Nursing- AAS

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org

A laptop is required for the nursing program as it will be needed for on-campus exams and other educational purposes. Microsoft Word is required; internet access is required. In addition, an I-Pod Touch without a phone or camera (or with phone and camera disabled) is required.

The associate’s degree in nursing (AAS) can be completed within a 2+2 format which includes two years of associate degree level coursework, at which time students earn an AAS degree and are eligible to take their registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX) and then two years of bachelor level coursework to earn their RN-BSN degree. An alternate format which is being greatly emphasized for student retention and success with progression through the nursing program and NCLEX success, is the 1+2+1 format. The student completes the required arts and sciences courses including anatomy and physiology in the first year and then in years 2 and 3 takes specific nursing courses with bachelor level coursework integrated, and at the completion of year 3, earns their AAS degree and is eligible to take the registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX). The student then returns for year 4 and earns their RN-BSN degree. Students have found the 1+2+1 program to meet their needs for assimilation into college, learning anatomy and physiology before taking nursing courses, and completing both their AAS and BSN in four years. Licensed Practical Nurses who are currently licensed and working and have graduated within the past five years may qualify to forgo Nursing I and enter into Nursing II in the spring. This is on a case by case situation and is not guaranteed.

Students must earn a ‘C’ in Nursing I and II and Anatomy and Physiology I and II and a ‘C+’ in Nursing III and 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.

Specific policies related to progression in the nursing program and readmission to the nursing program is 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 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 ability compromises or threatens the health or safety of others, the student may be denied enrollment or continuation in the program if deemed unsafe.

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, flu 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

Apply the nursing process within a holistic framework to assist diverse clients of all ages with major health concerns.

Assess client care needs and formulate a plan based on assessments.

Administer nursing care.

Record and/or report pertinent information regarding observations, care given, and client reactions.

Evaluate care given and revise plan accordingly.

Use current evidence, critical thinking, and judgment in the application of the nursing process.

Implement psychomotor nursing care measures in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.

Establish and maintain effective, professional communication orally and in writing within the program, including scholarly work and communication with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.

Provide health education in a variety of settings using teaching-learning principles.

Promote a quality, caring environment that ensures clients’ safety, comfort, dignity, and self-esteem consistent with his/her developmental stage.

Manage care for a group of clients in a time-and cost-effective manner.

Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively.

Apply technology and informatics to retrieve, communicate, and submit information.

Evaluate personal strengths and limitations; seek appropriate assistance.

Demonstrate accountability based on legal and ethical implications for personal behavior, professional practice, and aspects of care delegated to others.

Demonstrates responsibility for inquiry, self-development and continued learning.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State associate degree graduates may enter directly into the Alfred State RN-BSN program.

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 Rehabilitations, Mt. Morris, as well as other area facilities and community sites. Students may be placed in day, evening, and night clinical placement as well as weekend and weekday rotations. Students may be responsible for their own transportation.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Hospitals

Clinics

Long-term care facilities

Physician offices

Industry

Ambulatory settings

Visiting nurses' agencies

Schools

Home health care

Health insurance providers

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 98 percent – 73 percent are employed in their field; 25 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:

Ambulate (walk) without assistive devices.

Lift at least 30 pounds.

Function in a safe manner, not placing clients in jeopardy.

Maintain confidentiality in regard to professional practice.

Perform effectively under stress, adjusting to changing situations.

Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

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

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 licensure 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:

Have you ever been found guilty after trial, or pleaded guilty, no contest, or nolo contendere to a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court?

Are criminal charges pending against you in any court?

Has any licensing or disciplinary authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, canceled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license or certificate held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded, or otherwise disciplined you?

Are charges pending against you in any jurisdiction for any sort of professional misconduct?

Has any hospital or licensed facility restricted or terminated your professional training, employment of privileges or have you ever voluntarily or involuntarily resigned or withdrawn from such association to avoid imposition of such measures?

If the answer to any of the questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the State Education Department, prior to earning a license.

Registered Nurse Program Nursing - AAS Degree

TYPICAL TWO-YEAR PROGRAM

First

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

BIOL

1404

Anatomy & Phys. I **

4

NURS

1109

Nursing I

9

16

Second

PSYC

1013

General Psychology

3

BIOL

2504

Anatomy & Phys. II ***

4

NURS

2209

Nursing II

9

16

Third

PSYC

1023

Human Development

3

BIOL

4254

General Microbiology

4

NURS

3311

Nursing III

11

18

Fourth

SOCI

1163

Gen. Sociology

3

LITR

xxx3

Literature

3

NURS

4411

Nursing IV

11

17

*Minimum of a “C” grade is required for nursing I and II; minimum of a “C+” grade is required for nursing III and IV.

**BIOL 1404 with a “C” is a prerequisite for NURS 2209

***BIOL 2504 with a “C” is a prerequisite for NURS 3311

****BIOL 4254 is a prerequisite for NURS 4411

Also required: One unit of physical education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

40 credits of nursing (nursing I, II, III, IV)

12 credits of natural science (anatomy & physiology I and II, microbiology)

9 credits of social science (general psychology, general sociology, human development)

6 credits of English/humanities (freshman composition, literature)

1 credit of physical education

RN TRANSFER PROGRAM

Approximately twenty percent of Alfred State’s graduates transfer directly into a baccalaureate nursing program.

Alfred State students may transfer to most New York State baccalaureate programs with junior status, consistent with NYS transfer agreement.

TYPICAL 1 +2+1 PROGRAM

First

BIOL

1404

Anatomy & Phys. I **

4

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

PSYC

1013

General Psychology

3

SOCI

1163

General Sociology

3

XXX3

Liberal Arts Elective

3

16

Second

BIOL

2504

Anatomy & Phys II***

4

NURS

2001

Seminar in Nursing

1

LITR

XXX3

Literature Elective

3

XXX3

Gen Ed Elective

3

MATH

1123

Statistics I

3

XXX3

Open Elective

3

17

Third

NURS

1109

Nursing I*

9

BIOL

4254

General Microbiology****

4

PSYC

1023

Human Development

3

16

Fourth

NURS

2209

Nursing II*

9

HLTH

1313

Nutrition

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

15

Fifth

NURS

3311

Nursing III*

11

NURS

8003

Nursing Informatics

3

NURS

5023

Contemporary Nursing

3

17

Sixth

NURS

4411

Nursing IV*

11

NURS

4001

Decision Making

1

BIOL

6403

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NURS

6413

Health Assess/Promotion

3

18

Seventh

NURS

7003

Nursing Research

3

NURS

5003

Ethical Issues in Healthcare

3

ANTH

5113

Cross Cultural Encounters

3

NURS

6003

Nursing Leadership/Management

3

XXX3

Lib Arts Elective-Upper

3

XXX3

Lib Arts Elective-Upper

3

18

Eighth

NURS

XXX3

Nursing Elective

3

NURS

7004

Pop Focused Care

4

NURS

8013

Prof Capstone

3

XXX3

Lib Arts Elective-Upper

3

XXX3

Lib Arts Elective-Upper

3

16

*Minimum of a “C” grade is required for Nursing I and II; minimum of a “C+” grade is required for Nursing III and IV.

**BIOL 1404 with a “C” is a prerequisite for NURS 2209

***BIOL 2504 with a “C” is a prerequisite for NURS 3311

****BIOL 4254 is a prerequisite for NURS 4411

Also required: One unit of physical education.