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Nursing, AS

* An Associate of Science degree is considered a terminal degree. The decision on course transferability rests with the receiving institution.

Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing prepares students to practice professional nursing. Professional nursing involves the performance of those acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment and nursing skill based upon applied principles of biological, physical, psychological and social sciences. The nursing practice of a professional nurse includes but is not limited to:

  • Assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care.
  • Health teaching and counseling of individuals who may be ill, injured or infirm.
  • Promotion of wellness, maintenance of health, and prevention of illness of others.
  • Administration of treatments and medications as prescribed in accordance with the standards of nursing practice.

Student Learning Outcomes (Roles Specific Graduate Competencies)

  • Inter/Intradisciplinary Collaboration
  • Technology Integration
  • Judgment/Reasoning
  • Professionalism

Upon the completion of the program the graduate will:

  • Utilize effective communication and shared decision making within a health care team to assist patient and families achievement of health goals.
  • Apply evidence based information technology to support clinical decision making, error prevention and care coordination.
  • Apply knowledge and experience in identifying patient needs that direct clinical judgments and actions resulting in optimal patient outcomes
  • Model behaviors of integrity, accountability, responsibility, caring, advocacy, moral and ethical practices in the pursuit of excellence.

Program Goals

The program’s mission is further defined in the following goals:

  • Students will utilize effective interdisciplinary collaboration within a health care environment.
  • Students will integrate evidence based technologies to support clinical decision making.
  • Students will utilize clinical judgment and reasoning to promote optimal patient care.
  • Students will model behaviors of professionalism in the pursuit of excellence.
  • Students will possess the necessary breadth of knowledge and skills for obtaining entry-level employment as a professional registered nurse.

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Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Successful completion of the TEAS test and personal interview with Nursing Education Unit
  • Background check and drug screening
  • Minimum grade of “B” for pre-requisite courses: BSC2085C and BSC2086C
  • Minimum grade of “C” for pre-requisite courses: MCB2000C, MAT1033, DEP2004 and general education courses
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (based on completion of pre-requisite courses, ENC1101 and one additional general education course)

Program Outline

Note: Each course in the Nursing major is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and therefore must be passed with a minimum “C” grade in order to proceed successfully through the program.

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Nursing, students must earn 72.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Nursing Major Courses: ( 42.0 credit hours )
Fundamentals of Nursing 8.0 credit hours
Nursing Pharmacology 4.0 credit hours
Basic Adult Health Care 8.0 credit hours
Maternity Nursing Care 4.0 credit hours
Pediatric Nursing 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Adult Health Care 8.0 credit hours
Nursing Roles Practicum 6.0 credit hours

General Education Courses ( 30.0 credit hours )

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