Professional Nursing Associate's Degree

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Professional Nursing Associate's Degree Course List

The Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree is a campus based programs and is not available fully online. The program does offer Flex Choice®—an option that allows you to combine faculty-led and optional self-paced General Education courses more flexibly.

Major and Core Courses

  • Nutritional Principles in Nursing
  • Dimensions of Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Professional Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Professional Nursing I
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Professional Nursing II
  • Maternal Child Health Nursing
  • Professional Nursing III
  • Role, Scope, Quality, and Leadership in Professional Nursing
  • Professional Nursing Capstone

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: Admission to a Nursing Program

Course ID: NUR1172
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to key principles and concepts of professional nursing and how nursing is practiced in diverse healthcare settings with patients across the life span. Focus is on nursing’s past and present, professionalism, theory and concept based nursing, evidence-based practice, legal and ethical issues, critical thinking skills and clinical judgment, the nursing process,client safety, quality and quality improvement, and fundamental QSEN Core Competencies. Interdisciplinary collaboration, communication, cultural diversity, and nursing informatics are also emphasized. The course concludes with discussion of care coordination and continuity, key issues and trends and a self-care/development plan for success during the Nursing Program.

Prerequisite:None

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 2058
Credits: 4


This course provides students with a variety of opportunities to develop their critical thinking, clinical, communication, and interviewing skills to conduct comprehensive and focused systematic client assessments inclusive of health history, nursing diagnoses, physical examination, and psychosocial findings of clients. Focus is on the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of data collected and differentiation between normal and abnormal findings. Students use the physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual information collected to analyze the health status of clients across the life span with emphasis on adults and geriatric populations.

Prerequisite:Dimensions of Nursing Practice

Co-requisite:None

Course ID: NUR 2092
Credits: 4


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: NUR2115
Credits: 6


This course emphasizes the delivery and therapeutic aspects of medication administration justified by evidence based findings. Emphasis of this theory and laboratory course is on principles and demonstration of the use of critical thinking and judgment to assure safe and competent administration and delivery of medications to include current rights of medication administration, dosage calculation, major drug classifications, over the counter, and pharmacokinetics and harmacodynamics inclusive of potential interactions with over the counter drugs, herbals, and supplements. Students will also learn techniques to coach and mentor clients and their families regarding medications and their use and understand the legal, ethical, and cultural aspects of taking medications. The course also includes the impact of technological devices and systems, economics, and regulatory forces on medication delivery as well as strategies on how to best collaborate with the health care team.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Algebra.

Co-requisite:Introduction to Microbiology

Course ID: NUR 2407
Credits: 6


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: NUR2349
Credits: 6


This course is comprised of a theory and clinical component where students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to safely and effectively care for clients with mental health and behavioral disorders across the lifespan in a variety of clinical environments. Emphasis is placed on Functional Ability, inclusive of concepts such as Cognition, Addiction, Mood and Affect, Stress and Coping, Anxiety, Psychosis, and Violence. Special emphasis will be placed on Communication, Motivational Wellness, Nursing Ethics and Law, and Advocacy as it pertains to this nursing specialty. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of clinical skills and attitudes, inclusive of therapeutic communication, appropriate affective interactions, pharmacotherapeutic education, and patient-centered, holistic care in order to successfully complete this course.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Professional Nursing

Course ID: NUR2488
Credits: 4


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: NUR2571
Credits: 6


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: NUR2633
Credits: 4


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: NUR2790
Credits: 6


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: NUR2868
Credits: 4


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: NUR2944
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: ENC1101
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:None

Course ID: MAT1031
Credits: 4

Natural Sciences (Required courses)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Course ID: PHA1500
Credits: 4


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: MCB2289
Credits: 5


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:Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: BSC2346
Credits: 5


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: BSC2347
Credits: 5

Social and Behavioral Sciences (Required courses)

  • Human Growth and Development
  • General Psychology

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: DEP2004
Credits: 4


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: PSY1012
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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