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Nursing - Associate of Applied Science (LVN to RN)

Nursing - Associate of Applied Science (LVN to RN)

With an Associate of Applied Science Nursing Degree from The College of Health Care Professions, you will be able to advance your career in nursing by becoming a registered nurse (RN). RNs provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and advocate for patients and their family members. Registered nurses have a direct impact on patients’ lives and well-being, so it is imperative that they have a combination of hard and soft skills, including communication and emotional intelligence. Many may choose to become an RN after working as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). The transition from LVN to RN is facilitated when students enroll in our program, as it is specifically designed as an LVN to RN Transition Program that utilizes a concept-based curriculum. Once you graduate with an AAS in Nursing from CHCP’s Nursing Program, you will be on your way to becoming a Registered Nurse.

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Program Details

Program Length

On-Campus: 76 weeks

Available Locations

Houston - Northwest
On-Campus
Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IVModule VModule VIIModule VIIIModule IXModule X

Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL2401*

This course focuses on structure and function of the human body emphasizing blood, growth, development, genetics, special Senses and the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, urogenital and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours80hr.
Credits4 

Composition I

ENGL1301*

This course provides the student with instruction and practice in expository writing and emphasizes grammatical and mechanical accuracy and proper essay form. Emphasis is placed on clarity, logical organization, unity and coherence of central idea and supporting material. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

College Mathematics

POFM114*

College Math instructs the student in several fundamental areas of mathematics using analytical and critical thinking skills. Topics include logic, graphs, ratios, rates, geometry, set theory, measurements, algebra, probability and statistics. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Nursing Skills

RNSGl 205

This course focuses on the concepts and principles necessary to perform basic nursing skills for the adult patient and demonstrate competence in the performance of nursing procedures related to the concepts of caring interventions, clinical decision making, communication, care coordinator, professional behavior, and safety. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL 1301 | Co-requisites: POFM114

Lecture4hr.
Laboratory64hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours68hr.
Credits2 

Lifespan Growth and Development

PSYC2314*

This course is intended to be an introduction to the field of study that examines patterns of growth, change, and stability in behavior that occur throughout the entire lifespan. Prerequisite: Eng1301, BIOL2401, POFM114, RNSG1205

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

RNSGl300

This course focuses on the development of skills and techniques required for a comprehensive nursing health assessment of patients across the lifespan: newborn, pediatric, adult, and geriatric. Includes assessment of patients' health promotion and maintenance, illness and injury prevention and restoration, and application of the nursing process within a legal/ethical framework. The following concepts will be explored in this course: evidenced-based practice, clinical decision making, communication, care coordinator, professional behavior, and safety. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, POFM114, RNSG1205 | Co-Requisite: PSYC2314

Lecture16hr.
Laboratory64hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours80hr.
Credits3 

Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL2402*

This course focuses on structure and function of the human body emphasizing blood, growth, development, genetics, special senses and the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, urogenital and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: Eng1301, BIOL2401

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours80hr.
Credits4 

Interpersonal Communication

IPCO1000*

This course focuses on the theories and practice of communication in interpersonal, small-group and public speech. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Transition to Professional Nursing

RNSG1327

This course focuses on key concepts related to transitioning from the LVN role to the RN role, to include: professional behaviors; communication; evidence-based practice; clinical decision making; caring interventions; teaching and learning; managing care; collaboration; leadership and safety. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360 | Co-Requisite: BIOL2420, RNSG2206

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Microbiology

BIOL2420*

This course is an introduction to microorganisms with emphasis on those of importance in patient care. Principles of disinfection, sterilization, immunity. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours80hr.
Credits4 

Nursing Informatics

RNSG2206

This course provides practical application of theory, skills and concepts content in information systems and documentation tools utilized in professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360 | Co-Requisite: RNSG2420, RNSG1240

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours32hr.
Credits1 

"Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students"

RNSGl517

This course focuses on concepts of nursing practice related to patient-centered care across the lifespan including: quality improvement, advocacy, legal issues, health policy, health care systems, ethics, culture, diversity, and grief and loss. Additionally, health and illness concepts related to fluids and electrolytes, acid­ base balance, comfort, and tissue integrity will be emphasized utilizing common disease exemplars across the lifespan. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360, RNSG1240, BIOL2420, RNSG2206 | Co-Requisite: RNSG1361

Lecture64hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits4 

Professional Nursing Practice I Clinical

RNSG1361

This course provides practical application of theory, skills and concepts content in RNSG1517 and RNSG1240. Simulated and on site clinical instruction in acute care hospitals, supervision and evaluation are provided. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360, RNSG1240, BIOL2420, RNSG2206 | Co-Requisite: RNSG1517

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship96hr.
Total Hours128hr.
Credits3 

Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice II for Articulating Students

RNSGl542

This course focuses on concepts of nursing practice related to patient-centered care across the lifespan including: developmental; spiritual; health/wellness/illness; reproduction; sexuality; family; stress and coping; mood and affect; addiction; cognition; and violence. Concepts are illustrated utilizing common disease/condition exemplars across the lifespan. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360, RNSG1240, BIOL2420, RNSG2206, RNSG1517, RNSG1361 | Co-Requisite: RNSG1362

Lecture64hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits4 

Professional Nursing Practice II Clinical

RNSG1362

This course provides practical application of theory, skills and concepts content in RNSG1542 and RNSG1240. Simulated and on site clinical instruction in acute care hospitals, supervision and evaluation are provided. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360, RNSG1240, BIOL2420, RNSG2206, RNSG1517, RNSG1361 | Co-Requisite: RNSG1542

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship96hr.
Total Hours128hr.
Credits3 

Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice III for Articulating Students

RNSG2502

This course focuses on concepts of nursing practice related to patient-centered care across the lifespan including: oxygenation; perfusion; elimination; metabolism; intracranial regulation; thermoregulation; cellular regulation; inflammation; infection; immunity; mobility; and sensory perception. Concepts are illustrated utilizing common disease/condition exemplars across the lifespan. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360, RNSG1240, BIOL2420, RNSG2206, RNSG1517, RNSG1361, RNSG1362, RNSG1542 | Co-Requisite: RNSG2360

Lecture64hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits4 

Professional Nursing Practice III Clinical

RNSG2360

This course provides practical application of theory, skills and concepts content in RNSG2502 and RNSG1240. Simulated and on site clinical instruction in acute care hospitals, supervision and evaluation are provided. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL 1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360, RNSG1240, BIOL2420, RNSG2206, RNSG1517, RNSG1361, RNSG1542, RNSG1362 | Co-Requisite: RNSG2502

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship96hr.
Total Hours128hr.
Credits3 

Professional Nursing Review and Licensure Preparation

RNSG2130

This course focuses on review of concepts required for licensure examination and entry into the practice of professional nursing. Includes application of National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) test plan, assessment of knowledge deficits, and remediation. Prerequisite: BIOL2401, ENGL 1301, BIOL2402, IPC01000, PSYC2314, RNSG1300, POFM114, RNSG1205, RNSG1327, RNSG1360, RNSG1240, BIOL2420, RNSG2206, RNSG1517, RNSG1361, RNSG1362, RNSG1542, RNSG2502, RNSG2360

Lecture4hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours36hr.
Credits1 

About the Program

Our program is specifically designed as an LVN to RN Transition program. Our program teaches you how to become a professional nurse. You will aquire cognitive (knowledge), behavior (emotion), and psychomotor (ability) skills to excel as an RN. Some of these professional skills include communication, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and patient-centered care across the lifespan. We guide you on how to be a nurse who listens to patients and can make clinical decisions based on patient needs.

Program Delivery and Locations

CHCP’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is offered at our Houston Northwest location. We deliver this program through blended learning, which combines online and in-person classes to provide students the best of both types of learning. Visit our blended learning page for more information.

Classroom, simulation laboratory, and skills laboratory instruction are scheduled during daytime hours, while patient care clinical instruction occurs between day and evening shifts and must be coordinated with each clinical agency.

What Skills Will I Learn?

Upon completing our AAS in Nursing, you will have full competency in the following

  • Professional behaviors
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Critical thinking
  • Clinical decision making
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Care coordination
  • Managing care
  • Caring interventions
  • Patient education and listening
  • Patient safety
  • Patient-centered care across the lifespan
  • Patient advocacy and legal issues

Licensing Information

In order to be a registered nurse, you need to complete the licensing exam. Our program includes a course specifically designed to prepare you for the exam. Our goal is to have you completely prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This why preparation and application for the exam are included in our program.

As you can see, there are a number of settings in which an RN can work. And the demand for RNs is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RN jobs are growing at a much faster rate than the average for all other occupations, and the demand for them will increase by 12% by 2028.1 To learn more about RN salary and job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When you are ready to graduate, CHCP will be there to help! Our Career Services department can assist you with resume writing, interviewing tips, and job placement. Visit our Career Services page to learn more about how we can help you land your dream job.

What Career Options are Available?

Becoming an RN from an LVN opens a variety of new job settings. As an RN, you can work in a variety of different settings and day-to-day duties vary depending on the setting. Consider where and with which populations you would most enjoy working before choosing your new work environment.

Here are a few locations you can work in as an RN:

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physician offices
  • Home healthcare services
  • Nursing care facilities

To find out more about enrollment information, simply fill out the form. An advisor will be in touch soon with information on how to get your AAS in Nursing from The College of Health Care Professions!

How Do I Enroll?

To enroll for our Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete an admissions interview and tour the school
  • Provide transcripts from your vocational nursing program
  • Provide proof of current, active, and unencumbered LVN license
  • Complete the HESI LVN to RN Entrance Exam
  • Complete the HESI A2 (Nursing program entrance exam)
  • Complete a panel interview with the nursing program acceptance committee
  • Consent to a criminal background check
  • Pass a urine drug screening
  • Pass a physical exam
  • Submit proof of vaccinations
  • Possess CPR certification

If you are interested in applying, you can reach out to admissions by calling your local CHCP campus or fill out the form to have an admissions advisor reach out.

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