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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LPN to RN Bridge: Traditional Full-Time, A.S.

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LPN-RN Bridge: Traditional Full-Time (BRTA)

Banner Code: BRTA

Associate in Science

(72 credits: 10 experiential credits awarded for LPN status)

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ASDN) is a limited access program. The ASDN program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (1964), 4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C02, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252, (850) 245-4125 and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patients’ preferences, values, and needs.
  2. The student will minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  3. The student will be able to use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
  4. The student will function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  5. The student will integrate evidence based practice with clinical expertise to include quality improvement methods for delivery of optimal health care.

Because of the common body of knowledge between the Practical Nursing program and the Registered Nursing program, it is possible for accepted Licensed Practical Nurses to complete the LPN-to-RN Bridge: Traditional Full-Time component in approximately three semesters. Completion of this component qualifies the student to take the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse.

Students seeking admission to the Traditional Bridge component must:

  • submit a Florida Gateway College admission application to the Office of Enrollment Services,
  • have official high school transcript, GED or documentation of Home Schooling, and any transcripts from colleges other than FGC sent to the FGC Office of Enrollment Services,
  • provide scores for ACT or SAT standardized testing OR register and take a college placement test prior to advisement in the nursing department,
  • complete developmental education courses as required, prior to registering for the science courses,
  • complete all prerequisite classes with a GPA of 2.80 or higher and no grade lower than a C. All prerequisite courses must be completed by end of fall semester of the year the applicant is applying to the program,
  • students who do not complete corequisite courses with a C or better within the specified time will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program,
  • if the applicant graduated from a PN program more than 5 years ago or graduated from a PN program outside the state of Florida, the applicant must apply to the ASDN Traditional Generic program,
  • submit to the Nursing Department by the established deadline:
    • the Traditional Bridge supplemental application,
    • an unofficial copy of transcripts from colleges attended including FGC,
    • a copy of current Florida LPN license,
    • current score (within past two years) of 75 or higher on the nursing entrance exam (HESI A2),
    • documentation of full-time work experience as an LPN (acute care facility preferred). All applicants must have six (6) months of documented full-time work experience from an employer/employers as an LPN prior to admission. Applicants with less than six (6) months of full-time work experience as an LPN as of the application deadline, must submit documentation of all full-time work experience at that time. Proof of completion of remaining work experience (to equal or exceed six (6) months) must be submitted by the last day of open registration as determined by the FGC Academic Calendar.

Prerequisite and corequisite courses completed by the end of the fall term in which you are applying are included in the required 2.8 GPA for admission to the program.

The student must provide official transcripts to the Nursing Department and the Office of Enrollment Services immediately following the end of fall semester for prerequisites and/or corequisites taken at a college other than FGC during the fall semester in which the student is applying. The official transcripts must be received by the last day of open registration as determined by the FGC Academic Calendar. Failure to provide these in a timely manner may result in non-admission to the nursing program.

Applicants are responsible for providing the above documentation if they wish to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Make copies of all documentation for your personal records. Failure to present proper documentation may result in non-acceptance into the program.

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission is competitive. Admission is awarded to those individuals with the highest points using the ASDN Point System for Competitive Admission.

In-depth admission information may be found in the ASDN LPN-to-RN Bridge: Traditional Full-Time Admission Packet on the College Web site at Florida Gateway College reserves the right to make changes in admission criteria and program information as circumstances require in the continuing development of the program.

To meet clinical agency requirements for clinical experience, all students in the Nursing and Health Sciences Programs must meet state and federal regulations as described by Florida Statutes S. 400.211. A Level II background check and drug/alcohol screening are required. Further instructions regarding the background and 10 panel drug/alcohol screen are provided in the respective program acceptance letter. All screening must be completed no more than six weeks prior to the first day of class. Results of screening must be available to the program/clinical coordinator by the last day of open registration as determined by the FGC Academic Calendar. Please note that random screening may be required while in the program. Students are responsible for the cost of all screening done for admission and randomly during the program.

All students who graduate from a nursing program and wish to take the registered nurse NCLEX-RN exam in Florida are subject to the licensure and screening process of the Florida Board of Nursing.

Program Readmission

A student who has been admitted into the program and withdraws or does not satisfactorily complete the requirements for a required nursing course may be considered for readmission. A student who has previously been readmitted and who subsequently earns a grade of D will be dismissed from the program.

The LPN-to-RN Bridge: Traditional Full-Time component includes 30 credit hours of general education courses, 32 credit hours of nursing courses, and 10 experiential learning credits. The following prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Fall term prior to January admission.

Prerequisite Courses: 24 Credit Hours

Additional Information:

An overall GPA of 2.8 or higher, with no grade below a C is required in prerequisite courses to be considered for admission into the program. Completion of these courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program. All science courses must have a lab.

An exemption examination for HUN 1201 - Human Nutrition  is available in the Test Center. A score of 80% is required to pass each exam. A student cannot enter the ASDN LPN-RN Bridge: Traditional Full-Time component without a successful exam score or satisfactory completion of these courses.

All competency/exemption exams must be completed prior to the application deadline. Please contact the testing center for testing information.

Corequisite Courses: 6 Credit Hours

The following corequisite courses may be taken prior to or following admission to the Nursing Program.


All corequisite courses must be completed in order to graduate from the Nursing Program. Each course completed is included in the student’s GPA for admission purposes. An overall GPA of 2.8 or higher, with no grade below a C, is required in all corequisite courses. Students who do not complete the corequisite courses with a C or better within the specified timeframe will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program.

Core Courses

The nursing courses are to be completed in the following sequence. In order to progress in the nursing program, all nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

First Semester: 10 Credit Hours

Second Semester: 12 Credit Hours

Experiential Credit* 10 Credit Hours

 * 10 college credits are awarded to all students for experiential learning in nursing upon successful completion of NUR 1213C  and NUR 2241C  with a grade of C or better, as well as documentation of licensure and a minimum of six (6) months of full-time employment. 

In order to meet graduation requirements, students must demonstrate knowledge of computers as set forth in the Associate in Science Degree General Education Requirements  of the Catalog.

Registered Nursing A.S. Total 72 Credit Hours

Program Notes:

  • All nursing students must construct their class schedules with the assistance of the nursing faculty, who must approve all course exemptions, alternatives, or substitutions.
  • Additional costs are required when admitted to this program including costs of uniforms, clinic shoes, liability insurance, health insurance, medical exam, standardized testing, graduation costs, immunizations, Level II background check and 10 panel drug/alcohol screening, and licensing fees.
  • Students are required to submit proof of current CPR certification [Healthcare Provider for American Heart Association (AHA) or Professional Rescuer for American Red Cross (ARC)] prior to participation in hands-on clinical rotations. Students must maintain current CPR certification throughout the nursing program.
  • Standardized tests and remediation are mandatory for all students.
  • Laboratories in nursing are calculated using a 1 to 3 ratio or one credit equals 150 minutes.
  • Course calendars may vary from the College calendar due to availability of clinical sites. The student will have clinical assignments during days, evenings, weekdays, and weekends at various times during the nursing program.

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