The Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) opened in 2008 in an effort to provide comprehensive academic and social support services to all pre-nursing majors as well as students enrolled in the pre-licensure BSN program and RN-BSN completion option. The Center is located in the Nursing Building on the campus of UNCP in Pembroke. Students may make appointments with the Learning Enhancement Center Coordinator, Ms. Joyce Stanley by self-referring via the Center website or be referred by a faculty member.
The mission of the Learning Enhancement Center to create a culturally responsive learning environment so that (1) students will have the greatest opportunity to successfully complete the nursing program and (2) graduates will be have the nursing knowledge required for licensure and entry-level competence for professional nursing practice. The goals of the LEC are to improve the overall retention rate of students enrolled in the baccalaureate nursing program and to achieve a minimum of 90% passage rate per year of graduates on the NCLEX-RN exam on their first attempt, in order to increase the number of professional nurses capable of providing competent, quality, culturally-specific health care to diverse populations in their rural, underserved communities.
The following is a list of some of the academic and social support services available through the LEC:
Pre-nursing assessments of academically oriented exams such as math, reading, grammar, vocabulary, chemistry, anatomy and physiology and biology. This is accomplished through the use of Testing of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) developed by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). TEAS is a computer-based product designed to predict the academic readiness of applicants prior to admission into a program of study in nursing. The four subsets are math, science, English and reading.
Assessment of each student’s individual learning styles through the computer-based ATI Self-Assessment Inventory. Students are provided a printout describing how to study in nursing school based on their individual learning style.
Academic advising and development of individual plans of study for all pre-nursing students upon admission to UNCP by pre-nursing advisor until students matriculate into the nursing major. At the time of matriculation, students will be assigned a nursing major academic advisor who will be the academic advisor throughout major coursework.
Tutoring is available during flexible hours and is provided in individual and/or group settings according to students’ preferences.
Academic counseling for a range of study skills such as goal setting, time management, reading skills, note taking, test preparation, test-taking strategies, and solving problems creatively. A monthly calendar of activities is located on the LEC website.
Skills workshops for vocabulary and reading comprehension, meds test preparation and NCLEX blueprint testing. Writing assistance may be provided related to stages of writing, organizing ideas, clarifying thoughts, and APA format guidelines.
Progress testing for each competency in the nursing major. Testing is useful in identifying participants’ strengths and weaknesses prior to or concurrent with entry into the remaining portion of the nursing curriculum. Individual and/or group tutoring in nursing subject matter is provided for those needing additional support. A comprehensive exam is administered near to completion of the program to measure students’ preparedness for the NCLEX-RN. Additional academic support is provided in nursing subject matter as needed.
NCLEX-RN review course, offered either face-to-face or online, in preparation for professional licensure for senior pre-licensure BSN students. This is accomplished through products developed in conjunction with Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) or other vendors selected by students.
“New Nursing Student Orientation” program for newly admitted students to pre-licensure BSN program
“Family Orientation” program for families of newly admitted students to the pre-licensure BSN program. The family orientation gives students an opportunity to bring their families to campus to meet the faculty, meet other student families, learn about the importance of their support role throughout the period of enrollment, and tour the academic facilities, including the clinical learning center which houses the high-tech simulation equipment.
Student counseling/referral on issues such as difficulty adjusting to nursing school, faculty-student conflicts, peer relationships, distress due to conflicts with family, friends or partner, poor self esteem or self-confidence, depression, social anxiety, academic anxiety, and stress management.