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LVN to ADN Mobility


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The Department of Nursing Education offers the Associate of Applied Science Degree to students interested in upward mobility. The three (3) semester course of study is designed to prepare the graduate to function safely and effectively as a provider of care, a coordinator of care, and a member of the nursing profession. The curriculum includes a transition course as a bridge to the second year of an Associate in Applied Science in nursing, didactic and clinical nursing courses, and general education courses in selected humanities, biological, social, and physical sciences. The curriculum reflects the significant and ongoing changes in the health care delivery system. The curriculum provides a progressively more complex learning experience series to assist the student in developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Professionalism, ethical and legal issues, communication, and nursing psychomotor skills are integrated throughout the curriculum. The curriculum consists of 24 credit hours of general educations courses and 36 hours of nursing education courses. Classroom and laboratory experiences are held on the St. Philip’s College campus. The clinical component is provided in a variety of public and private health care settings.

Classes for the ADN Mobility will begin each Spring Semester in January and end in December. Application Deadlines: September 30 of every Fall semester.

The program is a one-year in length consisting of three consecutive semesters utilizing face-to-face and lab/clinical experiences to meet the students’ educational requirements to transition from the LVN role to the RN scope of practice. Class days vary due to clinical placements, but there are no evening or weekend classes. The LVN/Military to ADN program is a day program with no online courses. As a 32-school based Concept-Based Curriculum consortium member, this program utilizes a unique and successful concept approach to nursing theories and practice. Candidates for this program are LVNs and military-trained corpsmen or medics.

Admission to the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program occurs once each academic year in the fall. To coordinate admissions with the Texas Board of Nursing, application deadlines for spring admission are set to accommodate Board review. There are no exceptions to the deadlines.

All admission requirements, including submission of the completed application, must be met before consideration will be given for admission into the St. Philip’s LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program. Information in this application packet is subject to change without prior notice as deemed necessary to comply with current State and/or College requirements.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum format taught is concept-based. Concept-based learning is an educational method that focuses on the big ideas and teaches students how to organize and categorize information. Content focuses on facts, while concept focuses on making sense of those facts and the world around us. Instead of the traditional method of learning, which concentrates on the ability to recall facts in isolation, concept-based learning focuses on understanding broader principles (concepts) that can be applied to a variety of specific examples.

Concept-based learning challenges students to think more critically about the new subjects and situations they encounter by applying prior knowledge and experience. Students must think beyond the facts, connect factual knowledge to conceptual significance ideas, and find relevance.

A concept-based curriculum provides the structured framework to help create the learning outcomes, the instructional delivery and lesson objectives, and the student assessments.

A concept-based curriculum in nursing involves examining concepts that link to the delivery of patient care. During the course of study, students focus on key, prevalent examples and their interconnected nature. Students learn to recognize features of a condition and begin to apply what they have learned to various situations.

 

 

Clinical Requirements

 

To fulfill the clinical requirements, students must attend clinical rotations in San Antonio and its surrounding areas if needed. Transportation to and from hospitals and other assigned medical facilities is the responsibility of the student. Students should be prepared to travel to any facility deemed appropriate to meet course objectives.

 

Expected Outcomes

 

Students enrolled in the LVN/Military to ADN Nursing Program are required to meet the following technical standards:

  1. Use the senses of vision, hearing, speech, and touch.  Use of the senses enhances the nurse’s abilities to accurately observe the patient.
  2. Perform psychomotor movements that require coordination of gross and fine muscle movements and equilibrium.  Good coordination is necessary for patient safety.
  3. Communicate orally and in writing as well as demonstrate behavior that indicates sensitivity to others.  Nurses are required to function in highly compassionate areas where integrity, interpersonal skills and concern for others are all desirable personal qualities.
  4. Demonstrate stable emotional health and intellectual activities required to exercise sound judgment.  The applicant must be flexible and able to adapt to change and stress.
  5. Demonstrate adequate decision-making and critical thinking skills.
  6. Demonstrate physical health necessary to perform strenuous activities related to patient care which includes moving and lifting (Must be able to lift or move MORE than 50 pounds).
  7. Provide nursing care to patients with all types of health problems, including communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, COVID, and HIV/AIDS.

 

Graduates should be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning.
  • Provide safe, compassionate, basic nursing care to assigned patients with predictable health care needs through a supervised, directed scope of practice.
  • Implement aspects of the plan of care within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of patient factors.
  • Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
  • Communicate and collaborate with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to assist in the planning, delivery, and coordination of patient-centered care to assigned patients.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards.

 

Upon successful completion of the program, and meeting Texas Board of Nursing requirements, LVN/Military to ADN graduates are issued a temporary license from the Texas Board of Nursing permitting them to seek employment as a Graduate Nurse (GN) until successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX- RN).

 

 

Admission Requirements / Application Process

 

The requirements for admission into the St. Philip’s College LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program are in accordance with the Alamo Colleges admission policies, as well as admission policies of the LVN/Military to ADN program and policies specified by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

 

1. The apply Texas application is for admission to the college, not for admission to the nursing program. You will have to complete a separate application for the nursing program.
Complete and submit the admission application to Alamo Colleges:  http://www.alamo.edu/AlamoENROLL/ Click on the appropriate type of student you will be. You will then receive a series of e-mails with directions on how to login to your Alamo Colleges Education Services (ACES) account to view the “Start Here” Tab for next steps and required GO FAARR and TEST PREP modules if requested. The St. Philip’s College school code is 003608.

Note: Admission to St. Philip’s College is required before you can apply to the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program.

 

2. After completing step 1, download and print the application from the nursing department website.                 https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/programs/health-and-biosciences/lvn-adn-mobility-program/

 

3. Complete the application packet. The completed application packet and required documents must be placed in a 9 x 12 brown envelope (with your name printed) and must be submitted in person to the St. Philip’s College Nursing Education Department. Please include your Banner ID# below your name.

 

In-Person Deliver to:

St. Philip’s College
LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program
Admissions Committee
Center for Health Professions
Room 100
1801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Antonio, TX 78203

*Please check the website prior to application mailing for a possible online application link.

4. Official high school and college transcripts must be submitted to the nursing department in a sealed envelope with applicant’s printed name and Banner ID written on the envelope, this includes an official Alamo College Transcript. (High school transcripts may not be requested should the applicant submit an official Alamo College Transcript). For information regarding foreign transcript evaluation, contact the International Student Services Office at (210) 486-2876.

5. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this is not rounded). This is a program requirement.

6. All applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) assessment. This program only accepts the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) assessment test within 1 year from date of examination. An overall composite score of 70% is required. Applicants must submit scores to St. Philip’s College LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program by the application deadline.

 

An Admission Committee will review a candidate’s application submission and determine conditional admittance based upon criteria that will include standardized entrance exam score (TEAS), program degree requirements, minimum cumulative of 3.0 or higher (this is not rounded), previous educational experience, past work experience (resume), including a mandatory minimum of one-year LVN work experience within the last five years. The LVN work experience must have been completed by the application submission date. If discharged from the military, you will be required to show proof of one year of work experience in a civilian or military healthcare-related job by the application submission date.

Three letters of reference are required. Recommendations should be from persons who can comment on the applicant’s professional or academic abilities, including nursing professors and supervisors. References who are relatives or friends are unsuitable recommendations for admission to the LVN/Military to ADN program and will not be accepted. Applicants must submit supporting documentation with the application to be considered for review by the admissions committee. These documents include official transcripts, which must be submitted to the Nursing Department in a sealed envelope with the applicant’s name and Banner ID. Only complete applications will be reviewed for conditional acceptance. The applicant’s responsibility is to ensure that the application is complete before submitting it to the nursing department. Once the application is received and any missing requirements, this will be deemed an incomplete application and will not be reviewed.

The LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program offers a nursing study option for

  1. Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with a current Texas nurse license and a practice record in good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing; or
  2. Military service members and U.S. military veterans who completed training within the last ten years as Army Combats Medics, Navy Corpsmen, or Air Force Medics and have the equivalent training as an LVN. Documentation must be provided.

 

The steps for admission to the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program include the following:

 

1. Applicant must be an LVN in clear standing OR if military; must have training as Army Combat Medics, Navy Corpsmen, or Air Force Medics within the last 10 years. Military applicants must provide their Joint Service transcripts as well as their DD214.

A. If you are still currently serving in the military, you will need to provide a letter from your Company Commander stating that you are available to attend day classes and that you are not pending any Disciplinary action (ex. Article 15).

2. Applicants must apply to St. Philip’s College (SPC). Complete and submit the admission application at http://www.alamo.edu/AlamoENROLL/ . Click on the appropriate type of student you will be. You will then receive a series of emails with directions on how to log in to your Alamo College Education Services (ACES) account to view the “Start Here” Tab for next steps and required GO FAARR and TEST PREP modules if requested. The St. Philip’s school code is 003608. The apply Texas application is for admission to the college, not for admission to the nursing program. You will have to complete a separate application for the nursing program.

3. Once you have been accepted into St. Philip’s College; you will have to complete a separate application for the nursing program. Apply at http://alamo.edu/spc/lvn-adn-mobility-program/

4. Official Transcripts:

Official high school and college transcripts must be submitted to the nursing department in sealed envelopes with the applicant’s name and Banner ID written on the envelope. Please request two copies of official transcripts including high school and college.

 

Official transcripts are required from every college attended. An unofficial transcript is acceptable for courses taken at Alamo Colleges. One copy of official transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office (Records & Registration) and one official copy submitted with the nursing program application. If the college transcript indicates name of High School attended and graduation date, it is not necessary to submit an official High School transcript. You MUST be a High School graduate or have GED Certificate with GED scores.

5. Academic or Military Transcripts:  If completed within the military or at other colleges/universities, courses must be transferred to St. Philip’s College and posted to the student’s academic record by the Office of Admissions & Records. This can be done by providing official military or college/university transcripts to the office of Admissions and Records. Allow up to six weeks for the processing. Having all course work posted to the applicant’s record will allow nursing program admissions officials to access course grades for the consideration of the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make certain all transcripts reflecting degree-requirement courses are evident in the admissions record.

 

6. Pre-requisites: These are required prior to admission

Course Title

Expiration

BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 5 years
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 5 years

BIOL 2420

or

BIOL 2421

Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health

or

Microbiology for Science Majors

5 years
PSYC 2301 General Psychology  
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development  
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics  
ENGL 1301 Composition I  

 

7. Photo ID: copy

Please provide a current driver license or passport for photo ID.

 

8. TEAS:

All applicants must take the ATI Testing of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) Nursing assessment exam. A level of proficiency with an overall composite score of 70% must be achieved for consideration. Testing must be within one year of application. To sign up to take the TEAS Nursing Exam you may go to atitesting.com.

 

9. References:

Provide three professional reference letters. Recommendations should be from persons who can comment on the applicant’s professional or academic abilities. Examples of combinations of letters of recommendation are as follows:

One professional (Supervisory Role) and Two academic (Nursing Professor/Nursing Preceptor) Two Professional (Supervisory Role) and One Academic (Nursing Professor/Nursing Preceptor) or Three professional (Supervisory Role) if you have been out of school for more than five years.

The letters must be sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers. Family, friends, and professional colleagues are not acceptable references. Reference forms are included in the application packet.

 

10. Work Experience:

Previous work experience in health care documentation, including mandatory one-year LVN work experience within the last five years. A resume must be submitted. References from supervisor should be included.

 

11. LVN License:

License numbers will not be required for the application process. Applicant will need to provide current evidence of clear standing from the Board of Nursing. https://www.bon.texas.gov/forms/vninq.asp

 

12. Immunization record: Copy of Document must include all required Immunizations. The immunization record must be on one consolidated form from a physician’s office, health department, or military record: Multiple separate pages of immunization records are not accepted. All immunizations must be complete upon submission of the application.

 

13. Physical Examination:

A physical examination is required for entrance in to the LVN/Military to ADN program. Students must meet required technical standards in order to complete skills and clinical practicum. The students must have their physician complete the physical form provided on the program website.

 

Selection Process

SELECTION is based on the Multi-criteria points system in the following areas:

  1. Required: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (this is not rounded),
  2. Required: Mandatory minimum 1-year LVN work experience, within the last 5 years (will be verified). The LVN work experience must be completed by the application submission date. An employment history will be filled out.
  3. Required: If discharged from the military, you will be required to show proof of 1-year work experience in a civilian or military healthcare-related job by application submission date.
  4. Required: Standardized entrance exam (ATI TEAS) overall test results (overall 70%),
  5. Required: Three reference letters (forms provided on the website),
  6. Previous educational experience (other college degrees),
  7. ATI TEAS Science score
  8. ATI TEAS Reading score
  9. Completion of CHEM 1405

 

*Applicants with the highest points will be selected. Should several applicants have the same points, the reference letters will be used in the selection process.

 

Conditional Acceptance

Completed applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee for conditional acceptance. A student who meets all requirements and is recommended admission by the committee will receive a conditional acceptance letter no later than October 30.

The student’s name is sent to the Texas Board of Nursing as a potential candidate and a background check will be initiated by the BON. Three things will occur for admission to happen:

1. Criminal Background Check:

Instructions for the Board of Nursing background check will be given to applicants who receive a conditional letter of acceptance. All applicants must pass a criminal background check completed by the Texas Board of Nursing before official acceptance into the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program is granted. Individuals who do not have a clear criminal background check must complete the Declaratory Order process with the Board of Nursing. The Declaratory Order Process permits the Board of Nursing to make decisions regarding an applicant’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program.

 

Please note: The Declaratory Order Process must be started immediately before an applicant applies to the program if an individual has/had any legal or criminal issues. This process may take from 3 months to 1 year to complete. Applicants will not be officially accepted unless a clear background check or a cleared outcome letter from the Declaratory order process is presented to the Nursing Program. http://www.bon.texas.gov/forms_declaratory order.asp.

 

The student will receive a letter or a blue index card indicating a clear background screen. The student must present this original proof on the first day of the program orientation. Students will not be allowed into the program without proof of clearance. A copy will not be accepted.

Students who received a blue card, letter of clearance or declaratory papers for their VN program must need another one for an ADN entry.

 

2. Drug Screening:

A drug screen will be required during the application process. Instructions for the drug screen will be given to applicants who receive a conditional letter of acceptance. Negative drug screen results are required for official acceptance into the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program. Specific instructions will be provided with the application. The applicant will be responsible for following drug screen protocol and requirements; failure to do so will make the applicant ineligible for admission. All communication will be sent to the official school email address and not personal email addresses.

 

3. Notification Process:

Individuals will be notified of conditional acceptance into the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program via Alamo Colleges ACES student email only. Applicants must respond by the deadline date identified in the notification email letter. Applicants who decline admission may re-apply later and must meet all current program requirements at that time. Instructions for the criminal background check and drug screen will be provided with the conditional acceptance letter.

 

Each applicant selected for admission will be notified via students’ ACES email and given a deadline to accept or decline the invitation to join the upcoming class. Acceptance letters are sent to each applicant in order of rank until all available seats in the class are filled. Applicants who do not respond to letters of acceptance will be removed from the applicant pool and lose all review points.

 

Official Acceptance

Once the candidate has received official notice into the program information for new student orientation will be provided. The first day of LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program orientation, the student will be required to provide companies of the following items to attend their first clinical practicum. Failure to provide these items the first day will forfeit the student’s official acceptance to the program. Requirements to be completed before the program start date:

1. CPR Card (copy):

Proof of current CPR certification in Basic Life Support for adult, child and infant. American Heart Association (Health Care Provider Course) required. Online, American Red Cross or other courses are NOT accepted.

 

2. Health Insurance: (copy of card)

Must show proof of health insurance for illness and injury and remain insured throughout the duration of enrollment in the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program. Student’s name must be on the insurance card if student is insured as a dependent on parent/guardian/spouse insurance plan.

 

3. Immunizations:

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (TDap) (within 10 years)
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)- 2 doses or Measles or Mumps and Rubella Titers (It must be positive).
  • Varicella (chickenpox) - 2 doses or Varicella Titer (It must be positive).
  • Hepatitis B (3 dose series) Administered over a 6-month period or Serological confirmation of Hepatitis B immunity (It must be positive). *If the Hepatitis B series is more than 10 years, you will need a Titer).
  • Meningococcal (meningitis) - required for students under age 22.
  • Flu Vaccine required annually (must be current at the start of the program).
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test /Accepted TB tests:
  • TB skin test (with a negative result); If positive, then complete Tspot or QuantiFERON Gold TSpot (with a negative result); If positive, get an x-ray.
  • X-ray (negative chest x-ray); Valid for two years. Must provide the radiology report.
  • Negative PPD yearly thereafter while enrolled in the program.

 

Notification Process

Individuals will be notified of conditional acceptance into the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program via Alamo Colleges ACES student email only. The students should receive notice no later than October 30. Applicants must respond by the deadline date identified in the notification email letter. Applicants who decline admission may re-apply later and must meet all current program requirements at that time. Instructions for the criminal background check and drug screen will be provided with the conditional acceptance letter.

Each applicant selected for admission will be notified via students’ ACES email and given a deadline to accept or decline the invitation to join the upcoming class. Acceptance letters are sent to each applicant in order of rank until all available seats in the class are filled. Applicants who do not respond to letters of acceptance will be removed from the applicant pool and lose all review points.

 

Application Deadline

Completed applications will be received in the fall from July 1-September 30 for Spring admission. No exceptions.

 

Military Applicants

 

The above requirements/processes apply to military candidates as well. The following are specific to military applicants:

  1. Military mobility applicants must provide official military training transcripts indicating completion of programs for Army Combat Medics, Navy Corpsmen, or Air Force Medics within the last ten (10) years and have the equivalent training as an LVN. Documentation must be provided.
  2. Official high school and college transcripts should be submitted to the nursing department in sealed envelopes with the applicant’s name and Banner ID written on the envelope. (High school transcripts may not be requested should the applicant submit an official Alamo College Transcript)
  3. Applicants will be required to submit official documents which validate clinical experiences in military medical-technical roles with the application for consideration.
  4. Previously listed prerequisites are required and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
  5. All applicants must take the ATI Testing of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) Nursing assessment exam. A level of proficiency with an overall score composite of 70% must be achieved for consideration. Testing must be within one year of application. To sign up to take the TEAS Nursing Exam you may go to atitesting.com.
  6. Drug Screening: See above requirements.
  7. A background check: See above requirements.
  8. Please review the ADN Nursing website for further information and for the dates and times of upcoming information sessions regarding the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program.
  9. Each applicant selected for admission will be notified via students’ ACES email and given a deadline to accept or decline the invitation to join the upcoming class. Acceptance letters are sent to each applicant in order of rank until all available seats in the class are filled. Applicants who do not respond to letters of acceptance will be removed from the applicant pool and lose all review points.
  10. After applications are submitted, students should refer to the Application Status Update page for upcoming information.
  11. The requirements above will be required of all military applicants as well. Please review the above requirements.

 

Note: Applications and documents submitted by applicants not accepted for admission or submitted by applicants that decline admission will be destroyed after thirty (30) days unless applicant notifies the Nursing Education Department that he/she wishes to pick up the application and documents.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive; with applicants providing evidence of previous successful educational accomplishments awarded higher standing in admission consideration. The Professional Nursing Department uses a mathematical formula to compute an applicant ranking score-based criteria required for admission. This ranking score is used to select qualified applicants for admission into the ADN Program.

Please review the Nursing website for further information and for the dates and times of upcoming information sessions regarding the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program.

Admission decisions are emailed to all applicants’ official Alamo Colleges ACES student email approximately 30 days after the application deadline.

 

Nursing Courses and Co-requisites

Semester I

  • RNSG 1424 - Concept-Based Transition to Professional Nursing Practice
  • RNSG 1216 - Professional Nursing Competencies
  • RNSG 1128 - Introduction to Health Care Concepts
  • RNSG 1263 - Clinical - RN Concept-Based Transition to Professional Nursing Practice

Note: An additional 9 hours of credits (RNSG 1533, RNSG 1126, RNSG 2362) will be granted for the Career Mobility student upon admission and completion of the first 4 nursing course credits (RNSG 1424, RNSG 1216, RNSG 1128, RNSG1263) in the Nursing Career Mobility Program.

Semester II

  • RNSG 1137 - Professional Nursing Concepts III
  • RNSG 1538 - Health Care Concepts III
  • RNSG 2363 - Clinical: RN Health Care Concepts III

Semester III

  • RNSG 2138 - Professional Nursing Concepts IV
  • RNSG 2539 - Health Care Concepts IV
  • RNSG 2360 - Clinical: RN Health Care Concepts IV

 

Thank you for your interest in the LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program. If you have any further questions, please contact us at the Nursing Department.

 

 

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