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Nursing, A.S. (Registered Nurse)

 

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Nursing A.S. is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to obtain the Associate in Science Nursing Degree. It is an entrance point for mobility students who have graduated from another nursing program or have completed Minnesota West's Practical Nursing Program. After successful completion of the Nursing A.S. Program, students are awarded the Associate in Science (AS) Nursing Degree and are then eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination. At this point, students are also eligible to articulate to BSN/BAN programs in the MnSCU system.

2014-2015 admission requirements include: licensed as an LPN, a minimum decision score of 80 on the NLN exam, a grade of C or higher in all required coursework, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and completion of the courses described below.

2015-2016 admission requirements include:

For Minnesota West Practical Nursing students applying to progress to the AS Nursing Program:

  1. Licensed as an LPN by August 1.
  2. Practical Nursing program minimum GPA of 2.75 (including clinical courses).
  3. Cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 in BIOL 2201 (Anatomy), BIOL 2202 (Physiology), ENGL 1101 (Composition I), and PSYC 1150 (Developmental Psychology).
  4. No grade lower than a C is accepted in any course required for the AS nursing program (including prerequisites).


For licensed LPN’s applying to enter the AS Nursing Program:

  1. Licensed as an LPN by August 1.
  2. Practical Nursing program minimum GPA of 2.75 (including clinical courses).
  3. Cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 in BIOL 2201 (Anatomy), BIOL 2202 (Physiology), ENGL    1101 (Composition I), and PSYC 1150 (Developmental Psychology).
  4. No grade lower than a C is accepted in any course required for the AS nursing program (including prerequisites).
  5. Minimum decision score of 80 on the National League for Nursing (NLN) NACE I Foundations entrance exam. Applicants may only take entrance exam twice in an application period, one month apart. Entrance exam scores are valid for a two year period of time.

NURS 2000, Transition into Professional Nursing Education (1 credit), is required prior to entrance into Fall Semester nursing classes for students who have graduated from another nursing program or are returning to Minnesota West's Nursing Program.

The following course sequence is required for completion of this program. Only students who have been accepted into the Nursing program are allowed to take the nursing courses. The prerequisite courses shown must be completed before beginning the program.

COURSE # COURSE TITLE CREDITS
  Prerequisites  
 
Practical Nursing Diploma OR completion of practical nursing program (Advanced Standing) 10
Anatomy 4
Physiology 4
Composition I 3
Developmental Psychology 3
  Prerequisites Credits 14
  Co-requisite courses:  The following General Education courses may be taken prior to beginning or during AS program.  Must be completed prior to graduation.  
SPCH 1101 Introduction to Speech OR 3
SPCH 1103 Interpersonal Communications 3
  Sociology Elective 3
Ethics Theory and Practices (medical focus) 3
 
Electives (Comp II and College Math recommended) 7
 
General Education Credits 16
 
Fall Semester
 
 Patient Centered Care I  4
Pharmacology:  A Pathophysiologic Approach 2
Professional Nursing I 2
NURS 2150 Skills Lab 2
Acute Care Clinical I 2
 
Credits Fall Semester 12
 
Spring Semester  
NURS 2225  Patient Centered Care II  3
NURS 2245 Professional Nursing II
2
Patient & Family Centered Care for Special Populations 3
Acute Care Clinical II 2
NURS 2390 Clinical in Alternate Settings 2
  Credits Spring Semester 12
  TOTAL CREDITS 64


Notes: 
A nursing preceptorship NURS 2275 (1-2 credits) is optional upon completion of all nursing course work.

Recommended electives include: ENGL 1102, humanities, social sciences (HIST 1101, HIST 1102, geography, political science or economics), chemistry, BIOL 1115, PSYC 1101, college math or statistics.

Humanities: choose from the areas of art, literature, theatre, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, music, or any course with HUM designator.

AS nursing students are required to participate in the Kaplan Integrated Testing Program.

Required end of program assessment will include:

  • Completion of a Kaplan Integrated predictor exam prior to graduation
  • Completion of a Kaplan Review course prior to authorization to test for NCLEX-RN exam.

Clinical experiences are a part of the program and are completed locally in area healthcare facilities. On-campus and distance learning students need to be prepared to travel to local clinical sites as a program requirement.


Updated:  si 7/30/13