Standard College trains and educates students for careers in the healthcare field as Registered Nurses in the LPN to RN Transition Program. Upon successful completion of the requirements of this program, and after passing the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, the graduate will have the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to seek employment as a Registered Nurse in a variety of health care settings.
The mission of Standard College’s LPN to RN Transition program is to educate and train LPN students from diverse educational, cultural and personal backgrounds to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, and gain employment as a Registered Nurse in a diverse nursing workforce. Standard College aims to instill in all the graduates a desire for lifelong education and learning.
Requirements for Degree Completion
The Standard College of Nursing awards an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing only upon successful completion of all program requirements. To be eligible to receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing the student must:
- Successfully complete the curriculum by earning at least a minimum passing academic grade of 80% on each course.
- Successfully complete all Standardized Exams with the established benchmark.
- A rating of “Pass” in each clinical practicum.
- Have a minimum of 90% attendance for each course.
- Meet all financial obligations.
- All requirements for program completion shall be met by the last official day of Integrated Nursing Concepts course.
- Complete 3 semester credit hours in the Fundamentals Skills and Concepts Validation Course
- Complete 47 semester Standard College LPN to RN program credit hours over a 14 month/56-week period.
Standard College requires students to complete a total of 70 program credits to graduate. 50 out of the 70 program credits, or 71% of the credits, are completed at Standard College.
Standard College ‘s LPN to RN Transition Program utilizes a competency-based and evidence-based approach in the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and values necessary for employment as a Registered Nurse in the healthcare environment. In addition to theoretical knowledge, this program includes practical application of skills and concepts in a variety of clinical settings.
The LPN to RN Transition Program curriculum is on instruction, and not research or public service, preparing students for entry-level positions in Registered Nursing practice. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to provide nursing care across the lifespan to culturally diverse individuals and groups. Additionally, the curriculum covers a general education core that includes concepts from the natural and social sciences; required support courses; along with nursing course work consisting of classroom, laboratory, and clinical practice experiences. The students learn to perform comprehensive nursing assessment that includes extensive data collection across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Additionally, the curriculum focuses on addressing anticipated changes in patient conditions; recognition of alterations to previous patient conditions; synthesizing the biological, psychological, and social aspects of the patient’s condition, and evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of nursing care. The needs to communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health team members in designing individualized care are threads that permeate the entire curriculum. The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing provides flexibility in career choices as well as a foundation for further formal nursing education in nursing. Alumni will have employment opportunities in hospitals, health departments, correctional facilities, home health, long-term care, educational institutions, and international nursing.
The LPN to RN Transition Program curriculum is evaluated on a regular basis, using quantitative and qualitative measures, ensuring that the program maintains consistency with the mission of the school. The quantitative measures used by Standard College include data from student course completion rates and data from student course surveys. The qualitative measures used by Standard College include feedback from students expressed in the course evaluations, feedback from instructors expressed during Faculty meetings concerning exams, textbooks, and student engagement, and informal feedback expressed from students to instructors and staff about the program. The holistic overview of the student’s learning and education allows Standard College to maintain a curriculum that provide students with a consistently high quality and dynamic nursing education.
- Students will complete the LPN to RN Transition program requirements within 150% of the published program length.
- Graduates from the program will pass the NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam within 6 months of graduation
- Graduates from the program will obtain employment as a registered nurse within 12 months of graduation
- Graduates from the program will demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors and perform entry-level skills as a registered nurse competently according to applicable standards of practice
- Graduates of the program will demonstrate a culture of integrity, excellence, caring, diversity, critical thinking, and motivations toward life-long learning.
- Graduates of the program will express overall satisfaction with their educational experience at Standard College.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, Standard College LPN to RN program graduates will have the knowledge skills and values necessary to:
- Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
- Engage in clinical reasoning/clinical judgment to make patient-centered care decisions.
- Participate in quality improvement processes to improve patient care.
- Participate in collaboration and teamwork with members of the interprofessional team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons.
- Use information management principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
- Assimilate management, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a Registered Nurse.
Program Delivery Method
Standard College offers residential method of course delivery. Course content is delivered in the classroom. Instructor and student interactions occur face-to-face in the classroom.
Instructors use a variety of contemporary teaching approaches or strategies to accomplish program goals and enhance student ability to achieve program outcomes. Examples may include, but are not limited to, case study, problem-based scenarios, computer simulations, web based and distance technologies, and field or community experiences. Instructional methods are conducive to students’ capabilities and learning needs. Faculty and program administrators ensure that instructional techniques and delivery strategies are compatible with the program objectives and curricular offerings.
Program Completion/Graduation Policy
Enrolling in a program of study does not guarantee graduation. In order for a student to be eligible for graduation and awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, the student MUST successfully satisfy the program completion requirements. These requirements consist of the following criteria:
- Successfully complete the curriculum by earning at least a minimum passing academic grade of 79.5% in each course
- Achieve a Pass in each clinical course.
- Demonstrate satisfactory attendance as evident by 90% attendance of each course
- Successfully complete the designated Standardized Comprehensive Exams at the established benchmark stated in the Integrated Nursing Concepts Course Syllabus.
- Meet all financial obligations.
- Meet all requirements for program completion by the last official day of the Integrated Nursing Concepts Course.
A students final transcript will not be sent to the Board of Nursing unless the student has successfully satisfied the program completion requirements.
A student who has not met the requirements may not participate in the public graduation ceremony. The diploma and pin will be awarded when all requirements have been met.
The teaching/evaluation methods used will vary depending on the subject matter being studied. Teaching/evaluation methods will include, but not be limited to:
- Audiovisual Media
- Case Studies
- Clinical Practicum
- Demonstration/Return Demonstration of Skills
- Lab/Clinical Skills Practicum and Checklist
- Online Exercices
- Oral Exercices
- Research Exercises
- Self-study Modules
- Clinical Simulation labs
The program has a wide variety of videos and other audiovisual material demonstrating clinical procedures completed in healthcare settings. In addition, students have 24-hour access to Standard College virtual library and other online resources.
Students are admitted to the LPN to RN Transition Program with at least 20 general education semester credit hours transferred from a college accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Upon successful completion of the Fundamentals Skills and Concepts Validation Course at Standard College, students are awarded 3 semester credit hours. While enrolled in the program the Students shall complete 47 semester credit hours over a 14 month/56-week period.
Semester Credit Hours required for successful completion of the LPN to RN Transition Program:
Semester Credit Hours required for successful completion of the LPN to RN Transition Program
|Class/Skills Lab Hours||62.5 Semester Credit Hours|
|Clinical Hours||7.5 Semester Credit Hours|
|Credit Hours of Clinical Practicum||(352 Clock hours)|
|Total||70 Semester Credit Hours|