Lone Star College - North Harris Associate Degree

Lone Star College - North Harris Associate Degree

Lone Star College - North Harris Associate Degree Nursing Programs Program has Moved The LSC North Harris Nursing Program is now housed in the new Health Professions Building (HPB) off of Red Oak Dr. and Peakwood Dr. (behind Houston Northwest Medical Center) Effective Summer 2011 all LSC North Harris RNSG courses will take place at HPB What is Nursing? The most current definition that reflects the evolution of professional nursing is from the 2003 edition of the American Nurses Associations Social Policy Statement: Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families,

communities, and populations. Where Do Nurses Work? Hospitals Clinics Offices Schools Home Care Long-term Care Facilities Occupational Settings Community Military Salary Information Median Annual Salary by Years of Experience for Registered Nurse (RN) $90,000 $80,000 $70,000

$60,000 Median Salary by Years of Experience for Registered Nurse (RN) $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 <1 Year 1-4 Years 5-9 Years 10-19 Years 20+ Years *Salary is also determined by type of facility and specific area of responsibility Two Tracks for Completion of AAS in Nursing at LSC North Harris Articulation (Transition) Track for current LVNs & certified/licensed Paramedics Three-semester clinical program beginning in January

Basic Track (no prior healthcare experience required) Two year clinical program beginning in August Integrated vs. Block Curriculum LSC North Harris offers an integrated curriculum, as does Kingwood, Montgomery, and Tomball. LSC CyFair offers a block curriculum. Integrated curriculum = program organized around a series of concepts that progress from simple to complex Block curriculum = program courses are divided by content area such as care of children and families and adult health LSC North Harris Nursing Program Weekly Schedule

Lecture: ~5 contact hours a week Current nursing students advise recording lectures (with faculty approval); you should plan on spending about 5 hours a week outside of class reviewing lectures and notes Lab: 3 contact hours a week Current nursing students advise prepping for lab by completing pre-lab questions that are assigned and watching videos; you should plan on spending minimum 2 hours a week outside of class doing this If you do not get procedures right during lab then you will need to plan on going back to practice during open lab become confident with skills prior to clinical work Clinical: 10 12 contact hours a week (1 or 2 day clinical schedule) Tests every other Friday Current nursing students indicate that time spent studying for tests can range from 4 10 hours a week depending on the subject It is also advised that you utilize NCLEX reviews for those subject areas you find extra difficult Additional time needed for reading/studying (200 - 300 pages/week), lab prep, clinical logs/care plans (6 - 12 hours per week) , projects, commuting Each semester requires a full-time commitment!

Course Content Role of the Nurse (ADPIE) Perception/Psychiatric Heart/Lungs Pregnancy/Newborn Diabetes/Nutrition Liver/Pancreas Blood/Lymphatic System Fluid & Electrolytes Disease Processes/ Pathophysiology Lab Skills transporting clients,

administering of oral and I.V. medications, catheters, EKG monitoring, etc. Teaching Methods Lecture PowerPoint, visual aids, LSC Angel System, readings Lab Hands-on skills training, use of simulated mannequins, videos Clinical Direct patient contact at area hospitals and long-term care facilities, clinical logs/care plans Projects Individual and group, research papers, posters, presentations, etc. Testing Schedule Lab tests - weekly before each lab begins

Lecture tests multiple choice exam every other Friday, on computer Dosage calculations/math tests every other Friday, along with lecture tests **NOTE: You must pass the clinical, lab, and lecture components of the program with a 69.5% or higher in each in order to progress to the next semester. Students will have to pass the math component with 90% or higher in order to progress. Other Program Information Math No formal course taught during the program; it is important to refresh math if needed prior to application and program start; once in program utilize the Clinical Teaching Assistants (CTAs) that are available to you A&P and Medical Microbiology do well in these courses as they will come back to haunt you! Pharmacology (RNSG 1301) It is advised that you complete this course prior to starting the Nursing Program if you have the opportunity to do so

Getting Started Students must first have applied to Lone Star College (unless already a current LSC student) Go to: http://lonestar.edu/admissions.htm for more information on applying to LSC Submit official transcripts from all nonLone Star College System schools attended Meet with LSC Advisor as needed to ensure you have declared Nursing as Nursing Program Information General Nursing Program information and application can be found on the Lone Star College System (LSCS) website: http://www.lonestar.edu/nursing-requirements.htm OR through the LSC North Harris Nursing Program

website: http://www.lonestar.edu/nursing-dept-nharris.htm LSC North Harris Application Periods and Deadlines Nursing Program Application Period HESI Deadline Type of Application ADN Basic Track 1/18/12 3/9/12 3/2/12 Online Application LVN/LP Transition Track 7/9/12 9/7/12 8/31/12

Online Application *LSC North Harris does not offer a LVN Program* **The HESI exam must be taken no later than one week prior to application deadline** Basic Track Admissions Criteria Prior to application, the following courses (at minimum) must be completed with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and at least a C in every course*: o o o BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I PSYC 2301 General Psychology ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I *Courses must be completed and graded, not in Progress **The minimum math requirement has increased to completion of MATH 0310 or higher. Basic Track (Other Required Courses) BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication OR SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication KINE 11-- Physical Activity Course (1 hour) Fine Arts / Humanities (3 hours) See page 99, 2011-2012 LSCS Catalog for acceptable courses *Must have at least a 2.5 GPA (grade of C or higher) on all academic courses completed **Completion of all the courses prior to application significantly increases your probability of acceptance into the Nursing Program

Articulation/Transition Track Admissions Criteria Prior to application, the following courses (at minimum) must be completed with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and at least a C in every course*: o BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I o BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II o PSYC 2301 General Psychology o PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development o ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I o RNSG 1301 Pharmacology *Courses must be completed and graded, not in progress **The minimum math requirement has increased to completion of

MATH 0310 or higher. Articulation/Transition Track (Other Required Courses) BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication OR SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication KINE 11-- Physical Activity Course (1 hour) Fine Arts / Humanities (3 hours) See page 99, 2011-2012 Catalog for accepted courses *Must have at least a 2.5 GPA (grade of C or higher) on all academic courses completed **Completion of all the courses prior to application significantly increases your probability of acceptance into the Nursing Program

Biology/Pharmacology Refresher Information All required Biology and Pharmacology courses completed more than five years prior to application to the Nursing Program must be refreshed. Your options to refresh Biology courses include: LSC Continuing Education (CE) review courses are available for students who have outdated Biology coursework at any LSCS CE Department BIOL 2404 as a BIOL 2401 & 2402 refresher Repeat individual credit courses for a new grade Your option to refresh Pharmacology: Retake Pharmacology (RNSG 1301) HESI Admission Assessment Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam

Applicants are required to take the following five sections: Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary/General Knowledge, Math, and A&P Exam offered throughout the year at LSC campuses (check nursing website for availability and to obtain testing ticket) May only take exam at one LSC campus once every 60 days; most recent set of scores will be used for admission purposes Cost of exam: $35 Study guide available on reserve in LSC North Harris Library or for purchase through LSCS Bookstore (online) or other vendors/retailers Basic Track Ranking Criteria for Admission Category 1 . 2 . 3 .

Average of GPA in: BIOL 2401 (or 2402) PSYC 2301 ENGL 1301 Total number of non-RNSG credits completed for the ADN Program Explanation Possible Points Your Score Figure the average of your GPA in these three courses Minimum required: 2.5 4 Your GPA here 27-31 hours 23-26 hours 16-22 hours 10-15 hours 4 points

3 points 2 points 1 point HESI Entrance Exam *English Language Composite score ____ Reading Comprehension Reading: Minimum score = 75 ____ Grammar: Minimum score = 75 Grammar Vocabulary/GK: Minimum score = 75 ____ Math: Minimum score = 75 Vocabulary/General Knowledge ____ A & P: Minimum score = 75 Math ____ For points: A&P English Language Composite score ____ divided by 25 **Note: Minimum score of 75 on all sections is required to submit an application. 4

4 Points for your credit hours here Your English Language Composite score 25 here Basic Track Nursing Courses Semester Summer of Year 1 Course RNSG 1172 Preparation for Basic Care RNSG 1523 Nursing I: Intro to Basic Care

RNSG 1361 Nursing I: Clinical RNSG 1119 Nursing I: Integrated Nursing Skills I RNSG 1301 Pharmacology (Course may be taken prior to Nursing I. Recommended in the spring or summer prior to beginning the nursing program) Prerequisite for Nursing II RNSG 2504 Nursing II: Care of the Client with Common Health Care Needs RNSG 1362 Nursing II: Clinical

Spring of Year 1 NSG II RNSG 1129 Nursing II: Integrated Nursing Skills II Summer of Year 1 VNSG 1122 Vocational Nursing Concepts Available to Some Students VNSG 2362 Clinical Practical Nurse I (completes requirements for LVN) VNSG 2363

Clinical Practical Nurse II RNSG 2514 Nursing III: Care of the Client with Complex Health Care Needs RNSG 2361 Nursing III: Clinical RNSG 2173 Nursing III: Advanced Nursing Skills RNSG 2535 Nursing IV: Integrated Client Care Management RNSG 2362 Nursing IV: Clinical

RNSG 2230 Prof Nursing Review and Licensure Preparation Fall of Year 1 NSG I Fall of Year 2 Spring of Year 2 NSG III NSG IV Articulation/Transition Ranking Criteria for Admission Possible Points Your Score Figure the average of your GPA in these courses Minimum required: 2.5 4

Your GPA here 30-34 hrs 4 points 24-29 hrs 3 points 20-23 hrs 2 points 4 Points for your credit hours here Category Explanation Average of GPA in: 1. 2. BIOL 2401 BIOL 2402 PSYC 2301 PSYC 2314

ENGL 301 RNSG 1301 Total number of credits completed for the ADN Program HESI Entrance Exam 3. *English Language Composite score Reading Comprehension Grammar Vocabulary/General Knowledge Math A&P ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ **Note: Minimum score of 75 on all sections is required to submit an application. Reading: Minimum score = 75 Grammar: Minimum score = 75 Vocabulary/GK: Minimum score = 75

Math: Minimum score = 75 A & P: Minimum score = 75 4 For points: English Language Composite score divided by 25 Total points possible 12 Your English Language Composite score 25 here Your total here Articulation/Transition Track Nursing Courses Semester Spring of Year 1 Fall of Year 1 NSG III

Spring of Year 2 NSG IV Course RNSG 1417 Concepts of Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students RNSG 1260 Clinical Nursing for Articulating Students RNSG 2514 Nursing III: Care of the Client with Complex Health Care Needs RNSG 2361 Nursing III: Clinical RNSG

2173 Nursing III: Advanced Nursing Skills RNSG 2535 Nursing IV: Integrated Client Care Management RNSG 2362 Nursing IV: Clinical RNSG 2230 Prof Nursing Review and Licensure Preparation RNSG 2171 Role Transition for Articulating Students Application Submission

Application deadline is usually first week of March each year for Basic Track and midSeptember for Transition Track LSC System Office begins processing applications Notification letters are mailed in April (for Basic Track) and October (for Transition Track) LSC North Harris accepts ~120 students each year for its Basic Track Program LSC North Harris accepts ~30 students each year for its Transition Track Program THINGS TO EXPECT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED INTO THE PROGRAM Background Check All students are required to have a satisfactory criminal background check prior to formal acceptance in the Nursing Program. Any student who has a felony or misdemeanor conviction must have approval through the Board of Nurse Examiners Declaratory Order process. To begin the 6 month 2 year process, go to

www.bon.state.tx.us. Click on Download other Paper Applications and Forms, then look under Candidates for Licensure and find Declaratory Order Form or call 512-305-7400. English Language Proficiency Accepted students and alternates to the LSCS Nursing Program who completed high school outside the United States of America must provide proof of English language proficiency. This can be done by submitting one of the following: TOEFL exam score of 530 or higher on a paper exam, 197 or higher on a computer exam, and 71 or higher on an Internet-based exam. 2. Documentation of graduation from high school from an English speaking country such as Canada (other than Quebec), Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland. 1. **Proficiency in English is required for LSCS Nursing Programs for both patient safety and student success. Hepatitis B Immunization Series Generally 5 - 6 month process for all three required shots; must BEGIN this process before or by time of

application period Must be COMPLETED prior to the beginning of the program (July for Basic Track, December for Articulation Track) Other Paperwork & Immunizations CPR for Healthcare Providers (approved by the American Heart Association) $45-100 Declaratory Order (if needed) $150* Hepatitis B*, MMR*, Tdap*, Varicella (Chickenpox)*, TB Skin Test and/or chest x-ray Bacterial Meningitis/Hib*: A new Texas law requires students of an institution of higher education, including transfer students, to be vaccinated (1 dose) against bacterial meningitis before they can attend

classes. Students over 30 years of age are exempt from getting the vaccination. Flu Vaccination (to be done during Fall Season(s) in the Program) Physical Exam $ Varies Drug Test $45 Background Check $45 *Can be done beforehand Smoking Policy No smoking before or during clinical hours; includes breaks or while on hospital property Approximate Program Costs (subject to change)**

In-District Tuition (from prereqs through completion of Nursing Program) - $4000 Required Nursing Books - $1700+ Uniforms - $200+ Liability Insurance - $60-75 Kaplan exam/study packages - $190+ Graduation pin - $70-400 PLUS Immunizations, CPR, physical exam, background check, drug screening, miscellaneous supplies and exam fees **Some current nursing students spend more on extra study books and software, as well as electronic devices to store book/reference information Recommended Reading by a Current Nursing Student How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School: A Guide for Students by Students By Kelli Dunham Advice on choosing and getting into a nursing school, finances and financial aid, the importance of time (and life) management, dealing with information overload and stress, forming study habits that streamline the learning experience, study skills and resources, test taking, being a nontraditional

student, handling clinical rotations, preparing for and taking the NCLEX, licensure, issues and trends in nursing, and finding LSC Campus Resources Go to: http://lonestar.edu/student-services.htm for more information on: Admissions Advising Registration Learning Centers Tutoring Placement testing Counseling Career exploration For Your Consideration Additional Course Requirements for Most BSN Programs University Core/Major Requirement Lone Star College System Course Composition II ENGL 1302 College Algebra MATH 1314 Statistics

PSYC 2317 or MATH 1342 US History to 1877 HIST 1301 US History since 1877 HIST 1302 American Government I GOVT 2301 American Government II GOVT 2302 Nutrition BIOL 1322 Chemistry (Lecture and Lab) CHEM 1405 or CHEM 1411 Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 1301

**This is a guide only. The student is responsible for verifying program requirements at his/her prospective university(ies). Some universities may also require completion of a literature and/or computer literacy course. University Nursing Degree Program Websites UTMB Galveston School of Nursing: http://www.son.utmb.edu/programsofstudy/RN-BSN/entrancerequirements.cfm UT Health Science Center Houston: http://son.uth.tmc.edu/prospstudent/bsn/default.htm UT Arlington College of Nursing: http://www.uta.edu/nursing/RN-to-BSN/program.php University of Phoenix: http://www.phoenix.edu/alliance/lonestar.html UH Victoria School of Nursing: http://lonestar.edu/departments/studentservices/UHVNursingArticulation12.8.2010_(2)_newest_agreement_without_signat ures.. pdf http://www.uhv.edu/nursing/

TWU Houston College of Nursing: http://www.twu.edu/nursing/houston-center.asp Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing: http://nursing.tamhsc.edu/future/index.html SFASU School of Nursing: http://www.fp.sfasu.edu/nursing/ SHSU Nursing Program: http://www.shsu.edu/~nursing/ PVAMU College of Nursing: http://www.pvamu.edu/pages/1029.asp Lamar University: http://dept.lamar.edu/nursing/RNtoBSN.html Chamberlain College of Nursing: http://www.chamberlain.edu/ Capella University: http://www.capella.edu/schools_programs/undergraduate_studies/bsn/rn_to_bsn_completion.aspx

Good Luck! Kristina Raymond Academic Advisor Winship 174-B at LSC North Harris 281-765-7896 Suite 200 at LSC North Harris Health Professions Building 281-943-6906 [email protected]

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