September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
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September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASNOH)

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(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This associate of science in nursing degree program is approved by the Ohio State Board of Nursing to prepare students to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to begin a professional nursing career. Students are provided a foundation of general education, including courses in the natural sciences, the social sciences, mathematics, and humanities, as well as the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work in a healthcare environment. Theoretical and practical instruction is complemented with clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings in order to provide a broad, holistic, and reality-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse. Students will participate in planned clinical and laboratory experiences that will complement classroom learning and will stress health promotion as well as disease processes. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to function as a beginning-level staff nurse in a variety of healthcare facilities to include hospitals, long-term care agencies, physician’s offices, clinics, outpatient surgical facilities and other community organizations and to work as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  2. Provide accurate patient assessments and appropriate healthcare interventions as a member of a treatment team.
  3. Function as a safe practitioner, using critical thinking and communication skills to act as a patient advocate and educator.
  4. Understand and utilize nursing-related medical and technological equipment.
  5. Exhibit leadership qualities in diverse healthcare settings.
  6. Demonstrate a full understanding and practice of accepted ethical and legal standards.
  7. Understand the unique needs of diverse populations in regard to socioeconomic, cultural, and lifespan issues while promoting health and wellness in order to facilitate positive growth and development.

Special Admissions Requirements

Please refer to the “Undergraduate Nursing Admission Requirements” policy in the Admissions Information section of this catalog for nursing program admission requirements.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, registered nurse.

Program Content

A minimum of 73.00 credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Courses

All courses, 39.00 semester credit hours, are required.

General Education Prerequisites

The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the nursing program.

  • Anatomy and Physiology With Lab (or Body Structure and Function With Lab)
  • College Math
  • Microbiology

All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of D (60%) or better to be continued in the nursing program.

A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the nursing program in a future cycle.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in this associate’s degree must complete a minimum of 32.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. *

8.00 Semester Credit Hours in Anatomy and Physiology With Lab
4.00 Semester Credit Hours in Computer Applications
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in English Composition
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities With a Critical Thinking Focus **
1.00 Semester Credit Hours in Information Literacy
4.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra or Above)
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Microbiology With Lab
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science ♦
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Speech

* Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 32.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

** A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, logic, or science.

♦ The following course is required in the Ohio nursing program to satisfy the general education requirement in social or behavioral science.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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