DOBSON — Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) can earn the associate degree in nursing (ADN) by taking part-time classes at Surry Community College, thanks to a new program starting this summer.
However, the deadline to sign up is Monday.
LPNs can seek the ADN education either through SCC’s evening program or through the new day program. Students would take classes one day per week for the first semester and one to two days per week in the second and third semesters.
“The new LPN-ADN program is awesome for working professionals,” said Dr. Yvonne Johnson, associate dean of Health Sciences. “The new cohort will start this summer and take classes one full day for eight weeks. The students will do clinical work during the last two weeks of the summer. Our goal is to enroll 24 to 30 students in this program.”
Students earning the ADN are eligible to sit for the examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse. These students then have the credentials to practice nursing anywhere in the world. This degree also serves as a pathway for students to earn the baccalaureate degree as many of the courses toward the four-year degree would already have been earned.
SCC students have faired well on the NCLEX-RN in previous years. Surry graduates, including the LPN-ADN, have surpassed the average pass rate on the NCLEX-RN in North Carolina and in the nation for first-time test takers. Surry graduates have a three-year pass rate of 90 percent, compared with a three-year pass rate of 85 percent in the nation and 81 percent in North Carolina, according to 2012-2014 statistics. The 2015 pass rate for Surry ADN students was 100 percent.
“This college and this program provide excellent opportunities for students to gain an education in nursing at an affordable cost,” Johnson said. “The degree they earn here prepares them to enter the workforce as a highly sought-after individual. Many of these students are offered jobs at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Northern Hospital of Surry County, Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Their futures are solidified and very, very bright.”
The deadline to apply for the new ADN-LPN is Monday. Classes will start May 23 at the Dobson campus. The TEAS Test will be offered at SCC on Feb. 25. Applicants can use previous TEAS scores if the test was taken within the last year.
For more information, contact Leona Childress, Coordinator of Special Admissions at [email protected] or 386-3358 or Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean of Health Sciences at [email protected] or 386-3368.