Accelerated Associate of Applied Science with a major in Nursing Program
The Accelerated Associate of Applied Science with a major in Nursing program (AAS)–is a unique program being launched in Fall 2016. Designed for academically-gifted students, this intensive program will enable students to graduate in just 15 months and be eligible for direct entry into the RN-BSN program. (Admission Fall and Spring)
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
- Utilize a body of theoretical knowledge derived from nursing, the biological, behavioral and social sciences and other disciplines in meeting the needs of patients of varying cultures, ages and stages of development throughout the life span.
- Utilizes the nursing process, integrating critical thinking and information literacy, with an evidence-based approach to provide individualized care.
- Manage the varied activities and technologies that are required to provide nursing care to groups of patients in a variety of settings.
- Communicate effectively with patients, families, significant others and healthcare members to provide optimal healthcare.
- Utilize teaching activities to restore and maintain health and to promote optimal functioning.
- Maintain accountability for the practice of nursing within the profession’s established ethical and legal standards.
- Assume responsibility for professional development essential to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society.
- At least seventy-five percent (75%) of students entering the program will successfully complete the program in four years.
- Graduates’ licensure exam pass rates (for first-time test takers) will be at or above the state and national means.
- At least eighty-five percent (85%) of the graduates will obtain employment within twelve months following RN licensure.
- At least ninety percent (90%) of graduates will be satisfied with the education they received as evidenced by responses on follow-up surveys.
Acclerated AAS Master Curriculum
Nursing Course Descriptions
NSG 100 - Math for Medications – 1 credit (Class-15 hrs)
This course provides the student with the skills required to accurately calculate dosages for safe administration of medication. The student will be required to validate these skills prior to each nursing course.
Co-requisite: NSG 101
Nsg 101 - Introduction to Nursing – 6 credits (Class-60 hrs; Clinical-90 hrs)
This course introduces students to the profession of nursing and its place within the healthcare delivery system. Students are assisted with the identification and application of basic facts, principles and concepts derived from the biological and behavioral sciences and nursing, in order to develop a sound foundation of nursing knowledge, skills, abilities and professional values. Clinical core nursing concepts include basic needs for health and commonly occurring variations throughout the life span with emphasis on adulthood including gerontology. The concepts of nursing practice are taught in laboratory/classroom settings. The student begins to apply these concepts in clinical settings. Students are encouraged to think critically. The Nursing Process is introduced as a framework for problem-solving and is used in meeting patients’ needs. Clinical experiences are offered in acute care settings.
Co-requisites: NSG 100, BIO 152, EDU 130
Nsg 102 - Nursing Care of Patients with Common Health Problems – 7 credits (Class-60 hrs; Clinical-135 hrs)
This course builds upon knowledge and skills from previous and concurrent courses. Principles of relevant therapeutic treatment modalities such as pharmacological, nutritional and surgical interventions are used by students in caring for patients with compromised basic needs arising from actual and/or potential common health problems across the life span. Selected nursing diagnosis categories are introduced and the student is assisted in applying concepts when caring for patients in both acute and community settings. The student continues to use the Nursing Process in caring for patients who are experiencing unmet needs related to various physiological alterations in health status.
Pre-requisites: NSG 100, NSG 101, BIO 152, EDU 130
Co-requisites: BIO 153, BIO 110
NSG 103 - Principles of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – 3 credits (Class-35 hrs; Clinical-45 hrs)
This course provides the student with knowledge related to alterations in psychological well-being and the subsequent behavioral responses of patients along the health-illness continuum throughout the life span. Students establish a therapeutic nurse patient relationship in both acute and community mental health settings. As a member of the health team, the student participates in assessing the needs of patients with common mental health problems.
Pre-requisites: NSG 101, NSG 102, BIO 152, EDU 130
Nsg 201 - Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Families – 8 credits (Class-60 hrs; Clinical-180 hrs)
This course introduces the concepts essential to meeting the healthcare needs of childbearing women, their infants, children and families. Selected women’s health problems and common health problems of children are also presented. Health promotion activities are emphasized. A variety of healthcare agencies are utilized. Students are guided by nurse mentors in selected community settings.
Pre-requisites: All Level I courses
Nsg 202 - Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Common Health Problems – 8 credits (Class 60 hrs; Clinical-180 hrs)
In this course, the student integrates all previous knowledge and skills with emphasis on managing care to meet the complex needs of individuals with chronic illness. Students provide care to patients and their families in a continuum of settings from critical care and acute care units to home and community service agencies. The community experience includes health promotion activities with individuals and small groups of patients. Students are guided by nurse mentors in selected community settings.
Pre-requisites: All Level I courses
Nsg 203 - Pathways to Practice (3 Weeks) – 2 credits (Clinical-90hrs)
This course facilitates the transition of the student to the role of staff nurse. Current parameters of nursing practice are discussed and students are encouraged through seminars to explore current issues that impact on the practice of nursing. The student selects a clinical experience in an acute or community-care setting, and functions in the role of a beginning practitioner of nursing. The student’s clinical practice is coordinated by faculty and guided by a registered nurse mentor.
Pre-requisites: All other courses in the curriculum
NSG 205 – Pharmacology – 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
General principles of pharmacology, mechanisms of drug actions, biotransformation, drug characteristics and interactions are discussed. Major classifications of drugs are presented in relation to therapeutic use. This course may be offered as a blended online course.
Pre-requisites: NSG 100, NSG 101, NSG 102, NSG 103, BIO 152, BIO 153
Liberal Arts and Science Course Descriptions
Edu 130 - Developmental Psychology – 3 credits (Class 45 hrs)
This course represents a systematic study of behavior during childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Scientific methods of case study, constitutional and social factors contributing toward personality growth and problems of adjustment stemming from changes in human capacities, abilities and needs are studied. Emphasis will be on life span development from birth through old age.
Phi 115 - Normative Ethics – 3 credits (Class 45 hrs)
A philosophical examination of issues such as: abortions, homosexuality, prostitution, criminal punishment, euthanasia, medical ethics, civil disobedience, and just/unjust wars. Discussion of these issues will begin with reflection on the nature and meaning of good as discussed in appropriate readings from major thinkers in the history of philosophy
Bio 152 - Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 credits (Class-45 hrs; Lab-45 hrs)
This course begins with a general introduction to body organization and terms of reference, followed by a histological description of major tissue types and their distribution. The remainder of the course focuses on the basic structure and functioning of the following organ systems: skin, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine.
Bio 153 - Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 credits (Class-45 hrs; Lab-45 hrs)
This course is a continuation of the Anatomy and Physiology sequence. Basic structure and functional concepts and principles of the following organ systems are discussed: circulatory, immune system, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.
Pre-requisite: BIO 152
Bio 264 – Microbiology – 4 credits (Class-45 hrs; Lab-45 hrs)
An in-depth study of micro-organisms, including classification, ecology, biochemistry, and genetics. Pathogenicity, epidemiology, and immunological responses are also considered.
Bio 110 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy – 3 credits (Class-45 hrs)
This course introduces current concepts, trends, issues and the role of normal nutrition throughout the life span. Also included are the dietary modifications needed when health is compromised. The goal of this course is to enable the student to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical nursing practice.
The academic policies of the School are designed to ensure that all students meet the schools’s academic standards for successful program completion and eventual licensure. Students are advised to be thoroughly familiar with these policies since they will be accountable for strict adherence to all academic policies and for maintenance of the ethical and legal standards of the School.
Transfer students who have successfully completed all liberal arts and science pre/co-requisites are required to complete all nursing courses (with the exception of Nursing 100 Math for Medications)to be eligible for an AAS degree.
Time Requirements for Program Completion
All courses in the program must be completed within a 4-year period of enrollment. This policy remains valid as long as the graduation requirements do not change. The program may be pursued on a part-time basis as long as the 4-year completion policy is followed. All leaves of absence are included in the 4-year time frame for program completion.