Laredo Community College Nursing Program Review
Laredo Community College’s 200 acre campus is located on the banks of the Rio Grande River in downtown Laredo, TX. The college was founded in 1947, and is located on the site of historic Fort McIntosh.
Today Laredo Community College (LCC) has a second campus, South Campus, in South Laredo, which opened in 2004 and features the latest in technology and architecture. More than 12,000 students enroll in the College each semester
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
This program trains students to care for patients in a variety of settings. This is a two year program, and students who successfully complete it will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the state Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam.
Students that wish to apply to the ADN program will need to take placement assessment tests or meet the TSI requirements, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, complete the prerequisite classes with a grade of at least a C, take a standardized nursing pre-admission exam, have a background check, and be up to date on their immunizations.
The ADN prerequisites are Composition I, Life Span Growth and Development, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Introduction to the Profession of Nursing.
This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.
ADN – Transition Program
The ADN Transition program is a way for those already working in health care to continue their education and become licensed RNs. This program can be finished in as little as three semesters, and students will graduate with an AAS degree.
To qualify for this program, students need to be a graduate of a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) program, a licensed Emergency Medical Services Paramedic with an AAS degree, or a Health Professional and graduate of an associate, bachelor, or master program, with experience in direct patient care. Documentation of the student’s degree, license, and a recommendation are required.
Students will also need to take placement assessment tests or meet the TSI requirements, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, complete the prerequisite classes with a grade of at least a C, take a standardized nursing pre-admission exam, have a background check, and be up to date on their immunizations.
The prerequisite classes for this program are Composition I, General Psychology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Life Span Growth and Development, Introduction to Computing, and Introduction to the Profession of Nursing.
Once students complete the transition courses, they will receive 9 credit hours for past courses and experience.
This is an intensive one year course with classroom and clinical components, designed to train students to practice basic patient care. Upon finishing, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be allowed to take the state licensing exam for LVNs.
To be eligible to apply, students will need to take the Compass test, demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and math, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, complete all prerequisites with a grade of at least C, and take a pre-entrance exam.
The Vocational Nursing prerequisite classes are Lifespan Growth and Development and Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants. Students may opt to take Anatomy and Physiology I and II in place of A & P for Medical Assistants.
Students who wish to learn the entry-level skills required to be a nursing assistant may take this program. This is a one semester certificate program. This program is also offered as dual enrollment for high school students.
The prerequisites for this program are to have a high school diploma or equivalent, and to have a tenth grade or higher reading level. In addition, students will need to submit all transcripts, a letter of reference, and apply for admission to the program.
Once students complete the program, they will be allowed to take the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities exam for certification.
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