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Associate of Science in Nursing
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  Lanier Technical College (LTC) reserves the right to change these policies and procedures at any time. Please check the LTC ASN Program webpage prior to submitting your application.

The application submission period for the ASN program Fall 2019 cohort will be April 12 – June 3, 2019 (application packets must be postmarked by or received no later than June 3 by 5:00 pm); no packets may be hand-delivered to campus. Please note that the deadline for TEAS Testing for this cohort is April 12, 2019. Please apply for the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree if you need to complete additional core courses during Spring 2019.

Students applying to the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program will initially be placed in the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree until they have taken all required general education and biology coursework for the ASN program. Upon completion of these courses, students will apply for selective admission into the ASN program. The first class of Lanier Tech ASN students will be accepted for Fall 2019; however, students may apply beforehand to begin core courses under the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree.

The two-year associate-level nursing program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for positions in the nursing profession. The curriculum is designed to produce highly-trained, technically-advanced, competent, and caring individuals who are prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings. The purpose of the program is to provide the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude to practice competently and safely as a beginning nurse generalist in a variety of acute and long-term care settings. The nurse is viewed as a caring, holistic healthcare professional who possesses critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, integrity, accountability, a theoretical knowledge base, refined psychomotor skills, and a commitment to life-long learning. Program graduates receive an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates are then eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing, graduates are employable as registered nurses in a variety of settings.

Mission Statement
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program serves our community by preparing entry-level nursing graduates to meet the evolving healthcare needs of a diverse population, and by integrating the essential values of caring, integrity, excellence, empathy, holism and ethical and patient-centered care. The ASN program is committed to transforming individuals into dedicated, professional, critical thinkers whose basis of care is founded upon current scientific evidence.

Upon successful completion of the ASN program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN); this is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing utilizes to determine if a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice as a Registered Nurse.

Program Outcomes
  • The Program demonstrates a satisfactory National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rate for first-time test takers.

    Licensure Examination Pass Rate: Expected Level of Achievement will be not less than the national mean for all first-time test-takers within one calendar year of the graduation date, as established by the ACEN standards and criteria, and the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON)

  • The Program demonstrates evidence of 65% or more students completing the nursing program within 150% of the time of the stated program length, beginning with the first required RNSG course.

    Program Completion Rate: Expected Level of Achievement not less than 65% as established by LTC ASN faculty. The decision to adopt the 65% benchmark was influenced by the College three-year (AY2015 - AY2017) retention rate, based on the Performance Accountability System (PAS) trend data acquired from TCSG, which was not less than 65.3% as the College Benchmark.

  • The Program demonstrates evidence of at least 90% of graduates achieving job placement as a RN within 6-12 months of graduation.

    Job Placement Rate: Expected Level of Achievement not less than 90% within 12 months of graduation. This ELA was established by the ASN faculty after reviewing the AY2017 TCSG report on Unduplicated Graduates and Placement, which showed a total placement average of 97.8% in the field of study, or related, and the Perkins Benchmark of 90% as recorded in the SRTC Perkins FY2017 Local Improvement Plan Graduate Placement Measure.
End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EOPSLOs)
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) EOPSLOs were developed by the ASN faculty, and are used to organize the curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction, and direct learning activities. The EOPSLOs are based on established professional nursing standards, guidelines and competencies as outlined by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project. Upon completion of the ASN program, the graduate will:
  1. Partner with the patient to provide compassionate, coordinated patient care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
    Means of Assessment: Student nurse will perform a patient interview, while eliciting patient values, preferences, and expressed needs; communicate patient values, and provide patient-centered care with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of human experience.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will successfully complete a patient interview based on the Patient-Centered Care QSEN competency criteria; this is demonstrated by successful completion of the RNSG 1540 clinical evaluation.
  2. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
    Means of Assessment: Student nurse will function competently within role as a member of the health care team, initiating requests for help when appropriate to the situation. Student will integrate the contributions of others who play a role in helping patient/family achieve health goals.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will demonstrate competency in teamwork and collaboration, based on the Teamwork and Collaboration QSEN competency criteria; this is demonstrated by successful completion of clinical evaluations for each RNSG course in the ASN program.
  3. Use evidence related to clinical practice topics and guidelines, while incorporating individual patient values.
    Means of Assessment: Student nurse will determine what reliable sources are available for locating evidence and clinical practice guidelines, and participate effectively in appropriate data collection and other research activities.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will satisfactorily complete an individualized patient plan of care based on the Evidence-Based Practice QSEN competency criteria; this is demonstrated by successful completion of a patient care plan in RNSG 1540.
  4. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes, and practice improvement methods to improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
    Means of Assessment: Student nurse will use tools to make processes of client care explicit, while seeking information about quality improvement projects in the care setting.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will participate in a root cause analysis of a sentinel event, based on the Quality Improvement QSEN competency criteria; this is demonstrated by successful completion of a simulation exercise involving a patient sentinel event, and participation in a root cause analysis in RNSG 2510.
  5. Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
    Means of Assessment: Student nurse will demonstrate effective use of technology and standardized practices that support safety and quality.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will utilize the National Patient Safety Goals in the clinical setting, as reflected in the Safety QSEN competency criteria; this is demonstrated by a successful student clinical evaluation in each RNSG clinical experience.
  6. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
    Means of Assessment: Student nurse will navigate the electronic health record, interpret patient data, and document patient care.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will utilize the ATI Electronic Health Record system (EHR Tutor) in simulated and lab experiences, as well as institutional EHR’s to chart patient care data, as reflected in the Informatics QSEN competency criteria; this is demonstrated by successful student clinical and lab evaluations in RNSG clinical and lab experiences.
  7. Perform clinical skills that are evidence-based and reflect contemporary practice that promotes nationally established patient health and safety goals.
    Means of Assessment: Student nurse will complete all graduation skills on the skills checklist by graduation.
    Expected Level of Achievement (ELA): 100% of students will complete the skills checklist by end of program.
Approval
Lanier Technical College’s Associate of Science in Nursing program has initial approval granted by the Georgia Board of Nursing and will pursue final approval, per GBON Rule 410-8-.02. The program is pending approval by Lanier Technical College’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Admissions
The Associate of Science in Nursing Program admission is a competitive selection process. Meeting minimum program criteria does not guarantee an applicant's acceptance into the program.

The Associate of Science in Nursing Program admits students once per year at the beginning of the Fall semester. The first class of Lanier Tech nursing students will be accepted for Fall 2019 semester. Students must submit a completed ASN application for selection by a specific deadline if they want to be considered for selection to the upcoming Fall class. Students beginning core coursework at Lanier Tech will apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree in order to complete these classes prior to applying for the ASN program. Please see specific admission links on the left side of this page for further information.

Program Requirements
  1. General college admission requirements
  2. This program has a selective selection process; see the ASN program specific program admission criteria and Admission Points Worksheet for specific details.
  3. To be eligible for progression in the ASN program, students must verify satisfactory completion of required immunizations required by the clinical facility.
  4. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification must be maintained throughout the program. This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills. Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.
  5. Prior to applying to the ASN program must have successfully completed the following courses: BIOL 2113, 2113L, 2114, 2114L, 2117, 2117L, ENGL 1101, 1102, PSYCH 1101, MATH 1111, and any one course of the students’ choice from the Area IV General Education Core courses. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a course grade of "C" or better. Most students will complete these under the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree.
  6. Affiliated clinical sites for nursing will require an onboarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug testing prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences, for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program. Applicants for initial licensure in GA must also have a criminal background check.
  7. TEAS Scores are good for 5 years only; the TEAS must be completed prior to the submission of your ASN application.
  8. BIOL courses cannot be older than 5 calendar years; if you have taken the required prerequisite BIOL courses greater than 5 years ago at the time your ASN application is submitted, you will not be considered for admission into the ASN program.

Transfer Credit, Advanced Placement, and College Level Examinations

Students must submit transcripts from any prior institution before being accepted into Lanier Tech. Transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit upon receipt. For more information on transfer credit, advanced placement (AP), or College Level Examinations (CLEP), view our Transferring and Awarding Credit Procedure
 
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Significant Points [+]

  • RN employment in LTC’s service delivery area is projected to rise by 41% in the next 10 years
  • Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  • Registered Nurses must be licensed by the Georgia Board of Nursing
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median salary for Registered Nurses at $70K/yr



  • Program Instructors [+]

      Leanna Valentine  
      Director for the Associate Degree Nursing Program
      Forsyth Campus
      lvalentine@laniertech.edu
      Phone: na





    Nature of the Work [+]

    Registered Nurses (RNs) are licensed care providers who render care under the supervision and direction of a licensed provider (medical doctor, physician’s assistant, or advanced practice RN). Registered nurses assist providers in administering treatment to patients suffering from various medical conditions. They may administer medication, monitor patient recovery and progress, and educate patients and their families on disease prevention and post-hospital treatment.


    Work Environment [+]

    RNs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, home health facilities, fitness centers and schools.


    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    RNs must complete an approved pre-licensure nursing education program to be eligible for licensure. Graduates must pass the national examination for licensure to be able to work in the United States






    Job Outlook [+]

    Emsi Labor Market Analytics reports that there are currently 3,856 RN jobs in LTC’s service delivery area and 391 annual job openings. These figures are projected to rise by 41% in the next 10 years. This increase far outstrips the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s projected national rise of 15%. Northeast Georgia Health System and Northside Hospital’s Forsyth Facility – the two largest healthcare employers in the area – expect to hire approximately 450 RNs within the next two years.



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