Bridge – LPN to RN Transition
The licensed practical nurse (LPN) may receive credit for the first year Nursing courses and enter into the second year of the Nursing program only after 1) submitting the minimum admission requirements for the Bridge application, 2) being selected for admission to the Bridge program, and 3) completing the required coursework.
Minimum Admission Requirements:
By the application deadline, applicants must meet and submit the following requirements to be considered for possible admission to the Bridge program:
- Official high school or GED transcripts indicating a high school diploma or equivalent
- Satisfactory scores in Math placement tests or completion of MTE units 1-5 (or equivalent college coursework). Placement test scores are valid for 5 years and must be completed on the current version of the placement test offered by WCC.
- Completion of BIO 141 with a grade of “C” or better
- Score at or above the national 45th percentile rank on the TEAS V Test for Nursing (RN), as mandated by the VCCS. Scores are valid for three years and must be submitted to the WCC Admissions and Records Office. Students have unlimited opportunities to obtain a satisfactory score but must wait 30 days between attempts.
- Official transcripts from the student’s School of Practical Nursing showing the completion of all LPN coursework
- Submit a copy of current unencumbered, valid LPN license. Students who have probationary status or a suspended or revoked LPN license are not eligible to enter the Nursing program.
- Completion of prerequisite courses (BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100/101 and PHI 220) by the application deadline.
- Minimum overall cumulative college GPA of 2.0 AND a 2.5 cumulative GPA for the nursing
- prerequisite courses: BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230, SDV 100/101 and PHI 220
- Submit a letter from your supervisor with a current job description and a statement to validate years of clinical practice as an LPN. If there are more applicants than positions available, points will be assigned for clinical practice.
Prior to the deadline communicated upon acceptance to NUR 115 (LPN to RN Transition) course, all students must complete the following:
- Clinical Eligibility Form, including:
- Current Purified Protein Derivative Tuberculosis Skin test (within one year) with negative results, or appropriate follow-up care with a positive finding.
- Proof of immunity of rubella by an immune titer or documentation of two MMR vaccinations.
- Evidence of immunity to chickenpox
- Evidence of current Tetanus Toxoid immunization within ten years
- Sign a statement indicating that the Hepatitis B vaccination was previously received or a disclaimer for exposure
- Clear Drug Screen and Criminal Background Check
- Current American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for Healthcare Provider or Red Cross Professional Rescuer card
Admissions Process Following Selection:
Once a student has been selected for admission to the Bridge program and has accepted the offer to be admitted to the program, the student will then enter NUR 115 (LPN to RN Transition).
- Upon successful completion of NUR 115 (LPN to RN Transition), the student may enter the second year of the nursing program beginning with NUR 190 (Coordinated Internship – Nursing III) and NUR 195 (Topics in Geriatric Nursing).
- Once NUR 115 (LPN to RN Transition) is successfully completed, credit will be given for the first year (first Fall and Spring semester) of NUR-prefix courses from the Nursing curriculum. A total of 19 credits will be awarded for NUR 106, NUR 161, NUR 135, NUR 137, NUR 218, and the first 2 credits of NUR 190.
- The Licensed Practical Nurse who chooses to enter as a freshman Nursing student and who is not successful in NUR 106 (Nursing Principles and Health Assessment) or NUR 218 (Integrated Concepts) may not apply to be admitted to NUR 115 (LPN to RN Transition).
- The LPN will be afforded one opportunity to complete NUR 115 (LPN to RN Transition). If unsuccessful, the student may request admission to NUR 106 (Nursing Principles and Health Assessment).
- If the LPN does not have an unencumbered, valid LPN license by the beginning of fall semester, he/she may not continue in the sequence. The student, however, may request admission into the generic track of the Nursing program. Students who have probationary status or a suspended or revoked LPN license are not eligible to enter the Nursing program.
- The LPN student must enter the second level nursing classes within three months of successful completion of NUR 115 (LPN to RN Transition).
- Any student receiving a final grade lower than a “C” in any course with an NSG prefix will be ineligible to continue in the program and will need to contact the program head for readmission requirements.
The following is a list of technical abilities and skills applicants for admission should possess:
- Critical Thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient
- Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
- Communication: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form
- Mobility: Sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
- Motor Skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe care
- Hearing Acuity: Ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs
- Visual: Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care
- Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment
All applicants should be advised that the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing Statutes and Regulations (54.1-3007) state the following regarding refusal, revocation or suspension, censure or probation:
The Board may refuse to admit a candidate to any examination, refuse to issue a license, certificate, or registration to any applicant and may suspend any license, certificate, registration, or multistate licensure privilege for a stated period or indefinitely, or revoke any license, certificate, registration, or multistate licensure privilege, or censure or reprimand any licensee, certificate holder, registrant, or multistate licensure privilege holder, or place him on probation for such time as it may designate for any of the following causes:
1. Fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license, certificate, or registration;
2. Unprofessional conduct;
3. Willful or repeated violation of any of the provisions of this chapter;
4. Conviction of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
5. Practicing in a manner contrary to the standards of ethics or such a manner as to make his practice a danger to the health and welfare of patients or the public;
6. Use of alcohol or drugs to the extent that such use renders him unsafe to practice, or any mental or physical illness rendering him unsafe to practice;
7. The denial, revocation, suspension or restriction of a license, certificate, registration, or multistate licensure privilege to practice in another state, the District of Columbia or a United States possession or territory; or
8. Abuse, negligent practice, or misappropriation of a patient's or resident's property.