A.A. with Nursing Transfer Track

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Pre-Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students who plan to pursue a BSN upon completion of the nursing program have the option of enrolling in the AA with Nursing Focus.

This curriculum has been designed to prepare the Pre-ADN student to become program-ready upon completion of the first semester and, at that time, apply for admission into the ADN program. The remaining AA general education courses are those needed for Lander's BSN; some of them also count for the ADN. While waiting to be admitted into the ADN program, the student will continue taking these courses. Once admitted, the student will change majors from AA to ADN. The student may integrate any remaining AA courses while in the ADN program or complete the AA after graduating from the ADN program. The licensed ADN graduate who has completed the AA will need to take only a pathophysiology course, an elective, 3 hours of PEES online, and 24 hours of nursing classes at Lander to obtain a BSN. Thirty-two credit hours must be taken at Lander University for graduation. Students wishing to pursue their BSN at another institution should contact a transfer advisor for required coursework.

Admission: Nursing programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework. Students interested in pursuing a major in nursing must complete the mandatory Health Science and Nursing Information Session to obtain needed program details. Useful advisement information is also provided below.

Students who are current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and are planning to enter the LPN to ADN Transition Nursing Program at PTC may choose to select A.A. with Nursing Transfer Track as their major.  However, these students should refer to the LPN to ADN Transition website to obtain Transition Nursing Program information, including the specific Transition Nursing Information Session required for that major.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Tara Harris


Required Courses

Students must complete the specified Program-Ready requirements to be eligible to apply for the ADN program. Read the Advisement Information below for better understanding of program requirements.

Additional Program Information

ENG 101 English Composition 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I1 4.0
ENG 102 English Composition II 3.0
MAT 110 College Algebra
or MAT 122 College Finite Mathematics
or MAT 130 Elementary Calculus
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II1 4.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
ENG 202 American Literature II
or ENG 205 English Literature I
or ENG 208 World Literature I
or ENG 209 World Literature II
or ENG 235 Southern Literature
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
or any ENG class above
BIO 225 Microbiology 4.0
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I 4.0
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 4.0
CHM 110 College Chemistry I 4.0
PHI 105 Introduction to Logic 3.0
ECO 210 Macroeconomics
or PSC 201 American Government
HIS 101 Western Civilization to 1689
or HIS 102 Western Civilization Post 1689
or HIS 201 American History: Discovery to 1877
or HIS 202 American History: 1877 to Present
Total Credit Hours: 60.0

1 Both BIO 210 and BIO 211 must be taken in order to receive transfer credit.

Updated 4/8/2013


Advisement information:

Completion of the ADN program requires five semesters once accepted into the major nursing courses. Thirty-two students are accepted twice a year to begin ADN clinical courses in the fall and spring semesters.

• Nursing courses are offered in the day only at the Lex Walters Campus, Greenwood. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends in any of the seven counties or surrounding areas.

Entry into the ADN program is competitive. The top 32 applicants will be accepted for program entry. Top applicants will be determined by HOBET scores, Program-Ready GPA, completion of general education and recommended courses, academic achievement, and residency. This worksheet shows where the Nursing Division places emphasis. ADN Application Worksheet

Minimum Requirements for Clinical Entry: To be eligible to apply for clinical entry, student must have a 65% or higher on the mathematics and reading sections of the HOBET V and complete English Composition I (ENG 101), Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210), General Psychology (PSY 201), and Probability and Statistics (MAT 120) with a C or better and a 2.5 GPA in these four courses. Calculate your program-ready GPA here. It is highly recommended that students complete the additional General Education courses, Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211) and the humanities/fine arts elective, prior to program entry. Meeting all the Program-Ready requirements does not guarantee clinical acceptance. Entry into the ADN program is competitive.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for college prep or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses.

• Students that place into MAT 032, ENG 032, and/or RDG 032 or have to repeat BIO 112 should consider beginning with the Practical Nursing program for an increased chance of success.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once in the clinical stage of the program. Students in the clinical program will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn NUR course. Two NUR course failures or withdrawals will make the student ineligible to continue in the clinical program.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. This cost to the student is approximately $85.00. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the clinical nursing courses will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant in the Nursing Department of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the program acceptance meeting and it may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to an iPod Touch, uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, ATI tests, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees. Initial cost upon clinical acceptance, excluding college tuition, fees, and books, could be as much as $2,000 for the first semester.

• An overall GPA of 2.6 is required to enroll in the RN to BSN program at Lander University. Other requirements may apply.

• It is highly suggested that interested students make an appointment with Lander’s nursing faculty and take a tour of Lander's nursing facilities.

Advisement Information updated 1/17/2014


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - An Associate Degree in Nursing provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the nursing process to individuals and families across the life span and prepare them to take the NCLEX-RN.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (QSEN):

1. Patient centered care

  • Incorporate sensitivity and respect to demonstrate concepts of patient centered care within culturally diverse populations among individuals, families and communities. (Mission Goal I)

2. Teamwork and collaboration

  • Function effectively and communicate professionally within nursing and other health care disciplines to achieve quality patient care in response to the needs of individuals and families across the lifespan and the health illness continuum.  (Mission Goal V)

3. Evidence based practice

  • Integrate evidence based practices to improve patient outcomes across all healthcare populations. (Mission Goal II)

4. Quality improvement

  • Analyze data and implement quality improvement measures and continuous evaluation to ensure patient safety across the healthcare continuum. (Mission Goal  VII)

5. Safety

  • Create a safe environment that results in positive patient outcomes for individuals and families within culturally diverse populations. (Mission Goal X)

6. Informatics

  • Integrate appropriate technology in nursing informatics for shared decision making and resolving problems in the delivery of care for individuals and families across the lifespan. (Mission Goal VII and III)