The nursing courses extend over four academic semesters.
The total curriculum includes courses in general education as well as specific courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and nursing science. Students typically complete the entire program in three years. Additional time may be required for students who need to complete remedial courses.
The general education courses and science courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The nursing courses are offered only during the regular academic semesters starting with the Fall Semester.
*The Fast Track Program for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed paramedics is 12 months. All required general education courses, psychology courses, physical and biological science courses must be completed prior to entry in the program.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)
The Program Student Learning Outcomes for the curriculum are based upon eight (8) key concepts of patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, informatics, professionalism, and leadership and are leveled for first year and second year students. The curriculum will demonstrate increased measurability through course assessments of unit and course student learning outcomes, role competencies, and program outcomes.
Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate should be able to:
- Demonstrate that the practice of nursing is holistic, patient-centered, caring, culturally sensitive and based on the individual patient and designee preferences, and age appropriate in the provision of safe and effective care.
- Collaborate effectively with members of the Interprofessional health care team to promote continuity of quality patient care and achievement of optimal outcomes.
- Evaluate and use best current evidence, expert opinion, and clinical expertise as a basis for nursing practice and clinical judgment for delivery of optimal health care.
- Promote the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies to advance health care services.
- Provide a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
- Use informatics and patient care technology to communicate information, manage care, mitigate error and support clinical judgments when providing patient care.
- Practice nursing in a professional, ethical, and legal manner while providing standard-based nursing care.
- Integrate leadership and management skills when managing patient care.
The Final Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
The terminal course SLOs of the Nursing Curriculum are the SLOs in two of the three final nursing courses: NURS 2243 Transition to Practice and NURS 2244 Nursing Care of Patients with Multisystem Disorders. See Table 4.4.1 for a comparison of the eight key concepts, the SLOs in NURS 2243 and NURS 2244, and how successful completion of both courses leads to successful completion of the PSLOs and role specific competencies.
Table 4.4.1 Comparison of Key Concepts, Terminal SLOs in Final Semester of Nursing Program
(NURS 2243 and NURS 2244), and Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)
|*NURS 2243: Transition to Professional Practice||*NURS 2244: Nursing Care of Patients with Multisystem Disorders||Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)|
|Patient-Centered Care||SLO 6
|Demonstrate that the practice of nursing is holistic, patient-centered, caring, culturally sensitive, and based on the individual patient and designee preferences, and age appropriate in the provision or safe and effective care.|
|Collaborate effectively with members of the interprofessional health care team to promote continuity of quality patient care and achievement of optimal outcomes.|
|Evidence-Based Practice||SLO 1||SLO 2
|Evaluate and use best current evidence, expert opinion, and clinical expertise as a basis for nursing practice and clinical judgment for delivery of optimal health care.|
|SLO 4||SLO 11||Promote the development and implementation of quality improvement strategies to advance health care services.|
|SLO 9||Provide a safe environment for patient, self, and others.|
|Informatics||SLO 8||SLO 6
|Use informatics and patient care technology to communicate information, manage care, mitigate error and support clinical judgments when providing patient care.|
|SLO 12||Practice Nursing in a professional, ethical, and legal manner while providing standard-based nursing care.|
|Integrate leadership and management skills when managing patient care.|
*Successful completion of NURS 2243 and NURS 2244 = successful completion of role specific competencies
The Director of the Nursing Program or a Nursing Faculty member will meet with prospective nursing students to advise them in a plan of study. To accomplish this, the student MUST have available his/her ACT scores and previous college/university transcripts. Course descriptions for classes completed with a grade of “C” or better at previously attended colleges/universities, other than NEO A&M College, are also helpful. This will allow advisement on any potential deficiencies that must be removed prior to admission into the program. Once admitted to the program, students will be assigned to a nursing faculty advisor for the length of the program. It is recommended that students make an appointment to meet with their advisor prior to every semester and as needed.