Associate of Science
Associate of Science in Nursing
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program offers two options leading to the ASN degree: the Generic Program Option, which can be completed in five (5) semesters and the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Fast Track Program Option. The LPN Fast-Track Program Option can be completed in four (4) semesters. Only applicants who hold a current unencumbered LPN license and meet admission criteria are eligible to submit an application for this program option.
Mission and Program Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the ASN Program is to cultivate a learning environment that facilitates the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide safe, competent nursing care that promotes optimal health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. The graduate of the ASN Program possesses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to:
- Evaluate nursing care provided to clients, families, groups, and communities across the lifespan from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings to ensure that it is compassionate, age and culturally appropriate, and based on a client's preferences, values and needs.
- Collaborate with members of the interprofessional health care team to manage and coordinate the provision of safe, quality care for clients, families, and groups.
- Demonstrate use of best current evidence and clinical expertise when making clinical decisions in the provision of client-centered care.
- Use evidence-based quality improvement processes to effect change in the delivery of client-centered care.
- Demonstrate effective use of strategies to mitigate errors and reduce the risk of harm to clients, self, and others in healthcare, home, and community settings.
- Use evidence-based information and client care technology to communicate relevant client information, manage care, and mitigate error in the provision of safe, quality client-centered care.
- Assimilate integrity and accountability into practices that uphold established regulatory, legal, and ethical principles while providing client-centered, standard-based nursing care.
- Use leadership, management, and priority-setting skills in the provision and management of safe, quality client-centered care.
- Analyze the impact that the macrosystem has on the provision of safe, quality client-centered care in the microsystem of the work unit.
- Use verbal and nonverbal communication strategies with clients, families, colleagues, and groups from diverse backgrounds that foster mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance client satisfaction and health outcomes.