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The Associate Degree Nursing Program is a cooperative program between York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster and is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing (Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Drive, Suite 202, Columbia, South Carolina, 29210, phone: (803)896-4550 or fax: (803)896-4525 and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, phone (404)975-5000 or fax (404)975-5020).

Spring 2014 Nursing Student Manual for the Associate Degree Nursing Program for
York Technical College / University of South Carolina Lancaster

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares men and women for the practice of registered nursing to provide direct client care across the life span. The practice of the associate degree nurse is primarily directed towards clients who have health care needs that require assistance to maintain or restore their optimum state of health.  It is also directed towards clients who require transitional end-of-life care and support. The associate degree nurse is prepared to address acute and chronic health care needs and common well-defined health care problems in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and certain community health agencies.

The graduate of an associate degree nursing program functions in three basic roles within the health care delivery system: provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Computer Adaptive Testing of the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses. Graduates who successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses are eligible to apply for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories.

There are legal limitations for state licensure in South Carolina for graduates with prior convictions and/or disciplinary action. The policy from the Board of Nursing for South Carolina will be distributed to all applicants by Student Services/Office of Admissions. The policy is also in the Nursing Student Manual. Clinical facilities may require drug screens and/or background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotations. Students participating in clinicals may be required to have a drug screen at any time during their rotation. Students will be required to attend multiple clinical facilities throughout the curriculum. Students accepted to the program must be eligible to attend clinical at all facilities.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must meet the entrance requirements of the parent institution.* Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program requires the student to be a high-school graduate or equivalent. Students must complete one course of high-school, college-preparatory general chemistry with a minimum grade of C or complete one college chemistry course with a minimum grade of C prior to acceptance into the nursing program.

Students must also pass the "Test for Essential Academic Skills" (TEAS) exam with a composite score of "Proficient" or better.  TEAS scores must be no more than 3 years old at the time a student seeks admission into the ADN program.

Applicants must also meet one of the following:

1. SAT scores of 480 critical reading and 540 math) or ACT scores of (21 reading and 23 math).  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher.  SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the ADN program.

OR

2. Completion of all approved general education courses (below) with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

BIOL 243 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 243L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
BIOL 244 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 244L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
PSYC 101 General Psychology
BIOL 250 Microbiology
BIOL 250L Microbiology Laboratory
MATH 111 College Algebra
ENGL 101 Composition
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature
Minimum of 2 approved electives (one elective must be chosen from humanities)

Note: Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better on the 1st or 2nd attempt of Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, Anatomy and Physiology II, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, Microbiology and Microbiology Lab (or the equivalent courses from other institutions) to meet the admission and curriculum requirement for the ADN program. Grades of “W”, “D”, “F”, or “WF” are considered unsuccessful attempts.

Required science courses that are more than seven years old must be repeated.

*Students are expected to graduate from the school where the initial nursing course is taken.

To enhance potential for success in the program, the faculty recommends completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program and work experience as a CNA.

Admission by Transfer

Transfer credit may be granted for courses taken in another associate or baccalaureate degree nursing program to a student meeting the following criteria:

1. The student must meet present admission criteria to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

2. The student must submit a letter from the previous school attended stating that he/she left in good standing and is eligible for readmission.

3. The student may be required to provide the nursing department chair with a detailed course syllabus showing course and unit objectives and a clinical evaluation tool indicating criteria met in the clinical component of the courses. Courses for which transfer credit is given must meet the objectives of the comparable York Technical College/University of South Carolina Lancaster courses.

4. The student must demonstrate competencies in the course to be transferred either by exam, by previous grade and documentation, or both.

5. The Nursing Evaluation Committee will review requests for transfer credit and will make a recommendation for official action to the Registrar/Admissions Officer.

6. The York Technical College/University of South Carolina Lancaster Cooperative Nursing Program is considered by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina to be one nursing program administered jointly by York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Transfers will only be considered from nursing students who are currently in good standing in the nursing program at the college in which they were previously enrolled.

7. Admission by transfer is on a space-available basis.

LPN Advanced Placement

Students will be admitted based on the South Carolina Statewide Articulation Model.

Direct Transfer:
A minimum of 15 semester hours of nursing credit will be awarded without educational mobility testing or validation if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • graduate from an ACEN-accredited school of nursing
  • has a current, active LPN license
  • meets admission and progression requirements of York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Individual Validation:

Individual validation of credit awarded will be determined by the receiving institution through exemption testing if the applicant is a:

  • graduate from a non-ACEN-accredited program
  • graduate from a non-credit bearing program.

A minimum of 15 semester hours of nursing credit will be awarded upon completion of validation if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • has a current, active license
  • meets admission requirements of York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Other requirements:

1. Must have completed health form.

2. Current healthcare provider CPR certification for children, infants and adults.

3. Proof of health insurance.

4. Proof of liability insurance (through York Technical College).

5. Criminal background check required for clinical rotation.

6. LPN's admitted to the ADN program are required to enroll in LANU L299 Transition Nursing and complete the course with a grade of “C” or better. Candidates may take LANU L299 before the first nursing course or simultaneously with the first nursing courses taken.

Program of Study

In order to receive an Associate in Science degree in Technical Nursing, students must complete 68 semester hours of study. (Nursing Course Descriptions)

Freshman Year

Fall

Spring

ENGL 101*, 102*

3

3

*BIOL 243,243L, 244, 244L

4

4

*LANU 104

4

0

*LANU 106

2

0

*LANU 206

2

0

*LANU 159

0

6

*LANU 211

0

4

PSYC 101

0

3

Summer

Summer I

*LANU 209

5

Sophomore Year

Fall

Spring

*LANU 229

6

0

*LANU 214

0

4

*LANU 219

0

4

*BIOL 250, 250L

4

0

*MATH 111

3

0

Elective (one elective must be chosen from humanities)

3

4

Total

68


*Courses that require a minimum grade of “C”.

Nursing classes include campus and clinical laboratory hours. Students are required to drive to a variety of clinical agencies to complete the clinical component of the nursing courses. Students are expected to drive to either campus for classes according to the class schedule.

A student must have a “C” or better in each nursing course to progress in the program.  Required science courses that are more than seven years old must be repeated.  Required nursing courses more than three years old must be repeated.

Students may be assigned to a morning, afternoon, or evening clinical anywhere in the tri-county area. Clinical experience may range from four to twelve hours per clinical day.

Students must have a completed health form and criminal background check.  Current CPR certification for children, infants and adults is required.  Students must have proof of health insurance.  Liability insurance is also required (through York Technical College).

Practical Nurse (PN) Exit option--Students successfully completing the first three semesters are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) and for licensure as a PN.

ADN Progression--Students may apply for NCLEX-PN after three semesters and continue on in the program to complete the last two semesters. Students successfully completing all semesters are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and for NCLEX-RN.

Retention and Promotion Policy

For retention and promotion in the nursing program, the student must, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of health, conduct, and scholastic achievement. In addition to meeting the established criteria of the parent institutions, the student:

1. Upon admission to the nursing program students must complete courses in the sequence as outlined in the Program of Study in the University of South Carolina Lancaster Academic Bulletin;

2. Must achieve a cumulative 2.00 grade point average on all courses that count toward graduation in the program;

3. Must make a grade of “C” or better in theory in each nursing course attempted and receive a clinical evaluation of "Satisfactory";

4. A student who receives a “D”, “F”, “W” or “WF” in any required nursing course may repeat that course one time only.  A maximum of one nursing course may be repeated. In order to repeat a nursing course, the student must follow the readmission policy for the nursing program, found in the current Nursing Student Manual. Readmission will depend on space available in the course to be repeated.

5. Must achieve a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101, 102, MATH 111, and all science courses.

6. Students will be eligible for academic forgiveness five years after the last nursing course attempted and may apply for readmission to the first nursing course. Required science courses that are more than seven years old must be repeated.



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