Nursing Associate Degree

Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree leads to registered nurse licensure. This rigorous five-semester program introduces the student to the Nursing profession through classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences.

Some students may choose to complete the A.A.S. degree and the B.S. degree within four academic years. This academic pathway is designed for the full-time student only. Paramedics and Licensed Practical Nurses can choose a degree option which allows qualified students to bypass the first year of clinical nursing courses.

Option: Bridge NREMT-Paramedic/LPN to RN
The Bridge Option facilitates the transition from NREMT-Paramedic/LPN to RN. The program is designed to provide a solid foundation, training and experience that meets all recognized national and state accreditation guidelines. Students are required to pass equivalency nursing examinations for advanced standing. Gruaduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become a Registered Nurse.

See the Nursing Program's approvals and accreditation. Admission is competitive.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Incorporate ethical, moral and legal standards of professional nursing practice into personal nursing practice. [The student will incorporate professional behaviors during the provision of nursing care; such as HIPPA, patient confidentiality, professional boundaries, and patient care management and patient rights.]
  2. Apply professional communication methods during the provision of nursing care.
  3. Synthesize assessment data as the foundation for the nursing process.
  4. Integrate evidence based practice and standards of care to formulate accurate and safe clinical judgments that move patients towards positive outcomes.
  5. Organize nursing interventions to provide and environment conducive to patient centered care.
  6. Manage teaching/learning processes to promote wellness through collaboration with the client, significant support person(s), and members of the healthcare team.
  7. Demonstrate the efficient and effective use of human, physical, financial, technological, interdisciplinary, and environmental resources during coordination of patient care.