Accelerated Associate of Applied Science with a major in Nursing Program
The Accelerated Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program (AAS) is only offered at PSON. Eligible applicants must have completed nine credits in prerequisite courses (English Composition, General Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology) for acceptance to the program. Designed for academically-gifted students, this fast-paced program enables students to graduate in just 15 months of full-time study. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for licensure as a registered professional nurse. Graduates also are offered direct entry into PSON’s RN-BSN program. (Admission Fall semester)
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
Nsg101 Introduction to Nursing – 6 Credits (Class 60 Hours; Clinical 60 Hours)
This course introduces students to the profession of nursing and its place within the health care 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: BIO 152, EDU 130, PHI 201
Nsg102 Nursing Care of Patients with Common Health Problems – 7 Credits (Class 60 Hours; Clinical 90 Hours)
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 101, BIO 152, EDU 130, PHI 201
Co-requisites: BIO 153, BIO 110, NSG205
NSG103 Principles of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – 3 Credits (Class 30 hours; Clinical 30 Hours)
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,BIO 153, EDU 130, PHI 201,
BIO 110, NSG 205
Co-requisites: NSG 201, BIO 264
Nsg201 Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Families – 8 Credits (Class 60 Hours; Clinical 120 Hours)
This course introduces the concepts essential to meeting the health care 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 health care agencies are utilized. Students are guided by nurse mentors in selected community settings.
Pre-requisites: NSG 101, NSG 102, BIO 152, BIO 153, EDU 130, PHI 201,
BIO 110, NSG 205
Co-requisites: NSG 103, BIO 264
Nsg202 - Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Common Health Problems –
8 Credits (Class 60 Hours; Clinical 120 Hours)
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 prior courses in the curriculum
Nsg203 - Pathways to Practice (3 Weeks) – 3 Credits (Clinical 90 Hours)
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 prior courses in the curriculum
NSG205 Pharmacology – 3 Credits (Class 45 Hours)
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.
Liberal Arts and Science Courses
Bio110 Nutrition – 3 Credits (Class 45 Hours)
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. This course may be offered as a blended online course.
Bio152 Anatomy and Physiology – 4 Credits (Class 45 Hours; Lab 45 Hours)
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.
Co-requisites: NSG 100, NSG 101, EDU 130, PHI 201
Bio153 Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 Credits (Class 45 Hours; Lab 45 Hours)
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
Co-requisites: BIO 110, NSG 205
Bio264 Microbiology – 4 Credits (Class 45 Hours; Lab 45 Hours)
An in-depth study of micro-organisms, including classification, ecology, biochemistry, and genetics. Pathogenicity, epidemiology, and immunological responses are also considered.
Co-requisites: NSG 103, NSG 201
Edu130 Developmental Psychology – 3 Credits (45 Hours)
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.
Co-requisites: NSG 101, BIO 152, PHI 201
Phi201 – Introduction to Bioethics – 3 Credits (45 Hours)
A philosophical examination of such issues as abortions, homosexuality, prostitution, criminal punishment, euthanasia, medical ethics, civil disobedience, and just and 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. This course may be offered as a blended online course.
Co-requisites: NSG 101, BIO 152, EDU 130
The academic policies of the School are designed to ensure that all students meet the school’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 to be eligible for an AAS degree.
Time Requirements for Program Completion
Program completion is calculated as 150% of the standard completion time for the program. For the Accelerated AAS program, students have a maximum of six semesters for program completion.