January 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 26, 2021  
January 2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing - Akron


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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 Requirements


Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 21.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements)
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology is required)

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 21.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Nursing Program Support Courses


11.00 semester credit hours is required.

  • The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program. 

  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
  • MA 109 College Algebra  

  • The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of “B” (80%) or better.  Only two attempts are permitted for each course and a student who fails to successfully complete in the maximum attempts is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.

  • Semester Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Semester Credit Hours: 4.00

  • A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the Nursing Program Support Courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the BSN nursing program in a future cycle.

Personal and Professional Development Courses


2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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