* 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
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.
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.
- A score of 20 or higher on the University Wonderlic SLE entrance exam (students must take the SLE not the SLE-Q)
Students holding a baccalaureate or higher degree are exempt from taking the Wonderlic SLE entrance exam
- Receive a satisfactory background check (upon enrollment and again prior to the start of nursing major)
- Interview with the nursing program director or designee
Advancement to the nursing major of the ASN program is contingent the following:
- A composite score of 60 or higher on (current version) the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) nursing entrance examination
- Students holding a baccalaureate degree (with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher) or hold a higher degree are exempt from taking the TEAS exam
- Minimum grade of “B” for pre-requisite courses: Human Anatomy/ Physiology I and II (BSC2085C and BSC2086C)
- Minimum grade of “C” for pre-requisite courses: Microbiology (MCB2000C), Intermediate Algebra (MAT1033), Life Span Development (DEP2004), and general education courses
- Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (based on completion of pre-requisite courses, English Composition I (ENC1101) and one additional general education course)
- Good academic and non-academic standing
- Satisfactory drug screening and completion of ALL required health screening (immunizations)