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Technological advances and an increase in the country’s aging population are expected to contribute to the projected growth in opportunities for qualified nurses. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of registered nurses is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020.*
At Kaplan University, our Associate of Science in Nursing is designed to help you develop the knowledge, clinical skills, and work habits to direct and manage patient care, communicate with patients and caregivers, and participate as a member of a health care team in the nursing profession.‡
To become a registered nurse, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) governed by the state Board of Nursing.§
Graduates of our program who pass the NCLEX-RN® could pursue entry-level roles in the following fields:‡
If you successfully complete the associate's degree program and pass the NCLEX-RN® exam, you are eligible to enter the online RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program or to pursue the RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing option with a nurse educator or nurse administrator specialization.#
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
Any Academic Strategies course or any Eight Skills of the Effective Student course
Total Program Credits: 110
This course helps students apply research and
critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students
will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft
revision strategies, working constructively with
Any College Composition I
This course teaches students to use
application software. Topics include an introduction to the
Windows operating system and to Microsoft Office applications
such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students also learn how to
apply soft ware applications within a
This course covers topics of algebra,
including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems
of equations in two variables, polynomial functions, rational and
radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic
functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and
This course provides a broad introduction to
the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students
will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into
human thought and actions, including what motivate us to study
human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories
on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course
will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application
of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical
psychological concepts related to students' personal and
of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics.
The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will
also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as
will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology.
Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological
sciences, nursing, and genetics.
An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.
Total Program Credits: 110
The number of additional electives required will be based on the number of credits needed to meet individual state education requirements for nursing students.
This course focuses on concepts of pathophysiology essential to understanding
alterations in body systems and developing professional nursing clinical
decision-making skills for health
promotion, risk reduction, and
disease management across the life span. The course provides a comprehensive
nursing approach to common
alterations in body systems and addresses etiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate treatment of the disease process.
In this course, students are taught principles of pharmacology including its relationship to the health of individuals and families. Course topics include drug actions, drug interactions, therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs, food-drug interactions, drug classifications, and basic pharmacology of commonly-used medications. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibilities and client education.
100/200-level math course and SC 131
This course will prepare students to use the nursing process to care for adult medical and surgical clients. The course will focus on developing basic critical thinking, health promotion, communication, and assessment skills. Care planning, nursing interventions, patient education, and health care technologies will also be addressed. Course specific content will include nursing care related to health care alterations in the following body systems: respiratory, cardiac, renal, endocrine, and peripheral vascular. Students will participate in clinical education activities in a medical surgical acute or chronic care setting.
NU 102 or NU 202, HS 200 or NU 104, and NU 107
This course will prepare students to care for women and infants during the prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Topics will include issues affecting childbearing families including fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, and common problems in infancy. The course will also address common mental health issues affecting families during the transition to parenthood. Through clinical and/or laboratory simulation experiences, students will address the health needs of women and infants before, during, and after pregnancy as well as throughout infancy.
Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 111 or NU 113
This course will prepare students to implement the nursing process in the care of adult medical and surgical clients. The course will focus on application of critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills developed in Medical Surgical Nursing I. Care planning, nursing interventions, patient education, and health care technologies will be addressed. Course-specific content will include nursing care related to health care alterations in the following body systems: gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, integumentary, sensory, and reproductive. Students will participate in clinical education activities in a medical surgical acute or chronic care setting.
In this course, students will learn about normal growth and development of children, health care needs of children and families, health promotion, risk reduction, and childhood health problems of acute and long-term nature, as well as the influence of illness on the family. Through structured, sequential, competency based clinical assignments and/or simulation experiences, students will address the health and nursing needs of children and beginning/developing families.
In this course, students are taught the major theoretical concepts in mental health related to the assessment of needs and the planning of care for persons with mental health problems. Emphasis is placed on examination of mental health disorders and the various roles and functions of the mental health nurse. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical and/or lab assignments, the student will care for persons with mental health conditions requiring professional treatment.
This course will prepare students to care for adult clients experiencing complex multisystem medical-surgical, rehabilitative, or restorative conditions. The course will focus on application of management, leadership, critical thinking, risk reduction, communication, and assessment skills. In addition to the refinement of clinical skills and knowledge gained in Medical Surgical Nursing I and II, students will gain experience in practice management, leadership roles, and the use of health care technologies within their clinical practice. Clinical placements will take place across a variety of settings.
This course is designed to explore the role of the nurse as a leader in the profession and in health care delivery. Through this course, the student will gain a better understanding of leadership styles and techniques and will enhance their individual leadership skills in maintaining standards of care. The course also emphasizes the professional role of the nurse in assisting individuals in the community in locating and utilizing appropriate community resources. Principles and theories of leadership will be integrated and related to the role of the professional nurse in the delivery of care to individuals, groups, and communities.
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students focus on the organization and structure of the human body. Th is course includes a lab component.
The capstone is designed to build on the concepts covered in nursing courses students have taken as a part of their program. This course assists the student in the integration of the competencies essential for the practice of professional nursing. The student will progress to more independent functioning in clinical experiences. The clinical site will be dependent upon the student’s needs and based upon the joint analysis of the student and faculty prior to the placement. Throughout the term, students will focus on preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–2013 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm (accessed April, 2012).
† Students are required to complete their clinical practice experience in Linn, Johnson, or Benton Counties for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, campus; Polk, Story, Dallas, or Warren Counties for the Des Moines, Iowa campus; Black Hawk or Bremer Counties for the Cedar Falls, Iowa campus; and Lancaster County for the Lincoln, Nebraska campus.
‡ Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
§ This program is designed, among other things, to help eligible students prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. However, the University cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take any exam or become certified or registered. A student’s eligibility may depend on work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination.
# Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit policy.