, which must be included with your application, and is non-refundable.
  • If proof of the application fee is not submitted the application is cancelled and cannot be retrieved or re-submitted.
  • “D” course grades are not considered a passing grade.
  • Students that apply must be College Ready in Reading, Writing, and Math to be considered.
  • Once an applicant applies they are screened to verify they have completed the pre-requisite courses with a 2.5 GPA or better.
  • If the pre-requisite courses were taken at another institution, official transcripts must be submitted to the LC admission office to be added to your LC student records.
  • The student must have a 2.5 or better GPA in their institutional and overall GPA.
  • Students will be ranked and selected on space availability for the Spring semester.
  • Students who are chosen for the program are notified by mid-October and must submit the required paperwork to register for the program in the Spring semester. 

Competitive Ranking Process

  • Acceptance to the program is a competitive ranking process based on points awarded for designated criteria.  Meeting all of the criteria does not guarantee anyone admission to the program.

Applicant’s will be allocated points based on:

Pre-Requisite, Institutional, and Overall GPA’s

GPA Range

Points

3.6 - 4.0

3

3.1 - 3.5

2

2.5 - 3.0

1

Maximum of 9 points from GPAs

Pre-entrance standardized examination scores

Overall Score to be considered for the A.D.N. program = 65.00

ATI TEAS

Reading

Math

Science

English

Cumulative Score

Points

100 - 81

100 - 81

100 - 69

100 - 72

100 - 74

2

80.9 - 72

80.9 - 68

68.9 - 58

71.9 - 65

73.9 - 65

1

71.9 - 0

67.9 - 0

57.9 - 0

64.9 - 0

64.9 - 0

0

Maximum of 10 points from ATI TEAS Scores.

Maximum Points for each program is 19 Points.

 

Pre-Entrance Exam Information

What is on the ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam?

  • The ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam is comprised of four content areas: reading, math, science, and English and language usage. The TEAS 7 contains 39 reading, 34 math, 44 science, and 33 English and language usage scored items.
  • The table below displays the number of questions in each category as well as time limits for each section of the TEAS.  There are 170 total questions on the ATI TEAS, Version 7, which includes 150 scored items and 20 unscored, pretest items.  The total time limit is 209 minutes. The ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam will introduce alternate item-type questions, questions that are not the conventional, single-answer multiple choice question. Click here for more information on alternate item-type questions.

The ATI TEAS, Version 7 will be released on June 3, 2022.  Official TEAS Prep by ATI has been released to prepare you for the new exam.  Visit www.atitesting.com/teas-prep for more details.

TEAS Chart

Pre-Req, Background Info/Vaccines/Clinical Requirements/Etc.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for criminal background verification, vaccine requirements and additional program information.

 

*LC IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT*

Students enrolling into Laredo College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by Laredo College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. Laredo College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Plan of Study

 

Pre-Requisites

Semester Offered

Credit Hours

 

ENGL 1301 Composition I

F.SP, SSI, SSII

3

 

PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development 

F.SP, SSI, SSII

3

 

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

F.SP, SSI, SSII

3

 

BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I          

F.SP, SSI, SSII

3

 

BIOL 2101 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

F.SP, SSI, SSII

1

 

 

 

13 Hours

 

First Semester - Spring Admission

 

Credit Hours

 

RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health

Spring

4

 

RNSG 1360 Clinical Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (Intermediate M/S)

Spring

3

 

RNSG 1144 Nursing Skills II           

Spring

1

 

BIOL 2302  Anatomy and Physiology II

Spring

3

 

BIOL 2102  Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

Spring

1

 

 

 

12 Hours

 

Summer Session

 

Credit Hours

 

RNSG 1201 Pharmacology     

Summer Session II

2

 

 

 

2 Hours

 

Second Semester – Fall                                                                                       

 

Credit Hours

 

RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing

Fall

2

 

RNSG 2162 Clinical Nursing Clinical Registered Nursing/(Mental Health)

Fall

1

 

RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family

Fall

4

 

RNSG 2261 Clinical Registered Nursing /Registered Nurse Pediatric/Maternity)

Fall

2

 

BIOL 2320 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (Lecture)

Fall

3

 

BIOL 2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (Laboratory)

Fall

1

 

 

 

13 Hours

 

Third Semester – Spring

 

Credit Hours

 

**RNSG 2307 Adaption to Role of Professional Nurse

Spring

3

 

**RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health

Spring

3

 

**RNSG 2363 Clinical Nursing (R.N. Training: Advanced M/S)

Spring

3

 

3 Credit Hours  Language, Philosophy, and Culture/Creative Arts

Spring

3

 

 

 

12 Hours

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION:

60

 

Upon successful completion of the transition program courses the student will receive credit for RNSG 1205,RNSG 1260, and RNSG 1413.

*Language, Philosophy, and Culture must be selected from ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2332,ENGL 2333, ENGL 2351, PHIL 1301, PHIL 2306. 

*Creative Arts courses must be selected from ARTS 1301, ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, DANC 2303, DRAM 1310,MUSI 1306, MUSI 1308, MUSI 1309, MUSI 1310.