LPN to RN Diploma Nursing Program

Program Mission Statement

The LPN to RN Diploma Nursing program supports the mission of the Collins Career Technical Center. The mission is to prepare youth and adults to enter, compete, and advance in an ever-changing world of work. The vision for Collins Career Technical Center is dedication to providing all learners with lifelong learning skills, work ethic, and the highest quality academic and career technical preparation to compete and advance in a global market while encouraging them to give back to the community. The nursing faculty is committed to providing accessible high quality nursing education to meet the diverse and changing health-care needs of the service area and to promoting the development of qualified students prepared for the role of registered nurse at the entry level. Graduates of this program will meet the education requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Program Objectives

The graduate of the LPN to RN Diploma Nursing program at Collins Career Technical Center will be prepared to meet the educational competencies defined by the National League for Nursing and the Nursing Practice Act of Ohio. The practice of nursing is directed toward meeting the health care needs of individuals throughout their lifespan. The ADN prepared nurse' role is characterized by evidence-based clinical practice with the provision of care for individuals and families in structured settings.

Nursing education at the Collins Career Technical Center is a process that facilitates changes in behavior, the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function in the role of the entry-level registered nurse. The curriculum is guided by concepts and founded on principles of adult and collaborative learning. Basic assumptions include self-direction, utilizing adult experience, problem- and activity-centered learning. (Rachel, 2002) It incorporates evidence-based nursing theory and practice, general education, and the sciences in an environment conducive to learning. The conceptual design defines the essential elements as the environment, quality of life, achievement of potential, and health. The organizing framework contains content related to the individual, the health care system and nursing.

The LPN to RN Diploma nursing program at Collins Career Technical Center provides an education that is flexible, progressive, and sensitive to the changing needs of the individual, significant support person(s), and community. Through these educational experiences, students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The Curriculum is based on learning theory rooted in neurobiology. Neuroscientists discovered that the brain develops circuitry and grows as a result of experience and learning. Learning is about making connections. Neurologists and cognitive scientists agree that humans build their minds by “constructing” mental structures and "hands-on" concrete application that connects and organizes information. Barkley, Cross & Major (2005)

Learning is a continuous process that results in a change of behavior and occurs when the individual is challenged and motivated to enhance personal knowledge. Teaching and learning is an interactive process between teacher and learner. The responsibility of the faculty of Collins Career Technical Center LPN to RN Diploma Nursing Program is to facilitate the student's understanding and ability to meet the competencies for nursing practice through the design and evaluation of learning experiences. The nursing student is responsible for actively participating in learning experiences and develops the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide quality individual centered nursing care.

Program Goals:

Graduates from the LPN to RN Diploma Nursing Program meet the Ohio Board of Nursing requirements for eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN Exam. The curriculum includes classroom, laboratory simulation, and clinical experiences. After passing the NCLEX-RN the graduate will be prepared to work in hospitals, nursing homes, Physician's offices, home health agencies, and many other health related field.

Length of Course:

There are two classes each year, one starts at the beginning of January each year and graduates the following February spanning one calendar year, the second starts August of each year and graduates the following September spanning one calendar year. The programs meet every Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. In addition, one clinical day per week per quarter is expected. This program does require internet access with almost half of the program meeting online objectives. Computer and internet access is necessary in order to complete the requirements of this program. Collins Career Technical Center LPN to RN Diploma Nursing Program applicants are selected based on entrance exam scores, work experience, clinical experience, and an unencumbered LPN license. You must comply with all health screening guidelines and application process. Applications must be hand delivered with proof of identification to one of our locations. The program accepts 40 students per class each calendar year.

Job Opportunities:

Graduates are employed in area hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, private physician offices, long term care facilities and many other health related fields.

Accreditation

Ohio Board of Nursing

Program Cost Breakdown

** Costs are subject to change

Please read Admission Procedures
The pre-entrance Exam is required for the program - see Work Keys link for more information

If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission into the Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. The application must be completed (in full) before the admission date (the last Friday of May) of each calendar year.

Completion Requirements


Description    
 
   
  • Applied Communications
   
  • General Anatomy
   
  • Applied Math
   
  • Pharmacy Practice
   
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
   
  • Orientation to Health Care and Ethics
   
  • Pharmacology
   
  • Medical Terminology
   
  • Clinical Experience I, II
   

Program Stats


2014 Graduates
** This information is based on our Annual report which is submitted to our Accrediting body each year.
   
Attrition Rate  
  • Number of students admitted
5
  • Number of students graduating
5
  • Attrition Rate
0%
Job Placement Rate  
  • Number of graduates in 2014
5
  • Number of graduates employed
5
  • Job Placement rate
100%
Credential Success Rate  
  • Number of students taking cardiac credential
3
  • Number earning cardiac credential from ARDMS
5
  • Cardiac Credential Success Rate
100%
  • A general College guideline indicates that students taking 12 or more hours (full-time) may find it difficult to work while going to school. The curriculum of this program is considered a high degree of difficulty and it is suggested a student not be employed while taking this program. However, the student will have weekends free and it is not the practice of the school to deny a student seeking employment as long as the student is able to complete the course requirements successfully as stated in the Program Requirements for Graduation. During the final semester of the program , if a clinical site wishes to hire a student and the work schedule does not interfere with the student's ability to successfully complete their class work to obtain graduation, it will be permitted.
  • Students may not take either the responsibility or the place of qualified staff. It is not permissible for a student to work as entry-level sonographers without having received adequate training and met satisfactory competency.
  • The Pregnancy Policy states any restriction indicated by the student's physician must be provided in writing to the Program Director. After delivery, a release note must be provided from the physician, identifying any activity restriction or stating when the student is permitted to resume normal activity. The student must make up all clinical time missed, complete all course requirements and clinical competencies not completed as a consequence of the pregnancy to complete the requirements for the DMS course.
    The first semester consists of didactic and Laboratory courses. Second semester is clinical practice. Each semester will alternate didactic and clinical.
    Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied Health Handbook
    The sonography program at CCC has 5-10 clinical sites to employ all aspects of the program. These departments are located in hospitals, medical imaging clinics, mobile ultrasound, as well as doctor's offices.
    No. Students will receive adequate training in echo and vascular clinical settings, changing every semester, taking into consideration the need of the student.
    Clinical rotations will be divided equally among all students based on the type of rotation needed, and the experience available in different departments. It is the responsibility of the the Program Director and/or the Clinical Coordinator to assign clinical rotations for all students. Students must expect to have a few rotations that require some distance to travel (approximately 3-4 hours one-way).
    No. Students must provide their own transportation.
    It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, Sectional Anatomy, Introduction to Sonography, and English Once the pre-requisites are accomplished, the CDMS program takes two (2) years to complete.
    The medical sonography scan lab at CCC is state-of-the-art. Actual hands-on scanning begins the very first day of the sonography program. Under close supervision by faculty, students are instructed on how to begin the sonographic examination, proper imaging technique, and the ergonomics of scanning.
    No. Unfortunately, the program requires the combination of classroom instruction and clinical instruction in each of the sonography specialties to occur at the same time. You will likely be in class two days a week and in clinical the other two days of the week.
    Approximately 5. The number of students depends largely upon the number of clinical rotations available.
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor has stated that imaging professionals are in great demand and the need is increasing as medical imaging has seen a large increase of examination volume, due to an aging population and preventative care. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Collins Career Center's job placement program will assist the student in any way they can. The student will also receive assistance in writing a resume.
    Starting salaries usually range from $36,000-$55,000. Graduates find work with: colleges and universities, equipment manufacturers, hospitals, mobile companies, outpatient centers, physician offices, private imaging centers, and research centers.