Nursing (RN)

Nursing (RN)
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

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Nursing (RN) Overview

A career in nursing is a special calling and has many rewards. Nurses touch people’s lives on a daily basis and they are truly Everyday Heroes. Yet, there are not enough to go around. According to the U.S. Labor Department, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.*

The government says growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.*

If the nursing profession is calling you, consider ECPI University’s College of Nursing, Medical Careers Institute (MCI). Through MCI’s year-round program, you can earn an Associate of Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing in just 18 months.

*US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

Program Description

Medical Careers Institute’s (MCI) goal is to equip students with the most current knowledge and skills needed to meet the prevention, health maintenance, health promotion, and restorative needs of the patient.

MCI’s skills-based laboratory environment provides students with a realistic setting in which to learn both the art and science of nursing with a focus on the application of theory to clinical practice. Core areas of instruction include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Acute Care
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Maternal/Newborn Nursing

After earning their degree, graduates are then qualified to take the RN-NCLEX exam through the State Board of Nursing. A student who passes the exam is then licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Possible Career Track

Registered Nurses enjoy a variety of career options including charge nurse, floor nurse, and even some management positions in long-term care facilities. Upon completion of the Registered Nurse Program, graduates could possibly purse employment in multiple settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Intermediate- and Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation
  • HMO/Insurance/Managed Care Facilities
  • Public Health
  • Home Healthcare
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Schools
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Hospices
  • Military and Industry
  • Nursing Education
  • Private Practice
  • Research

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

47 semester credit hour(s)
46 semester credit hour(s) - South Carolina Campuses

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR109 Dosage Calculations for Professional Nursing 2
NUR150 Pharmacology I 4
NUR151 Pharmacology II 4
3 - South Carolina Campuses
NUR162 Concepts of Nursing I 3
NUR163 Concepts of Nursing II 3
NUR242 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 4
NUR243 Parent/Child Nursing 4
NUR251 Medical Surgical Nursing I 5
NUR254 Medical Surgical Nursing II 5
NUR255 Acute Care Nursing 5
NUR267 Psychiatric Nursing 4
NUR271 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 4
Credit Hour(s) Total 47
46 - South Carolina Campuses

Arts and Sciences

27 semester credit hours
21 semester credit hour(s) - South Carolina Campuses

Course ID Course Name Credits
BIO105 Microbiology 3
BIO105L Microbiology LAB 1
BIO111 Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology 3
BIO111L Anatomy & Physiology I with Terminology LAB 1
BIO116 Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology 3
BIO116L Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology LAB 1
COM115 Principles of Communication* 3
ENG110 College Composition 3
HLT101 Nutrition* 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Credit Hour(s) Total 27
21 - South Carolina Campuses

* Not required for South Carolina Campuses


1 semester credit hour(s)

Course ID Course Name Credits
COR101 Freshman Orientation 1
Credit Hour(s) Total 1

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.

What are the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rates for the past five years?

Campus 2010 Pass % 2011 Pass % 2012 Pass % 2013 Pass % 2014 Pass %
Manassas N/A N/A N/A N/A 57.89
Newport News 77.27 82.3 87.4 75.31 61.98
Richmond-Emerywood 72.37 87.5 87.9 100 70
Virginia Beach 86.32 88.32 92.4 84.62 88.71

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