Nursing- AAS

AAS Degree - Code #0622

The nursing program prepares individuals to become registered professional nurses. Courses are sequential and progress from simple to more complex situations with specialized content in obstetrics, psychiatric, and pediatric nursing integrated throughout. Learning is enhanced through the use of skill practice for a "hands-on" approach to gain expertise. A state of the art clinical lab with high fidelity simulator complements experience in regional facilities.

Clinical experience, an essential part of each nursing course, further enables students to gain technical competence to apply theoretical knowledge with practice. During the first year, there is one seven-hour clinical lab a week; during the second year, there are two seven-hour labs weekly. Transportation to selected clinical sites is provided.

The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission [3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5000] and registered by NY State Education Department.

A computer with Internet access and Microsoft Word is required for the nursing program. In addition, an I-Pod Touch without a phone or camera (or with phone and camera disabled) is required.

The nursing program is designed to be completed in two academic years, but may be revised to meet individual needs. Licensed practical nurses or transfer students from other nursing programs may be eligible for advanced placement.

Students must earn a "C" in Nursing I & II and Anatomy & Physiology I & II and a "C+" in Nursing III & IV to progress in the nursing program. Competency in medication clinical computation is required and is tested as part of the Nursing II and III courses.

Further, specific policies related to progression in and readmission to the nursing program are publicized to enrolled nursing students in the Nursing Student Handbook. The Nursing Student Handbook is distributed to nursing students each year as part of the syllabus in the four major nursing courses.

The determination of a student's physical ability to complete the nursing program is based on an individualized assessment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence. If a student's physical ability compromises or threatens the health or safety of others, he/she is not "qualified" and therefore may be denied enrollment or continuation in the program.

In addition to meeting the college health requirements, nursing students are required to provide documentation of an annual PPD and a self-report health assessment. Hepatitis B vaccine and other requirements may be specified by affiliating agencies. A policy regarding chemical impairment is publicized to enrolled nursing students.

Any student wishing more information should contact the nursing program director.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Apply the nursing process within a holistic framework to assist diverse clients of all ages with major health concerns.
  2. Implement psychomotor nursing care measures in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.
  3. Establish and maintain effective communication with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  4. Provide health education in a variety of settings using teaching-learning principles.
  5. Promote a quality, caring environment that ensures clients' safety, comfort, dignity, and self-esteem consistent with his/her developmental stage.
  6. Manage care for a group of clients in a time- and cost-effective manner.
  7. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively.
  8. Evaluate personal strengths and limitations; seek appropriate assistance.
  9. Demonstrate accountability based on legal and ethical implications for personal behavior, professional practice, and aspects of care delegated to others.
  10. Demonstrate responsibility for inquiry, self-development and continued learning.
  11. Communicate professionally in writing.
  12. Use technology and information management skills to retrieve, communicate and submit information.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State nursing graduates may enter directly into either the nursing BS or technology management BBA degree programs.

FACILITIES

Facilities used for clinical experiences include St. James Mercy Health, Hornell; Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville; Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville; Olean General Hospital, Olean; Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA; Cuba Memorial Hospital, Cuba; Highland Hospital, Rochester; Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Mt. Morris, as well as other area facilities. Some facilities require criminal background checks prior to clinical attendance.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 98 percent – 78 percent are employed; 20 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Biological Science

Health Information Technology

Human Services

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: It is essential that students are able to fully participate in clinical, caring for clients as assigned. Established entrance requirements for nursing students include being able to:

Required:

Algebra, Biology, Chemistry at high school level; if not taken in high school, then college course with “C” or better is required. Biology: BIOL 2303 Human Biology or BIOL 1104 General Biology I. Chemistry: CHEM 1013 Introductory Chemistry I. Algebra: MATH 1004 Mathematical Concepts. or Math 1014 Algebra Concepts

Recommended: Combined SAT score of 900 (critical reading and math)

CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE

Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state.

Completion of the nursing program does not assure registration as a registered professional nurse. Graduates of this nursing program meet the education requirements for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of “good moral character” and a fee must be paid for the test and license. On the application for New York State licensure, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions: