Professional Nursing Associate's Degree

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Professional Nursing Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Nutritional Principles in Nursing

This course introduces the student to the chemical processes that occur on a cellular level related to nutrient intake and digestion. Emphasis is placed on the concept of Metabolism and the body’s ability to meet basic health and wellness needs as it pertains to a diverse set of clients across the life span. Students will be introduced to basic physiological concepts and are encouraged to explore Clinical and Nursing Judgment, Education and Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. Special emphasis is placed on Growth and Development, Cellular Regulation, and clinical nutrition in order to prepare the student to critically apply these principles throughout the nursing program in the form of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: NU117
Credits: 4

Introduction to Professional Nursing

This course introduces the student to key concepts of Professional Nursing. The student will be exposed to the professional expectations and scope of practice for the Registered Nurse in diverse healthcare settings. Also included are aspects of patient-centered care based upon evidence and quality. The Concept-based framework for the Professional Nursing Program is introduced, along with the fundamental QSEN Core Competencies. Special emphasis is placed on Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Communication, and Professionalism. Students will gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to practice safely in the nursing profession in the role of the Registered Nurse by discovering their own learning styles and personal identities.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: NU124
Credits: 4

Introduction to Critical Thinking, Informatics, and Ethical Concepts in Professional Nursing

This course introduces students to critical thinking as a professional nurse by providing the theoretical basis for problem-solving embedded in Clinical Judgment. Building upon these critical thinking skills, ethical concepts are crucially examined and nursing informatics is introduced within the healthcare infrastructure. Special emphasis is placed on Nursing Ethics and Law, Clinical Judgment, Evidence-Based Practice, Nursing Informatics, and Quality Improvement. Students are challenged to explore evidence-based solutions to key issues and trends that are relevant to the Professional Nurse’s role based on current trends and issues in healthcare.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: NU138
Credits: 4

Fundamentals of Professional Nursing

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where professional nursing students are introduced to the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required to meet basic health and wellness needs. The theoretical basis for patient-centered care, functional ability, and basic physiologic concepts are presented. Emphasis is placed on skills related to mobility, elimination, gas exchange, inflammation, infection, tissue integrity, glucose regulation, thermoregulation, and pain. This course will continue to build upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan with a special emphasis on attitudes required to master communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice, clinical judgment, professionalism, and nursing informatics. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of nursing skills in order to successfully complete this course.

Pre- or Co-requisites: Introduction to Professional Nursing; Introduction to Critical Thinking, Informatics, and Ethical Concepts in Professional Nursing

Course ID: NU203
Credits: 6

Comprehensive Pharmacology

This course is comprised of a theory and lab component where students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to safely and effectively provide pharmacologic therapies to patients. Emphasis is placed on pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, the current “rights of medication administration”, dosage calculation, patient education, and motivational wellness. The course will continue to build upon critical thinking concepts and clinical judgment to ensure safe, quality care in the administration of prescription, over-the-counter, and complementary and alternative medication at a beginning Professional Registered Nurse skill Level. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of clinical skills, related to medication administration within the lab setting, in order to successfully complete this course.

Pre- or Co-requisites: Human Anatomy and Physiology II; Introduction to Microbiology

Course ID: NU213
Credits: 6

Professional Nursing I

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are building on the fundamental concepts and clinical judgment required to meet basic health and wellness needs. Emphasis is placed on Surgical Integrity, Pain Management, Gas Exchange, Immunity, and Infection control. The theoretical basis for Fluid/Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance, Cardiovascular/Coagulation Integrity, Perfusion, and Thermoregulation will be introduced within this course. Previously introduced concepts such as inflammation, tissue integrity, elimination, mobility, health promotion, and education will be further explored. The student must demonstrate increasing proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Professional Nursing

Pre- or Co-requisites: Comprehensive Pharmacology; Nutritional Principles in Nursing

Course ID: NU223
Credits: 6

Professional Nursing II

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are building on the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities developed in Professional Nursing I. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as intracranial regulation, sensory perception, glucose regulation, metabolism, and immunity. This course will continue to build on previous concepts with a special emphasis on mobility, elimination, cardiovascular/coagulation integrity, perfusion, fluid/electrolyte and acid/base balance, gas exchange, and thermoregulation. The theoretical basis for Clinical Judgment, as it relates to Communication, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Evidence-Based Practice in the Clinical Setting, is required for successful completion of this course. The student must demonstrate increasing proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan.

Prerequisite: Professional Nursing I

Course ID: NU241
Credits: 6

Maternal Child Health Nursing

This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focus on the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes required to function in the appropriate role of the beginning Professional Registered Nurse in an acute care Obstetrics/Maternity Setting, Pediatric Setting, or similar environment. Emphasis is placed on Reproduction as well as Growth and Development. Special Emphasis is placed on Surgical Integrity, Glucose Regulation, Infection Control, and Patient-Centered Care as it applies to this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in conjunction with specific pharmacologic therapies for these clients will be examined. Students are required to critically apply all previously introduced Health and Wellness Concepts, as well as Metabolism, Education, Health Promotion, and Clinical Judgment, to content-specific exemplars presented in this course. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite: Professional Nursing II

Course ID: NU255
Credits: 4

Professional Nursing III

This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are completing their development of the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required for the Professional Registered Nurse Role. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Cellular Regulation, End-of-Life Integrity, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, and Crisis/Disaster Nursing. This course will continue to build on previous concepts with a special emphasis on Cardiovascular Integrity, Perfusion, Gas Exchange, Fluid/Electrolyte and Acid/Base Balance, and Tissue Integrity. The theoretical basis for Clinical Judgment, as it relates to Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice, and Nursing Informatics in the Clinical Setting is required for successful completion of this course. The student must also demonstrate increasing proficiency in knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan.

Prerequisite: Professional Nursing II

Course ID: NU260
Credits: 6

Role, Scope, Quality, and Leadership in Professional Nursing

This course is comprised of a theory and clinical component where students are able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained throughout the Professional Nursing Program. Emphasis is placed on Clinical Judgment, Professionalism, Quality Improvement, and Leadership. In order to successfully complete this course, the student must exhibit appropriate characteristics in the clinical setting related to Communication, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Advocacy, Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice, Education, Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. The student must also demonstrate proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan at the level of a beginning graduate Professional Registered Nurse to complete this course.

Prerequisite: Professional Nursing III

Course ID: NU273
Credits: 4

Professional Nursing Capstone

This course reflects on the student’s journey through the Professional Nursing Program, prepares the student for licensure, and mentors the student on transition to practice. The Concept-Based Framework is reviewed, along with the fundamental QSEN Core Competencies with special emphasis on Professionalism, Individual Functional Ability, and Leadership. Students will delve into the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to successfully complete the NCLEX-RN and safely transition to a beginning Graduate Professional Registered Nurse role.

Pre- or Co-requisites: Professional Nursing III; Role, Scope, Quality, and Leadership in Professional Nursing

Course ID: NU294
Credits: 2

General Education Courses

English Composition (Required course)

English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Communications (Select 1 course)

Humanities and Fine Arts (Select 2 courses)

Mathematics (Required course)

College Algebra

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233
Credits: 4

Natural Sciences (Required courses)

Introduction to Human Biology

Students will explore fundamental concepts of human biology. They will examine cell structure and function, body systems, and biochemistry. They will also learn basic concepts of genetics and evolution. Students will explore the relationship of human populations and the ecosystem. Students will complete laboratory exercise coordinated with course content.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G215
Credits: 4

Introduction to Microbiology

This course provides an introduction to microbiology that emphasizes effects of microorganisms on human systems. Topics include microbial cell structure, function and metabolism; requirements for and control of growth; genetics, mutations, and biotechnology; a survey of bateria, viruses, algae, fungi, protozoa and leminthes; interactions with and impact of microbes on humans, including mechanisms of pathgenticity.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: GN200
Credits: 5

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

In this course students will begin their study of the structure and function of the human body. They will examine topics including basic chemistry and cell biology, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, and endocrine systems of the body, and will learn medical terminology. Students will complete laboratory exercises coordinated with course content and including microscopic observation, experimentation, study of anatomical models, and dissection activities.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Biology (except for students enrolled in the Medical Assisting program)

Course ID: MA241
Credits: 5

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

In this course, students will continue their study of human anatomy and physiology begun in Human Anatomy and Physiology I. They will examine the circulatory, lymphatic and immune, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems, as well as fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, and nutrition and metabolism. Students will complete laboratory exercises coordinated with course content and including microscopic observation, experimentation, study of anatomical models, and dissection activities.

Prerequisite: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Course ID: MA242
Credits: 5

Social and Behavioral Sciences (Required courses)

Human Growth and Development

This course consists of the study of the development of the individual throughout the life cycle, including child, adolescent and adult patterns of behavior with attention to physical, intellectual, cognitive, personality, and social development.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G217
Credits: 4

General Psychology

This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G148
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 47

Major and Core Credits: 56

Total AAS Degree Credits: 103

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  • Outcome

    Our on-time completion and placement rates exceed the national averages of 22% and 74%, respectively. With our SUPPORT+ team members working one-on-one with you, including our student advisors and career services advisors, we help support your success. Contact a program manager to learn more about how you can become a Rasmussen College graduate.

    • On-time Completion Rate:

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      90%
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      0%
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      Median loan debt for completers from Federal Stafford Loan program (does not include Federal PLUS loans)

      $19,910
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    • Course Resources:

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      $3,450
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