The LPN-RN Bridge – Associate Degree Nursing program is designed for current nursing practitioners who graduated from a regionally accredited LPN nursing school.
2023 LPN-RN Bridge Nursing Admissions Packet coming soon.
The LPN-RN Bridge – Associate Degree Nursing program was developed to facilitate a working licensed practical nurse the ability to return to school to obtain an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. This program is designed for a working nurse who graduated from a regionally accredited nursing school and who has an unrestricted NC LPN license.
This LPN-RN Bridge program takes two (2) semesters to complete, beginning in the fall and ending in the spring. Applicants may take required general education courses for the program at another regionally accredited college/university, but taking those courses does not shorten the length of this program. Courses in this program are hybrid. They consist of a seated component, an online component and a clinical component. Students must be prepared to travel to main campus to attend late afternoon classes and weekend clinicals.
The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.
Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.
Upon completion, the NC Board of Nursing will review a criminal background check for each person applying for licensure. Applicants can be denied licensure based on this review.
Information regarding program costs is located in the LPN-RN Bridge Associate Degree Nursing Admission Packet.
- All applicants should access the LPN-RN Bridge Nursing Admission Packet and download it for reference. It is critical for applicants to read the packet thoroughly and understand its contents.
- All applicants must submit a completed Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) Checklist by the published deadline. Submission of the MAR Checklist indicates an applicant’s readiness to be considered for a spot in the LPN-RN Bridge nursing program.
- Admission to all CVCC nursing programs is competitive.
Upon graduation from the program, the student receives the Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The associate's program is fully approved by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the CVCC Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.
The Associate Degree nursing program at CVCC located in Hickory, NC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at the ACEN Program Search webpage (http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm).
- LPN-RN Bridge Nursing Program
- Associate Degree Nursing, AAS
- Associate Degree Nursing Hickory RIBN Articulation Agreement, AAS
Please see the catalog for more information about the degree options for Nursing and LPN-RN Bridge.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Carefully review the 2023-2024 LPN-RN Bridge Admissions Packet as requirements are subject to change without notice.
» LPN-RN Bridge Admissions Packet (PDF) - Coming soon.
» LPN-RN Bridge MAR Checklist (PDF) - Coming soon.
» LPN-RN Bridge Employment Verification Form (PDF fillable document)
Nursing is a career field with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. The following activities are examples of the kind of activities which a student in the Nursing program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program.
|Critical Thinking||Nursing student should possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.||Student must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop or participate in the development of nursing care plan.|
|Interpersonal Skills||Nursing student shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.||Student shall establish rapport with clients/patients and health care team members.|
|Communication Skills||Nursing student shall possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document, and interpret nursing actions and client/patient responses.|
|Mobility||Nursing student shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, stand, and walk for extensive periods of time.||Moves around in patients' rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas and administer cardiopulmonary procedures.|
|Motor Skills||Nursing student shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.||Calibrate and use equipment and position clients/patients.|
|Hearing||Nursing student shall possess auditory ability, sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.|
|Visual||Nursing student shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and test necessary in nursing care.||Observe client/patient responses, see calibration of blood pressure equipment, assess patient.|
|Tactile||Nursing student shall possess tactile ability sufficient for physical test.||Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, and insertions of catheters.|
|Weight-Bearing||Nursing student shall possess ability to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds, weekly and sometimes daily.||Position clients/patients, move equipment.|
|Cognitive Abilities||Nursing student shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person and organize responsibilities, make decisions.||Student shall assess client/patient complaints and implement appropriate.|
|Occupational Exposures||Nursing student may be exposed to communicable disease and/or body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, latex, and shall use appropriate precautions at all times.||Student may be assigned a patient with a communicable disease and shall provide total care using universal precautions.|
Note: Standards developed by the Board of Directors for the Southern Council of Education for Nursing to assist Nursing Education Programs in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please note: Examples are not all inclusive.
If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact the Counselor/Students with Disabilities Program at least 72 hours in advance at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4222 or email@example.com