LPN-RN BRIDGE PROGRAM
This Registered Nursing program is a “bridge” program, admitting only licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and graduates of approved and/or accredited LPN educational programs who want to continue their studies to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Graduates of the practical nursing program from Felbry College-School of Nursing will be granted conditional admission to continue to the LPN-RN before sitting for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.The program’s curriculum builds on the existing knowledge, skills, and strengths of LPNs, preparing students to become registered nurses.
Working in a variety of medical and healthcare facilities and agencies, registered nurses (RNs) participate as contributing members of the health team, providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about health conditions and issues, and providing emotional support and advice to patients and their families. RNs also oversee and supervise practical nurses, nurses’ aides, and home care aides.
The graduate of the Registered Nursing Diploma Program will be able to:
- Perform nursing duties within legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice according to prevailing regulations.
- Apply evidence-based knowledge from nursing and the basic biological, physical, social, behavioral, and technological sciences to support clinical decision-making and to provide accurate, safe nursing care in diverse settings.
- Utilize the nursing process and collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to promote achievement of identified client outcomes.
- Provide accurate, safe nursing care when implementing the prescribed treatment regimen to assist clients/families in coping/ adapting to changes in health status and health deviation to promote self-care and continuity of care within and across healthcare settings.
- Assist the client when making healthcare decisions to achieve optimal level of functioning or end- of-life decisions to attain a peaceful, dignified death according to the client’s emotional, cultural, religious, and spiritual needs.
- Utilize effective communication in interactions with the client, significant support persons, and members of the healthcare team.
- Collaborate with the client, significant support persons, and other healthcare team members to achieve desired client outcomes using available resources and services to provide safe, cost- effective care.
Minimum Admission Requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Possess a current LPN license.
- Be a graduate of one of the following:
- A practical nursing program approved by any state Board of Nursing; or
- A practical nursing program that has been programmatically accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education (ED) or that is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or,
- A practical nursing program that is included in the institutional accreditation status of a school, college, or university that is accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by ED or that is a member of CHEA.
- A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4-point scale for the practical nursing program from which the applicant graduated is preferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Felbry College of Nursing from the issuing school or college.
- Complete an application with the required non- refundable registration fee.
- Be IV-certified with Board of Nursing or successfully complete an IV certification course at Felbry prior to taking any clinical course.
- Complete the HESI entrance exam with a minimum score of 850 or higher. If unsuccessful, the student will be eligible to retake the exam 2 weeks after the first attempt at the students cost.
- Any applicant who completed his or her practical nursing programs 5 years or more before applying for admission to the RN program must demonstrate, by means of additional testing, an acceptable knowledge level of nursing fundamentals and dosage calculations before being admitted into the program.
- Submit two favorable character references. (A relative may not give a reference)
- Complete a physical examination and submit evidence of current immunizations including: Tetanus and Polio vaccines; Mumps, Rubella, and Rubeola (MMR) titer or vaccine; Varicella titer or vaccine; Hepatitis B vaccine series/titer (optional); CPR and a 2-step Mantoux test– all of which must be met prior to starting nursing courses.
- Submit an 8-panel drug screen result.
- Complete both BCI and FBI background checks.
Any applicant who is working full-time or plans to work full-time during his or her studies will be limited to a part-time class schedule. The full-time class schedule of any student found to be working full-time will be immediately reduced to part-time. Information to verify full-time or part-time employment status must be provided by the applicant or student.