Blinn introducing LVN-Transition courses on the Brenham Campus in January
Blended, evening courses offer greater scheduling flexibility for licensed vocational nurses seeking to become registered nurses
December 7, 2018
Beginning in January, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) seeking to become registered nurses can stay closer to home with new blended, online LVN-Transition courses offered at the Blinn-Brenham Campus.
Blinn’s LVN-Transition Program prepares individuals who hold a license to practice as an LVN in Texas and have at least one year of nursing experience to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in one year.
Most LVN-Transition students continue to work as LVNs throughout the program but reduce their weekly hours to focus on their studies. Blinn’s new blended, evening courses at Blinn-Brenham will allow students to work throughout the day, attend one face-to-face class session per week in the evening, and complete the remaining coursework online.
“The goal is to expand our resources to as many students as possible,” Associate Degree Nursing Program Director Karla Ross said. “By offering blended, evening course options, we are able give students the opportunity to further their education around their own schedules without sacrificing their jobs.”
Blinn will offer two of the prerequisite courses needed to enroll in the LVN-Transition Program – RNSG 1301: Pharmacology and HPRS 2301: Pathophysiology – in the Arts and Science Building at Blinn-Brenham (map). The Pharmacology course will meet on Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m., and the Pathophysiology course also will be held on Mondays from 6:40-8 p.m.
Both courses will begin Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, and run through May 9, 2019.
“We recently began offering blended, evening courses in Bryan this fall, and the feedback was very positive,” Ross said. “Individuals in the Brenham area began inquiring about more local options, so we decided to extend our services to fit the needs of the community.”
Students must complete 31 hours in prerequisite courses to enroll in the LVN-T Program: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology for Non-Science Majors, General Psychology, Lifespan Growth and Development, Composition I or II, Pharmacology, and Health Assessment and Foundations for Nursing Practice. These courses must be completed with a “C” or better and can be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed prior to the Summer I semester.
Once accepted into the program, LVN-T students begin with two specifically designed transition courses during the Summer I session, then study nursing skills and mental health in Summer II. They then join the second-year Associate Degree Nursing students during the Fall and Spring semesters as they take advanced medical-surgical courses, pediatric and maternal child courses, and complete a capstone course.
Students who complete the program and pass the NCLEX-RN are qualified for a variety of nursing positions, including pediatric, geriatric, hospice, school, and clinical nursing. New graduates can expect to earn an average of $70,000 per year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 15 percent between 2016 and 2026 due to the increased emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions, and demand for healthcare services.
To register for the new LVN-Transition courses, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979-691-2012.
For more information regarding Blinn’s LVN-Transition Program, visit www.blinn.edu/adn/.
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