Bridge Program Option for LPNs
St. Charles Community College, nursing department supports the concept of articulation and has formulated a plan whereby Licensed Practical Nurses may request advanced standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program offered by the college. LPN’s may “BRIDGE” into the A.D.N. program by successfully completing the admission requirements as outlined below.
Admission Requirements to Be Eligible for Enrollment in the Bridge Option
- Schedule an appointment and meet with an SCC career technical counselor. Call 636-922-8246 or visit the student development department in the Administration Building, Room 1204, to begin the application process and pay a $25 application fee.
- Must have a current undisciplined LPN license for the state of Missouri and two years of clinical experience within the last three years, or have graduated from an LPN program in the last two years and have worked since graduation. Must have IV certification. Effective for students entering into the program in Jan. 2013, a new LPN graduate, must have at least six months of experience working as an LPN.
- Take the ACT college entry exam. A minimum passing score of 20 must be met for admission. This requirement is waived for those people with a bachelor's degree that includes at least 36 hours of general education courses. Effective 2014: ACT Test Scores-minimum composite score of 24. The test must have been taken within the last five(5) years. The ACT Test requirement may be waived for applicants who have previously earned a Bachelor's Degree. * See sliding scale for GPA/ACT.
- Pass the Dosage Calculation Test with a score of 90% or above. The Dosage Calculation Test can be taken only three times in one year. Test results remain valid for one year (See SCC website). Effective 2013 - Dosage test results will remain valid for two years, can only test three times within a calendar year; not twice within a 24 hour period.
- Must have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 point scale on at least 12 credit hours. If 12 hours have not been take at SCC, only courses evaluated and accepted by SCC will be used. If your GPA does not meet this requirement, discuss your situation with a career technical counselor.
Effective 2014: Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above on high school transcript, or cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above on at least 12 credit hours of current college course work. Applicants with a previous college degree must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 on the last 30 credit hours of college course work. * See sliding scale for GPA/ACT.
- Must submit official college transcripts (hand carried not accepted) if college courses will be counted toward the degree or admission requirements.
- Complete SCC Assessment Tests (if no previous college credit classes in math or English). Must test into ENG 101 and MAT 121 OR take and pass ENG 096 and MAT 098/120 to initiate application process.
- Completion of the prerequisite and co-requisites for NUR 103, NUR 104 and NUR 105. Applicants must have completed English Composition I, with a C or better, and Psychology 101. Introduction to Chemistry must be taken prior to NUR 104. Microbiology must be taken prior to entering NUR 253. Must maintain a “C” in all required science course work. Effective for students entering into the program in Jan. 2013, students must maintain a grade of "B" in all required science courses.
- Admission requirements must be met and all documents submitted no later than Nov. 15 for enrollment in the Jan. semester Nursing Bridge Program. Please note there are a limited number of openings and eligible students are placed in the Nursing Bridge Program on a first come, first served basis. If all admission criteria are completed at the same time, the SCC program graduate will be given preference.
* Sliding Scale ACT/GPA
All bridge students are required to enroll in and successfully complete NUR 104 and NUR 105 prior to entering NUR 253. After successful completion of NUR 104, the student will be granted credit for NUR 103.
- It is required that all science courses be taken within the last five years. Effective for students entering the program in Jan. 2013. students must maintain a grade of "B" in all required science courses.
- All Bridge students must take NUR 104, NUR 105, NUR 253 and NUR 254. These cannot be challenged.
- Due to the rapidly expanding body of knowledge in nursing, credits for NUR 103 granted through completion of NUR 104, must be revalidated if older than two years.
It is the student's responsibility to supply documentation that requirements are met, and to maintain awareness of deadlines, academic status, course requirements, etc.