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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2014-2015 Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2022  
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LPN to RN Transition Program, A.S.

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Special Admission Requirements: Program Application Deadline: January 15 for Summer and July 15 for Spring

Career Programs Building, Room 110, 240-500-2380

This program of study is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program; therefore, some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.

Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S.

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 70 credit hours.

Purpose: For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to complete a registered nursing program with an associate of science degree. The nursing program is approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The nursing program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skill, and understanding necessary to function effectively in all areas of professional nursing. Graduates of the nursing program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into several broad areas of study and consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Emphasis is on the use of the nursing process to meet the needs of individuals, family members, and the community. Courses in general education provide students with the scientific and social background to function as effective people, citizens, and health care providers.

Program Outcomes

  1. Eighty percent of the RN and PN students who begin the program will successfully complete the program within a maximum of three calendar years from the date of entry.
  2. Ninety percent of the program graduates will pass NCLEX on their first attempt.
  3. Ninety percent of the graduate survey respondents will be employed as an entry-level practitioner within 6 months of graduation.
  4. Seventy five percent of the graduate survey respondents will express satisfaction with curriculum, environment, learning resources, support services, and policies.
  5. One hundred percent of students graduating from the HCC Nursing Programs will meet all student learning outcomes.

Student Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the Associate of Science degree in nursing program will be able to:

  1. Utilize critical thinking in implementation of the nursing process to plan care for individuals and families that promotes health throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings.
  2. Adhere to quality of care and safety standards in both acute and community based environments.
  3. Facilitate the continuity of care for individuals in various acute and community based environments.
  4. Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the nursing profession.
  5. Provide compassionate care and serve as advocates for individuals and families, respecting their diverse cultures, values, and belief systems.
  6. Employ therapeutic verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills.
  7. Collaborate with the individual, family, and interdisciplinary health professionals to promote, maintain, or restore health, and comfort the dying.
  8. Manage human, physical, and technological resources in a safe and cost-effective manner without sacrificing quality nursing care.
  9. Participate in lifelong learning activities that promote professional growth and personal development.
  10. Exercise leadership skills in the management of care.

Pre-Admission Requirement

Students must complete the nationally normed test for nursing students known as the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS is a scholastic aptitude assessment in the areas of math, reading, English, and science. Students will not be considered for admission to the program until they achieve the required scores on the TEAS. Applicants should consult the HCC Web site at for specific information about the TEAS, including score requirements. This requirement should be completed prior to submission of the Supplemental Application (see below), but no later than the application deadline.

Admission Requirements
Admission to HCC does not guarantee admission to the Division of Nursing. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Registration by the application deadline.

  • Submit a completed program application known as the Supplemental Application for LPN to RN Transition Program form
  • Submit TEAS scores
  • Official transcripts from other colleges attended
  • Completion of all required science courses within seven years prior to admission to the program
  • A minimum of 23 credits completed or in progress at the time of application to the program. The courses include ENG 101 , a Math General Education course from the approved General Education course list SOC 101 , PSY 101 , PSY 204 , BIO 103 , and BIO 104  
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college coursework of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for all program courses is required
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for all general education requirements
  • Verification from an employer of at least six months full-time employment as an LPN, or the equivalent number of hours within the past 5 years
  • Foreign educated students must have their college transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES ) or AACRAO International Education Services (IES)

Program Requirements: Students practice selected procedures on each other in the college laboratory. All nursing students must receive:

  1. A minimum overall grade of 75% in each nursing course.
  2. A minimum exam grade average of 75% in each nursing course.
  3. A minimum grade of 90% on a drug calculation exam in each nursing course.
  4. A mark of satisfactory for both the simulation laboratory and clinical experiences. Students who receive a final mark of unsatisfactory in the clinical laboratory or clinical experience, or fail the drug calculation exam, despite a passing theory grade, will not be permitted to progress in the nursing program and will receive a final grade of “F” for the course.
  5. Upon completion of nursing coursework, students must achieve an Adjusted Individual Score of 70% or higher on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Exam. Students who do not achieve this score will be allowed to retake the exam after appropriate remediation until they achieve the required score.

Students who do not meet program or course standards that result in termination from the nursing program by the Director, Nursing Division, are not eligible for readmission. This includes students who cannot meet safety standards, and students who violate the college’s Honor Code and Standards of Conduct, the nursing program’s Standards of Conduct, and the American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
Gen Ed Math Gen Ed 3   Gen Ed ENG 102 - Composition and Literature 3
Gen Ed ENG 101 - English Composition 3   Gen Ed BIO 104 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Gen Ed BIO 103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4   Gen Ed SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities Gen Ed 3   PSY 204 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan Human Development 3
Gen Ed PSY 101 - General Psychology 3        
TOTAL   16   TOTAL   13
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 116 Foundations of Nursing I 3   NUR 127 Nursing Care of Children 4
NUR 117 Foundations of Nursing II 6   NUR 229 Nursing Care of the Acute and Chronically Ill Adult 4
BIO 205 Microbiology 4        
TOTAL   13   TOTAL   8
Second Year Summer
Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 224 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 2
Third Year Fall   Third Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 126 Nursing Care of Women and Infants 4   NUR 230 Nursing Care of the Acute and Chronically Ill Adult II 4
NUR 226 Behavioral Health Nursing 4   NUR 228 Contemporary Trends in Nursing and Leadership 2
        NUR 231 Nursing Care of the Acute and Chronically Ill Adult III 4
TOTAL   8   TOTAL   10


General Education Requirements (33 Credits)



Degree Requirement (70 Credits)

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the registered nursing course sequence each summer and spring. The nursing program is an over subscribed program which means that there are more applicants than there are available seats in the program. Students are selected for admission based on classes completed, the student’s grade point average, and the number of available class seats. Students who have been accepted for admission will be notified of the decision by mail. The offer of admission is for the specified year only. Students who desire admission to the nursing program in a subsequent year, must fill out another Supplemental Application for LPN to RN Transition Program form and follow the admission guidelines above.

Final Acceptance

Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon the following criteria.

  1. Students must pass the NUR 116 -NUR 117  challenge exam.
  2. Students must pass the NUR 116 -NUR 117  skills lab exam.
  3. Students must pass a dosage calculation exam with a score of 90% or above.
  4. Students must successfully pass a drug screen and criminal background check.
  5. Students must be able to meet the program’s technical standards.
  6. Satisfactory completion of a health examination record and all required tests and immunizations.
  7. Current American Heart Association “Healthcare Provider” CPR certification.

Criminal Background Checks

All nursing students who are offered admission to the nursing program will be required to complete a criminal background check. A separate criminal background check may also be required by a clinical site prior to beginning a clinical experience. Criminal background check results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. If a student is denied access by a clinical site because of the background check, and as a result, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. Individuals applying to take the NCLEX—RN exam may be required to submit to an additional criminal background check depending upon the state in which the individual seeks licensure. State boards of nursing may deny an individual the opportunity to sit for an examination, or grant licensure, even if the individual has completed all course work and graduated from the program, if the individual has a criminal history, has been convicted, or pleads guilty, or nolo contendere to a felony or other serious crime.

Drug Screen

All nursing students who are offered admission to the nursing program will be required to submit to a drug screen. Drug screen results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. A random drug screen may also be requested at any time during the nursing program if a nursing faculty member or a clinical facility representative has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is impaired and poses a safety concern to patients or others. If a student is denied access by a clinical site because of drug screen results, and as such, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.

Readmission to the Nursing Program

Students who fail the NUR 116  and NUR 117  challenge exam and desire readmission to the transition program may reapply for admission to a future class according to the standards listed above. Students who withdraw from, or fail other courses in the nursing sequence and desire readmission to the nursing program, must submit their request in writing to the Director, Nursing Division. In addition, students who fail a course because of failing the course’s required drug calculation exam are required to successfully complete a drug calculation exam for readmission to the program. Readmission cannot be assured and is based on the progression criteria for each course and the availability of seats, faculty, and clinical facilities. Readmission to the nursing program must take place within one year of leaving the program. The curriculum under which a student seeks readmission may be different from the one under which the student left. Students who are accepted for readmission must complete the degree requirements in place at the time of readmission. Students who fail or withdraw from a nursing course after readmission are not eligible to be readmitted a second time.

Transfer from Other Colleges

Students transferring to HCC from other colleges who seek admission as a first time student into the nursing program must be enrolled as an HCC student and complete the Supplemental Application for LPN to RN Transition Program form by the established deadline dates. In order to be considered for admission, students must meet the same requirements as other first time students and will be selected according to the same criteria. Official transcripts from other colleges attended must be received by the application deadline. A transfer evaluation will be done on all transcripts by the Office of Admissions and Registration to determine which courses a student may transfer to HCC for credit. Science courses that are older than seven years must be repeated.

Technical Standards

There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.

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