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Nursing - LPN/ADN Transition - Advanced Placement for ADN Degree

Health and Sciences Division

General Description | Semester Layout  | Course Requirements | Printable Checklist

Mission

To prepare nursing students to be competent, professional caregivers through a dynamic curriculum and clinical experience which provides the requisite skills and knowledge for state licensure so that the community nursing needs are met.

Description

This program is designed for the Licensed Practical Nurse interested in obtaining an Associate Degree in Nursing by providing ways to take full advantage of her/his training and experience. Nurses are employed in health care facilities, physician's offices, home care agencies, industries, and long term care facilities. There are numerous additional opportunities for nurse employment. According to the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) website, the mean annual salary for a Registered Nurse in South Carolina is estimated to be $58,940 (May 2012).

Accreditations, Approvals, and Certifications

This program has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.  3343 Peachtree Road NE  Suite 850  Atlanta,  GA  30326  404.975.5000 ) .

NOTE: The LLR Board of Nursing may deny licensure to graduates of nursing programs based on evidence of unlawful acts, incompetence, unprofessional conduct, or other misconduct. Background checks and drug screening will be requested prior to nursing clinical courses. Successful completion of this program does not ensure nursing licensure. Prior charges may preclude a student from eligibility for entering the clinical and from applying to take the NCLEX exam.

This program has also been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.  3343 Peachtree Road NE  Suite 850  Atlanta,  GA  30326  404.975.5000 ) .

NOTE: The LLR Board of Nursing may deny licensure to graduates of nursing programs based on evidence of unlawful acts, incompetence, unprofessional conduct, or other misconduct. Background checks and drug screening will be requested prior to nursing clinical courses. Successful completion of this program does not ensure nursing licensure. Prior charges may preclude a student from eligibility for entering the clinical and from applying to take the NCLEX exam.

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

None

College BIO 210, BIO 211, ENG 101, MAT 110, PSY 201

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED

Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

Departmental Approval

Yes

Prior Experience/Observation

Mandatory attendance at a Nursing Career Talk is required.

Yes

Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0

Yes

Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No
First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

No
MMR Immunization or Titer No
Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer No
Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray No

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.

No

Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

No

Negative Drug Screen

No

Satisfactory Background Check

No

Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.

Licensed as an LPN in South Carolina without disciplinary action

Yes

Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.

Yes

Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL

Yes

Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

No

Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross

No

Curriculum Completion Requirement

NOTE: The Associate Dean of Nursing must approve part-time sequence.

No

Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.

No

Dismissal Policy

A student who receives a grade below "C" for any two or more NUR/PHM courses will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible to re-enter the program.

Yes

Re-entry Policy

A FDTC or non-FDTC nursing student must petition the Nursing Admission and Advisement Committee regarding potential reentry.

Yes

Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Incomplete "I" Grade Policy

An Incomplete "I" is assigned for academic work which, for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons beyond student's control, has not been finished at the end of the term. Having a non-passing grade does not constitute justifiable reason or an unforeseeable emergency. Incomplete grades are contingent upon instructor approval. However, it is the primary responsibility of the student to request an incomplete grade from his/her instructor. An instructor, who agrees to award an incomplete grade, must file an incomplete grade form.
Incomplete grades may be given only in the following circumstances:
  • The student's work completed to date is passing;
  • Attendance has been satisfactory through at least 60% of the term; Incomplete grade will be assigned after the 60% date, but before the end of the term;
  • An illness or other extenuating circumstance legitimately prevents completion of required work by the due date; ( Instructors at their discretion may require Doctor's note, etc.)
  • Required work may reasonably be completed in an agreed-upon time frame;
  • The incomplete is not given as a substitute for a failing grade;
  • The incomplete is not based solely on a student's failure to complete work or as a means of raising his or her grade by doing additional work after the grade report time;
  • The student initiates the request for an incomplete grade before the end of the academic term;
  • The instructor and student complete the "Application for Incomplete Grade" form before the end of the academic term.
Appropriate grades must be assigned in other circumstances. A failing grade and last date of attendance should be recorded for students who cease attending class without authorization. Students who are unable to complete a course and who do not meet these circumstances should consider dropping the course.
The following provisions for incomplete grades apply:
  • The "Application for Incomplete Grade" form may be obtained on the web at www.fdtc.edu/registrar or in the Office of the Registrar.
  • The form must indicate exactly what is required in order to finish the course and what percentage of the grade will be based on the remaining work.
  • It should also indicate which letter grade the instructor will assign to the student in the event that the student fails to complete the remaining work within the prescribed time.
  • A copy of this form is given to the Department Head, the Registrar and the student.
  • The incomplete may be made up no later than one semester after the end of the term in which it was assigned, at which time, the instructor's alternate grade shall be entered on the record. For example: (Fall incomplete must be completed at the end of Spring) , (Spring incomplete at the end of Fall).
  • A student may petition for an extension of one semester of time due to unusual circumstances.
  • Such a petition will be reviewed by the instructor whose decision shall be reviewed and approved by the Department Head and the Divisional Associate Vice President and subsequently forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

Testing: A testing fee will be charged to students each semester to cover the cost of tests.

Withdrawals: A withdrawal (W) from a NUR or PHM course constitutes an attempt and will count as one failure to complete the course.

Class is selected based on academic records.