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Associate of Science in Nursing Bridge Pathway

Offered at the Following Campus

Program Overview

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to produce technically-advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum will provide the student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice competently and safely as an entry level nurse in acute, long-term, and community healthcare settings.

The ASN Program consists of courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as preparation for the nursing program. The curriculum combines general and nursing education courses to provide the student with a foundation for scientific knowledge, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, critical thinking training, and ethical nursing care.  Upon entrance into the program, the student will receive didactic and clinical components necessary for successful completion of the Program. Clinical experiences are selected to provide the student with a broad range of learning opportunities. The program graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.

The ASN Bridge Pathway option, offered on the Swainsboro campus, allows qualified individuals who possess current, Georgia unrestricted licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Paramedic (EMT-P) to bridge his or her education and training into the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN). The traditional ASN Program course work (RNSG courses) is completed within four (4) semesters. The ASN Bridge Pathway allows qualified applicants to complete nursing program course work (RNSG-B courses) within three (3) semesters.  Students meeting the Bridge Pathway admission requirements and successfully completing the RNSG-B 1019B: Transition to Professional Nursing course will receive credit for the traditional ASN Program courses RNSG 1005: Foundations of Nursing and RNSG 1020: Medical Surgical Nursing I.

Students will receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experiences in the nursing care of clients at local hospitals and community agencies under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty. Nursing courses are grouped in progressive levels of complexity, and students must successfully complete all course work in one level before progressing to the next. Students will attend class/clinical one (1) to two (2) days per week.  Class meetings will be held on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays.  Clinical assignments will vary depending upon the assigned clinical sites.

ASN Program Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • Meet the traditional ASN Program requirements.
  • Submit a completed application & application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
  • All prerequisite courses (courses without an RNSG prefix) must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • The student’s grade point average (GPA) will be calculated based on the grade earned in all pre-requisite courses required for the nursing curriculum; this will include transfer and repeated classes (taken within the last 5 years/60 months).  COLL 1040 and ALMA 1000 are not used in the calculation for competitive admission.
  • The higher a student’s GPA, the higher the student will rank in the competitive admission process. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to qualify.
  • BIOL 2113/2113L, BIOL 2114/2114L must be completed within the last five years.
  • Scoring on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is utilized in the nursing program entry process. An adjusted individual total score of 66% or greater on the TEAS will be needed to be considered for admission into the ASN Program.
  • The student will be allowed three (3) attempts to score the required adjusted individual score of 66% or greater.
  • It is recommended that the student wait a minimum of 30 days between each attempt.
  • The attempts and scores will apply to the admission criteria of both the Practical and Associate Degree Nursing Programs. Therefore, the student is allowed three (3) total TEAS attempts regardless of program choice.
  • TEAS scores will be valid for three (3) calendar years.
  • An ASN Bride Pathway cohort is accepted each fall semester.  Up to 10% of the total admission cohort may include readmit applicants.
  • Deadline for submission of Fall 2019 admission documents is May 2, 2019.

Additional requirements for the ASN Program Bridge Pathway option:

  • Throughout the duration of the ASN Bridge Pathway, students must submit and maintain proof of unencumbered licensure as a Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Paramedic (EMT-P) in the State of Georgia.
  • Complete a minimum of 1,000 employer verified practice-based hours within the past 12 months and/or have at least 3 years of full time experience as a LPN or Paramedic in the last 5 years - Proof of Employment Form.
  • Students are accepted into the program after achieving an admission score of 70% or higher on the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam and prior to enrollment in program (RNSG-B) courses.
  • Students are required to attend scheduled educational session(s) prior to sitting for the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam.
  • During each application cycle, students are allowed two attempts to achieve an admission score of 70% or higher on the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam.
  • Forty students are invited to sit for the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam. A score of 70% or higher is required for admission.
  • The top thirty students with the highest GPAs are accepted for a seat into the ASN Bridge Pathway. The remaining ten students are placed on a waiting list. Should any of the thirty candidates decline his or her position, alternates are selected from the waiting list based on GPA.
  • If an alternate is not selected for admission, he or she must reapply and compete for future admission. ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam scores are valid for two admission cycles.
  • Students are allowed four attempts, within two years, to achieve an admission score of 70% or higher on the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam.

Course Overview

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Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (60 hours)
General Core Curriculum (18 hours)

(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

 

(Prerequisites:  MATH 1012) (Co-requisites:  MATH 1111)  Prepares students in understanding the application of mathematics in their health science program courses.  The topics included are basic mathematics, medical terminology, mathematical conversions, weight and measurement applications used in health science programs. Additionally, problem solving strategies, basic principles of medication administration, and research in health science will be incorporated into the course competencies.

 

3
2250
(Prerequisite: Appropriate English Placement Test Score AND Appropriate Reading Placement Test Score) Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
3
2250
(Prerequisite: ENGL 1101) Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.
3
2250

(Prerequisite: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Test Scores) Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on critical thinking and fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology.

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General Education Elective
3
0
Choose One (3 hours)
3
2250

(Prerequisites:  Appropriate algebra placement test score)  Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models.  Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.

MATH
1111
3
2250

(Prerequisites: Appropriate algebra placement test score) Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

Occupational Courses (8 hours)
3
2250
(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101) Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
1
2250
(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2113, ENGL 1101) Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.
3
2250
(Prerequisite: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2114L) Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
1
2250
(Prerequisite: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2114) Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Occupational Curriculum (34 hours)

(Prerequisites: Program Admission)(Co-requisites: RNSG 1018B)This course is designed to facilitate successful entry of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and the Licensed Paramedic (EMT-P) into the second year of the Associate of Science in Nursing Program (ASN) by awarding credit for previously learned knowledge and skills. Previous knowledge and skills will be reinforced and new concepts will be introduced.

The course provides an introduction to nursing and roles of the nurse, as well as professional related and client care concepts. The theoretical foundation for basic assessment and skills will be built upon and the student will be given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. The student will use the nursing process as a decision-making framework to assist the student in developing effective clinical judgment skills.

In addition, the course will include the care of adult clients with health alterations that require medical and/or surgical intervention. Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with alterations within selected body systems and will enhance previous health care experience. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. The clinical experience will provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to adults in a variety of healthcare settings.

(Prerequisites: Program Admission)(Co-requisites: RNSG 1019B) This course provides an introduction to the principles of pharmacology, including: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication interactions and potential adverse medication reactions. This course also enhances the basic mathematical concepts utilized in calculating medication dosages for safe administration to clients throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on drug classifications and nursing care related to the safe administration of medications.

6
7500

(Prerequisites: Program Admission, RNSG 1018B, RNSG 1019B)(Co-requisites: none)This course provides an integrative, family-centered approach to the care of women, newborns, and children. Emphasis is placed on normal and high-risk pregnancies, normal growth and development, family dynamics, common pediatric disorders and the promotion of healthy behaviors in clients. Management and planning of the nursing process will include concepts from a variety of culturally diverse settings and nursing in the community and acute care setting. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to women, newborns, and children in selected settings.

4
4500

(Prerequisites: Program Admission, RNSG 1019B, RNSG 1018B, RNSG 1030B)(Co-requisites: RNSG 2005B) This course focuses on the care of adult clients with complex, multisystem health alterations that require medical and/or surgical intervention. Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with complex, multisystem alterations within selected body systems and will enhance concepts taught in previous nursing courses. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. The clinical experience will provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to adults in a variety of healthcare settings.

3
3750

(Prerequisites: RNSG 1019B, RNSG 1018B, RNSG 1030B)(Co-requisites: RNSG 2000B) This course focuses on the care of clients experiencing mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on management of clients facing emotional and psychological stressors, as well as promoting and maintaining the mental health of individuals and families. Concepts of crisis intervention, therapeutic communication, and coping skills are integrated throughout the course. The community as a site for care and support services is addressed. The role of the nurse as a provider will include: client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership. Clinical experiences provide the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe client care to clients experiencing mental disorders.

(Prerequisites: Program Admission, RNSG 1019B, RNSG 1018B, RNSG 1030B, RNSG 2000B, RNSG 2005B)(Co-requisites: RNSG 2030B) This course focuses on complex concepts of nursing care as they relate to clients with complex, multisystem alterations in health requiring medical and/or surgical intervention Emphasis is placed on the care of clients with complex, multisystem alterations within selected body systems and will enhance concepts taught in previous nursing courses. Complex clinical skills, as well client-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; informatics; professionalism; and leadership are integrated throughout the course. A clinical experience, the practicum, provides the student an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and implement safe care to clients and selected groups in a variety of settings as a transition into professional nursing practice.

(Prerequisites: Program Admission, RNSG 1019B, RNSG 1018B, RNSG 1030B, RNSG 2000B, RNSG 2005B)(Co-requisites: RNSG 2020B) This non-clinical course facilitates the transition of the student to the role of a professional nurse in the microsystem of a work unit. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues, work ethics, and management concepts, as well as developing the skills of delegation, conflict management, and leadership. Legal and ethical issues are discussed with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility. Standards of practice and the significance of functioning according to state regulations and statutes are analyzed.