Oct 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Nursing, LPN / Paramedic Advanced Placement Option, AAS

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Program Description

The LPN to RN Bridge and the Paramedic to RN Bridge program is a three semester program whose graduates meet the academic requirement to apply to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination upon graduation. Other requirements for licensure are specified by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. A combination of general education, related cognates and courses from the professional major provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to practice in a variety of direct client care settings as well as providing the educational foundation for further study in nursing.

Program Outcomes:

  1. The first time NCLEX-RN pass rate will be 85% for all program options (Traditional and Bridge).
  2. 30% of students will graduate on time (3 semesters) and 50% will graduate in 5 semesters).
  3. 95% of all nursing graduates are employed as a Registered Nurse, if successful in the NCLEX – RN, within 6 months after graduation.

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Collaborate with the patient or designee to plan and provide nursing care that respects the patient’s individual needs and values.
  2. Generate safe and effective patient-centered care using the nursing process.
  3. Incorporate effective communication strategies to reduce risk and injuries in the healthcare environment.
  4. Create caring relationships with patients and support systems consistent with the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice and Code of Ethics.
  5. Evaluate the utilization of healthcare system resources to efficiently and effectively manage care.
  6. Integrate current best practices to plan and implement safe and effective patient care.

Program Assessment

Program evaluation demonstrates that students and graduates have achieved the student learning outcomes, program outcomes, and role-specific competencies. To ensure accreditation standards are met, the program has a Systematic Plan of Program Evaluation in place that is shared with communities of interest. Specifically, the SPPE evaluates performance on the licensure (NCLEX) exam, program completion, graduate program satisfaction, employer program satisfaction, and job placement rates.

Transfer Baccalaureate Options

  • Marshall University RN-BSN
  • Fairmont State University RN-BSN
  • Bluefield State University RN- BSN
  • West Virginia University RN-BSN
  • West Virginia University of Parkersburg RN-BSN
  • Grand Canyon University RN-BSN
  • University of Charleston RN-BSN

Other Information

 A separate application is required for admission to the program. Information regarding the application process can be found on BVCTC’s website at www.bridgevalley.edu . Students must meet eligibility requirements including drug screening, background check, and technical standards.


Students must also attend a Nursing Information Session.  The available times are posted on 110D and 111E.


ENGL 101 and BIOL 220 (Anatomy) and BIOL 221 (Physiology) or BIOL 201 Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIOL 202 (Anatomy and Physiology II) are all pre – requisites to admission into the Bridge program. Students admitted into the Bridge program will have one semester of Bridge courses.  Upon successful completion of the Bridge courses, the students will merge into the third semester of the Traditional Nursing Program. Once admitted into the Bridge program students have 4 semester for completion. All non – nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better. If a Bridge student is unsuccessful in the Bridge courses, the student will be allowed to request readmission into the first semester of the Traditional Nursing program.


Demand for Registered Nurses continues to dramatically increase both locally and nationally. Nurses are one of the most important components of the American health care system, playing an essential role in health care delivery in diverse settings in hospitals, out-patient and long-term care facilities, homes and workplaces, pharmaceutical and insurance companies.

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