Yates Named Coordinator of Hybrid LPN-RN Program at MAC
(PARK HILLS) – Nursing education at Mineral Area College is about to add a program that’s partially online – a “hybrid” course-- to the Allied Health Department lineup.
Licensed Practical Nurses can move to the next level and achieve their Registered Nurse status – and perhaps a $5 an hour average increase in pay, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor —by taking advantage of MAC’s new, Advanced Placement Hybrid LPN to RN program.
Andrea Yates, instructor, said LPNs can fit the online portion into their busy schedules during the week, while engaging in clinical instruction and tests on Saturday mornings. The length of the program is two semesters, each 16 weeks long, and the first class will start this January.
“The program has strong coursework, and just as important, it’s accessible and ‘do-able’ for a lot of our local nurses,” she said. “As a nurse myself, I know how crucial that can be.”
The textbook content will be delivered online. Students will then show up most Saturday mornings during the first semester to participate in labs. On-site clinical education is also offered in the first term. On-site preceptorships – similar to one-on-one clinical education—are offered in the second semester.
Yates said applicants who have their LPN and have worked a minimum of 300 hours in the previous year will be considered for the program. Interested parties should contact her at (573) 518-3823 or ayates@MineralArea.edu for more information on the application and selection process.
Yates comes to the community college from Surgery Center of Farmington, where she was a circulator, an employee health nurse and a pharmacy officer.
She obtained her LPN certificate and associate degree in nursing from MAC, and her BSN in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.
This program is made possible by the Nursing Education Incentive Grant, funded through the Missouri State Board of Nursing.