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2010 - 2011 General Catalog

 

 

Associate of Science in Nursing

Mission Statement

The Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Nursing Program is committed to evidence-based learning through academic instruction, skills laboratory, clinical experiences, and community service to promote excellence in nursing and the maximum development of student potential within an ethical, intellectually stimulating environment of caring in which diverse students develop their academic and nursing skills.

Purpose

It is the purpose of the BPCC Nursing Program to sufficiently prepare entry-level Associate Degree nurses for safe and competent nursing practice utilizing the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains, and to meet state and national expectations within the nursing profession.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. fundamental nursing skills in the clinical and laboratory settings;
  2. critical thinking and decision-making skills in simulated medical surgical patient care situations;
  3. use of the nursing process format to stimulate critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making in applying fundamental principles to nursing skills and procedures;
  4. the ability to identify human response to physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual dimensions;
  5. critical thinking skills in making decisions concerning patient care in the clinical setting and in other areas of healthcare;
  6. use of the nursing process, including specific nurse diagnoses in relation to patients and families both in the clinical setting and in a health promotion and maintenance setting;
  7. the ability to delegate nursing tasks to appropriate healthcare workers in the clinical setting; and .
  8. the ability to function in the leadership role by using concepts of theory.

The BPCC Nursing curriculum consists of twenty-eight hours of qualification/ prerequisite courses, thirty-eight credit hours of nursing (program) courses, Art 206, and a humanities elective course. Admission to BPCC Nursing Program courses is granted on a competitive basis to students who have completed all qualification (prerequisite) courses, met all other requirements, and made application to the program prior to the published deadline. It is important to note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the BPCC Nursing Program courses.

The BPCC Nursing Program includes a traditional track and a bridge program for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to become Associate Degree Registered Nurses (ADNs).

Traditional Track Application Process

Students wishing to pursue the BPCC Nursing Program must first meet all General Admission Requirements for college admission as specified in the BPCC Catalog. The twenty-eight specified prerequisite credit hours must be completed prior to acceptance into nursing program courses. The remaining six credit hours (humanities elective and Art 206) may be taken in conjunction with nursing courses. Once a student has completed the prerequisite/ qualification courses they are eligible to apply for admission into the nursing program courses by submitting the following:

  • A completed Nursing Program Application submitted to the Program Director by the published deadline.
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges attended submitted to both the BPCC Admission Office AND the Nursing Program Director with the Nursing Application
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.500
  • All science courses completed within five (5) years of application to the program courses.
  • Read, signed, and submitted the BPCC Nursing Program Essential Requirements.
  • Completed the NLN Entrance Exam while enrolled in NURS 101; scores must be current be within one (1) calendar year prior to applying to the program.
  • Successfully complete the AHA Healthcare Provider CPR course offered during the fall semester in conjunction with nursing courses
  • Successfully pass the BPCC computer competency exam or have completed a college level computer science course
  • Submit within the Nursing Program Application a letter of good standing from any other nursing program attended

All students selected for the Traditional Nursing Program must provide all required clinical information for the clinical component of the program including a completed health status statement form completed by a physician; laboratory immunization/testing reports for mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, varicella zoster, and Hepatitis B and any others required by the hospital/clinical facility; and documentation of laboratory testing for negative drug/alcohol screening. Students must also maintain current health insurance coverage while in the program and submit a signed consent/release for comprehensive background check. Once accepted into the program, the student will pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition during each program semester. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C (76%) or better in all program course work to remain in the program. Any student who fails to maintain a 76% while in the program will be terminated from the program. Refer to the BPCC Nursing Program Student Handbook for specific policies and procedures.

Traditional Track Application Deadline

BPCC Nursing Program applications for admission to the fall semester nursing program courses are due by 3:30 pm on the first Monday in April. Applications should be turned in to the Nursing Program Director and must include all required information to be eligible for consideration. All required prerequisite classes must be completed by the end of the spring semester in order to be included in the selection process.

LPN to ADN Bridge Program

The BPCC Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ADN) Bridge Program is a day and/or evening full-time program that prepares LPNs to become Registered Nurses (RN). This program is designed for LPNs who want to pursue a career as an RN after completing a minimum of one year of practice as an LPN. Admission to the BPCC Nursing Program is granted on a competitive basis. It is important to note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the BPCC Nursing Program. Before a LPN can be officially admitted to the LPN to ADN Bridge Program, he or she must:

  • complete all admission requirements and be admitted to Bossier Parish Community College;
  • successfully complete all specified prerequisite/qualification courses;
  • successfully complete all science courses (BLGY 224, BLGY 224L, BLGY 225, BLGY 225L, and Microbiology) within five years of application;
  • complete the LPN to RN Transition Course (NUR 204) offered the fall semester before entering the clinical component of the program in the spring (Level II);
  • complete the National League of Nursing I PN to RN Foundations of Nursing Proficiency Exam – Foundations of Nursing. This exam is required of all applicants before the deadline date for applications for the LPN to RN Program. Upon achieving the required score on the exam, the LPN is granted twelve (12) credit hours in the professional component of the nursing curriculum (LEAP CREDIT = 12);
  • submit NLN PAX-RN Entrance Test Scores;
  • complete and submit a Nursing Program Application by the deadline;
  • submit official transcripts from ALL colleges attended to both 1) the BPCC Admissions Office AND 2) the Nursing Program Director with the Nursing Application;
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000;
  • have completed and earned a minimum GPA of 2.500 in all 27 approved credit hour pre-requisite courses (Introduction to Fine Arts and/or a Humanities elective may be taken with nursing courses);
  • read, sign, and submit the BPCC Nursing Program Essential Requirements;
  • successfully pass a BPCC computer competency exam or have completed a college level computer science course.

All students selected for the LPN to ADN Program must provide all required clinical information for the clinical component of the program including a completed health status statement form completed by a physician; laboratory immunization/testing reports for mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, varicella zoster, and Hepatitis B and any others required by the hospital/clinical facility; and documentation of laboratory testing for negative drug/alcohol screening. Students must also maintain current health insurance coverage while in the program and submit a signed consent/release for comprehensive background check. Once accepted into the program, the student will pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition during each program semester. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C (76%) or better in all program course work to remain in the program. Any student who fails to maintain a 76% while in the program will be terminated from the program. Refer to the BPCC Nursing Program Student Handbook for specific policies and procedures.

LPN to ADN Bridge Program Application Deadline

LPN to ADN Bridge Program applications are due by 3:30pm on the first Monday in April for admission to fall nursing courses. Applications should be turned in to the Nursing Program Director and must include all required information to be eligible for consideration. All required prerequisite classes must be completed by the end of the spring semester in order to be included in the selection process.

Louisiana State Board of Nursing Requirements

  1. If you have been arrested, charged with, convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to, or been sentenced for any criminal event – even if told it was expunged from your record - you must disclose this information to the BPCC Nursing Program Director prior to entering the program and you must seek approval through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
  2. If you have any final or pending disciplinary action against you by any Nursing Board – you must disclose this information to the BPCC Nursing Program Director prior to entering the program and you must seek approval through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
  3. Students enrolled in the BPCC Nursing Program are required to notify the LSBN and the BPCC Nursing Program Director if any of the above events takes place at ANYTIME.
  4. The application requires information for answering “Yes” to specific questions. Examples that may be required are:
    • detailed letter of explanation regarding the incident(s),
    • certified arrest report,
    • certified judgment and sentencing,
    • certified release from probation or completion or pre-trial diversion, or
    • certain medical illnesses require detailed letters, history and physical examination information, and a list of medication.
  5. If you enter the BPCC Nursing Program and are later found to have a conviction:
    • The student may be immediately dismissed from the program.
    • The student may not be allowed to take the licensure exam

Transfer of Credit Policy

Students should refer to the BPCC Catalog for college policies regarding transfer of prerequisite/qualification courses. Transfer of nursing program courses, courses with a NURS prefix, will be evaluated on an individual basis and will be accepted at the discretion of the BPCC Nursing Program Director. Any applicant who has attended another nursing program and is not in good standing and/or is not eligible to continue/return to that program will not be eligible for admission into the BPCC Nursing Program. Determination of acceptable transfer credits will be made according to the following guidelines:

  • All courses must have been taken within the three-year time limit to complete the undergraduate program degree requirements. Credit will not be granted for nursing courses taken more than 3 semesters prior to admission into the BPCC Nursing Program.
  • Courses must be listed on an official transcript from an accredited college/university, and transcript must show a letter grade of “A,” ”B,” or “C” in the course unless “P” is approved by the faculty.
  • A grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite course
  • Students shall provide a syllabus and course description for all nursing courses being evaluated for transfer.

Acceptance of transfer students into the BPCC Nursing Program depends on availability of slots in the clinical component of the program.

Selection Policy

The BPCC Nursing Program maintains highly selective admission criteria in addition to the general admission requirements of BPCC. The competitive selection process is based on a point system utilizing the Nursing Admission Scoring Rubric. Students will be ranked from highest to lowest in numerical order and only students with the highest rubric values will be offered admission into the BPCC Nursing Program. Applicants not selected must maintain eligibility and reapply for admission at a later time.

The number of nursing students accepted into the nursing program is dependent on Louisiana State Board of Nurses’ (LSBN) faculty-student ratio requirements, availability of clinical sites, and classroom space. It is our belief that educational standards and acceptable ratios in the classroom and clinical setting must be maintained to provide excellence in education, success on the national licensure exam and quality healthcare for the community.

Program Cost

The cost of the BPCC Nursing Program includes tuition, a clinical fee for each semester in which the student is enrolled in program courses and additional fees for skills labs, simulation labs, finger printing, background checks, and other required tests and supplies. Other cost such as those for immunizations, uniforms, and non-required course materials (study guides, reference textbooks, manuals not on the required textbook list, etc.) will be in addition to the initial tuition amount and will be the responsibility of each student. All College fees, including tuition, are subject to change without notice. For information on financial aid assistance, contact the Financial Aid office at 678-1117.

Required courses for Associate of Science in Nursing:

Freshman Year - Required Prerequisite/Qualification Courses
First Semester Hours
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
BLGY 224: Human Anatomy 3
BLGY 224L: Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology 3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
13
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
BLGY 225: Human Physiology 3
BLGY 225L: Human Physiology Laboratory 1
MICR: Microbiology with Laboratory 4
MATH 114: Finite Math 3
NURS 101: Introduction to Nursing * 1
15
Sophomore Year - Required Program Courses
First Semester (Level I) Hours
NURS 200: Fundamentals of Nursing 6
NURS 201: Adult Nursing I 4
NURS 202: Nursing Practicum I 2
NURS 203: Pharmacology for Nursing 2
14
Second Semester (Level II) Hours
NURS 210: Pediatric Nursing 3
NURS 211: Adult Nursing II 4
NURS 212: Adult Practicum II 2
NURS 213: Pediatric Practicum 2
  Humanities Elective ** 3
14
 
Third Semester (Level III) Hours
NURS 220: Women's Health Nursing 3
NURS 221: Adult Nursing III 4
NURS 222: Adult Practicum III 2
NURS 223: Mental Health Nursing 2
NURS 224: Women's Health Practicum 1
NURS 225: Mental Health Practicum 1
ART 206: Introduction to Fine Arts *** 3
16
Total credit hours for the Associate of Science in Nursing 72

*NURS 101 must be taken within the calendar year immediately prior to applying to the Nursing Program courses.

**Humanities elective may be taken prior to or concurrent with Nursing Program Courses; choose from ENGL 201, ENGL 202, ENGL 255, or ENGL 256; FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 201; HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 201, or HIST 202; RLGN 201 or RLGN 202; SPAN 101, SPAN 102, or SPAN 201. (If taken before fall 2010, the following can be used for Humanities: HMAN 201, HMAN 202, THTR 101, TLCM 240.)

***Introduction to Fine Arts may be taken prior to or concurrent with Nursing Program Courses

All students must demonstrate competency in computer literacy through completion of a college level computer science course or by successful completion of a competency exam

Courses Required for LPN – RN Curriculum Plan

(To begin fall 2011)

Prior to enrollment the student must successfully complete all qualification/prerequisite courses, and be selected for admission to the program course.

  Hours
LEAP Credit (NLN 1 PN to RN Foundation of Nursing Proficiency Exam) 12
First Semester (Level I) Hours
NURS 204: LPN to RN Transition 3
ART 206: Introduction to Fine Arts ** 3
6
Second Semester (Level II) Hours
NURS 210: Pediatric Nursing 3
NURS 211: Adult Nursing II 4
NURS 212: Adult Practicum II 2
NURS 213: Pediatric Practicum 2
  Humanities Elective * 3
14
 
Third Semester (Level III) Hours
NURS 220: Women's Health Nursing 3
NURS 221: Adult Nursing III 4
NURS 222: Adult Practicum III 2
NURS 223: Mental Health Nursing 2
NURS 224: Women's Health Practicum 1
NURS 225: Mental Health Practicum 1
13
Total credit hours for the Associate of Science in Nursing 72

*Humanities elective may be taken prior to or concurrent with Nursing Program Courses; choose from ENGL 201, ENGL 202, ENGL 255, or ENGL 256; FREN 101, FREN 102, FREN 201; HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 201, or HIST 202; RLGN 201 or RLGN 202; SPAN 101, SPAN 102, or SPAN 201.

**Introduction to Fine Arts may be taken prior to or concurrent with Nursing Program Courses

All students must demonstrate competency in computer literacy through completion of a college level computer science course or by successful completion of a competency exam

NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam Policy

All BPCC Nursing Program degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN Examination (National Council Licensure Exam – Registered Nurse). All graduates of the program seeking initial registration in Louisiana must take the NCLEX-RN administered by the National Council on Licensure.

Essential Requirements

Admissions to nursing and allied health programs at BPCC are based on academic achievement and additional program specific non-academic criteria. Essential Requirements have been established by each program identifying the occupational-specific technical standards required of students in the program. Decisions to apply for admission to the BPCC Nursing Program should be made after considering the Program Essential Requirements. The Essential Requirements are available in the Nursing Program Application or from the Division Office, located in Building B, room 148.

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