Dec 05, 2023  
Catawba Valley Community College 2022-2023 General Catalog 
Catawba Valley Community College 2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate Degree Nursing LPN to RN Bridge (A45110LP)

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The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

The LPN to RN Bridge program was developed to facilitate a licensed practicing nurse to return to school to obtain an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher prior to applying to the LPN to RN Bridge program:

Total Credit Hours: 42

The following courses in the NUR curriculum will be granted AP credit at CVCC:  NUR 111 (Intro to Health Concepts), NUR 112 (Health- Illness Concepts), NUR 113 (Family Health Concepts), NUR 114 (Holistic Health Concepts) and NUR 211(Healthcare Concepts).  Competency objectives were met by earning the LPN credential from a regionally accredited institution which includes NUR 101, 102, and 103 and the possession of current LPN licensure issued by the NC Board of Nursing.

LPN to RN Bridge Program Admission Requirements:

  • An online CVCC application for admission.
  • Official high school transcripts or equivalencies.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
    • Proof of graduation from regional accredited Practical Nurse program
  • Current, unrestricted North Carolina Practical Nurse license.
  • Submit Employer Verification Form (EVF) from employer or supervisor confirming current full or part time employment as an LPN. The EVF in this packet is the only acceptable document; no other forms or letters will be accepted.
  • Must have an earned college Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 2.0 or higher.
  • Attend a mandatory Information Session (attendance required each year a student applies to the program).
  • All students contingently accepted into the Bridge Program are required to take the ATI NCLEX-PN Comprehensive Exam. Students must take the exam in CVCC’s Testing Center.  Testing dates and times will be provided in the Acceptance Packet information. Tests taken at any other location will not be accepted. 
  • Submit the completed Minimum Admission Requirement (MAR) form by the deadline.

General Education Courses:


Nursing Humanities/Fine Arts Elective:

Select one (1) course from the following:

Total Credit Hours Required: 32

Developmental Course Requirements:

Developmental coursework (both prerequisite and corequisite) will be required of students whose placement test measures indicate a need for greater proficiency in the areas of English and/or mathematics. Please refer to the Course Description section for prerequisite and corequisite course information.

Suggested Program Sequence Day:

Students are required to complete the following courses, and maintain a 2.8 GPA, in order to successfully complete the program requirements . General Education course may be taken prior to entering the program. An official transcript must be submitted for credit to be awarded.

Fall - 1st Year:

Total Hours: Class 13 | Lab 3 | Clin/Wk Exp 12 | Credit 17

Total Hours: Class 12 | Lab 0 | Clin/Wk Exp 9 | Credit 15

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