Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Program Overview

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Nursing program is dedicated to providing education opportunities for qualified students from diverse backgrounds in caring for individuals, families, and communities and for preparing graduates for the entry level practice of nursing in a variety of healthcare settings. A foundation for life-long personal and professional learning is built upon a broad base of liberal arts and sciences, humanities, and nursing theory, to assist students to develop ethically reflective professional nursing skills that will uphold the ideals of today's healthcare delivery system. Through evidence-based clinical decision-making in nursing practice and the development of leadership skills, the entry level professional registered nurse will be educated to serve and benefit a multicultural society across the life span.

Program Outcomes

 

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is designed to provide the entry-level nurse with knowledge and experience which will enable the graduate to:

  • Function as part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team in selected healthcare settings individuals, families, and communities across the life span.
  • Adhere to the standards of professional nursing practice within the legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.
  • Provide evidence-based, clinically competent, contemporary care utilizing critical thinking and decision-making within the framework of the nursing process.
  • Provide holistic nursing care to promote, protect, and improve health. 
  • Provide culturally competent care to a multicultural society.
  • Utilize basic management and leadership skills to provide continuity of care to facilitate positive outcomes and meet patient needs.
  • Utilize various methods of communication to effectively interact within the healthcare system.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors in a person-centered manner.
  • Provide health education to promote and facilitate informed decision making, achieve positive outcomes, and support self-care activities.
  • Demonstrate characteristics of self-direction and accountability, which contribute to lifelong learning, both personally and within the profession of nursing.

All AAS nursing graduates must successfully pass the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) before being able to practice as a registered nurse.

For additional information about the program outcomes, please see the Student Consumer Information (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/medical/program/registered-nursing-associate-degree/ ) which provides additional information on the future careers, success, cost, and financing for this program. For information on the University Completion and Graduation Rates, please see Information About the University on the ECPI website (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/services/about-ecpi-university/ )

In 1.5 years, through our year round instruction, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree.

About Nursing

Registered nurses have many different career options. They can hold various positions including charge nurse, floor nurse, and even some management positions. Registered nurses are also prepared to continue their formal education and prepare for more advanced nursing degrees and certifications.

Typical employment opportunities require a background check, drug screen, drug calculation test, American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. The individual needs to have the ability to perform the following: execute a full range of motion, utilize fine and gross motor skills, demonstrate physical stamina, and lift 25 pounds.

Available job titles are Registered Nurse and Staff Nurse.

Recommended Licensure

ECPI encourages students to obtain all appropriate licensure to increase potential job opportunities. ECPI provides students in this program with vouchers which allow the student to take licensure/certification exams at a greatly reduced cost. American Heart Association BLS Certification and Licensed Registered Nurse credentials are recommended. All nurse graduates must successfully pass the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX-RN, before being able to practice as a registered nurse.

Program Outline

To receive the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, the student must earn 75 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum 5 semesters or 18 months of instruction. The program requirements are as follows:

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

47 semester credit hours

NUR109Dosage Calculations for Professional Nursing

2

NUR150Pharmacology I

4

NUR151Pharmacology II

4

NUR162Concepts of Nursing I

3

NUR163Concepts of Nursing II

3

NUR242Maternal/Newborn Nursing

4

NUR243Parent/Child Nursing

4

NUR251Medical Surgical Nursing I

5

NUR254Medical Surgical Nursing II

5

NUR255Acute Care Nursing

5

NUR267Psychiatric Nursing

4

NUR271Dimensions of Professional Nursing

4

Arts and Sciences

27 semester credit hours

BIO105Microbiology

3

BIO105LMicrobiology LAB

1

BIO111Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology

3

BIO111LAnatomy & Physiology I with Terminology LAB

1

BIO116Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology

3

BIO116LAnatomy & Physiology II with Terminology LAB

1

COM115Principles of Communication

3

ENG110English Composition

3

HLT101Nutrition

3

HUM205Culture and Diversity

3

SOC100Introduction to Sociology

3

Self Integration

1 semester credit hours

COR101Freshman Orientation

1