Nursing Degree (ADN)

Nursing Degree (ADN)
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
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Overview

Nursing Degree (ADN) 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 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

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 Nursing (ADN) 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
Curriculum

Virginia Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

49 semester credit hour(s)

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR119 Dosage Calculations for Professional Nursing 1
NUR138 Pharmacology 3
NUR164 Concepts of Nursing I 2
NUR166 Concepts of Nursing II 3
NUR168 Concepts of Nursing III 3
NUR221 Pathophysiology 3
NUR234 Mental Health Nursing 4
NUR242 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 4
NUR243 Parent/Child Nursing 4
NUR256 Medical Surgical Nursing I 5
NUR257 Medical Surgical Nursing II 5
NUR258 Acute Care Nursing 5
NUR273 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 4
NUR280 Nursing Capstone 3
Credit Hour(s) Total 49

Arts and Sciences

20 semester credit hour(s)

Course ID Course Name Credits
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
ENG110 College Composition 3
MTH131 College Algebra 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
Credit Hour(s) Total 20

Self-Integration

2 semester credit hour(s)

Course ID Course Name Credits
COR101 Freshman Orientation 1
COR195 Study Skills Support 1
Credit Hour(s) Total 2

North Carolina Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

50 semester credit hour(s)

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR109 Dosage Calculations for Professional Nursing 2
NUR150 Pharmacology I 4
NUR151 Pharmacology II 4
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
HLT101 Nutrition 3
Credit Hour(s) Total 50

Arts and Sciences

24 semester credit hours

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
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Credit Hour(s) Total 24

Self-Integration

1 semester credit hour(s)

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

South Carolina Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

46 semester credit hour(s)

Course ID Course Name Credits
NUR109 Dosage Calculations for Professional Nursing 2
NUR150 Pharmacology I 4
NUR154 Pharmacology II 3
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
NUR273 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 4
Credit Hour(s) Total 46

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hour(s)

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
ENG110 College Composition 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
Credit Hour(s) Total 21

Self-Integration

1 semester credit hour(s)

Course ID Course Name Credits
COR101 Freshman Orientation 1
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:

  • Contributes 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.
  • Executes the standards of professional nursing practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.
  • Utilizes best practices from healthcare and related disciplines to provide clinically competent, safe and effective care within the framework of the nursing process.
  • Provides holistic care to promote, protect, and improve quality and safety outcomes in multicultural, diverse settings.
  • Applies information regarding disease processes to determine appropriate prevention and health promotion strategies to provide quality care.
  • Integrates 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?

Campus 2013 Pass % 2014 Pass % 2015 Pass % 2016 Pass % 2017 Pass %
Newport News 75.31 61.98 76.99 83.33 81.94
Richmond-Emerywood 100 70 65.12 90.63 73.81
Virginia Beach 84.62 88.71 85.21 76.13 86.92
Manassas* N/A 57.89 70.69 75 85.19
Roanoke N/A N/A N/A N/A 75

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found by clicking here.

*Virginia State Board of Nursing Consent Order

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