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Program Course of Study

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Program Description

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing prepares students to become registered nurses. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The curriculum includes general education courses that provide a sound theoretical base for nursing practice. Prerequisite general education courses are required to be completed prior to admission to the Nursing Program. Co-requisite general education courses and nursing (NUR) courses must be completed according to the sequence outlined in the Nursing Program Plan of Study. Students do have the option to complete all general education courses prior to applying to the Nursing Program. Students must achieve a grade of C (77) or better in all nursing (NUR) courses in order to pass the course. Students may apply for readmission to the Nursing Program only once.

The Nursing Program curriculum model is concept-based and is structured with exemplars that build from simple to complex. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical judgment. Clinical, lab, and simulation experiences are concurrent with didactic experiences in each nursing course.

Students who wish to apply to the Nursing Program will be placed in the Health Careers major, and will complete the Nursing Program prerequisite general education courses prior to submitting an application for admission. For information on the specific admission requirements of the Nursing Program, please visit the Nursing Admissions Requirements web page.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide safe, quality, compassionate, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care to diverse patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Engage in clinical judgment when making patient-centered care and other nursing decisions.
  3. Contribute to quality improvement processes to improve patient care outcomes.
  4. Engage in teamwork and collaboration with all members of the healthcare team including the patient.
  5. Use information and patient care technologies to communicate, manage safe patient care, and support clinical judgment.
  6. Use leadership, management, legal, and ethical principles to guide practice as a Registered Nurse. 

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