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ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE NURSING



Award: Associate of Science Degree in Nursing    96 Weeks

Program:59Semester Credits
Lab:2Semester Credits
Clinical:11Semester Credits
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 72Semester Credit Hrs


1) To prepare students to meet the requirements of the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing for Registered Nurse Education and eligibility for licensing exams, 2) To prepare students to work as Registered Nurses in a variety of settings in a safe and effective manner, 3) To prepare students for employment utilizing the professional behaviors and characteristics congruent with the role and scope of practice for Registered Nursing according to the current State of Florida Nursing Practice Act, 4) To prepare students to acquire leadership abilities, utilize evidenced based, ethical and multi-cultural-based Nursing practice, and to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team utilizing interpersonal relationship / communication skills and 5) To obtain the General Education Courses required of an Associate of Science Degree so that students may continue to further their education and/or advance in the health care field.

This program will include 16 semester credit hours in the following General Education Courses: College Algebra, Communications, Intro to Psychology, College Writing, and Biology (Micro).

This program is offered utilizing an integrated curriculum designed to enhance student learning and knowledge, utilizing sound Nursing judgment in the care of patients. The student will utilize the Nursing process as a framework to implement and evaluate care given to individuals, families, and communities across the life span. Students will demonstrate caring and compassion while implementing safe and effective evidenced-based Nursing for individuals from various backgrounds and cultures. Students will successfully demonstrate collaboration as part of a multi-disciplinary team for the management of care utilizing human, physical, financial, and technological resources.

This program includes Medical Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetrical, Mental Health and Gerontological Nursing Courses. It includes nursing care for a variety of settings such as acute, long term, short term, out-patient and home care. Topics will include Fundamentals of Nursing, Infection Control, Safety, Anatomy & Physiology, Human Growth & Development, Personal Family and Community Health needs, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Medication Administration, and Current Ethical and Legal Aspects of Practice.

Students will be aware of the importance of life-long learning, taking responsibility for learning, utilizing critical thinking skills and utilizing employability skills via the SCANS model. Active learning opportunities will be made available, encouraged and assessed throughout the program. National Patient Safety Standards and Quality Measures are incorporated throughout.

After satisfactory completion of all courses of this program, students will be eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN Examination.

The end of Program Learning Outcomes for students were drafted utilizing the Philosophy and Mission of the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Practice, The American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Professional Performance, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies and the National League of Nursing (NLN) Core Competencies. Students will see reference to the Program Learning Outcomes throughout each course in the curriculum empowering them to monitor their progress.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Construct care plans based on individual strengths and needs for successful patient goal attainment.
  2. Collaborates in the nursing process for caring, culturally diverse patient centered care across health care settings.
  3. Communicates through verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic information for the facilitation of multi-disciplinary care.
  4. Engages in Professional Practice congruent with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards.
  5. Complies with standards of professional practice while accepting personal responsibility for actions/behaviors. ANA14, ANA15 & ANA17
  6. Provides nursing care using critical thinking to formulate clinical judgments based on the analysis and synthesis of current data and current sources of information.
  7. Teach health promotion, health maintenance and risk reduction for patients and providers.
  8. Utilizes human, physical, financial & technological resources effectively to support organizational outcomes while managing patient care.
  9. Evaluate patient health status through the comprehensive analysis and integration of relevant information.


Description of Courses:

ENC1101 College Writing
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course offers students a thorough understanding of the writing process and structure for College essays, reports and summaries. It will help the student make logical connections in their writing while using appropriate formatting and the basic principles of APA style and MLA style.

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Understand the writing process and structure using revision, proofreading and formatting
  • Write descriptive, narrative and example essays
  • Relate logical connections using comparison, contrast, cause and effect and argumentative styles of writing
  • Write a summary utilizing multiple sources of information, and cite sources



MCB2010 Biology (Micro)
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 4 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course in microbiology will include the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, safety and laboratory techniques and micro-organisms. Each system of the body will be addressed as it relates to infections. This course will also include how microorganisms affect the human body throughout the life span. Microorganisms in the community environment will be covered and environmental safety will be stressed.

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Define the scope of microbiology
  • Identify cell functions and structure
  • Describe the effect of infections as it relates to all the body systems including sexually transmitted diseases
  • Summarize environmental safety methods as it relates to microorganisms in the environment



MTB1104 College AlgebraCourse Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course is a developmental Algebra course including step by step Algebra examples and strategies for avoiding mistakes. Students are taught concept connections and problem recognition to assist in problem solving, overcoming Algebra anxiety and improve performance on Algebra assessments. Students will utilize an Algebra text and practice examples. Homework practice will be supplemented with a student solutions manual so that solution methodologies for each type of Algebra problem can readily be practiced. Math concepts will include factorization, ratio and proportions, units of length, mass, capacity both U.S. and metric, and statistical solutions. Course Learning OutcomesAt the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Perform basic Algebra functions
  • Describe units of measurement to include linear, angular, and volumetric Graph and interpret data using X and Y coordinates
  • Describe and measure angles
  • Apply trigonometric concepts to include sine, cosine, tangent, Pythagorean theorem, and Inverse Square law
  • Solve multivariable Algebra problems



PSY2012 Introductory Psychology
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This Introductory Psychology course assists students in learning psychology theory for application in their academic career and beyond into the world of work. The course covers thinking critically with psychological science, neuroscience and behavior, the nature and nurture of behavior, sensation, perception states of consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and work, emotion, stress and health, personality, and psychological disorders. Various therapeutic approaches are explored along with respect for human social needs and values without prejudice and recognition of work and dignity of each individual.

Course Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Recognize neural communication, the brain, the nervous system and the endocrine system as it relates to behavior.
  • Identify the life stages throughout the continuum from pre-natal development through adulthood.
  • Apply motivational concepts, emotional expression and stress management.
  • Summarize psychological disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and related therapies



SPC1017 Communications
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course will assist students in developing a foundation for communication strategies, defining purposes for communication and strengthen comprehension and competence of communication. Students will learn thought patterns, recognize organizational patterns and define the author’s purpose, tone, argument, data and evidence. Students will examine figurative language, generalizations, speaker’s assumptions and manipulative language. Students will apply communication skills working with context, word parts, context clues, and expression and communication tools. Key topics covered will be making inferences asking and answering critical questions to communicate effectively. There will be three speeches required a one minute, two minute, and three minute presentation using tools learned.

Course Learning Outcomes:At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to meet the following learning outcomes
  • Define the purpose for communication and comprehension
  • Recognize the functions of human wants, needs, desires, and attitudes as they influence human communicative behavior
  • Develop flexibility using varied types of communication skills
  • Use correct citations to avoid cyber plagiarism
BSC2086 Anatomy & Physiology – 4 Semester Credit Hrs
Includes BSC2086L – Anatomy & Physiology Lab

Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0
Lab Semester Credit Hrs: 1

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course includes a theoretical and lab component to assist the learner in developing an understanding of the human body. Anatomy and Physiology is a critical academic course that must be mastered in order to succeed in the health care field. Health care professionals are exposed to a variety of diseases involving all parts of the human body. Health professionals must learn the workings and interrelatedness of all the body systems and functions in order to be successful in their field.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Describe the structure and functions of the human body
  • Identify basic cell structure and function and its variations in tissue types
  • Describe and identify the body systems, their component parts, functions, and relationships
  • Discuss how each organ system contributes to homeostasis.
  • Understand how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities


DEP2004 Human Growth and Development - 3 Semester Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course is designed to assist students in understanding that growth and development at each age and stage of the life cycle is a valuable tool when assessing, planning, and implementing healthcare and education for patients. It enables students to explain changes that normally occur in each stage of the lifecycle. Healthy behaviors and life styles will be learned to promote improving and enriching quality of life. This course integrates the influence culture and family have on perceptions, practices, cognitive, social, and personality development from conception to death.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Understand growth and development at each age and stage of the life cycle.
  • Integrate concepts related to changes that normally occur in each stage of the life cycle.
  • Understand how healthy life styles are an integral part of improving quality of life.
  • Discover the significance of cultural competence on planning care.
  • Discuss how understanding theories can enhance the ability to teach individuals who may be in a specific stage of development, including Jean Watson.
  • Describe the government & organizational influences on health care.



PHA1141 Dosage Calculation – 1 Semester Credit Hr
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 1

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course is designed to assist students in bridging the gap between general mathematics and clinical calculations used in nursing practice. The use of the latest methods and techniques of medication administration will be discussed. In addition this course will explore safe practice to reduce medication errors. This course will assist the student in becoming proficient in dosage calculations not only for general nursing practice but also for specialty area practice.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Accurately calculate drug dosages for all routes of administration
  • Incorporate safe practice for medication administration
  • Discuss the importance of calculating using BMI, IBW, or ABW for the appropriate patient
  • Introduction to current medication administration technology i.e. needleless systems, safety shields, pumps, and PCA
  • Calculate appropriate intravenous drip rates



PHA1142 Pharmacology & Medication Administration – 5 Semester Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 5

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course is designed to teach the safe administration of medications with concern for being knowledgeable about pharmacology and the clinically relevant nursing processes. It stresses the student’s need to be accurate and precise in procedures, observations, and documentation. Students will be instructed on the use of resources for vital information about medicines, their uses, side effects, adverse effects, availability, dosages, interactions and desired responses. This course integrates the QSEN competencies to address the challenge of preparing students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to continually improve the quality and safety of healthcare.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Identify the major drug classifications
  • Identify key similarities and differences of drugs in each classification.
  • Identify key similarities and differences of drugs in each classification.
  • Utilize the nursing process as it relates to medication and medication administration.
  • Identify safe medication usage including; mechanism of action and drug effects, indications, contraindications, adverse effects, interactions, and dosages.


HO1023 Health Care Essentials – 10 Semester Credit Hrs
Includes HO1023L – Health Care Essentials Clinical and HO1024L Health Care Essentials Skills

Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 5
Lab Semester Credit Hrs: 1
Clinical Semester Credit Hrs: 4

Pre-requisite Courses:
ENC1101 College Writing, MCB2010 Microbiolgy, MTB 1104 College Algebra, PSY2012 Introductory Psychology, SPC1017 Communications, BSC2086 and BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology and lab, DEP2004 Human Growth and Development, PHA1141 Dosage Calculation, and PHA1142 Pharmacology

This course will provide fundamental nursing concepts, skills and techniques of safe nursing practice across the lifespan and a foundation for further study. Health promotion, professionalism, evidence, safety, ethics, patient education and technology are all stressed. At the completion of this course the student should be able to think conceptually and provide safe nursing care through knowledge of the introduced concepts.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Examine the role of the nurse and the inherent personal responsibility needed to provide holistic care to patients, families, and communities as it relates to caring, accountability, leadership, advocacy, values and ethical conduct which impact health care.
  • Observe safe quality care, teamwork and regulatory standards within health care organizations and their influence on health care policies and delivery systems to improve the quality of health for diverse populations.
  • Relate knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences and humanities as the foundation for nursing judgment to improve quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Identify the importance of investigational skills utilizing evidence-based practice and technology to nursing practice across the life span.
  • Discover how clinical decision making using evidence-based practice promotes wellness across diverse populations with an emphasis on caring, cultural, spiritual, legal and ethical aspects of quality care.
  • Identify the components of inter-disciplinary collaboration as it relates to promoting patient centered, safe, quality care.
  • Explain the principles of the nursing process as it relates to patients and families for promoting wellness and self-determination.



NHO1025 Contemporary Nursing - 3 Semester Credit Hrs
Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 3

Pre-requisite Courses:
ENC1101 College Writing, MCB2010 Microbiolgy, MTB 1104 College Algebra, PSY2012 Introductory Psychology, SPC1017 Communications, BSC2086 and BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology and lab, DEP2004 Human Growth and Development, PHA1141 Dosage Calculation, and PHA1142 Pharmacology

This course is designed to offer students a foundation in the evolution of nursing, nursing education, nursing theory, and nursing research. Students will become familiar with the nursing process, care planning and documentation. Students will study current trends and issues in nursing to include economic, safe, legal, ethical, cultural, social, and complimentary alternative healing. Students will be introduced to NLN, ANA and QSEN Standards, Florida Board of Nursing Statutes and National Patient Safety Goals. Work place and work readiness will be addressed for the challenging environment professional nurses face in the current health care delivery system.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Examine the role of the nurse and the inherent personal responsibility needed to provide holistic care to patients, families, and communities as it relates to caring, accountability, leadership, advocacy, values and ethical conduct which impact health care.
  • Observe safe quality care, teamwork and regulatory standards within health care organizations and their influence on health care policies and delivery systems to improve the quality of health for diverse populations.
  • Relate knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences and humanities as the foundation for nursing judgment to improve quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Identify the importance of investigational skills utilizing evidence-based practice and technology to nursing practice across the life span.
  • Discover how clinical decision making using evidence-based practice promotes wellness across diverse populations with an emphasis on caring, cultural, spiritual, legal and ethical aspects of quality care.
  • Identify the components of inter-disciplinary collaboration as it relates to promoting patient centered, safe, quality care.
  • Explain the principles of the nursing process as it relates to patients and families for promoting wellness and self-determination.



NUR2213 Nursing Concepts 1 A - 8 Semester Credit Hrs
Includes NUR2213L – Nursing Concepts 1A Clinical


Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 6
Clinical Semester Credit Hrs: 2

Pre-requisite Courses:
HO1023 Healthcare Essentials, HO1023L Healthcare Essentials Clinical, HO1024L Healthcare Essentials Skills and HO1025 Contemporary Nursing

This course offers students an opportunity to begin developing nursing skills that are appropriate and necessary to care for medical/surgical patients throughout the life span within the professional nurse’s role and scope of practice. At this point in the curriculum, students begin to learn of the complex nursing care needs of patients and utilize knowledge of Asepsis, Diagnostics, Common Diseases and conditions, and Medical and Surgical Procedures. This course includes various illness states, admission, discharge, pre-and post-medical and surgical procedures and care. The complexity of caring, family and cultural needs are taught. They will learn to apply their professional role as they develop care plans for medical/surgical patients and the promotion of health and wellness, with age and cultural considerations. The course offers strong emphasis on assessment, monitoring and documentation as well as critical thinking to enhance student learning.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Explain the role of the nurse and the inherent personal responsibility needed to provide holistic care of patients, families, and communities while incorporating professional nursing standards.
  • Practice safe quality care, teamwork and observe regulatory standards within health care organizations for diverse populations.
  • Utilize knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences and humanities as the foundation for nursing judgment to improve quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Explain the importance of investigational skills utilizing evidence-based practice and technology to nursing practice across the life span.
  • Demonstrate clinical decision making using evidence-based practice with an emphasis on recognizing health alterations while promoting caring, cultural, spiritual, legal and ethical care to diverse populations.
  • Initiate inter-disciplinary collaboration as it relates to promoting patient centered care within a culture of safety.
  • Apply the steps of the nursing process, including teaching as it relates to patients and families for promoting wellness, health and self-determination.



NUR2261 Nursing Concepts 1 B - 4 Semester Credit Hrs
Includes NUR2261L Nursing Concepts 1B Clinical


Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 3
Clinical Semester Credit Hrs: 1

Pre-requisite Courses:
HO1023 Healthcare Essentials, HO1023L Healthcare Essentials Clinical, HO1024L Healthcare Essentials Skills and HO1025 Contemporary Nursing

This course offers students an opportunity to begin developing nursing skills that are appropriate and necessary to care for patients with psychiatric disorders throughout the life span within the professional nurse’s role and scope of practice. At this point in the curriculum, students begin to learn of the complex nursing care needs of patients and utilize knowledge of communication and psychiatric disorders. They will learn to apply their professional role as they develop care plans for psychiatric patients and the promotion of health and wellness, with age and cultural considerations. The course offers strong emphasis on communication, assessment, monitoring and documentation as well as critical thinking to enhance student learning.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Explain the role of the nurse and the inherent personal responsibility needed to provide holistic care of patients, families, and communities while incorporating professional nursing standards.
  • Practice safe quality care, teamwork and observe regulatory standards within health care organizations for diverse populations.
  • Utilize knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences and humanities as the foundation for nursing judgment to improve quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Explain the importance of investigational skills utilizing evidence-based practice and technology to nursing practice across the life span.
  • Demonstrate clinical decision making using evidence-based practice with an emphasis on recognizing health alterations while promoting caring, cultural, spiritual, legal and ethical care to diverse populations.
  • Initiate inter-disciplinary collaboration as it relates to promoting patient centered care within a culture of safety.
  • Apply the steps of the nursing process, including teaching as it relates to patients and families for promoting wellness, health and self-determination.



NUR2420 Nursing Concepts 2A – 6 Semester Credit Hrs
Includes NUR2420L Nursing Concepts 2A Clinical


Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 4
Clinical Semester Credit Hrs: 2

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course offers students an opportunity to continue to develop nursing skills that are appropriate and necessary to care for maternal & child patients within the professional nurse’s role and scope of practice. At this point in the curriculum, students demonstrate understanding of the complex nursing care needs of patients and utilize knowledge of Asepsis, Diagnostics, Common Diseases and conditions. This course includes various wellness and illness states, admission, discharge. The complexity of caring, family and cultural needs are incorporated. Students will learn to apply their professional role as they evaluate care plans for maternal and child patients and the promotion of health and wellness, with age and cultural considerations. The course allows students to apply critical thinking to enhance student learning.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Demonstrate the role of the nurse in the holistic care of patients, families, and communities while exhibiting personal responsibility and professionalism.
  • Plan safe quality care considering organizational outcomes and incorporating teamwork and organizational resources to improve the quality of health for diverse populations.
  • Correlates knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences and humanities to provide quality care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Employ investigational skills and utilize evidence-based practice and technology in nursing practice across the life span.
  • Initiates clinical decision making using evidence-based practice with an emphasis on recognizing health alterations while demonstrating caring, cultural, spiritual, legal and ethical care to diverse populations.
  • Employ inter-disciplinary collaboration as it relates to promoting patient centered care within a culture of safety.
  • Appraise the nursing process, including teaching for patients and families for health and self-determination



NUR2712 Nursing Concepts 2 B - 6 Semester Credit Hrs
Includes NUR2712L Nursing Concepts 2B Clinical

Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 5
Clinical Semester Credit Hrs: 1

Pre-requisite Courses:
None

This course offers students an opportunity to continue to develop nursing skills that are appropriate and necessary to care for medical/surgical patients throughout the life span within the professional nurse’s role and scope of practice. At this point in the curriculum, students demonstrate understanding of the complex nursing care needs of patients and utilize knowledge of Asepsis, Diagnostics, Common Diseases and conditions, and Medical and Surgical Procedures. This course includes various illness states, admission, discharge, pre-and post-medical and surgical procedures and care. The complexity of caring, family and cultural needs are incorporated. Students will learn to apply their professional role as they evaluate care plans for medical/surgical patients and the promotion of health and wellness, with age and cultural considerations. The course allows students to apply critical thinking to enhance student learning.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Demonstrate the role of the nurse in the holistic care of patients, families, and communities while exhibiting personal responsibility and professionalism.
  • Plan safe quality care considering organizational outcomes and incorporating teamwork and organizational resources to improve the quality of health for diverse populations.
  • Correlates knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences and humanities to provide quality care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Employ investigational skills and utilize evidence-based practice and technology in nursing practice across the life span.
  • Initiates clinical decision making using evidence-based practice with an emphasis on recognizing health alterations while demonstrating caring, cultural, spiritual, legal and ethical care to diverse populations.
  • Employ inter-disciplinary collaboration as it relates to promoting patient centered care within a culture of safety.
  • Appraise the nursing process, including teaching for patients and families for health and self-determination.



All previous courses must be passed prior to entering Integration, Personal Family and Community Health.


NUR2900 Integration, Personal Family and Community Health - 6 Semester Credit Hrs
Includes NUR2900L Integration, Personal Family and Community Health Clinical


Theory Semester Credit Hrs: 5
Clinical Semester Credit Hrs: 1

This is the final nursing term in the program. This course builds on the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the curriculum and integrates this knowledge in varied health care situations across the life span. Communication, legal and ethical evidence based practice, management, interpersonal relationships, and an understanding of organizational outcomes will be explored. This course will assist students in the transition to a practicing registered nurse

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Justify the role of the nurse in the holistic care of patients, families, and communities while displaying personal responsibility and professionalism.
  • Defend safe quality care considering organizational outcomes to improve the quality of health for diverse populations
  • Correlates knowledge from the disciplines of nursing, the sciences and humanities to defend quality care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Defend the use of investigational skills and evidence-based practice in nursing practice across the life span.
  • Assess the effects of using evidence-based practice on recognizing health alterations while demonstrating caring, cultural, spiritual, legal and ethical care to diverse populations.
  • Employ inter-disciplinary collaboration as it relates to promoting patient centered care within a culture of safety.
  • Defend the nursing process, including teaching for patients and families for health and self-determination



NUR2900 Integration, Personal Family and Community Health must be taken at ANHO and passed in order to apply for the NCLEX-RN Exam. It is not transferable from another college.