VN/Paramedic Transition to ADN/RN (A.A.S)


Pre-Requisite Courses
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I

Anatomy & Physiology I is intended for students entering a field of study in health sciences or kinesiology.  This course is the first semester of a two semester sequence and includes a study of basic cell biology histology the integument skeletal muscular and nervous systems. Animal dissection is a required component of laboratory activity in both face-to-face and online format. Successful completion of BIOL 2401 with a C or better allows the student to continue on to BIOL 2402. 

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

TSI complete in reading and writing.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2402 is a continuation of BIOL 2401.  The course includes a study of the structure and function of human organ systems including circulatory digestive respiratory urinary and reproductive. Animal dissection is a required component of laboratory activity in both face-to-face and online formats .

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

BIOL 2401 with a final grade of C or better.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

BIOL 2420 Microbiology

Study of the morphology physiology and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and nonpathogenic microorganisms. Pure cultures of microorganisms grown on selected media are used in learning laboratory techniques. Includes a brief preview of food microbes public health and immunology. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development

This course is designed for students who wish to learn more about the study of human growth development and behavior while considering the impact of physical intellectual social and emotional aspects of growth from conception to maturity. Students will gain a better understanding of the study of human growth from conception to death acquire a basic knowledge of human development and develop a familiarity with psychological terms. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
MATH 1342 Introductory Statistics

This is a first course in statistics with topics that span collection analysis presentation and interpretation of data and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics correlation and regression confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week
Prerequisites

TSI Complete

Pre-Requisite Hours
18



Year 1 Semester 3
Summer
RNSG 1118 Professional Nursing Competencies

Development of professional nursing competencies in the care of diverse patients throughout the lifespan.  Emphasizes psychomotor skills and clinical reasoning in the performance of nursing procedures related to the concepts of clinical judgment comfort elimination fluid and electrolytes nutrition gas exchange safety functional ability immunity metabolism mobility and tissue integrity.  Includes health assessment and medication administration.  This course lends itself to a concept-based approach.

Credit hours
1 credit hour.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission into Mobility ADN Program.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

RNSG 1128 Introduction to Health Care Concepts

An introduction to concept-based learning with emphasis on selected pathophysiological concepts with nursing applications. Concepts include acid-base balance fluid and electrolytes immunity gas exchange perfusion metabolism coping and tissue integrity. (Fall)

Credit hours
1 credit hour.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
One hour of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

Admission into ADN Program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

RNSG 1324 Concept Based Transition to Professional Nursing Practice

Integration of previous health care knowledge and skills into the role development of the professional nurse as a provider of patient-centered care patient safety advocate member of health care team and member of the profession. Emphasis is on clinical decision-making for patients and their families. Review of selected health care and professional nursing concepts with application through exemplars.  Health care concepts include comfort diversity elimination functional ability human development mobility nutrition sensory perception sleep coping thermoregulation tissue integrity acid-base balance clotting cognition fluid and electrolyte balance gas exchange immunity metabolism nutrition grief and perfusion.  Professional nursing concepts include clinical judgment communication ethical-legal evidenced-based practice health promotion informatics patient-centered care patient education professionalism safety and team/collaboration.  Introduces concept of leadership and management. This course lends itself to a concept-based approach.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission into Mobility ADN Program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

RNSG 1162 Transition Clinical LVN

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

Credit hours
1 credit hour.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Admission into the VN Mobility Program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
12

Year 2 Semester 1
Fall
ENGL 1301 English Composition I

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes from invention and researching to drafting revising and editing both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices including audience purpose arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning communicating and critical analysis.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.

Note

English Composition I is a prerequisite for all 2000-level literature courses.

RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts III

Application of professional nursing concepts and exemplars within the professional nursing roles.  Utilizes concepts of clinical judgment ethical-legal evidenced-based practice patient-centered care professionalism safety and team/collaboration.  Introduces the concept of quality improvement and health care organizations. Incorporates concepts into role development of the professional nurse.  This course lends itself to a concept-based approach. (Fall)

Credit hours
1 credit hour.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

RNSG 1125 RNSG 1126 RNSG 1128 RNSG 1160 RNSG 1216 RNSG 1430 RNSG 1533 RNSG 2362 or equivalent course work


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts III

In-depth coverage of health care concepts with nursing application through selected exemplars.  Concepts include cellular regulation end of life immunity interpersonal relationships human development intracranial regulation mood/affect comfort sexuality mobility and reproduction.  Provides continuing opportunities for development of clinical judgment skills. The course lends itself to a concept-based approach. (Fall)

Credit hours
5 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

RNSG 1125 RNSG 1126 RNSG 1128 RNSG 1160 RNSG 1216 RNSG 1430 RNSG 1533 RNSG 2362 or equivalent course work


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

RNSG 2363 Clinical III

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. The student must pass both RNSG 2363 RNSG 1538 and RNSG 1137 concurrently in order for the student to progress to the Level IV courses. (Fall)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Twelve hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

RNSG 1125 RNSG 1126 RNSG 1128 RNSG 1160 RNSG 1216 RNSG 1430 RNSG 1533  RNSG 2362 or equivalent coursework


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
12

Year 2 Semester 2
Spring
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics

The systematic evaluation of classical and/or contemporary ethical theories concerning the good life human conduct in society morals and standards of value.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
RNSG 2138 Professional Nursing Concepts IV

Integration of professional nursing concepts and exemplars within the professional nursing roles.  Synthesizes concepts of clinical judgment ethical-legal evidenced-based practice leadership and management patient-centered care professionalism safety and team/collaboration through exemplars presented in the HCC course.  Emphasizes concept of quality improvement and introduces health policy.  Incorporates concepts into role development of the professional nurse.  This course lends itself to a concept-based approach.  (Spring)

Credit hours
1 credit hour.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
One hour of lecture and one hour of lab each week.
Prerequisites

RNSG 1125 RNSG 1126 RNSG 1128 RNSG 1137 RNSG 1160 RNSG 1216 RNSG 1430 RNSG 1533 RNSG 1538 RNSG 2362 RNSG 2363 or equivalent course work


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts IV

In-depth coverage of advanced health care concepts with nursing application through selected exemplars.  Concepts include cognition immunity clotting fluid and electrolyte balance gas exchange metabolism nutrition perfusion coping tissue integrity and interpersonal relationships.  Continuing development of clinical judgment with integration of all program concepts. The course lends itself to a concept-based approach. (Spring)

Credit hours
5 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

RNSG 1125 RNSG 1126 RNSG 1128 RNSG 1137 RNSG 1160 RNSG 1216 RNSG 1430 RNSG 1533 RNSG 1538 RNSG 2362 RNSG 2363 or equivalent course work


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

RNSG 2361 Clinical IV

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. The student must pass both RNSG 2138 RNSG 2539 and RNSG 2361 concurrently in order to be able to graduate from the nursing program.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Twelve hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
12


Total Program Hours
60



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

This program is for currently licensed Vocational Nurses or Paramedics who are looking to become Registered Nurses. This three semester (Summer, Fall, Spring), 60 credit hour curriculum leads to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) where graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and upon passing will receive a license to practice as a Registered Nurse.

“The RN takes responsibility and accepts accountability for practicing within the legal scope of practice and is prepared to work in all health care settings, and may engage in independent nursing practice without supervision by another health care provider. The RN, with a focus on patient safety, is required to function within the parameters of the legal scope of practice and in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws; rules and regulations; and policies, procedures and guidelines of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The RN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families with complex healthcare needs.” (Texas Board of Nursing, 2022).

Testing Requirements:

  • TEAS test (Paramedic applicants ONLY) with an overall composite score of 56% or higher.
  • VN to RN Transition applicants required test is ATI RN Fundamentals with a required score of minimum Level I or better. Please contact the testing center at 903-434-8272 or 903-434-8273 to schedule your test.
  • 2.75 or higher GPA Overall

Health Science Student Advisor: Renee Tomlin-Williams (ctomlin@ntcc.edu) 903-434-8350


Recommended High School Endorsement
Public Service

Faculty Advisor

Program Director


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employ- ment of registered nurses is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for registered nurses was $77,600 in May 2021 (range $59,450 to $120,250). Employment growth is also projected to be much faster than average in outpatient care centers, where patients do not stay overnight, such as those that provide same-day chemo- therapy, rehabilitation, and surgery. In addi- tion, because many older people prefer to be treated at home or in residential care facilities, registered nurses will be in demand in those settings. For more information visit the US Bureau of La- bor Statistic’s Occupational Handbook website at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/regis- tered-nurses.htm.


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