Transition to Professional Nursing Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RNSG-1227-001 Transition to Professional Nursing


Corequisite: RNSG 1261

Course Description

Content includes health promotion, expanded assessment, analysis of data, critical thinking skills and systematic problem solving process, pharmacology, interdisciplinary teamwork, communication, and applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework throughout the life span. This course lends itself to either a blocked or integrated approach.

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Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(2 sem hrs; 2 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information



  • Smeltzer & Bare: Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. J.B.

Lippincott, 14th edition, 2016 (ISBN#: (ISBN# 9781496355157)

with Course Point Plus Online Access (Docucare)

  • Elsevier  Custom Package ISBN: 9780323965262 Includes the following:  

LPN to RN Transition 5th edition      

Saunders Comp Review Nclex-Rn Exam 8th Edition Publisher Mosby                                

Ackly- Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, 12th edition.


  • Textbooks, Course Manual (which is online), Syllabus and the required electronic device.  
  • Students must have some basic computer knowledge and access to a computer with internet access.

Student Performance

Student Performance

The student will utilize critical thinking and a systematic problem-solving process as a framework for providing care for clients in structured healthcare settings; and integrate the roles of the associate degree nursing in the provision of care for clients and families
Course objectives:

Member of the Profession:

1.Discuss an ethical-legal framework and applicable professional standards and requirements in caring for adults with advanced medical surgical health problems.

2.Describe own personal and professional development in the role of the advanced medical surgical nurse.

3.Identify activities that promote the development and practice of professional nursing as an advanced medical surgical nurse.

Provider of Patient-Centered Care:

1.Summarize the role of the professional nurse in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health of adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

2.Utilize a systematic process and clinical reasoning to plan holistic patient-centered care for adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

3.Explain nursing concepts specific to meeting unique psychosocial and spiritual needs of adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

4.Outline the principles of health teaching in the care of adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

5.Identify basic nursing and advanced nursing skills used in the care of adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

6.Discuss compassionate behaviors and appropriate communication skills used in the care of diverse adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

7.Identify community resources in meeting the needs of adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

 Patient Safety Advocate:

1.Analyze evidence-based practice data with patient-centered data to promote safety and quality in care of the advanced medical surgical patient.

2.Identify governmental and organizational requirements and professional standards and requirements to patient safety situations on medical surgical units.

Member of the Healthcare Team:

1.Describe strategies to effectively work with other disciplines to provide holistic patient-centered care to adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

2.Discuss appropriate communication skills with other health care team members in writing, verbally, non-verbally and electronically in the care of adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

3.Evaluate information systems and technology in the efficient management of holistic patient-centered care for adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

4.Summarize the professional nursing role within the health care team in the provision of care to adult patients with advanced medical surgical health problems.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

See the A.D.N. Student Handbook, Professional Conduct, ANA Code of Ethics and Amarillo College Student Rights and Responsibilities. 

Grading Criteria

Grading Schema:

  • A = 90 - 100
  • B = 80 - 89
  • C = 75 - 79
  • D = 60 - 74
  • F = below 60  

Course Average Weights:

  • 75% - Three Module Exams

Tutoring will be required for all grades less than 75 for each major exam

If student fails to attend tutoring, the student will not be allowed to take next exam, which will result in a zero.

  • 3% - Evolve Case studies - Must complete with a 75 or higher for course completion
  • 3% - Tickets to class
  • 4% - Evolve Specialty Exam
  • 15% - Final Exam

 Remediation for Evolve Specialty Exam are required as follows:

All students must access the on-line remediation through HESI Assessment after the course’s HESI specialty exam.  All students will develop an individualized study packet and review areas designated as needing improvement. Completion of remediation and development of a study packet is due by the due date listed on the course calendar. If remediation is not completed, then the student will not be allowed to sit for the course’s final examination and will earn a grade of zero (0) for the final examination. This will lead to failure in the course.  

Start with the essential packets then move to the recommended packets; completed remediation includes:

·         Completing the required remediation time

·         Completing the required number of packets

·         Optional: self-made quizzes for low scoring areas using the EAQ


Minimal Number of Packets

Remediation Time

900 or higher


1 hour



2 hour



3 hour



4 hour



5 hour

699 or below


6 hour

All Evolve case studies must be submitted prior to the exam.  Required case studies (10) must meet a minimum score of 75% or greater to complete course requirements. See due date on lab sheet.  

Assignments, including Evolve case studies and Ticket to Class activities, will not be accepted after the due date for credit.  Any assignment not submitted by the due date will be given a grade of zero.  NOTE:  ALL case studies must be completed for the successful completion of the course.  If an assignment is not completed, the student will not be allowed to sit for the Final Exam and will receive a zero (0) for the Final Exam.  This will lead to a failure in the course.

This course requires the completion of 9 assigned case studies. To meet course requirements a score of 75 or greater is required on each assignment case study. See the due date on the Evolve case study and video grade form.

All students must access the on-line remediation through HESI Assessment after the course’s Evolve Specialty or Custom Exam. All students will develop an individualized study packet, and review all areas designated as needing improvement. Completion of remediation and development of a study packet is due by the Friday before the final exam. If it is not completed as assigned, then the student will fail (grade of “F”) the course because of a failure to complete this requirement.



Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. Students must attend 90% of class meetings. This means 90% of the total number of hours that is allotted to this class.


Fall Courses:  Calendar will be provided in BlackBoard

Brunner and Suddarth’s Medical Surgical Nursing Textbook

Module 1: Care of the client with Respiratory Disorders 

Required Readings:

  • Chapter 20 Assessment of Respiratory Function
  • Chapter 21 Respiratory Care Modalities
  • Chapter 22 Management of Patient with Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders
  • Chapter 23 Management of Patient with Chest and Lower Respiratory Tract Disorders

Module I exam –  5th week of the course

Module II: Care of clients with Circulatory, Diabetic and Skin Disorders

Required Readings: 

  • Chapter 30 Assessment and Management of Patients with Vascular Disorders and Problems of Peripheral Circulation
  • Chapter 31 Assessment and Management of Patients with Hypertension
  • Chapter 51 Assessment and Management of Patient with Diabetes
  • Chapter 60 Assessment of Integumentary Function
  • Chapter 61 Management of Patients with Dermatologic Disorders

 Module II exam – 10th week of class

Module III: Care of the client with Renal and Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders

Required Reading:

  • Chapter 13 Fluid and Electrolytes: Balance and Disturbances
  • Chapter 53 Assessment of Kidney and Urinary Function
  • Chapter 54 Management of Patients with Kidney Disorders
  • Chapter 55 Management of Patients with Urinary Disorders

Module III exam - 15th week of class

Evolve Specialty Exam – 11th week of the course

Final Exam –  16th week of the course

Claywell LPN to RN Transitions

Pre-course Reading

  • Chapter 1 Honoring your Past, Planning your Future
  • Chapter 2 Assessing Yourself and Designing Success
  • Chapter 3 Study Habits and Test Taking skills

Due: First day of Class

Module I

  • Chapter 4 Distinguishing the RN Role from the LPN/LVN Role
  • Chapter 5 Using Nursing Theory to Guide Professional Practice
  • Chapter 6 Providing Patient Centered Care through the Nursing process
  • Chapter 7 Critical and Diagnostic Thinking for Better Clinical Judgement

Module I exam –  5th week of the course

Module 2

  • Chapter 8 Practicing Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Chapter 9 Communicating with Patients and Co-workers
  • Chapter 10 Teaching Patients and Their Families
  • Chapter 11 The Nurses, Ideas, and Forces that Define the Process

Module II exam – 10th week of class

Module 3

  • Chapter 12 Upholding Legal and Ethical Principles
  • Chapter 13 Care and Safety Standards, Competence and Nurse Accountability
  • Chapter 14 Leading, Delegating and Collaborating

Module III exam - 15th week of class

Post Course Reading

  • Chapter 15 Promoting Healthful Living in the Primary Care Setting
  • Chapter 16 Managing Care in Secondary and Tertiary Health Care
  • Chapter 17 Reflecting on your Transition
  • Chapter 18 Passing the NCLEX-RN

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

12/31/21 10:42 AM

Last Edited on:

12/31/21 10:51 AM