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Traditional RN program

See the online College Catalog for specific nursing admission criteria and curriculum. Please note that students applying under Option II: College Option are required to take a preadmission test. Cost and information can be found under Nursing and Allied Health Preadmission Testing

Day program:
  • Admits 56 students every fall and every spring.
  • Classes are typically held during the day.
  • Clinical rotations are during the day or evening, depending on clinical agency availability.
 
Evenings and Weekends program:
  • Admits 28 students every fall.
  • Classes are typically held after 5 p.m. during the week; there may be an occasional day or weekend class.
  • Clinical rotations are typically during the day or evening on Saturday and Sunday; there may be some day or evening clinical requirement during the week.
Interested students should:
  • Apply to the college
  • Send Official high school transcript, including date of graduation, or official Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) transcript to Lakeland's Admissions Office.
  • Send official transcripts from any college attended to admissions, if applicable.
  • Attend the mandatory Health Information Session. The Health Information Session schedule can be found on the Counseling Center site. Call 440.525.7200 to register.
  • Meet with a counselor to review requirements for program admission.
  • Contact admissions to submit an application after meeting with a counselor.
  • Students will be notified by email of a mandatory nursing program orientation several months prior to the start date. Information on background checks and drug screen will be distributed at that time.
LPN to RN program (Access to Registered Nursing)

See the online College Catalog for specific LPN to RN nursing admission criteria and curriculum.

  • Admits 15-18 students every fall and every spring on a space available basis.
  • ACCESS students are admitted to the DAY nursing program. Students can submit a written request to transfer to the evening weekend program for the second semester, which is granted on a space available basis. The evening program is offered on an annual basis, thus limiting this as an option.
  • Clinical rotations are during the day, evening, or weekend, depending on clinical agency availability.
Interested students should:
  • Apply to the college
  • Send official transcripts from an approved Licensed Practical Nursing program to admissions.
  • Send Official high school transcript including date of graduation or official Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) transcript must be on file with Lakeland's Admissions Office.
  • Meet with a counselor to review requirements for program admission.
  • Contact admissions to submit an application after meeting with a counselor.
  • A mandatory nursing program orientation will be held during the first week of class. Information on background checks, drug screen, and other program requirements will be distributed at that time.
Lakeland/Ursuline Dual Enrollment

See the online college catalog for specific dual enrollment nursing admission criteria and curriculum.

The Dual Enrollment Option is for academically qualified students who intend to enroll full time in both the Lakeland Community College and Ursuline Breen School of Nursing programs. Students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination upon completion of the associate degree in nursing. The bachelor of science degree in nursing can be completed in as little as two semesters post-licensure.

Interested students should view the dual enrollment checklist here.

 
Veterans Advanced Standing

Veterans who have military education and skills training in the health area may qualify for advanced standing in the nursing program.

Interested students should:
Nursing Students Transferring to Lakeland
Students Previously Enrolled in Another Nursing Program
  • This section is intended for applicants to Lakeland who were previously enrolled in nursing classes at another institution and would like to determine if they are eligible for transfer to Lakeland's nursing program. Applicants who have only been enrolled in general education courses or "pre-nursing" courses required as part of the nursing curriculum must apply to Lakeland's traditional nursing program, as defined in the college catalog.
  • Criteria for Students Requesting to Transfer Nursing Courses must be completed
  • Transfer students who have earned a failing grade in any nursing course at the transfer institution, even if successfully repeated, are ineligible for transfer.
  • The Nursing Program Director and faculty committee will review the request for transfer of nursing courses once all materials have been submitted. The nursing program office only accepts a completed packet.
  • The deadline for consideration of a completed packet
    Fall semester: March 1
    Spring semester: September 1
  • Transfer is on a space available basis.
Students Seeking Transfer Credit for Nutrition

Any prospective or current nursing student who has taken a nutrition course at another accredited institution can request review of that course to determine if they are eligible for credit by certification (LPN to RN students) or transfer credit (traditional students). Students must complete the process outlined in HLTH 1310: Nutrition and Diet Therapy Request for Transfer Credit

Essential Performance Standards

Applicants to the Nursing program at Lakeland Community College must possess sufficient physical, motor, intellectual, emotional, social and communication skills to provide for consistent, safe and effective client care. To assure that the student is able to fulfill these qualities, all applicants must meet the following performance standards.

Critical Thinking:
The student must be able to comprehend verbal and written information as well as to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize data in order to think critically. Critical thinking is an important component of judgment which is required in the clinical area.

Interpersonal Skills:
The student must have the ability to communicate sensitively and efficiently both verbally and in writing. This ability is required such that the student can interact effectively with clients, families, and others from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

Communication:
The student must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both in verbal and written forms to communicate nursing actions, interpret client responses, initiate client education, document, and interpret orders. The student must also be able to communicate verbally in an assertive and a sensitive manner with clients, peers, and professionals.

Mobility and Maneuverability:
The student must be able to move about independently, bend, squat and turn in small work spaces and have no limitations on the ability to perform CPR or to lift at least thirty-five pounds. The student must also have fine motor coordination in order to manipulate equipment and materials.

Hearing Capacity:
The student must have sufficient hearing such that the student can hear and respond to breath and heart sounds, cries for help, alarms, emergency signals and overhead codes.

Visual Capacity:
The student must have vision sufficient that it is possible to read thermometers, client charts, flowsheets and monitors, medication records, medication cups and syringes. The student must also be able to observe and assess client health status, skin color and integrity.

Tactile Capacity:
The student must have the tactile capacity to perform palpation for administration of intramuscular injections, starting intravenous infusions and venipuncture. The student must also be able to identify changes in client condition by touch and by recognition of changes in skin temperature and moisture.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis. The student must be able to independently perform in a consistently safe and effective manner.

Staging Enabled