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Registered Nursing - LPN to RN Transition

Clark State Community College / Springfield Regional School of Nursing

This program is offered at Clark State's Bellefontaine and Springfield locations.

The LPN to RN option meets the educational needs of the licensed practical nurse desiring to become a registered nurse. The Registered Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000; www.acenursing.org and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing,17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410; (614) 466-3947; www.nursing.ohio.gov. Graduates are prepared to function in beginning staff-level registered nurse positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, and comparable health care facilities as members of a health care team.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing, a graduate will be able to:

  • Patient Centered Care: Engage in professional nursing practice, providing holistic, individualized, compassionate care that is patient centered and culturally, and developmentally appropriate across the lifespan.
  • Communication, Teamwork, and Collaboration: Utilize effective communication with nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, respect, and shared decision making.
  • Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement: Incorporate a spirit of inquiry through the utilization of current best evidence to make clinical judgements for quality improvement.
  • Safety, Informatics, and Technology: Integrate informatics and technology to guide nursing judgement in making clinical decisions that minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers.
  • Leadership and Professionalism: Transition to the role of the professional nurse, incorporating legal, ethical, and professional standards

Technical Standards
Specific attributes, characteristics, and abilities are essential to practice nursing. Professional competency is the summation of many cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. Students who enter the nursing program must be able to perform (with or without reasonable accommodations) these Essential Functions, which are linked to this program page on the College's website.

Students who may require accommodations to perform the essential functions should contact the College's Office of Accessibility to request reasonable accommodations.

Students are asked to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to perform the Essential Functions of the Student Nurse when applying to the program. These Essential Functions are also reviewed at the program orientation session. Attendance at this session is required for all students who have been accepted to start the nursing program's technical courses.

Admission Requirements
The LPN to RN program is a space limited program that admits students twice a year in fall and spring semesters. In addition to applying to the college, students must apply to the program. Minimum grade point average, reading, writing, math, and science requirements must be met prior to applying to the program. Completion of the minimum requirements and application to the program does not guarantee admission. Entry to the LPN to RN program is competitive and based on academic achievements. Detailed information about the program’s competitive admission criteria, process, time line, and forms are available in the Petitioning/Application Process for Health programs area of Clark State’s website.

Clinical Requirements
Transition students must meet health requirements, have a negative drug screen, show proof of health insurance, and meet criminal background check requirements before entering the first clinical nursing course. Specific information will be provided prior to beginning the nursing transition course.

Students will be billed for liability insurance for the clinical courses.

Progression Requirements
In order to progress to the next clinical nursing course, students must have successfully completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better.

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for an associate degree, Transition students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and have a grade of C or better in all courses in the curriculum.

Licensure
Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Licensure is mandatory for practice as a RN. Candidates for licensure in Ohio must complete a criminal background check and disclose information related to any prior felony or misdemeanor, crime involving gross immorality or moral turpitude, violation of a drug law, and/or recent diagnosis or treatment of a psychotic disorder. The Ohio Board of Nursing will determine whether the candidate may take the licensing exam.

Student Achievement Data

The nursing program publishes student achievement data that is required by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) The data includes the graduates' success on the licensure examination, program completion rates, and employment rates. 

Licensure Examination Pass Rate - Performance on the licensure examination for first-time test-takers.

  • 2015 first-time test-takers = 79.7%
  • 2015 all test takers (first-time and repeats) = 94.7%

Cohort Data:

  • Traditional Day first-time takers= 71% (first time and repeats = 88%)
  • Traditional Evening first-time takers = 89% (100% first-time and repeats)
  • LPN to RN Day first-time takers = 72% (94% first-time and repeats)
  • LPN to RN Evening first-time takers =100%
  • LPN to RN Bellefontaine first-time takers = 100%
  • Paramedic to RN first-time takers = 82% (95% first-time and repeats)

Program Completion Rate - Percentage of students who graduate within a defined period of time. The definition used by ACEN for the program completion rate is the number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.

  • 2015 program completion rate = 73%

Cohort Data:

  • Traditional Day= 67%
  • Traditional Evening = 71%
  • LPN to RN Day = 90%
  • LPNto RN Evening = 62%
  • LPN to RN Bellefontaine = 80%
  • Paramedic to RN = 100%

Job Placement Rate - Percentage of graduates, six (6) to twelve (12) months after graduating, employed in a position for which the program prepared them.

  • 2015 job placement rates = 100%

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Options
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing are prepared to obtain licensure and employment as a registered nurse.  Graduates are also prepared to continue their education and obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. A number of colleges and universities have designed bachelor's nursing completion programs for associate degree prepared registered nurses. Clark State has articulation agreements with a number of area BSN completion program including Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Urbana University, Wittenberg University, and Wright State University, Students are encouraged to refer to the transfer section of the catalog, the transfer guides area of the college's web site, and their academic advisor for more information about these programs.

Curriculum Plans and Course Formats
The curriculum is offered as a full-time program in Springfield and the Bellefontaine area. A part-time evening weekend program is also available in Springfield. The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory requirements. Individuals taking college preparatory education courses or attending school part-time will require additional semesters of study. Students should contact the Health and Human Services main office for a copy of the part-time evening-weekend curriculum plan.

Many non-nursing and some nursing (NUR) courses in the curriculum are available in both traditional and online/hybrid formats for Springfield cohort students. All courses are presented in an online or hybrid format for Bellefontaine cohort. All lab sessions are conducted on campus and/or at a healthcare facility, regardless of the format.

All students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Course Title Credits
Spring
BIO 1131 Microbiology 3
BIO 2121 Anatomy and Physiology I * 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
 
Summer
BIO 2122 Anatomy and Physiology II * 4
ENG 1112 English II 3
 
Fall
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
NUR 1110 Dosage Calculation 1
NUR 1135 LPN to RN Transition 3
NUR 1136 Adult Nursing for LPNs 2
NUR 1134 Behavioral Health Nursing 2.5
NUR -- Articulated credit awarded** 8
 
Spring
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
NUR 2234 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 2.5
NUR 2236 Adult Nursing II 6.5
 
Fall
MTH -- Math Elective*** 3
NUR 2232 Children-Family Nursing 2.5
NUR 2238 Adult Nursing III 7.5
NUR 2240 Nursing Review 0.5
 
  Total Credit Hours 65

* BIO 2121 and BIO 2122, or the equivalent, must be successfully completed within five  years of entry into the first clinical nursing course. If older than five years, the courses must be repeated.

** Students are awarded 9 semester hours of articulated credit for advanced placement after successful completion of NUR 1135 and NUR 1136.

*** Students may choose from MTH 1050 Math for Today's World (prerequisite CPE 0650), MTH 1060 Business Math (prerequisite CPE 0500), or STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I (prerequisite CPE 0650). Students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) should choose a math course that will satisfy the BSN program requirements for their school of choice.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.