May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science in Nursing - Birmingham

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Program Description

This associate degree in nursing program prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). Students are provided a foundation of general education, including courses in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and mathematics, as well as the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work in a healthcare environment. Theoretical 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 stress health prevention and promotion as well as disease processes.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  2. Provide accurate patient assessments.
  3. Provide appropriate healthcare interventions as a member of a treatment team.
  4. 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.
  5. Function as a safe practitioner and, through critical thinking and communication skills, act as a patient advocate and educator, including the family and community in the total care.
  6. Understand and utilize nursing-related medical and technological equipment.
  7. Demonstrate a full understanding and practice of accepted ethical and legal standards.
  8. Exhibit leadership qualities in diverse healthcare settings.
  9. Understand the unique needs of diverse populations in regard to socioeconomic, cultural, and life span issues.
  10. Promote health and wellness in order to facilitate positive growth and development.
  11. Think critically, both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis, write and speak effectively, use basic computer applications, and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society.

Special Admission Requirements

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

Potential Occupational Titles

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as a registered nurse.  

Program Content

A minimum of 72.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Third Party Testing

Assessment and remediation are critical components of nursing education. Students in the nursing program may be required to take third-party, standardized exams in an electronic format throughout the curriculum. These standardized tests are valid and reliable predictors of success on the NCLEX examination and provide valuable feedback concerning student strengths and weaknesses. Student learning outcome data identifies content areas that require remediation, allowing faculty to personalize student support and intervention. Courses that utilize third-party exams will incorporate the points earned on the test as a percentage of the final grade earned for the course as specified in the course syllabus.

Required Courses in Nursing

41.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 18.00 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. *

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

*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 18.00 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

All courses, 11.00 semester credit hours, are required.

  • 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

    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
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00

  • 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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