Why Choose Nursing A.S. Degree (Advanced Standing) at CLC?
• 7 full-time faculty with over 90 years combined nursing experience in all areas
• Program accredited through Higher Learning Commission, approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing
• 2013 MnSCU Educator of the Year, Darci Goeden, teaching full-time in the program
• Mobility Program provides current LPNs a pathway to becoming an RN
• Articulation agreements with 4-year colleges, creating a smooth transition into a BSN program
NURSING A.S. DEGREE (Advanced Standing)
Program Course Requirements
Successful completion of a PN Program (8 cr)
BIOL 2467* Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)
CHEM 1407** Life Science Chemistry (4 cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr)
ENGL 1411* Composition II (4 cr)
NURS 1547 Professional Nursing Role Transition (4 cr)
PHIL 2422 Medical Ethics (3 cr)
PSYC 2421 General Psychology (4 cr)
Total – 35 credits
BIOL 2468*** Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr)
NURS 2540* Professional Nursing Concepts (6 cr)
NURS 2541* Professional Nursing Practicum II (3 cr)
NURS 2542* Advanced Skills for the Professional Nurse (1 cr)
Total – 14 credits
BIOL 2457*** Microbiology (4 cr)
NURS 2544* Professional Nursing Concepts III (6 cr)
NURS 2546* Professional Nursing Practicum III (3 cr)
NURS 2547* Professional Nursing Leadership (2 cr)
Total – 15 credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 64 CREDITS
**The following CHEM courses may be substituted: 1410, 1414, 1424 or 1425, 2472 or 2473
***Co-requisites may be taken concurrently with required courses, however applications are considered more competitive when completed prior to admission
Career Description: Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help clients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for clients, families, and communities. When providing direct client care they observe, assess, and record symptoms, responses, and progress of clients; assist physicians during examinations, treatments, and surgeries; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. RNs develop and manage nursing care plans and must possess critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Program Information: The Advance Standing Associates Degree (AD) Nursing Program at Central Lakes College is a practical nursing program designed to educate and prepare qualified licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to take the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs. The program is two semesters long.
Graduates will be able to:
Client Centered Care (NLN Human Flourishing)
The Associate Degree Nursing graduate advocates for individual clients in providing compassionate and culturally competent care through therapeutic communication and holistic assessments based on respect for clients’ preferences, values, and needs.
The Associate Degree Nursing graduate applies the nursing process, evidence based decision making, and prioritization to develop a plan of care that ensures safe, quality treatment and health promotion for clients, families, and the community.
The Associate Degree Nursing graduate practices professional nursing in an ethical and legal manner, including case management of clients, which demonstrates leadership, teamwork, delegation, collaboration, and life-long learning.
Quality Improvement (NLN Spirit of Inquiry)
The Associate Degree Nursing graduate contributes to continuous quality improvement by developing policies and procedures that incorporate evidence based practice while effectively using resources and technology to achieve optimal client outcomes.
Special Program Requirements:
In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to progress or graduate:
- College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.0.
- Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.
- The student must achieve a B- or better in all Nursing (NURS) courses.
- The student must also achieve a C or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the following 4 courses: BIOL 2467, CHEM 1407, ENGL 1411, and PSYC 2421.
- With the exception of courses listed in #4 above, the student must achieve a C or better in all remaining required general education courses.
Accreditation: This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The AD Nursing Program is seeking national accreditation.
Admissions: Admission to the Nursing sequence is competitive and based on TEAS score and special program requirements
Transfer Opportunities: Broader career opportunities are available for RNs with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. The counseling department has transfer guides for baccalaureate nursing programs at other colleges. Admission requirements and course equivalencies may vary. This program has articulation agreements with the following MnSCU institutions: Bemidji State University, Metro State University, Minnesota State University – Mankato, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Winona State University.
Career Opportunities: RNs make up the largest number of health care professionals in the United States. Currently there are 2.6 million RN jobs in the nation with an expected job growth rate of 22% accounting for a much more rapid growth rate than the national average for all other professions. The median salary for RNs is $62,450. Information about RN jobs in Minnesota may be found at: http://www.nursingjobs.org/rn/minnesota.
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