If you have been working as a Licensed Practical Nurse for a while you may be thinking of improving your qualifications and hence your chances of getting a better-paid job. One way to achieve this is by taking one of the many online LPN programs on offer from various colleges and universities, such as the LPN to ADN qualification offered by the Davidson County Community College.
An Associate Degree Nursing qualification is a two year degree in nursing. Once you have completed the program you will be an LPN with an ADN, unless you decide to sit for the NCLEX exam. Once you sit for and pass the exam you will be a qualified Registered Nurse.
The Davidson County Community College Online LPN to ADN qualification is one of the best ways to improve your education and income whilst still working as an LPN. Studying online takes a lot of self-discipline and self-motivation, but it also allows you to study at your own pace and when it suits you, in the comfort of your own home.
The college has been in existence since 1958, and has functioned under the name Davidson County Community College since 1965. The school has been growing steadily since, and currently has two emergency services training facilities and thirteen other buildings, located on roughly 97 acres. Davidson County Community College also has three satellite campuses and in excess of sixteen thousand students.
DCCC has partnerships with the American Heart Association Training Center, serving AHA instructors for DCCC, Sandhills Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and various individuals throughout the area.
They also have partnerships with an Approved EMS Teaching Institution through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services; Approved Fire/Rescue Teaching Institution through the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of the State Fire Marshal and Approved Criminal Justice Teaching Institution through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training and Standards Commission
DCCC has an annual Emergency Services Weekend Seminar which attracts in excess of five hundred students from across the state and a pinning ceremony every May for Medical Assisting and Nursing graduates.
The college can be contacted via DCCC Live, which is a 24/7 information service where you can submit a written request, go through the Q&A, or call 336-249-8186 to have a live chat with a college representative.
Davidson Campus 336.249.8186 (24/7 Support)
Davie Campus 336.751.2885
P.O. Box 1287
Lexington, NC 27293
Davidson County Community College’s LPN to ADN Option is a two semester on-line/hybrid degree program that provides quality learning opportunities in order to prepare individuals for their future employment in the nursing field. It includes a clinical component.
This course is specifically designed for the working LPN, so all class-work can be done in your own time and at your home, except for specified activities such as orientations and tests.
Clinical hours can be done at your place of employment if you are currently employed in a suitable facility, but not in the same unit in which you normally work. They can also be done at any health care facility in the area in which you reside. You will have to find a facility that can provide you with a preceptor for your clinical hours and a minimum of one semester must be done in an acute-care facility.
In order to be accepted into the Davidson County Community College’s Online LPN to ADN Option program you need to first apply for admission to the college. In order to do this you will need to access the intent form online. This intent form will contain all the relevant detailed information that you will require regarding the application, selection, ranking process and legalities related to the nursing program that you intend taking.
Your DCCC Application for Admission and all official transcripts must be submitted in order for the file review process to begin. Once available, the LPN to ADN Intent Form will also be required. It is your responsibility to confirm that all the required documents, grades, scores and official transcripts have been received by the Admissions Office by the application deadline.
Eligible students are selected based on results from LPN-level predictive testing which is very similar to the NCLEX-PN exam.
If you have any further questions regarding your application for admission you can contact the college:
336.249.8186, ext. 6206
Registration by Mail
P.O. Box 1287
Lexington, NC 27293-1287
Registration by Fax
Fax to 336.249.0379
Attention: DCCC Registration.
You can do the coursework for the DCCC LPN to ADN Option wherever it suits you to do it, and can also do the clinical component at a facility in your area of residence, as long as you ensure that there is a preceptor for your clinical hours.
Studying online is not an easy task, and it requires some computer skills and various programs. In order to take part in this program you will need to have effective computer skills, and active e-mail address, and access to a computer with the minimum requirements for online study.
DCCC uses Moodle and Blackboard to manage its online courses, and because of the fact that they are aware that most people do not have the programs and are not familiar with these learning methods, they have excellent resources on their website to help you work out how to use the programs. The website also has useful information and tips on using some of the other technological resources that they make use of such as:
In order to be accepted into the LPN to ADN Option program:
You must be in possession of a current Practical Nurse license and must have been working as an LPN for a minimum of twelve months full-time, or the part-time equivalent to 12 months, in a surgical or medical unit of an acute-care or skilled nursing facility within the last four years. This requirement is mandatory and there are no exceptions.
You will be required to undergo a Health Evaluation, a Criminal Background Check & Drug Screening for Accepted Allied Health and Nursing Students
There are a number of prerequisite courses that need to be completed before you can be accepted into the program, as well as the many courses required for the qualification. In order to do the LPN to ADN Option program offered by Davidson County Community College, you must meet the following requirements:
Pre-curriculum Scores and Courses
You must show a basic competency in the following courses, which can be done by either taking the courses or by attaining acceptable Accuplacer scores:
- MAT 070
- MAT 140
- CTS 080
- CIS 110/111
- Basic Skills
- MAT 060
- Basic Skills
- RED 080
- RED 090
- Basic Skills
- ENG 080
- ENG 090/090A
- ENG 111
Math proficiency – MAT 070 Introductory Algebra or higher (Applicants who do not have college credits in Algebra and/or English may be required to complete a placement assessment before being accepted into the program)
Plan Of Study
During the course of your studies you will need to complete the following courses in order to successfully complete your LPN to ADN qualification:
Prerequisite and Co-requisite courses (shown in parentheses)
The following support classes must be completed at a regionally accredited institution prior to eligibility for program selection. You are required to attain a grade of C or higher in the following courses before you can move on to NUR 221:
- BIO 165 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (RED 090) – 4 Credit Hours
- BIO 166 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BIO 165) – 4 Credit Hours
Physiology I & II and Anatomy must be from the same institution
- ENG 111 Expository Writing (ENG 095 & CTS 080) – 3 Credit Hours
- ENG 112, 113, or 114 English (ENG 111) – 3 Credit Hours
- PSY 241 Lifespan Psychology (PSY 115) – 3 Credit Hours
- PSY 150 General Psychology (RED 090) – 4 Credit Hours
- Communications Elective (COM 110, 120, or 231) – 4 Credit Hours
- Humanities Elective (ENG 095) – 3 Credit Hours
Each of the two courses requires 120 hours of UNPAID clinical practice, under the direct supervision of an RN. It may be done at your place of work but not within the same unit. Clinical practice must be completed within North Carolina final approval of facilities and preceptor(s) must be done by the nursing faculty.
Upon successful completion of the two semesters you will graduate with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing and be eligible to take the National Registry for your Registered Nurse status.
Davidson County Community College receives financial support from local, state and Federal sources, which allows it to keep tuition to the minimum. The tuition charges are set by the State Legislature and are subject to change by the North Carolina General Assembly without notice.
|Credit Hours||NC Resident/|
|16 or more||$1064.00||$4,136.00|
In addition to the above fees you will have other charges that must be paid:
Accident Insurance Fee $ 1.25 per semester
CAPS Fee (Campus Access, Parking, Security) $ 15.00 per semester
Student Activity Fee $32.50 maximum per semester
Technology Fee $16.00 maximum per semester
There are also other fees that are course specific:
- Bowling Fee – $ 65.00
- Drug Testing Fee – $ 33.50
- Fuel Surcharge Fee varies based on price of fuel
- HVAC Supply Fee – $ 10.00
- Liability Insurance Fee – $ 8.00
- Massage Therapy Supply Fee – $350.00
- ZAS Internship Fee – $ 75.00
- ZAS Vaccination Fee – $685.00
In order to ascertain what additional fees you will need to pay it is recommended that you consult with the Admissions Office.
Loans And Scholarships
At Davidson County Community College there are two types of aid:
- Self-help aid in the form of loans and work-study – the loans must be repaid, and it is up to you to be responsible for that; work-study is where you work for wages through a campus-designated position.
- Gift-aid in the form of grants and scholarships – this is money that generally need not be repaid as long as you meet the requirements.
There are specific opportunities for scholarships and grants for nursing programs, and you can access these details from the Financial Aid Office.
All financial help given to students at DCCC must go through FAFSA. This requires that you complete a general admissions form and a FAFSA form, both of which must be submitted a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the start of the term.
Application for financial aid must be done every year, and this is best done as soon after January 1st as possible, and by March 30th at the latest.
For more information on the above and other options of financial aid:
Location: B.E. Mendenhall Building, Jr. Building (upper level)
Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday 8 a.m. – 6 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 pm
Friday 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Fax number: 336.224.0240
Studying at a college or university that is not accredited is not a good idea as it may cost you in the long run, as you will not be able to register unless the course was accredited. This will cost you jobs, so it is important that you only study with accredited institutions.
Davidson County Community College is accredited by:
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 Phone 404.679.4500
It also carries the following accreditations:
The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia. 30326 Phone 404.975.5000
The Approved EMS Teaching Institution, through the NC Office of Emergency Medical Sciences
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
The American Association of Medical Assisting
The NC State Board of Cosmetology