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 will need to meet the competency based educational (CBE) requirements by having a valid Michigan unencumbered LPN license, have obtained 1,000 cumulative practice hours by start of the program and must pass the following competency exams: National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundations of Nursing Standardized Admission, NLN Pharmacology and Health Assessment skills practicum examinations. 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.

It is highly recommended that chemistry be taken prior to Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 253 & 254). All sciences must be taken within the last eight years. Nursing courses MUST be taken in sequence. Students are required to take the NCLEX review course as part of the curriculum in order to graduate. An academic advisor must be consulted to apply to the program. The nursing program requirements are highly demanding and time consuming. Following admission, full-time employment is not recommended.

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