Associate Degree in Nursing

Associate Degree in Nursing

Associate Degree in Nursing 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. 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 could earn an Associate Degree in Nursing in as little as 18 months.


The associate nursing program at ECPI University at the Newport News campus located in Newport News, Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
https://www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is initial accreditation.

The associate nursing program at ECPI University at the Manassas campus located in Manassas, Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
https://www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is initial accreditation.

The associate nursing program at ECPI University at the Richmond campus located in Richmond, Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
https://www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is initial accreditation.

The associate nursing program at ECPI University at the Roanoke campus located in Roanoke, Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
https://www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is initial accreditation.

The associate nursing program at ECPI University at the Virginia Beach campus located in Virginia Beach, Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
https://www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is initial accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding these programs at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

Associate Degree in Nursing Curriculum

Program Requirements in Virginia and South Carolina

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.

Program Requirements North Carolina

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.

Visit the ECPI University Catalog for the most current program information.

Associate Degree in Nursing 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 Associate Degree in Nursing, 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.

Associate Degree in Nursing Possible Career Track

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 Associate Degree in Nursing Program, graduates could possibly pursue 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

Associate Degree in Nursing Outcomes

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

  • Contribute to the interdisciplinary health care team by collaborating effectively in health care settings with individuals, families, and communities across the life span and continuum of healthcare environments.
  • Execute the standards of professional nursing practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.
  • Utilize best practices from healthcare and related disciplines to provide clinically competent, safe and effective care within the framework of the nursing process.
  • Provide holistic care to promote, protect, and improve quality and safety outcomes in multicultural, diverse settings.  
  • Apply information regarding disease processes to determine appropriate prevention and health promotion strategies to provide quality care. 
  • Integrate information management and technology in the delivery of quality client care.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership that reflects sound clinical judgement and accountability for ongoing professional development.

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?

 

NCLEX Pass Rate

Campus

2017 Pass %

2018 Pass %

2019 Pass %

2020 Pass %

2021 Pass %

Manassas

85.2

90.2

92.5

86.4

89.4

Newport News

81.9

92.2

90.5

94.3

81.7

Richmond-Emerywood

73.8

82.6

66.1

90.2

94.4

Roanoke

75

89.8

59

91.2

89.5

Virginia Beach

86.9

82.2

74.7

81.3

84

Completion Rate

Campus

2020

Richmond

56.4

Roanoke

55.93

Virginia Beach

77.1

The following is the completion rate as reported to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 period for the Associate Degree program at the Newport News campus: Students’ completion of the nursing program: 62.39%.

The following is the completion rate as reported to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 period for the Associate Degree program at the Manassas campus: Students’ completion of the nursing program: 73.75%.