Associate Degree in Nursing

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 at Sacred Heart University 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:

  • Family care
  • Physiological systems
  • Psycho-physiological systems
  • 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 at SHU, your nursing education will emphasize caring for underserved populations.

Clinical Experience

Hands-on experience is essential to nursing education. SVC at SHU offers on-site clinical simulation laboratories for the practice of skills independently or with the assistance of an instructor. 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 groups sessions during class for students to discuss and process together what they experience at their clinical sites.  

Outcomes

St. Vincent’s College is committed to preparing every nursing student to achieve the following:

  • Earn the associate in science (A.S.) degree in Nursing
  • Become qualified to work as a Registered Nurse
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical nursing competencies
  • Safely implement therapeutic nursing interventions
  • Build communication skills for interacting with patients and families
  • Develop ability to practice ethical, respectful healthcare in a professional setting
  • Grow as a professional by participating in continuing education and community service
  • Pass the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN)

Review detailed Program Outcomes.

“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” – Brittany Murphy, A.S. in Nursing 2019

Curriculum

Required classes and program length varies by student, based on transfer credits and other unique factors. The program plans below are examples to help you envision your schedule in the associate degree in nursing.

First-Time College Student

Fall Term Spring Term Fall Term Spring Term Fall Term Spring Term
Anatomy & Physiology I – 4 credits Anatomy & Physiology II – 4 credits Intro to Nursing Practice – 7 credits Family Concepts In Nursing – 4 credits Adult Child Nursing II – 5 credits Adult Child Nursing IV – 6 credits
English Composition – 3 credits Lifespan Psychology – 3 credits World Religions – 3 credits Adult Child Nursing I – 5 credits Adult Child Nursing III – 6 credits Nursing Seminar – 3 credits
Math for Health Sciences* – 3 credits Microbiology – 4 credits Ethics – 3 credits Humanities Elective – 3 credits
Psychology – 3 credits Sociology – 3 credits
Total Credits: 13 Total Credits: 14 Total Credits: 10 Total Credits: 12 Total Credits: 14 Total Credits: 9

Transfer Student

Summer Term Fall Term Spring Term Fall Term Spring Term
Math for Health Sciences* – 3 credits Intro to Nursing Practice – 7 credits Family Concepts In Nursing – 4 credits Adult Child Nursing II – 5 credits Adult Child Nursing IV – 6 credits
World Religions – 3 credits Adult Child Nursing I – 5 credits Adult Child Nursing III – 6 credits Nursing Seminar – 3 credits
Ethics – 3 credits
Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 7 Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 11 Total Credits: 9

Accelerated Program Student

Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term Fall Term Spring Term
Math for Health Sciences* – 3 credits Intro to Nursing Practice – 7 credits Family Concepts In Nursing – 4 credits Adult Child Nursing II – 5 credits Adult Child Nursing IV – 6 credits
World Religions – 3 credits Adult Child Nursing I – 5 credits Adult Child Nursing III – 6 credits Nursing Seminar – 3 credits
Ethics – 3 credits
Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 7 Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 11 Total Credits: 9

LPN-RN Bridge Student

Fall Term Spring Term  Summer Term Fall Term Spring Term
Math for Health Sciences* – 3 credits NUR 190: LPN to RN Articulation Bridge Course at Charter Oak State College – 3 credits NUR LPN Transition Course – 2 credits Adult Child Nursing II – 5 credits Adult Child Nursing IV – 6 credits
World Religions – 3 credits Adult Child Nursing III – 6 credits Nursing Seminar – 3 credits
Ethics – 3 credits
Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 3 Total Credits: 2 Total Credits: 11 Total Credits: 9

*Math for Health Sciences is the only general education course required to be completed at SVC at SHU, effective for Spring 2020 or later starts.

Accreditation

The A.S. in Nursing program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. (404-975-5000)