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One Year LPN transition to RN

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

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Program Description

For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) seeking to continue their education for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN), Motlow College offers the LPN transition to RN program.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) with a current unencumbered Tennessee license may apply to the nursing program and upon acceptance, enroll in the Career Mobility Transition course. The Career Mobility Transition's course curriculum is an adaptation of the nursing program's first year curriculum that recognizes the knowledge and skills of the LPN and is offered during the ten week summer term. Upon completion of the Career Mobility Transition course with a grade of "C" or better, transition students will join "second year track to RN" students and complete the RN program.

LPN's seeking admission to the nursing program course must:
  • Apply and be accepted for admission to Motlow College
  • Be a graduate of an accredited licensed practical nurse program
  • Submit a copy of a current Tennessee LPN license to the nursing department (May be conditionally admitted if awaiting verification of licensure)
  • Submit a nursing program application by January 31st of the year the applicant is seeking to enter the program
  • Earn a HESI entrance exam score of 75% or higher
  • Have a GPA of 2.3 or higher
Upon successful completion of the program, students will:
  • Perform core competencies basic to the practice of associate degree nursing as defined by the National League for Nursing
  • Utilize the nursing process based upon principles and concepts from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in providing individualized nursing care to clients
  • Be prepared to write the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse

Practical Experience

In order to achieve the outcomes of the MSCC nursing program, graduates must be able to perform core competencies basic to the practice of associate degree nursing.  Student learning outcomes in all courses in the curriculum contribute to meeting these competencies.  The core competencies, as defined by the National League for Nursing (2000), state that the associate degree nursing graduate will:
  • Practice within the legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the nursing profession, engaging in life-long learning and participating in professional organizations.
  • Communicate effectively and therapeutically with clients and peers using oral, written and electronic forms of communication.
  • Assess a client's health status by collecting and analyzing data.
  • Make clinical judgments about client's condition, interventions needed, and the effectiveness of care provided, modifying care as needed.  Evidence based practice and use of critical thinking provide the foundation for appropriate clinical decision making.
  • Provide caring interventions based on knowledge and understanding of the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, nursing theory, nursing research, and past nursing experiences.
  • Teach clients using an individualized teaching plan, assess learning that has taken place, and modify the plan accordingly.
  • Collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to achieve client and organizational expected outcomes.
  • Manage individual clients and group of clients using skills of prioritization, collaboration, delegation, and supervision.
Source: National League for Nursing (2000). Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Nursing program and all required licensure requirements students will obtain credentials as a registered nurse, with career opportunities in many areas, including:
  • hospitals
  • home health services
  • private physician's office
  • nursing care facilities
  • employment services