Associate of Science in Nursing Bridge Pathway Option
Offered at the Following Campus
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to produce technically-advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum will provide the student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice competently and safely as an entry-level nurse in acute, long-term, and community healthcare settings.
The ASN Program consists of courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as preparation for the nursing program. The curriculum combines general and nursing education courses to provide the student with a foundation for scientific knowledge, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, critical thinking training, and ethical nursing care. Upon entrance into the program, the student will receive didactic and clinical components necessary for successful completion of the Program. Clinical experiences are selected to provide the student with a broad range of learning opportunities. The program graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing.
After completion of all core classes and the competitive admission process, students will be eligible to begin the Nursing (RNSG) courses. One class will be accepted into the ASN Bridge Option each year, beginning Fall semester. The Bridge Option is offered on the Swainsboro campus. The Bridge Option courses consist of 34 credit hours and will span over three semesters. Fundamental nursing concepts and skills will be taught before moving into more advanced classes. Students will receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experiences in the nursing care of clients at local hospitals and community agencies under the supervision and guidance of the nursing faculty. Prior to program completion, students will successfully complete a practicum experience and must pass an end-of-program comprehensive nursing exit examination.
The ASN Bridge Pathway option allows qualified individuals who possess current, Georgia unrestricted licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Paramedic (EMT-P) to bridge his or her education and training into the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN). The traditional option course work (RNSG courses) is completed within four (4) semesters. The ASN Bridge Pathway option allows qualified applicants to complete nursing program course work (RNSG-B courses) within three (3) semesters. Students meeting the Bridge Pathway option admission requirements and successfully completing the RNSG-B 1019B: Transition to Professional Nursing course will receive credit for the Traditional option courses RNSG 1005: Foundations of Nursing and RNSG 1020: Medical Surgical Nursing I. Students will attend class/clinical one (1) to two (2) days per week. Class meetings will be held on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Clinical assignments will vary depending upon the assigned clinical sites.
*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires all colleges to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses. Most of these requirements must be completed prior to the beginning of clinical or laboratory activities. The cost ranges are estimates and are subject to change.
- Tuition / Fees: Bridge: $7,047 (tuition $100 per credit hour; fees $319 each semester)
- Textbooks (approximately $1,000 for entire program)
- Assessment Technology Institute: $550 first semester and $500 for the second and third.
- Graduation Application Fee $40 (if student participates); Print diploma fee $10
- Uniform Costs (up to $300)
- myClinicalExchange ($40 annually)
- Background check & drug screen with alcohol (approximately $108 paid to PreCheck; varies based on clinical site requirements)
- AHA BLS (CPR) $30 (Credential must remain current throughout the program.)
- CPR Mask ($9)
- Respiratory N95 Mask ($20)
- Liability Insurance ($12 per year)
- Immunizations/Laboratory Tests
- MMR vaccination: $64
- Measles titer: $20
- Mumps titer: $20
- Rubella titer: $20
- Varicella titer: $20
- Hepatitis B titer: $20
- Varicella vaccination: $117
- Tuberculin Skin Test (TST)/PPD- Two-step initially and then annually ($25 per step) OR Interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) laboratory test initially and then annually ($85).
- Tdap: $40
- Tetanus vaccination: $20
- Hepatitis B Series: $264
- Hepatitis A and B: $163 for 3 shot series (this option may be chosen instead of the Hepatitis B series)
- Seasonal Influenza vaccine ($25)
Special Note: A single charge may apply to more than one titer being drawn at the same time.
Laptops will be required. Suggested specifications include:
Processor i5 or i7
Memory 8GB or higher
Hard drive 250GB or larger
DVD Drive either internal or external
Please note expenses related to Program courses will NOT be refunded if the student is unable, unwilling, or ineligible to complete the clinical component of any course. Fees are due as noted on syllabus. Failure to pay the fees by the deadline may result in the student not being allowed to return to class. ATI fees are due by 5:00 pm on the first day of class each semester.
Some clinical sites require a physical exam and proof of health insurance. Failure to supply all required (unexpired) documentation may prohibit the student from attending clinical. A student who cannot complete program clinical requirements may not continue in the nursing program.
- Prospective students seeking admission into the Associate of Science in Nursing Program will initially enroll in the Healthcare Management (HCM) Degree or Healthcare Professional Certificate - Associate of Science in Nursing option.
- Submit a completed application & application fee;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Submit an official copy of your high school transcript or high school equivalent scores;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Meet Placement Testing requirements found at: http://www.southeasterntech.edu/admissions/placement-testing.php
- All prerequisite courses (courses without an RNSG prefix) must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score is utilized in the nursing entry process. An adjusted individual total score of 66% or greater on the TEAS is required to be considered for admission into the ASN Program.
- The student will be allowed three (3) attempts to score the required adjusted individual score of 66% or greater on the TEAS exam. The student is responsible for securing appropriate TEAS exam study resources. It is recommended the student wait a minimum of 30 days between each attempt.
- The attempts and scores will apply to the admission criteria of both the practical nursing diploma and associate degree nursing programs. Therefore, the student is allowed three (3) total exam attempts regardless of program choice.
- TEAS scores will be valid for three (3) calendar years.
- The student’s grade point average (GPA) will be calculated based on the grade earned in all pre-requisite courses required for the nursing curriculum; this will include transfer and repeated classes (taken within the last 5 years/60 months). COLL 1040 and ALMA 1000 are not used in the calculation for competitive admission; however, these courses must be completed before the student can begin RNSG courses.
- The higher a student’s GPA, the higher the student will rank in the competitive portion of the admission process. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to qualify.
- BIOL 2113/2113L, BIOL 2114/2114L should be completed within the last five years.
- An ASN Program cohort is accepted each fall semester. Up to 10% of the total admission cohort may include readmit applicants.
- Deadline for admission of Fall cohorts is the first Thursday of each May.
Additional requirements for the ASN Program Bridge Pathway option:
- Throughout the duration of the ASN Bridge Pathway option, students must submit and maintain proof of unencumbered licensure as a Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Paramedic (EMT-P) in the State of Georgia.
- Complete a minimum of 1,000 employer verified practice-based hours within the past 12 months and/or have at least 3 years of full-time experience as a LPN or Paramedic in the last 5 years - Proof of Employment Form.
- Students will be eligible for admission into the program after achieving an admission score of 70% or higher on the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam and prior to enrollment in program (RNSG-B) courses.
- Students are required to attend scheduled educational session(s) prior to sitting for the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam.
- During each application cycle, students are allowed two attempts to achieve an admission score of 70% or higher on the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam.
- Forty students are invited to sit for the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam.
- After successful completion of the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam, 30 students will be selected based on the competitive admission process.
- If an alternate is not selected for admission, he or she must reapply and compete for future admission. ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam scores are valid for two admission cycles.
- Students are allowed four attempts, within two years, to achieve an admission score of 70% or higher on the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam. Students will be eligible to reapply for admission after 5 years from the first attempt on the ASN Bridge Pathway Competency Exam.
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