Associate
On Campus St. Vincent's College, Sacred Heart University
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Take the first steps in a career caring for others. Nursing is one of the most rewarding and fastest growing professional fields. With the nation’s population aging, many nurses are reaching retirement age just as the demand for age-related healthcare services is increasing. Registered nurses (RNs) are qualified to provide this high-demand care, making it a fitting choice for a stable healthcare career with potential for future growth. RNs are also well-positioned to further their nursing education, for example, through an accelerated RN-to-BSN program.

About the Program

Length: 2-3 years
Courses: 72 credits
Degree: Associate of Science in Nursing

The associate degree in nursing at St. Vincent’s College prepares you for the evolving demands of a nursing career. You will establish a solid foundation for continued learning through a curriculum that integrates nursing theory and hands-on clinical experience with the humanities, science, mathematics, and social sciences. Major courses in nursing cover a spectrum of healthcare concepts, including:

  • Maternal newborn
  • Pediatric
  • Family care
  • Physiological systems
  • Psycho-social care
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Leadership and management
  • Legal-ethical principles

Faculty members are experienced, caring teachers dedicated to excellence in nursing education, patient care, lifelong learning and our mission. In keeping with the mission of SVC, your nursing education will emphasize caring for underserved populations.

Clinical Experience

Hands-on experience is essential to nursing education. SVC offers on-site clinical simulation laboratories for the practice of skills. Clinical laboratory experiences are integrated into nursing courses and are provided at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and other healthcare facilities within the community. Faculty lead group sessions during class for students to discuss and process together what they experience at their clinical sites.  

Outcomes

The St. Vincent’s College nursing graduate will:

  1. Utilize knowledge, skills, and attitudes to demonstrate safe and competent care utilizing evidence-based practice and current standards of nursing care.
  2. Integrate respectful and professional principles of communication while interacting with members of the multidisciplinary team, clients, and family members.
  3. Incorporate course concepts while providing holistic care across the lifespan to clients with varied cultural and spiritual backgrounds and demonstrating respect for client rights to participate in care decisions.
  4. Demonstrate professional responsibility by maintaining competence and practicing within the legal and ethical frameworks of the nursing profession.
  5. Utilize clinical judgment, critical thinking, and decision making skills using the nursing process to guide nursing practice.
  6. Use information technology to provide and manage error-free client care, communicate with clients and health team members, educate, and make critical decisions that optimize client outcomes.
  7. Apply sound leadership and management skills when prioritizing, delegating, and supervising nursing care.

Review detailed Nursing Program Outcomes.

Curriculum

Required classes and program length varies by student, based on transfer credits and other unique factors. 

Nursing Core Curriculum (Effective for students beginning Fall 2020)

  • English Composition (First Year Seminar), 3 credits, C+ or better
  • Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits, C or better
  • Lifespan Development Psychology, 3 credits, C or better
  • Introduction to Ethics, 3 credits, C or better
  • Humanities, 3 credits, C or better
  • Critical Thinking (Introduction to Sociology for students beginning Spring 2020 or before), 3 credits (Not transferable)
  • Catholic Intellectual Tradition (World Religions for students beginning Spring 2020 or before),3 credits (Not transferable)
  • Math for Health Sciences, 3 credits (Not transferable)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 credits, B- or better
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 credits, B- or better
  • Microbiology, 4 credits, B- or better

Nursing Major Curriculum

  • Introduction to Nursing Practice, 7 credits
  • Family Concepts in Nursing, 4 credits
  • Adult Child Nursing I, 5 credits
  • Adult Child Nursing II, 5 credits
  • Adult Child Nursing III, 6 credits
  • Adult Child Nursing IV, 6 credits
  • Nursing Seminar, 3 credits

Admission to the A.S. in Nursing

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Applicants admitted to the Nursing program must pass the TEAS 6 Test before enrolling in Nursing 101, typically in the second year of study. A passing score is an adjusted individual total score of 60% or higher within the last 3 years; no more than 2 attempts are permitted per year.

Accreditation

The A.S. in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. (404-975-5000)

Everyone I know in the program has chosen to pursue a nursing degree for a different reason than the person standing next to them. For some people it’s the glorifying feeling of helping those in need, for others it’s the financial aspect of being able to comfortably help support their family. I would encourage students to find what makes them passionate about nursing and apply it to the program

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