Nursing

Associate of Applied Science Degree Program 68 semester credits

The Nursing program provides the student with knowledge of the art and science of nursing in order to meet identified core competencies for safe patient-centered care. The curriculum integrates knowledge and principles of writing, oral communication, mathematics, and behavioral and biological sciences that inform nursing practice. Students learn to apply the nursing process as a critical thinking framework for decision-making. The program fosters teamwork and collaboration for practice in an interdisciplinary and multicultural work environment. Faculty and staff strive to offer quality student-centered learning in a supportive environment.

Graduates are prepared to take a licensure exam for practice as entry level registered nurses in a variety of community settings. They may be employed by hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, home healthcare services and private industry. Graduates who achieve registered nurse licensure are encouraged to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing completion program and embrace lifelong learning.

Graduates of the Nursing program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. Graduates take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination in order to obtain a license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) and enter the career of nursing.

The nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  • Program graduates are expected to demonstrate nursing practice that reflects:
  • Patient Centered Care: Provide holistic care that recognizes an individual’s preferences, values, and needs and respects the patient or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, age and culturally appropriate, safe and effective care (NOFC).
  • Safety: Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance (QSEN).
  • Evidence Based Practice (EBP): Identify, evaluate, and use the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience and values to make practice decisions (NOFC).
  • Team Work and Collaboration: Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making, team learning, and development (NOFC).
  • Quality Improvement (QI): Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems (QSEN).
  • Informatics and Technology: Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making (QSEN).
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate accountability for practicing nursing within established moral, legal, ethical, regulatory and humanistic principles (NOFC).

(Source: Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute, Competencies, http://qsen.org/competencies/prelicensure-ksas/, Retrieved 8/27/13, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Nurse of the Future Competency Committee (NOFC), Nurse of the Future Competency Committee (NOFC). (2010) Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies. Boston: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.)