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.
The Gaston College Associate Degree Nursing Program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) http://acenursing.org/. 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
- Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- Integrate knowledge of the holistic needs of the individual to provide an individual centered assessment.
- Incorporate informatics to formulate evidence-based clinical judgments and management decisions.
- Implement caring interventions incorporating documented best practices for individuals in diverse settings.
- Develop a teaching plan for individuals, and/or the nursing team, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
- Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for positive individual and organizational outcomes.
- Manage health care for the individual using cost effective nursing strategies, quality improvement processes, and current technologies.
- Prioritize assessments and client-centered nursing interventions relevant to clinical decision making.
The LPN to RN alternate schedule Option is an accelerated, evening/weekend program with the majority of the content presented in online classes. Students are required to attend scheduled on-campus lab sessions, clinical at acute care facilities and testing on-campus (includes quizzes, final exams, and ATI testing). Students must have a computer with email and internet capabilities to participate in this option. Students are strongly encouraged to take an online course prior to applying to the LPN-RN option.
Course Selection Information
Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.
Student Program Priorities:
- BIO 168 , BIO 169 , PSY 150 , ACA 122
Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Associate Degree Nursing program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college.
To be eligible to participate in the competitive admission process, an applicant must complete the following application steps:
- Submit a Gaston College Application
- Complete Residency Determination for in-state tuition
- Apply for financial aid
- Meet with an advisor / Attend an information session
- Submit official transcripts
- Provide proof of course placement requirements:
Students must demonstrate readiness for College level reading and math. Students can demonstrate that readiness in the following ways:
- Provide proof of unweighted US High School GPA of 2.8 or higher within the last ten years.
- Provide proof of an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Provide proof of satisfactory scores on ACT, SAT, GED, NCDAP, COMPASS, ASSET or ACUPLACER within the last ten years.
Students who do not have recent high school transcripts or test scores within the past 10 years should prepare to take the placement test and demonstrate:
Mastery on RISE (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence) English placement Tier 2 and RISE Math placement Tier 3; OR successfully complete ENG 002 through TIER 2 (grade of P2) and MAT 003 through Tier 3 (grade of P3).
To be Eligible to Submit an Application to the LPN-RN Option, Associate Degree Nursing Program Applicants Must Have:
- Proof of graduation from an approved Practical Nurse Education program by diploma or transcript.
- Candidates must show evidence of a current unencumbered North Carolina license to practice as an LPN, with no history of disciplinary action from the NCBON. License must remain current and unencumbered while enrolled in the nursing program.
- Graduated from an approved Practical Nursing program within the last year with current employment as an LPN
- Have one (1) year documented work experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the last two (2) years prior to admission to the program.
- Submit a letter from your employer or supervisor on letterhead stating you are currently employed as an LPN with dates of employment (reference or recommendation not required).
- Completed all four (4) prerequisite courses by the end of fall semester in which application is submitted.
- Attend an LPN to RN information session. Dates for information sessions are posted on the LPN to RN page of www.gaston.edu and the LPN to RN Facebook page (Gaston College LPN to RN Alternate Schedule Option).
- ATI PN Comprehensive Predictor Probability of Passing NCLEX PN minimum score of 90%. (re-takes must be taken at least 60 days apart).
- An overall GPA of at least 2.0 in college level coursework taken.
- It is strongly recommended that applicants complete at least one (1) fully online course to become familiar with BlackBoard and online courses/programs.
Competitive Admission Criteria
The following are used by the nursing department chair in the selection process of qualified applicants.
- ATI PN predictor score.
- Number of required general education courses completed (with a minimum grade of “C”) by the end of the fall semester in which application is made.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) in required general education courses (see program of study).
- Cumulative Biology Grade Point Average (GPA) (All three biology courses must be completed to qualify for points in this area) (see program of study).
- Graduate from Gaston College PN program.
Admission points are calculated based on the above criteria. Students will be provided current admission points sheet with explanation during the information session. The final selection of applicants into the program is made by the Director of Nursing in consultation with the nursing department Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee (APG).
Additional Program Requirements Upon Admission into the LPN-RN Option
In addition to maintaining a 2.0 GPA and earning a minimum grade of “B” (80%) in all nursing curriculum courses, applicants accepted into the ADN program must meet the following requirements in order to enroll and continue in nursing courses:
- A completed Gaston College Health and Human Services Student Medical form documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health. This is required by the due date stated in the applicant’s admission letter.
- Current Adult, Infant and Child CPR (BLS Healthcare provider) by specified date.
- Students will be required to submit documentation of additional non-academic criteria such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks, urine drug testing, and proof of immunizations. If the clinical facility refuses to allow the student to do clinical at the facility based on said findings, the student would not be allowed to continue in the program.
- Professional liability insurance (malpractice insurance). This insurance is arranged through the Gaston College Business Office.
Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on failure to meet the above requirements. If a student is denied access to any clinical agency, the student will be not allowed to continue in the nursing program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided upon conditional acceptance into the nursing program.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: uniforms, lab coat, stethoscope, a physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening at a time designated by the nursing faculty, and fees for application for licensure for NC State Board of Nursing and National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Students also must maintain current CPR certification and annual PPD testing.
Clinical sites for the Associate Degree Nursing Programs are:
- Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia, NC
- Atrium Health-Lincoln, Lincolnton, NC
- Atrium Health-Kings Mountain, Kings Mountain, NC
- Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
- Atrium Health-Cleveland, Shelby, NC
- Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, NC
- Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC
- Local Long-Term Care Facilities
Additional clinical sites may be added in order to achieve student learning outcomes. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from all clinical, laboratory, and class activities. Clinical experiences may be scheduled afternoons, evenings, or weekends at various clinical sites. Clinical experiences that do not fall into these time frames will be scheduled with adequate notice given to students for planning purposes.
These courses must be completed by the end of fall semester in which application is submitted.
Humanities/Fine Arts Electives
Select one (1) course from the following:
Calculation of Total Hours is as follows:
Total credit hours of non-nursing required courses = 28 Credit Hours
Total credit hours of nursing required courses = 22 Credit Hours
Total credit hours earned after successful completion of NUR 214 = 21 Credit Hours