Nursing (RN) A.S. Degree

Nursing (RN) Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : RN-AS
CIP: 1351380100
Educational Plan: RN-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Florida Board of Nursing. Students accepted into this limited-access program study a broad range of subjects from sciences, nutrition and medical terminology to courses in medical-surgical, mental health, maternal-newborn and pediatric nursing. Additionally, required clinical experiences take place at area hospitals, extended-care facilities and community health organizations. Graduates are qualified to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to practice as registered nurses. Students should be aware that acceptance to the College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing Generic ADN Track is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404.975.5000, fax: 404.975.5020.

Profession

Nursing ranks as the nation’s largest health career field. Registered Nurses (RNs) practice in a variety of settings while providing compassionate care to patients who are ill, injured, convalescent or disabled. Nurses are dedicated to the health and well-being of patients of all ages, health and abilities, and often serve as advocates in the care of individuals and communities.

Career Opportunities

Licensed nurses are qualified to work in any state and, due to their high demand, often choose their positions, hours and employers. Salaries and employment opportunities continue to expand as the health care industry grows, particularly in Central Florida. Additionally, positions outside of the traditional hospital environment offer nurses versatility and flexibility.

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 26 percent (faster than average) through 2020 due to the demands caused by technological advancements, an increased emphasis on preventative care  and the large aging population (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Degree Transfer

Qualified students may complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) while pursuing their A.S. in Nursing through the UCF/Seminole State Concurrent Program. Graduates of the program who do not participate in the concurrent program may articulate courses into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Certifications

  • Registered Nurse (RN), Florida Department of Health
  • Registered Nurse (RN), National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Program Admission

This is a limited-access program. Students begin the generic ADN program three times each year in August (Term I), in January (Term II), or in May (Term III). Interested persons must first be admitted to Seminole State before becoming eligible to apply to the nursing program. The dates for application may vary. Students should be aware that acceptance to the College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Provisional acceptance into the program is contingent on satisfying Seminole State-mandated and various healthcare agencies' requirements.

Nursing applications are available on the Nursing website and by attending a nursing information session. Dates of upcoming information sessions can be found on the Nursing website.

All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screen. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their course work.

The nursing program has specific requirements for admission. Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or equivalent (SAT/ACT);
  • Achieve a minimum adjusted individual total score of 78 percent on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS);
  • Submit a disposition of any criminal offenses;
  • Attain a grade of "C" or higher in all General Education course requirements. The recalculated GPA (prerequisite courses) must be 2.50 or higher. In accordance with College policy, the GPA will not be "rounded up."
  • Submit a Nursing Application Packet, with all requirements, for consideration for admission to the program. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
  • Students applying to the Concurrent AS-BSN program will receive priority admission to meet the Concurrent AS-BSN program enrollment. A select number of seats in each class will be reserved for applicants who only want to obtain the Associate in Science degree in Nursing.

Students are selected for admission to the nursing program based on the following criteria:

Category 1:

Successful completion of ALL of the required nursing General Education courses and elective courses with a prerequisite GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Category 2:

Successful completion of ALL of the required nursing General Education and elective courses with a prerequisite GPA of 3.00-3.49.

Category 3:

Successful completion of ALL of the required nursing General Education and elective courses with a prerequisite GPA of 2.50-2.99.

Category 4:

Students with outstanding pre or co-requisite courses, in the following order (completed General Education and elective courses must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher):

  1. Applicants who have completed: ENC 1101, MAC 1105, BSC 2010C, PSY 2012, HUN 2202, BSC 2093C, BSC 2094C, MCB 2010C, and DEP 2004 or Humanities
  2. Applicants who have completed: ENC 1101, MAC 1105, BSC 2010C, PSY 2012, HUN 2202, BSC 2093C, BSC 2094C, and DEP 2004 or  Humanities
  3. Applicants who have completed: ENC 1101, MAC 1105, BSC 2010C, PSY 2012, HUN 2202, BSC 2093C, and DEP 2004
  4. Applicants who have completed: ENC 1101, MAC 1105, BSC 2010C, PSY 2012, HUN 2202, and BSC 2093C
  5. Applicants who have completed: ENC 1101, MAC 1105, BSC 2010C, PSY 2012, and HUN 2202
  6. Applicants who have completed: ENC 1101, MAC 1105, BSC 2010C, and PSY 2012

Applicants are given priority of admission within each sub-category based on:

  • TEAS adjusted individual total score
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Completion of the Tech Prep Program (must show documentation in application packet)

All nursing courses feature Web-enhanced instruction. Students must have access to a computer with Internet capabilities while enrolled in the program.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
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Students must complete all Required Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course introduces the Student Learning Outcomes (5Cs) of the Nursing curriculum upon which all subsequent nursing courses are built. The student is introduced to the Student Learning Outcomes (5Cs): caring, communication, collaboration and management of care, commitment to professionalism and clinical competence and decision-making as they apply to the role of the nurse. The student will be introduced to the legal, ethical and professional standards of the nursing profession and the role of the associate degree nurse in health promotion, maintenance and restoration. Basic bio-psychosocial needs of clients are identified and the student will begin to utilize the nursing process to identify and intervene when these needs are unmet. The student will explore basic concepts regarding the therapeutic use of medications, patient response to drug therapy and the nurse’s role in medication administration as part of the health care team. Clinical competence in selected basic nursing skills will be developed in the nursing laboratory. Clinical experiences include long-term care and acute care facilities where students begin to apply concepts and competencies learned in the classroom and nursing laboratory. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
The nursing skills laboratory course introduces basic nursing skills utilized and delegated by the nurse to implement the nursing process. This course complements the foundations of nursing course and provides students an opportunity to integrate evidence-based practice into the clinical skills laboratory. This course introduces the student learning outcomes of caring, clinical competence and decision-making, communication, commitment to professionalism and collaboration and management of care. Demonstrations of basic nursing skills, therapeutic use of medication, client responses to drug therapy and the nurse’s role in medication administration in a safe and supportive environment will be emphasized. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This course introduces the student to important concepts related to assessment and maintenance of health in individuals. Content will cover basic assessment of patients across the lifespan, including patients with diverse backgrounds as well as geriatric populations. Students will perform assessments incorporating aspects of history-taking, risk potential, psychosocial development, physical examination techniques and deviations from normal assessment findings. This course will emphasize the core educational competencies of the curriculum: caring, clinical competence and decision-making, communication, commitment to professionalism and collaboration and management of care. A strong laboratory focus is provided to enable the student/learner to demonstrate competence in nursing assessment skills. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course builds upon the core educational competencies introduced during the Fundamentals course. Using the framework of the nursing process, the student is able to assist the adult client and family achieve an optimum state of health and wellness. This course prepares the student/learner to apply theoretical knowledge and basic nursing skills when providing care in meeting the biopsychosocial needs of adult clients with simple/common medical and surgical problems. This course will continue to emphasize the Student Learning Outcomes of the curriculum: caring interventions, clinical competence and decision-making, communication, commitment to professionalism and collaboration and management of care. A strong laboratory focus is provided to enable to the student/learner to demonstrate competence in selected basic nursing skills. Clinical experiences in the acute care setting will be provided along with simulated lab experiences. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This course focuses on the theory base necessary for understanding mental health and illness. Students utilize the nursing process in the care of patients experiencing interference in meeting basic needs due to neurobiological and psychosocial problems. This course continues to build on the five core educational competencies of the curriculum: (a) caring interventions, (b) clinical competence and decision-making, (c) communication, (d) commitment to professionalism and (e) collaboration and management of care. Emphasis is placed on developing therapeutic communication skills, self-awareness and effective nurse-patient relationships. Students collaborate with the healthcare team in a mental health clinical setting and begin to develop the core competencies necessary to achieve desired client outcomes. Psychopharmacology across the lifespan and concepts of medication management are integrated in each unit. Community experiences, selected video, role play and simulation activities are incorporated in this course. There are clinical experiences in acute care inpatient mental health facilities and selected community settings. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This course prepares the student/learner to apply safe and effective care for clients with advanced medical and surgical problems. This course is designed to build on material from the previous medical surgical courses. Through the use of the nursing process, this course will build on the five Student Learning Outcomes of the curriculum: caring interventions, clinical competence and decision-making, communication, commitment to professionalism and collaboration and management of care. The student will prioritize the biopsychosocial needs of clients to promote optimal health and wellness. Lab simulation of selected clinical nursing skills will be used to facilitate meeting the needs of clients with advanced medical and surgical problems. During clinical, students will interact with culturally diverse clients. Clinical experiences in acute care settings and observational experiences in specialty settings may be scheduled to enhance the learning experience. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This course addresses the unique concepts in maternal-child nursing. This course will help prepare the student to meet the developmental, biological and psychosocial health and illness needs of the child-bearing family. The educational and anticipatory guidance needs of the child-bearing family will be integrated throughout the theory and clinical components in the course to enable the family to maintain or restore an optimal state of health and well-being. The clinical component provides guided clinical experiences that allow students to demonstrate caring and clinical competencies in the application of the nursing process in selected obstetric and pediatric health care environments. Students interact with culturally diverse clients and families with emphasis on the integration of critical thinking, effective interpersonal communication, professionalism and legal and ethical standards. The clinical simulation laboratory experience reinforces the concepts acquired during the theoretical portion of the class and allows for student collaboration and decision-making in a supported environment. Concepts that will be emphasized throughout the curriculum reflect the Student Learning Outcomes: caring, clinical competence and decision-making, communication, commitment to professionalism and collaboration and management of care. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This culminating course in the Associate Degree Nursing Program provides students the opportunity to (a) synthesize previous knowledge and skills and (b) develop new knowledge and skills for the management of client care in a dynamically changing healthcare system. Students participate in live and online seminars to develop and enhance the five Student Learning Outcomes of the nursing program: (a) caring interventions, (b) clinical competence and decision-making, (c) communication, (d) commitment to professionalism and (e) collaboration and management of care as they learn to make the transition from student to graduate nurse. In addition, selected leadership and management principles including (a) prioritizing competently, (b) delegating successfully and (c) managing conflict will be explored. These outcomes are applied in the clinical environment through a guided preceptorship that is directed by the nursing faculty. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to build on the five Student Learning Outcomes of the curriculum: (a) caring interventions, (b) clinical competence and decision-making, (c) communication, (d) commitment to professionalism and (e) collaboration and management of care. The nursing process will be a guide for the student to utilize decision-making skills to meet the biopsychosocial needs of clients with complex medical and surgical problems and multi-system dysfunction. Lab simulation of selected clinical nursing skills will be used to facilitate meeting the needs of the client with complex medical and surgical problems and multi-system dysfunction. During clinical experiences, students will interact with culturally diverse clients. Clinical experiences in acute care settings and observational experiences in specialty settings may be scheduled to enhance learning experiences. Content will include concepts of critical care, emergency care and application of leadership and patient care management. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
General Education Courses
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This is the first part of a two-semester course that investigates in detail the structure and function of humans. The course is primarily designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We will utilize a "system" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on the homeostatic rather than the dysfunctional individual. Lab fee required.
This course is the second part of a two-semester course that investigates the structure and function of humans. The course is designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We utilize a "systems" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on homeostatic rather than dysfunctional individuals. Lab fee required.
This course explores the effects of genetic, psychological, maturational and social factors at various stages during the lifespan. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Some sections of DEP 2004 have service-learning components. Please refer to class notes in schedule of classes for details.
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits
This fundamental course in Microbiology is designed to fulfill the needs of nursing students as well as other allied health majors. The course stresses the structure, nutrition, growth, control, metabolism and introductory genetics of bacteria. An introduction to fungi, parasites and viruses is included. Laboratory experience in techniques and primary isolation will be provided. Lab fee required.
Note: MCB 2005C Microbiology for Health Professionals may substitute for MCB 2010C in the RN-AS
This is an introductory course which surveys the field of psychology and basic principles and concepts utilized to understand human behavior. The major areas of study include development, learning, perception, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and testing measurements. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Some sections of PSY 2012 have service-learning components. Please refer to class notes in schedule of classes for details. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for AA degree seeking students.
This course is a study of the fundamental topics in advanced algebra with emphasis on applications, the understanding of the function concept and manipulative skills. Major topics include operations on algebraic expressions and complex numbers, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities and rational equations and inequalities, applications, functions, exponents and logarithms, graphs of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations and inequalities. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level MAC prefix course
This course is primarily for science majors or students with a strong biology background. It is a study of the molecular and cellular composition and function of living organisms. Emphasis will be given to structure, chemical metabolism and genetic mechanisms. Laboratory illustrates basic biological principles. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
Elective Courses
3
Choose either HUN 2202 or HUN 1201 and HUN 2015:
This course focuses on the scientific principles of normal nutrition, including specific nutrients, digestion, absorption, metabolism and nutritional requirements of different age groups. This course has a special focus on the application of nutrition principles to physical health. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary team approach to disease prevention and health restoration.
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This course provides instruction in the scientific principles of nutrition, including the role of specific nutrients, digestion of each, absorption, metabolism and sources of the nutrients and requirements of the various age groups. Emphasis is on the factors influencing the ability of individuals to maintain good nutritional status.
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A study and application of science-based nutrition concepts within healthcare focusing on medical nutrition therapy in disease management.
Total Credits:
72
Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

Contact

Nursing Program
Nursing Department
407.404.6196 | Fax: 407.404.6207
Altamonte Springs-ALT-301A