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A growing number of patients who have access to health insurance combined with an aging population are expected to create an increasing need for more well-trained nurses. Employment of registered nurses is expected to be 16 percent through 2024, which is faster than the average of all occupations.*
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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.#
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Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
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 and working constructively with colleagues.
This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
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 motivates 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 professional relationships.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect 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.
Any college composition course
This course introduces students to the role of the professional registered nurse, the role of other health care providers, and the health care system from historical, legal, and ethical perspectives. Topics will include health and health promotion throughout the lifespan with a focus on the nursing process. Students will learn initial assessment and vital sign monitoring. With an emphasis on client safety, students will learn the fundamental nursing skills of communicating therapeutically, providing comfort, bathing and personal care, meeting nutritional needs, and assisting with mobility. Cultural diversity and care of the older adult will be introduced. Students will learn to effectively document client records and to provide reports to other providers. This course includes lab and clinical components.
MM 212, SC 131, and SC 246 | Corequisite: NU 104 and NU 107
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.
MM 212, SC 131 and SC 246
In this course, students are taught basic 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 the basic pharmacology of commonly used medications. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibilities and client education.
MM 212, SC 131 and SC 246
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.
Prerequisite: NU 102 and NU 107; Corequisite: NU 104
This course will prepare students to care for women and infants during the prenatal, labor and 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.
In this course, you 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, you will develop plans of care that 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.
NU 111 or NU 113, and PS 124
This course will prepare students to care for adult clients experiencing complex multisystem medical-surgical, rehabilitative, or restorative conditions. The course will focus on the 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, students 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.
Last term and completion of all required courses in the program
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, but are not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level. This 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 functions 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 placement. Throughout the term, students will focus on preparation for the NCLEX-RN® examination.
Last term and completion of all required courses in the program | Corequisite: NU 280
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† 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 cannot guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.
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