Oct 23, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
    
2020-2021 College Catalog

Respiratory Therapist to RN (Hybrid - Evening/Weekend Option)


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Summer Entry

Respiratory Therapist to RN - Hybrid Option
(Bryant Center at Tradition)

 

The Respiratory Therapist-to-RN Hybrid option is designed to assist qualified Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) with the transition to RN practice via an evening/weekend hybrid (face to face and distance) learning environment. After successfully completing the summer transition courses, NUR 1115 and NUR 1116, the RRT student accepted into the evening/weekend hybrid option is awarded nine (9) semester hours of credit for previous Respiratory Therapy education. Thereafter, the student will by-pass the first year courses required of ADN graduates and enter semester 3 (evening/weekend) of the ADN program. Beginning with NUR 1115 or NUR 1116, and thru the terminal ADN courses, NUR 2434 and NUR 2422, course and clinical works will include the EMS/Paramedic-to-RN students and the LPN-to-RN (evening/weekend) students.  Credit for these courses plus the 9 credit hours for previous education equal the required sixty-six (66) semester hours to be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

The program is state accredited by the Mississippi board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000)

Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® given by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and will earn the title Registered Nurse (RN), credentialed upon successful completion of the exam.


Program Mission, Concepts and End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

The mission of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Nursing Program is to provide a learning environment that facilitates the development of qualified persons in the community to achieve the goal of becoming nurses who value the concepts of caring, competence and professionalism.

The Concepts & Outcomes of the Respiratory Therapist-to-RN Hybrid Nursing Option are:

  • Provide holistic care that is client centered, caring, culturally sensitive and based on the physiological, psychosocial and spiritual needs of clients (Client-Centered Care).
  • Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to promote continuity of client care (Interdisciplinary Collaboration).
  • Use research as a basis for evidence based nursing practice and clinical judgment (Evidence-Based Practice).
  • Promote quality improvement by participating in the development and implementation of organizational and care related plans for improving health care services (Quality Improvement).
  • Minimize risk of harm to clients, self and others (Safety).
  • Integrate information technology resources into the provision of client care (Informatics).
  • Provide health-related education to restore health and promote optimal wellness (Client-Education).
  • Demonstrate accountability for the delivery of nursing care in a professional, ethical, and legal manner (Professionalism).


Admission Procedure

Summer Semester Application Submission:

Between April 1st and May 15th complete and submit the online Supplemental Application.                                           

Complete and submit the online Supplemental Respiratory Therapist-to-RN (Hybrid) Application:

  1. Access the college's web page mgccc.edu
  2. Click on Web Services (top tab)
  3. Enter the GCID (M#) and Password
  4. Select Student
  5. Select School of Nursing and Health Professions Supplemental application.                   

Thereafter, the applicant MUST read the guidelines carefully.  In order to complete and submit the application, college admission and ALL pre-requisite requirements are required.

Supplemental Application Deadline Dates:                        

Summer Transitional - May 15                                                       

(If deadline falls on a weekend, holiday, or closing, the deadline is 5 p.m. on the next college business day).  ALL required test scores, transcripts, and entry items (CBC, Pre-School of Nursing and Health Professions Orientation Session, etc.) must be completed with results placed in Banner (MGCCC's computer information system) by the appropriate college employee prior to the deadline. In addition, any outstanding college holds must be clear in order for the applicant to complete and submit the supplemental program application. Incomplete applications will not be considered (MGCCC reserves the right to review additional supplemental applications following the posted deadline).

Note: The Summer Respiratory Therapist-to-RN Hybrid semester cannot be repeated. In the event the attempt is unsuccessful, the student is ineligible to continue in the Respiratory Therapist-to-RN program.  However, the student may apply to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Pre-licensure program.


Academic and Entry Requirements

  • The Respiratory Therapist-to-RN Hybrid applicant must submit two (2) years of current (within the last year), documented work experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse (letter from Employer, W-2 Wage Form)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant in a professional capacity. If possible, one recommendation should come from current supervisor.
  • Completion of the Enhanced ACT is a program requirement.  A score of 18 or higher taken October 1, 1989 or later is required.  However, if the ACT score is less than 18, an applicant can qualify by successfully completing 21 semester hours of the program's degree-required courses maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The 21 credit hours must include Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology with a grade of "C" or better in each. An applicant may not have more than one final grade of D and/or F in one or more required science courses within five years of applying to the Nursing Program.
  • A core grade point average of 2.5 or higher. (A core GPA is defined as the average of the best grade achieved for all required courses. If you have taken extra courses, not required by the program or previous nursing courses, those courses will NOT be used to calculate the GPA).
  • Review the online mandatory Pre-School of Nursing and Health Professions Orientation Session prior to completing the supplemental application for program ranking.  The session can be viewed anytime and anywhere you have access to the internet.  The Power Point presentation gives you valuable information on topics common to all School of Nursing and Health Professions programs at MGCCC.   Even without the ability to speak directly or interact immediately with a School of Nursing and Health Professions advisor, the session speaks to frequently asked questions from program entrance to completion.  In order to receive credit for viewing the session, follow the steps below.  The information is approximately one (1) hour in length.

To complete this requirement do the following:

  1. Visit MGCCC Web Services
  2. Enter the GCID (M#) and Password
  3. Select Student
  4. Select School of Nursing and Health Professions Supplemental Application Orientation Session
  5. In order to receive credit, you must review the entire session.
  6. Click survey complete so that your log-in information will be recorded in the college's BANNER system.    
  • The ATI TEAS® measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. In an effort to ensure students' success, the number of attempts per year within required remediation is limited.  The following MGCCC TEAS guidelines apply:
  1. Achieve a composite score of 65 or above on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) VI exam.
  2. ATI TEAS exams taken prior to August 1, 2016 are NOT acceptable.
  3. Effective August 1, 2017, applicants taking the TEAS exam for entry into the Respiratory Therapist to RN option are limited to two (2) retakes in one (1) year with remediation periods required between each retake.       

Respiratory Therapist to RN Hybrid Transitional applicants making less than 65 on the TEAS VI exam (1st attempt) are required to:                                                            

  1. Wait a minimum of 30 days to retake TEAS VI
  2. Prior to retesting, complete the ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form A (see atitesting.com for price and guidelines)
  3. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake
  4. Register to test again with atitesting.com (2nd test date must be at least 30 days after first attempt date)
  5. On day of testing, present to the college proctor the following items: MGCCC student ID and your Form A assessment results (Student ID and Assessment information must match). 

Applicants making less than 65 on the 2nd TEAS VI exam attempt are required to:                                                                                        

  1. Wait a minimum of 30 days to retake TEAS VI
  2. Prior to retesting, complete the ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form B (see atitesting.com for price and guidelines)
  3. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake
  4. Register to test again with atitesting.com (3rd test date must be at least 30 days after 2nd attempt date)
  5. On day of testing, present to the college proctor the following items: MGCCC student ID and your Form B assessment results (Student ID and Assessment information must match).
  6. If 2nd attempt is at least 60 but less than 65, applicant is eligible to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Pre-licensure program offered during the fall or spring semesters or the applicant can delay the hybrid option until the next summer semester.                                              

Those Applicants desiring to wait until the next summer hybrid option to apply will be required to:                                                                                    

  1. Wait a minimum of one year following the first TEAS attempt
  2. Remediate again utilizing ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form A.
  3. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake
  4. Register to test again with atitesting.com (considered first attempt in 2nd one (1) year cycle).
  • Have a consistent and reliable computer with Internet access and required components (Sound card with speakers, printer, microphone, web-camera capable of video web conferencing, DVD/CD-ROM drive)
  • Have a basic understanding of computer terminology, specifications, software and applications (Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later/Firefox/Chrome, Microsoft Office® 2010 or later, Adobe® Reader® 9.0 or later, navigating the Internet, sending and receiving emails with and without attachments, and an Antivirus application updated regularly)
  • Participate in a Mandatory Respiratory Therapist-to-RN Hybrid Transitional Option Webinar Session (The Webinar Date and time will be provided following official program acceptance)
  • Proof of attainment of a current IV therapy Certification OR successful completion of an approved IV Therapy educational program or course OR mastery of a course or course objectives contained in a Respiratory Therapist program related to the skills of IV insertion and IV therapy.
  • Comply with Mississippi law requiring a Criminal Background History Check with Fingerprinting through the Mississippi Department of Health. All students making application to a School of Nursing and Health Professions program at MGCCC are required to obtain a clear or acceptable Criminal Background Check from the MGCCC Campus Police Department at JD, JC, Perkinston, or the GC Campus.  The criminal background check policy (including testing dates and times) can be viewed at School of Nursing and Health Professions Criminal Background Check Policy .


Selection Process

Program openings are filled based on Selective Admission; applicants are ranked based on their individual achievement test scores and prior college course work. Student ranking for entry into the Respiratory Therapist to RN Hybrid option is based on a point system and residency. Students are awarded points for the required ACT composite score, the G.P.A. (pre-requisite courses, plus any other AAS-required nursing courses taken at MGCCC or another institution, and the TEAS examination result. In-district applicants (Mississippi residents of Harrison, Jackson, Stone and George Counties) are admitted before out-of-district applicants (all other Mississippi counties).

Out-of-state applicants are not admitted until all qualified in-state applicants are admitted. Program enrollment is limited; however, enrollment is also influenced by the availability of clinical rotation slots, applicant numbers, and faculty.


Respiratory Therapist to RN (Hybrid) Option

  • The School of Nursing and Health Professions require all entering students to submit to substance testing in accordance with its substance testing policy and procedures.
  • The testing policy can be viewed on-line at School of Nursing and Health Professions Substance Testing Policy .
  • A student must be deemed physically and emotionally able to meet the requirements for the Respiratory Therapist to RN Hybrid Nursing program option. 
  • The School of Nursing and Health Professions requires proof of Immunizations and/or CPR. Submission of all required documents will begin following program acceptance. Failure to meet the requirements will result in withdrawal/dismissal.
  • Upon admission to the Respiratory Therapist-to-RN Hybrid option, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA on the required courses and complete each course with a C or better.
  • Adherence to additional clinical affiliation requirements may be necessary depending on clinical rotation placement. (i.e. hospital orientation, HIPAA training, etc.)
  • The School of Nursing and Health Professions Student Manual can be viewed here .


MGCCC Nursing Division – Cost List (Estimate only)

Tuition

  • Fall/Spring Full-Time Tuition (15-21 credit hours) - $1,550*
  • Fall/Spring Full-Time Out-of-State Tuition - $3,100*
  • Part-Time Tuition - $155 per credit hour*
  • Part-Time Out-of-State Tuition - $310 per credit hour*
  • Summer Full-Time Tuition (12-15 hours) - $1,550*
  • Students enrolled in more than 21 hours for Fall and Spring will be charged an additional $155 per credit hour.
  • Students enrolled in more than 15 hours for summer will be charged an additional $155 per credit hour.

Other Fees

  • Registration Fee - $100
  • Technology Fee - $75
  • Online Fee - $15 per credit hour
  • Book Service Fee - $40 per book*
  • Science Lab Fee - $25
  • Art Lab Fee - $50
  • Career/Technical Program Fees:  A PER CREDIT HOUR fee will be charged for career/technical classes based on Program of Study
  • Delinquent Fee - $40 assessed on any and all balances after the final payment date
  • Other miscellaneous charges may apply according to program of study
  • Dual Credit High School classes - $100 per class

*Tuition and book rental fees are the only refundable fees.  All other fees are NON-refundable.

Nursing Program Expenses – Non Refundable (Cost may be subject to change)

Prior to Entering Program

  • TEAS Entrance Exam $76 - $85 (Register at http://www.atitesting.com)                               
  • Criminal Background Check $65 - $80 (MGCCC Campus Police)

Once Admitted into Program

  • Career and Technical Program Fee $45 per credit hour
  • Pre-admission Physical Exam and Immunizations $200 - $300 
  • E-books $600 - $800 - (No rentals or hard books required)
  • Substance Testing $29 - $35 per semester                            
  • Liability Insurance $12 - $15 per semester
  • Standardized Exams & Resources - $500 per semester                        
  • Workbooks, additional purchase items, supplies $300 - $500                     
  • Uniform, Lab Coat, Shoes, Accessories $200 - $300
  • Student Nurse Organization per year $40 - $60
  • Nursing Conventions per semester $150 estimated (Required all semesters)
  • Skills Lab Bag Fee $10 - $50 

Additional Expenses During Final Program Semester 

  • Licensure Exam Fees $300 - $500
  • School Pin and Nursing Lamp $50 - $200                                                       

Cost may be subject to change

Prerequisites:


All prerequisites to the Respiratory Therapist-to-RN Hybrid option must be completed by the applicant prior to the May 15th deadline for acceptance into the program:

Freshman Year


Total Credits: 66


  • General Education: 24
  • Prior Learning Credit: 9
  • Nursing (NUR): 33

Total Contact Hours: 1275


Note:


*Advanced science courses have a pre-requisite requirement. See Biology Course Descriptions in the College Catalog for details about the prerequisite requirement.  A grade of "C" or better is required in all science and nursing courses. An applicant may not have more than one final grade of D and/or F in one or more required science courses within five years of applying to the Nursing Program.  Academic support courses may be taken prior to the listed semester.

++Prerequisite course to NUR 2416 NUR 2422  and NUR 2434 .

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