Advanced Placement Track (LPN/Paramedic to RN)



Program Description
The TCC Nursing Program offers an Advanced Placement Track for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Paramedics, which allows for completion of nursing courses in as few as two to three semesters. To facilitate the progression of the working LPN and paramedic, the courses of the Advanced Placement Track are offered using online resources and some on-campus classroom and laboratory activities.  Clinical rotations are typically during evening and weekend hours. The courses will consist of classroom, lab/clinical and blended/hybrid (Internet-based). Students in the Advanced Placement Track, must have access to a personal computer with broadband or DSL ISP (Internet Service Provider). 

Program Overview
The first course, NURS 1393 LPN Bridge and/or the NURS 1363 Paramedic Bridge, may be offered each semester based on demand.  After successful completion of the Bridge course, the student will be eligible to enter Level 3 Nursing courses or may be eligible to receive advanced standing based on review of standardized testing results (contact the Nursing Division Office for advanced placement testing information) and enter Level 4 classes. Upon successful completion of Level 4 and TCC graduation requirements, graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). 

LPN's and paramedics interested in pursuing a degree through advanced placement should contact the Nursing Division Office for an application and curriculum plan, or access the application through this website.

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 38
English 6 hours
+*ENGL 1113 Composition I
*ENGL 1213  Composition II

Social Science 6 hours
POLS 1113 America Federal Government
and select one course from the following:
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present

Psychology 6 hours
+PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
*PSYC 2023 Developmental Psychology

Science 20 hours
+BIOL 1224 Introduction to Biology for Majors
+*BIOL 2134 Human Anatomy
*BIOL 2154 Human Physiology
*BIOL 2164 Microbiology
+*CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 37
Articulation or Substitution Credit
Nursing 19 hours
NURS 1401 Nursing Issues & Perspectives I
NURS 1421 Nursing Issues & Perspectives II
NURS 1431 Introduction to Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations
NURS 1446 Foundations of Nursing Practice
NURS 1457 Nursing of Adults w/Major Health Disruptions
NURS 2453 Nursing Promotion of Quality of LIfe

Nursing Hours: 18
Enrollment requires admission to Nursing Advanced Placement Track
NURS 1363 Paramedic Bridge
NURS 1393 LPN Bridge
NURS 2423 Nursing of Childbearing Families
NURS 2433 Nursing of Children and their Families
NURS 2512 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
NURS 2564 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 2543 Transition to Novice Nurse

Total Credit Hours: 75
*Has prerequisite (See course description section of catalog.)
+Prerequisite course

Additional Nursing Courses/Electives
NURS 2303 Pharmacology
NURS 2403 Dosage Calculations for Nurses

BSN Articulation Option
In addition to the general education courses required for entry and progression in the TCC Nursing Program, these courses provide the foundation for admission into many RN-BSN programs upon completion of TCC's Nursing Program.

Humanities: 3 hours
Humanities requirements vary by BSN program. Please contact academic counselor for recommendations for specific programs.

Mathematics: 3 hours
*MATH 2193 Elementary Statistics

Social Science: 6 hours
SOCI 1113 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 2123 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Sciences: 8 hours
BIOL 1383 Nutrition
*CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I (may be substituted for Nursing prerequisite)

Most BSN programs require additional electives representing non-nursing courses for a total of up to 64 - 67 general education credits.