Associate Degree in Nursing

Associate Degree in Nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing
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Overview

 

 

 

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. According to the U.S. Labor Department, employment in this field 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 Degree in Nursing in just 18 months.

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

This Associate Degree in Nursing education program is a Candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing for the Newport News, Northern Virginia (Manassas), Richmond - West (Emerywood), Roanoke, and Virginia Beach campuses in Virginia only.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000
http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp

Curriculum

Virginia and South Carolina Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

49 semester credit hour(s)

Course IDCourse NameCredits
NUR119Dosage Calculations for Professional Nursing1
NUR138Pharmacology3
NUR164Concepts of Nursing I2
NUR166Concepts of Nursing II3
NUR168Concepts of Nursing III3
NUR221Pathophysiology3
NUR234Mental Health Nursing4
NUR242Maternal/Newborn Nursing4
NUR243Parent/Child Nursing4
NUR256Medical Surgical Nursing I5
NUR257Medical Surgical Nursing II5
NUR258Acute Care Nursing5
NUR273Dimensions of Professional Nursing4
NUR280Nursing Capstone3
Credit Hour(s) Total49

Arts and Sciences

20 semester credit hour(s)

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO111Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology3
BIO111LAnatomy & Physiology I with Terminology LAB1
BIO116Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology3
BIO116LAnatomy & Physiology II with Terminology LAB1
ENG110College Composition3
MTH131College Algebra3
HUM205Culture and Diversity3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology3
Credit Hour(s) Total20

Self-Integration

2 semester credit hour(s)

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COR101Freshman Orientation1
COR195Study Skills Support1
Credit Hour(s) Total2

North Carolina Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

49 semester credit hour(s)

Course IDCourse NameCredits
NUR119Dosage Calculations for Professional Nursing1
NUR138Pharmacology3
NUR164Concepts of Nursing I2
NUR166Concepts of Nursing II3
NUR168Concepts of Nursing III3
NUR221Pathophysiology3
NUR234Mental Health Nursing4
NUR242Maternal/Newborn Nursing4
NUR243Parent/Child Nursing4
NUR256Medical Surgical Nursing I5
NUR257Medical Surgical Nursing II5
NUR258Acute Care Nursing5
NUR274Dimensions of Nursing I4
NUR281Dimensions of Nursing II3
Credit Hour(s) Total49

Arts and Sciences*

20 semester credit hour(s)

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BIO111Anatomy & Physiology I w/Terminology3
BIO111LAnatomy & Physiology I with Terminology LAB1
BIO116Anatomy & Physiology II with Terminology3
BIO116LAnatomy & Physiology II with Terminology LAB1
ENG110College Composition3
MTH131College Algebra3
HUM205Culture and Diversity3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology3
Credit Hour(s) Total20

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

Self-Integration

2 semester credit hour(s)

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COR101Freshman Orientation1
COR195Study Skills Support1
Credit Hour(s) Total2
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.

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
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?

Campus2015 Pass %2016 Pass %2017 Pass %2018 Pass %2019 Pass %
Newport News76.9983.3381.9492.2290.53
Richmond-Emerywood65.1290.6373.8182.6166.13
Virginia Beach85.2176.1386.9282.1774.68
Manassas70.697585.1990.2492.46
RoanokeN/AN/A7589.858.97
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