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Department of Nursing
Admission Process for
Advanced Standing of LPNs

Step 1: Admission to the College

  1. Butler Community College is an open Admission Institution, offering classes to individuals representing a full spectrum of academic ability. Review Admission Requirements for detail. Complete the free Butler Community College Application.
  2. Submit official transcripts to the Butler registrar from other colleges, universities or schools attended.
  3. College admission does not automatically mean admission to the nursing program.

Step 2: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program

  • LPNs seeking admission to the associate degree nursing program must be admitted to Butler and must also apply for admission to the Advanced Standing Associate Degree nursing program.
  • Butler grants admission each fall and each spring based on space availability. All application materials must be received in the Nursing Department before May 20th for the following fall semester and September 20th for the following spring semester to guarantee consideration for admission.
  • The Kansas State Board of Nursing approves the number of applicants admitted each semester guided by student/faculty ratio and availability of clinical facilities.
  • Prospective students must understand the
  • Applicants must have a current LPN license in the State of Kansas that will be verified by the nursing program.
  • Applicants must submit proof of successful completion of a Kansas LPN IV certification course.
  • Applicants must submit official college transcripts showing completed prerequisites and copy of transcript of practical nursing education.
  • The following courses (24 college credit hours) must be completed successfully (with a grade of "C" or better; cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher) to be eligible for advanced standing:
Anatomy & Physiology* 5 credits
Pathophysiology 4 credits
English Composition I 3 credits
General Psychology 3 credits
Math Requirement (MA 120 or above)** 3 credits
Developmental Psychology 3 credits
Therapeutic Nutrition (NR 110) 3 credits
Total 24 credits

Additional courses required for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree:

Concurrent or before 3rd semester Microbiology* 5 credits
Concurrent or before 4th semester English Comp II or Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communications 3 credits
Concurrent or before 4th semester Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science 3 credits

*If already completed, must be within the last five years at the time of admission into the nursing program.

If more than five years old, Anatomy & Physiology must be repeated prior to being considered for admission.  Microbiology has to be taken either before or concurrently with 3rd semester NR202. If already taken, Micro has to be within last 5 years. Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology must be at least 5 credit hours each.

**Beginning Fall 2014, College Algebra (Math 135) or above will replace MA 120 or above as the prerequisite. Math 131 (College Algebra with review) will satisfy this requirement.

Courses taken at other institutions must be from an accredited community college or four-year school.

CLEP Testing
Students wishing to clep nursing prerequisite courses should check the current college catalogue for the college level examination program (clep) testing information. However, since credit hours are issued without grades for a CLEP exam, and since entrance into the program is based on the combined grades of the prerequisite courses, the CLEP course is considered equivalent to a grade of "C" which will be reflected in the final GPA computation.

  • Based on the Nursing Education Articulation Plan for Kansas, there may be additional requirements:
    • 0-5 years after Graduation from LPN school the applicant must have:
      1. Graduated from a Kansas LPN program (or an out of state NLN accredited LPN program) within the last five years. Credit will be evaluated individually for out-of-state applicants not from an NLN accredited program and
      2. Successfully completed the seven prerequisite classes listed above.
    • 6-10 years after Graduation from LPN school
      1. Graduated from a Kansas LPN program (or an out of state NLN accredited LPN program) within the last 6 -10 years. Credit will be evaluated individually for out-of-state applicants not from an NLN accredited program and
      2. Successfully completed the seven prerequisite classes listed above and
      3. Provided documentation from his/her employer that a minimum of 1000 hours of nursing work experience was completed in the last three years.
    • More than 10 years after Graduation from LPN school
      1. Graduated from a Kansas LPN program (or an out of state NLN accredited LPN program) greater than 10 years ago. Credit will be evaluated individually for out-of-state applicants not from an NLN accredited program and
      2. Successfully completed the seven prerequisite classes listed above and
      3. Provided documentation from his/her employer that a minimum of 1000 hours of nursing work experience was completed in the last three years.

Step 3: Ranking for Final Selection

  • The number of positions available in the second and third semester nursing classes varies with each class depending on the number of students progressing through the curriculum. Up to sixteen third semester positions are dedicated to qualified advanced standing applicants each semester.
  • Applicants will be ranked according to GPA of the required prerequisites in decreasing order.
  • Only official transcripts and/or verification of final grades will be used.
  • Applicants meeting the designated deadline will be given first consideration for admission.
  • Applicants not meeting the deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration for admission.
  • In the event the GPA cannot discriminate a rank order, the department will review all application materials for the applicants with the same GPA with selection based on "most highly qualified applicant."
  • All selected and non-selected applicants will be notified in writing by Butler's nursing department.

Step 4: Acknowledge Acceptance

  • Selected applicants are given a specified time period to accept their position in the class.
  • If any of the first group do not accept or if any accept and then withdraw prior to the beginning of classes, the vacancy created will be offered to the next highest ranked applicant.
  • Upon acceptance into the nursing program the student will enroll in NR 108 Nursing Concepts for Advanced Standing. This is a three credit hour course offered in a blended format during the second eight weeks of the fall semester in preparation for the spring semester and during the eight weeks of summer classes in preparation for the fall semester. This course will introduce the philosophy and conceptual framework of the nursing curriculum and other content to prepare the student for upcoming nursing courses.
  • After successful completion of NR 108 the student will receive credit for the appropriate first year course(s). No grade will be earned - only credit recorded as follows: NR 105 Foundations of Patient Centered Care, 10 hours credit NR 107 Care of the Aging Adult 1 hour credit, NR 106 Patient Centered Care of the Developing Individual and Family, 10 hours credit.

Reapplication

  • Applicants who are not selected for admission are asked to communicate in writing their desire to reapply for the next class to the Nursing Department prior to the May 20 and September 20 deadlines.
  • Files of applicants who do not communicate their desire to reapply will be deleted.

Step Five: Selected Student Responsibilities

Upon admission to the nursing program, students must complete a specified background check. Admission to the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. The following responsibilities are to be completed by the beginning of the clinical component of the nursing courses.

 

  1. Physical examination report including documentation of immunizations.
  2. Highly recommended: Hepatitis B immunization
  3. Health care provider CPR verification. The CPR course must include adult, child and two-person instruction. The American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers Course and the American Red Cross Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer are the two accepted courses.
  4. Liability insurance is included in student fees.
  5. If interested in graduating from Butler with honors, at least 30 hours of classes (not counting the "Credit by Advanced Placement Examination" hours) must be taken at Butler
  6. Complete a degree check in the Registrar's Office to ensure you will meet the graduation requirements

Technical Standards

Nursing at the Associate Degree level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants should posses: further details can be accessed in the Nursing Admission Policies

  1. Sufficient visual acuity
  2. Sufficient auditory perception
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination
  4. Sufficient communication skills
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions

Address all application materials to:

Nancy Brown, Advanced Standing Coordinator
Department of Nursing
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road
El Dorado, KS 67042-3280

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Last updated: August 2013