Associate Degree in Nursing

Take the first steps in a career taking care of 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.  


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)
 “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


Required classes and program length varies by student, based on transfer credits and other unique factors. The Program Plan below is an example to help you envision your schedule in the nursing program.

Fall Term I Spring Term I Fall Term II Spring Term II Fall Term III Spring Term III
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy & Physiology II Into To Nursing Practice Family Concepts In Nursing Adult Child Nursing II Adult Child Nursing IV
English Composition Lifespan Development Religion Adult Child Nursing I Adult Child Nursing III Nursing Seminar
College Algebra Microbiology Ethics Humanities Elective
Psychology Sociology



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)