The LPN to RN program combines theory and clinical components in addressing the concepts of professional nursing roles: caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator and manager.
The objective of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing program at the College is to help graduates prepare to become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs). The program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of medical settings as Registered Nurses. The program combines theory and clinical components in addressing the concepts of professional nursing roles: caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator and manager.
The purpose of the LPN to RN Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing program is to participate as an active partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the community by educating and preparing entry-level professional nurses to practice in a variety of settings. The faculty is committed to the professional development of the student, the support of the institution within the community and the enhancement of the nursing profession. Graduates of the bridge track are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.
Upon completion of the LPN to RN Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing program graduates will:
The Associate Degree of Nursing Bridge Program at the College prepares the graduates to sit for the Florida State Board Examination NCLEX-RN (Florida Statutes, Chapter 464)
The LPN to RN Bridge Associate Degree of Nursing degree program is designed to facilitate career mobility for the Licensed Practical Nurse. The program is 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 degree in nursing and be eligible to take the State of Florida NCLEX- RN exam.
The program is four semesters long comprised of twenty-four (24) Semester hours general education courses, twenty (20) Semester hours of pre-requisite courses, forty-nine (49) Semester hours of professional nursing courses with fifteen (15) 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 throughout the program.