Nursing – Associate in Applied Science – LPN to AAS-N (Bridge Transition)

The Associate in Applied Science, Nursing – LPN to AAS program consists of integrated lectures, labs and clinicals conducted in approved clinical education affiliate settings. The program is designed to educate students to provide competent nursing care in a variety of health care settings and for employment in the field of registered nursing. Candidates who successfully complete the LPN to AAS programs are eligible to apply for the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) required for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN).

There are special admission requirements to the LPN to AAS nursing program and it is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements and adhere to them. Students must apply for the program within published time frames.

Candidates entering the LPN to AAS program must have a valid Michigan unencumbered LPN license and must pass the following competency exams: National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundations of Nursing, standardized admission test, and Pharmacology NLN exam.

Most clinical sites are subject to Act 303 of the Public Acts of 2002, amended April 1, 2006, of the State of Michigan, which restricts persons with certain criminal convictions from having access to vulnerable populations. Therefore, the agreements that Jackson College has with these organizations require that as a condition of admission, all students will be subject to a fingerprint-based criminal background check, including an FBI check. Exclusions for convictions can range from one year to permanent exclusion. Questions should be directed to the security department.

In addition, all students must pass a drug screen to enter any nursing program, as well as complete immunizations (as required for health care providers), meet technical standards, and complete a physical form. Following graduation, applicants for licensure as a nurse are also asked about criminal convictions and substance abuse, and this can impact the individual’s ability to become licensed.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 60
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum grade in BIO 253 3.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 23

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

GEO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Program courses meet this requirement.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 4 MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

(FORMERLY MTH 133) (SAME AS CIS 203 AND PSY 144) This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO 253

This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 249 African-American Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Survey of the literature of African-American writers. Emphasis is on the major writers in narrative, poetry, fiction, essay and drama.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

GEO 7: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Program courses meet this requirement.

RELATED REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
NRS 116 Pharmacology 3 MAT 133 and BIO 132, LPN/MOA 141 or BIO 254

This course introduces students to basic principles of drug actions and nursing implications within the framework of the nursing process. Students will develop clinical reasoning and drug computation skills necessary to safely administer medications in a culturally responsive, client-centered manner.

NRS 220 Transitions Bridge 4 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course prepares the student to transition into the role of the professional nurse. Students build upon foundational concepts of critical thinking to further analyze the nursing process and evaluate plans of care that reflect culturally responsive, prioritized care utilizing evidenced-based clinical reasoning. Students expand physical assessment and lab skills to fulfill the professional nurse scope of practice.

NRS 215 Pathophysiology 4 NRS 110, NRS 111, NRS 116 and NRS 119

This course challenges student to apply the fundamental principles of pathophysiology in the management of the most relevant acute and chronic diseases within the framework of the nursing process. The student will use pathophysiology knowledge to develop sound clinical reasoning, promote a spirit of inquiry, and build a strong foundation for a professional identity.

NRS 214 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4 NRS 210, NRS 211 and NRS 215

This course prepares the student to provide cultural responsive safe, quality care while utilizing clinical reasoning to the complex medical surgical clients and their families while reinforcing health promotion. Clinical experiences designed to reinforce theory are include in both acute care and community settings.

NRS 240 Nursing Capstone 4 NRS 212, NRS 213, NRS 214 and NRS 230

This course prepares students for the transition from student to graduate nurse through synthesis and evaluation of current health care trends, legal and ethical processes, and evidence based practice. Clinical preceptorships designed to integrate theory, practice and professional socialization are included.

NRS 230 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4 NRS 212, NRS 213 and NRS 214

This course prepares students to provide culturally responsive safe, quality, transitional care while utilizing nursing judgment to increasingly complex, critically ill, and/or multiple clients and their families. Clinical experiences designed to reinforce theory are included in both acute care and community settings.

NRS 221 Care of Women and Neonates – Transition Bridge .5 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course utilizes the nursing process to assist the student in collaborating with the client/family or other health care members to provide culturally responsive care during the childrearing experience. The student will address care issues from a physiological, pathophysiological and psychosocial context using clinical reasoning to provide safe and quality care for woman and neonates. This course is a one-day review of material that the LPN is expected to have gained in their LPN Program. It is meant as a way to refresh the student on the material, and assess for basic competency in the care of women and neonates prior to becoming an RN.

NRS 223 Pediatric Bridge .5 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course builds upon previous learning to explore the physiological and psychosocial alterations of pediatric clients with acute and chronic health care needs. Students will examine the impact of and plan nursing care for pediatric clients utilizing the nursing process and nursing management techniques. This course is constructed to review and update the Licensed Practical Nurse with the knowledge and skills needed to transition to the role of the professional nurse.

NRS 222 Behavioral Health – Transition Bridge 2 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course builds on prior knowledge to assist the student with the transition to the role of the registered nurse in the psychosocial setting.  Students will build on past knowledge to provide culturally responsive, safe quality care utilizing clinical reasoning when caring for clients and their families with behavioral health needs. The clinical experiences are designed to identify and distinguish the expanded scope of nursing practice through reinforcement of theory, practice standards, and current research in both the acute care and community settings.

Students may test out of NRS 116. Please contact nursing department for more information.

It is highly recommended that general education courses be taken before the nursing course sequence if possible.

NOTE: Nursing courses are assigned various labs and clinicals. Be sure to follow directions each semester you register. The schedule is subject to change on short notice. Specific clinical sites and times cannot be guaranteed. The nursing department reserves the right to change the curriculum and program requirements.

Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

PREREQUISITES

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO 253

This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 4 MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

(FORMERLY MTH 133) (SAME AS CIS 203 AND PSY 144) This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

SEMESTER 1 – LEVEL 2

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
NRS 116 Pharmacology 3 MAT 133 and BIO 132, LPN/MOA 141 or BIO 254

This course introduces students to basic principles of drug actions and nursing implications within the framework of the nursing process. Students will develop clinical reasoning and drug computation skills necessary to safely administer medications in a culturally responsive, client-centered manner.

NRS 215 Pathophysiology 4 NRS 110, NRS 111, NRS 116 and NRS 119

This course challenges student to apply the fundamental principles of pathophysiology in the management of the most relevant acute and chronic diseases within the framework of the nursing process. The student will use pathophysiology knowledge to develop sound clinical reasoning, promote a spirit of inquiry, and build a strong foundation for a professional identity.

NRS 220 Transitions Bridge 4 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course prepares the student to transition into the role of the professional nurse. Students build upon foundational concepts of critical thinking to further analyze the nursing process and evaluate plans of care that reflect culturally responsive, prioritized care utilizing evidenced-based clinical reasoning. Students expand physical assessment and lab skills to fulfill the professional nurse scope of practice.

NRS 221 Care of Women and Neonates – Transition Bridge .5 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course utilizes the nursing process to assist the student in collaborating with the client/family or other health care members to provide culturally responsive care during the childrearing experience. The student will address care issues from a physiological, pathophysiological and psychosocial context using clinical reasoning to provide safe and quality care for woman and neonates. This course is a one-day review of material that the LPN is expected to have gained in their LPN Program. It is meant as a way to refresh the student on the material, and assess for basic competency in the care of women and neonates prior to becoming an RN.

NRS 222 Behavioral Health – Transition Bridge 2 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course builds on prior knowledge to assist the student with the transition to the role of the registered nurse in the psychosocial setting.  Students will build on past knowledge to provide culturally responsive, safe quality care utilizing clinical reasoning when caring for clients and their families with behavioral health needs. The clinical experiences are designed to identify and distinguish the expanded scope of nursing practice through reinforcement of theory, practice standards, and current research in both the acute care and community settings.

NRS 223 Pediatric Bridge .5 Admission into TNUR.AAS program

This course builds upon previous learning to explore the physiological and psychosocial alterations of pediatric clients with acute and chronic health care needs. Students will examine the impact of and plan nursing care for pediatric clients utilizing the nursing process and nursing management techniques. This course is constructed to review and update the Licensed Practical Nurse with the knowledge and skills needed to transition to the role of the professional nurse.

SEMESTER 2 – LEVEL 3

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
NRS 214 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4 NRS 210, NRS 211 and NRS 215

This course prepares the student to provide cultural responsive safe, quality care while utilizing clinical reasoning to the complex medical surgical clients and their families while reinforcing health promotion. Clinical experiences designed to reinforce theory are include in both acute care and community settings.

SEMESTER 3 – LEVEL 3

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

NRS 230 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4 NRS 212, NRS 213 and NRS 214

This course prepares students to provide culturally responsive safe, quality, transitional care while utilizing nursing judgment to increasingly complex, critically ill, and/or multiple clients and their families. Clinical experiences designed to reinforce theory are included in both acute care and community settings.

NRS 240 Nursing Capstone 4 NRS 212, NRS 213, NRS 214 and NRS 230

This course prepares students for the transition from student to graduate nurse through synthesis and evaluation of current health care trends, legal and ethical processes, and evidence based practice. Clinical preceptorships designed to integrate theory, practice and professional socialization are included.