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LVN BRIDGING PROGRAM
FACT SHEET FOR CLASS BEGINNING SUMMER 2015

This program prepares the Licensed Vocational Nurse to make the transition into the professional nursing role. Upon completion of this program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are qualified to apply for the state licensing examinations for registered nursing.

The ADN program is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, www.bon.state.tx.us, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 404-975-5000, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 33026

General Information Sessions

Details of the program are presented in information sessions offered the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center. No appointment is necessary.

Curriculum changes may occur over the next 1-2 years.  Check information sources for changes that may affect your application.

Our nursing students must be available for day, evening, and possibly weekend clinicals.

Admission Requirements:

Students desiring admission to the LVN Bridging program must:

  1. Complete the Temple College admission procedure. All college requirements must be met, including TSI requirements.

  2. Complete the following prerequisite courses: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, VNSG 1160, and VNSG 1423. These courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester before you apply. The VNSG 1160 and VNSG 1423 courses will be equated to basic clinical and skills/fundamentals type courses that the applicant completed in their Vocational Nursing program.

  3. Complete the ADN application process between January 6 and February 9, 2015.  The last date to complete the application process is February 9, 2015
    This process requires proof of
    • Graduation from a Texas VN program or out-of-state ACEN (previously NLNAC) accredited program
    • A valid Texas VN license in good standing; withough disciplinary action or stipulations. (No only Compact license)
    • A grade of “C” or better in all VN courses and any course that applies toward the ADN curriculum/degree
    • Nursing practice experience of six months full-time or one year part-time within the last two years, if the applicant graduated more than two years before admission (part-time is defined as a minimum of 800 hours per year. A letter from the employer(s) will be required to verify work experience).
    Complete an application from the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center. Furnish official transcripts by February 9, 2015 of prerequisite course grades and any courses that may apply to the Bridging program. You must have a minimum of a “C” in every course. Proof of VN graduation with a minimum average of “C” must show on the transcripts. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (in all courses that apply toward the nursing curriculum) is required for admission to the Bridging program beginning Summer, 2015. Biology courses must have been taken within the past ten years. Applications will not be processed if any of the stated admission requirements are missing or incomplete.
  4. Applicants will be notified by letter or Temple College email of whether or not they were conditionally accepted into the program. If conditionally accepted into the program, the following must be completed:

    A current physical examination (within six months prior to beginning the nursing program) verifying good physical and mental health with required immunizations. Note: Students must receive the complete series of three Hepatitis B immunizations prior to the start of direct patient care. Annual flu vaccinations are required.

    Effective Spring 2012, Admissions and Records policy: All first-time or transfer students who did not attend the long semester immediately preceding their first semester at TC, and are under 30 years of age, must have a bacterial meningitis shot within the last 5 years prior to 10 days before the first day of the semester.

    A drug screen is also required (specific insturctions will be given).

    A satisfactory criminal background check (specific instructions will be given). The Texas Board of Nursing will conduct the criminal background check.  The student must be cleared by the Board of Nursing before being allowed to register for nursing courses.  Failure to be cleared by the Board of Nursing by the designated date will prevent admission. Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require criminal background checks. Permission to perform the criminal background check must be given by the student.  Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program. It may be necessary to dismiss students from a program if they are barred from practicing at any healthcare facility. Future employment and licensing may be affected by the results of a criminal background check. The ADN student/graduate is held to the registered nurse standards set by the Texas Board of Nursing.

    Written documentation of successful completion of the American Heart Association CPR course, Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. No student will be permitted in the clinical setting without current documentation on file (must remain current throughout the ADN program). On-line CPR courses are not acceptable; all courses must include a hands-on skill portion.

Students seeking admission to the LVN Bridging program are admitted to the program on the basis of the following criteria, with maximum point totals awarded as indicated:

  • GPA, only general education courses that apply to the ADN curriculum (approximately 56% of points)
  • Number of general education credits that apply to the ADN curriculum (approximately 33% of points)
  • Graduate of Temple College Vocational Nursing program or Temple College service area residency status (approximately 11% of points)

One point will be deducted from an applicant’s point total if the applicant has failed any nursing course in another nursing program.

Admission to the Bridging nursing program is determined during the mid spring for the summer semester. In case of competitive admissions, requirements above the minimum will be necessary. Admission to Temple College does not constitute automatic acceptance into the nursing program. In the event the application is not accepted for admission to the nursing program, the applicant may request a review by the ADN Director.

Policies on promotion, readmission, and transfer apply to both Bridging and ADN students.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for qualified LVN Bridging students. Contact the Financial Aid office at (254) 298-8321.

LVN Bridging Program Estimated Expenses (increases are pending)
  IN-DISTRICT OUT-OF-DISTRICT
Tuition & General Fees
(Does not include fees for Internet courses)
$5,237 $ 7,937
Malpractice Insurance $ 50 $ 50
Textbooks (Nursing Only) $ 1,600 $ 1,600
Uniforms & Nurse Pack $ 300 $ 300
Comprehensive Exam Fee $ 50 $ 50
Assessment Test Fee $ 50 $ 50
NCLEX-RN Exam Fee $ 339 $ 339
Misc. Expenses
(Physical Exam, Supplies, Pin, CPR, Immunizations, Drug screen, Criminal background check, etc.)
$ 850 $ 850
TOTALS $ 8,476 $ 11,176

*Professional liability insurance will be purchased by the student at the time of registration. Additional expenses incurred as part of the program are the responsibility of the student.
For out-of-state tuition, see TC Catalog.

Comprehensive Exam

All candidates will be required to complete a comprehensive exam before graduating from the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Licensure

All students seeking licensure as a registered nurse must pass the Jurisprudence exam and NCLEX-RN administered by the Texas Board of Nursing. The Board may delay or refuse to admit persons to their examination or refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration for any of the following reasons

(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)

  1. For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
    1. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
    2. Been convicted of a felony?
    3. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
    4. Received deferred adjudication?
    5. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
    6. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
    7. Been granted pre-trial diversion?
    8. Been arrested or any pending criminal charges?
    9. Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
    10. Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgement/punishment/action?
    NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to the BON office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
    NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex.Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about that criminal matter.
  2. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  3. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate, or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  4. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
  5. Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

Declaratory Orders of Eligibility for License

The Texas Board of Nursing has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in Texas. The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition the Board for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with article 213.30(a) of the Nursing Practice Act. Further instructions and forms can be obtained at: http://www.bon.texas.gov/forms declaratory order.asp

Associate of Applied Science Degree
(LVN Bridging Program)

(Must be a Licensed Vocational Nurse)

Curriculum for LVN Bridging:
Any general education course (non-RNSG) may be taken prior to the assigned semester, but must be completed with a minimum C grade no later than the end of the assigned semester. Biology courses must be taken within the past 10 years. Official transcripts for all courses must be on file in the Admissions and Records office and the ADN Department.  

Curriculum changes may occur.  Verify requirements that may affect your application.

 

Prerequisites
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2420 Microbiology
ENGL 1301 Composition I
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
VNSG 1160 Clinical (credit transferred from VN program)
VNSG 1423 Basic Nursing Skills (credit transferred from VN program)
Summer Semester I
RNSG 1517 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students
RNSG 1146 Legal and Ethical Issues for Nurses
Summer Semester II
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing
RNSG 1163 Clinical-Nursing III-Registered Nurse Training*
Fall Semester
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development
RNSG 1347 Concepts of Clinical Decision-Making
RNSG 2201 Care of Children & Families
RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership & Management
RNSG 2460 Clinical-Nursing IV-Registered Nurse Training*
Spring Semester
Elective       3 credits TC Core Curriculum in Language, Philosophy, Culture, or Creative Arts
RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health
RNSG 2230 Professional Nursing Review & Licensure Preparation
RNSG 1251 Care of the Childbearing Family
RNSG 2461 Clinical-Nursing V-Registered Nurse Training*

* Clinical courses require contact hours generally in a range of 12-13 hours per week. Clinical courses may include day, evening, and weekend assignments.

 

Revised Spring 2014