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.

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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:

  • 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, 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 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 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 student 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 judgement, 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.

SVC Alumni Spotlight

“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 – 1 credit 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: 1 Total Credits: 11 Total Credits: 9

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

Admission to the A.S. in Nursing

Review general admission criteria here.

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)