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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. ANA1 to 6 & QSEN4
  2. Collaborates in the nursing process for caring, culturally diverse patient centered care across health care settings. ANA4, ANA8, ANA10, ANA11, QSEN1 & QSEN2
  3. Communicates through verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic information for the facilitation of multi-disciplinary care. ANA9, ANA10, ANA11, QSEN2 & QSEN6
  4. Engages in Professional Practice congruent with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards. ANA1, ANA7, ANA14 & ANA15
  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. ANA1, ANA12 ANA13 & QSEN3
  7. Teach health promotion, health maintenance and risk reduction for patients and providers. ANA4, ANA17, QSEN2 & QSEN5
  8. Utilizes human, physical, financial & technological resources effectively to support organizational outcomes while managing patient care. ANA11 & ANA16
  9. Evaluate patient health status through the comprehensive analysis and integration of relevant information. ANA1, ANA12, ANA13 & QSEN 3


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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of metabolism and its relationship to nutrition
  • Identify and describe the stages of human growth and development spanning to pre-school, school age through adolescence and the adult life span


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:
  • Identify 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
  • Promote healthy life styles as an integral part of improving quality of life
  • Describe the influence of culture and family on perceptions and practices



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:
  • Demonstrate accurate dosage calculation
  • Demonstrate the rights of administering medication
  • Observe and respond to patient’s need for medication
  • Identify the major drug classifications
  • Identify key similarities and differences of drugs in each classification
  • Utilize the nursing process as it relates to medication and medication administration
  • Teach and counsel patient and family regarding medications, doses, actions, interactions, untoward effects and monitoring needs.


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

During this course a background of nursing theory and the nurse’s role and function is taught. In addition the course provides students with the basic fundamentals of evidence based practices to provide patient care to patients, through classes, lab skills practice and clinical experience. It also introduces the student to physical comfort, personal patient care, basic nursing procedures and skills, infection control practices, National Patient Safety Goals as well as all aspects of documentation procedures including electronic health record.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Evaluate the nursing process from a global perspective as a basis for practice and recognize the importance of bio-physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient.
  • Choose the appropriate verbal and written communication based on the cultural and educational needs of the patient while providing compassionate care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations
  • Illustrate proper aseptic technique as well as other techniques used as it relates to the delivery of safe patient care using the National Patient Safety Goals and core measures as guidelines.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information technology application in healthcare documentation.



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, legal, ethical, cultural, social, and complimentary alternative healing. Work place and work readiness will be addressed for the challenging environment professional nurses face in the current health care delivery system. Students will learn to make the transition to professional and management responsibilities.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Examine the current and future trends in nursing
  • Use the nursing process and utilize the process to plan care
  • Illustrate concept mapping and root cause thinking
  • Complete Electronic Health Records
  • Explain the importance of National Patient Safety goals and quality care improvement
  • Collaborate as a team member, team leader, management, and supervisor
  • Apply legal ethical decision making to workplace responsibilities



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 learn about and experience nursing skills that are appropriate and necessary to care for medical/surgical patients 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 family and cultural needs are taught. Students will learn about the changing routines associated with day, evening and/or night shift. 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:
  • Employ the nursing process when providing physical comfort and safe patient care in the medical surgical nursing setting
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills to care for patients in the pre-operative and post-operative situations and recognize changes in patients condition requiring nursing intervention
  • Create an interdisciplinary care plan for patients utilizing evidence-based nursing knowledge gained
  • Demonstrate an understanding of wellness and disease concepts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and evidence-based standards of practice for nursing care



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 includes an associated and related clinical experience in order to accomplish the learning objectives.
Mental Health Nursing is included for students to learn the professional nurses’ role in the varied aspects of psychiatric nursing inpatient and outpatient settings. Pharmacotherapy along with associated and concurrent therapies and treatments will be studied. Nursing skills along with communication with patient and family, teaching and counseling, individually and in groups will be used as vehicles to provide accountable nursing care for the complexities of this specialty. Substance abuse, family abuse, and violence are topics covered in this course along with the professional nurses’ role in fostering and encouraging prevention and treatment. Community resources for patients will be highlighted. Causative factors for disorders and associated client behaviors and influences will be included. Concepts to be learned include theoretical concepts for evidence based practice, nursing assessment and nursing process, psychobiological disorders, psychiatric disorders and emergencies. Psychiatric needs throughout the life span from children to older adults will be covered along with the legal and ethical basis for practice.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Identify learning needs of individual and groups of older adult clients with mental health issues
  • Analyze the use of global evidence-based intervention that promotes self- esteem, anxiety reduction to provide cultural competent care
  • Evaluate the professional nurses’ role of providing care to the older adult patient with mental illnesses
  • Evaluate the effective use of teaching and learning concepts to assist patients or groups while maintaining safe patient outcomes.



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 includes an associated and related clinical practice experience in order to accomplish the learning objectives of this course. Obstetrical Nursing is included for the professional nursing student to learn and apply accountable obstetrical nursing care. The course will begin with foundations of obstetrical and maternity health nursing and the professional nurse’s role. It will continue through reproduction, pregnancy, nutrition, adaptations, birth, pain management, intra partum and post-partum care and complications. This course will also include accountable nursing care for the fetus, newborn, and the childbearing family. General women’s health issues and nursing care will be included. This course will stress culturally competent, evidence based nursing care, critical judgment, and critical reflection, health teaching and counseling, appropriate nutrition and pharmacotherapy administration. Pediatric Nursing is included for the professional nursing student to learn and apply relevant pediatric nursing care practices. The course begins with foundations of pediatric nursing, the professional nurse’s role and principles and procedures for nursing care of children including physical assessment. It will continue through health promotion for the developing child, early childhood, and school age child and through adolescence including the influences of heredity and environment. Students will learn to communicate with children and families in a culturally competent age appropriate manner. Nursing care related to children in emergencies, chronic conditions, and terminal illness will be taught.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Integrate the professional nurses’ role in providing Obstetrical/ Maternity health nursing in various healthcare settings
  • Compare the concepts of health and wellness promotion and adjustment to the child bearing and child rearing families
  • Assess the nurses’ role in providing nursing care for mother, fetus, newborn & family during, pregnancy, birth and post- partum
  • Assess the professional nurse’s role in teaching and counseling patients the importance of prenatal diagnostic testing and fetal surveillance
  • Assess the professional nurses’ role in providing culturally competent nursing care.
  • Integrate the nurses’ role in providing safe evidence based patient care to patients with chronic terminal and acute care conditions as well as alterations of each body system
  • Recommend health and wellness promotion to children and families
  • Summarize a physical assessment for the age appropriate pediatric patient



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 includes an associated clinical practice experience in order to accomplish the learning objectives. Medical/Surgical Nursing is included to continue to teach Medical Surgical Nursing and human growth and development throughout the life span. The course also explores various stages of disease, illness and treatment involving each body system, and stressing the health teaching and counseling skills of professional nurses. Beginning with concepts in Nursing Practice and assessment skills, this course will proceed to the pathophysiological mechanism of disease and illness. Problems related to perioperative care, altered sensory input, and oxygenation, gastrointestinal urinary, regulatory/endocrine, musculoskeletal and vascular/cardiac care will be included. Culturally competent care, health teaching and counseling, appropriate nutrition, pharmacotherapy administration and evidence based accountable care will be stressed as it relates to Medical Surgical Nursing including terminal illness and pain management.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpreting the National Patient Safety Goals and core measures
  • Assess physical needs in accordance with evidence based practices
  • Design culturally competent care plans for the individual patient with multiple complex diagnoses, terminal illnesses, and needing pain management
  • Recommend safe nursing care practices for patients with the various conditions
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of patient and caregiver teaching and counseling sessions
  • Recognize the correct process in providing nursing procedures in critical and emergencies situations



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 part of the program takes place during the last weeks of the Nursing Program. It is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of all previous coursework and nursing care including community health and gerontology. The professional nursing care focus will be related to personal, family, and community health care including health education, prevention, wellness promotion, disease prevention, medication management, and patient and caregiver counseling and teaching. The importance of the nurse’s ability to prioritize and think critically will be stressed

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
  • Integration of previous work learned in other nursing courses throughout the nursing program and curriculum
  • Recommend evidence based practice and how it relates to providing cultural competent nursing care in the community
  • Critique the public health system on a global and local basis
  • Evaluate the role nurses, patient, and family in the health and wellness promotion of the individual
  • Integrate priority setting and critical thinking to nursing care



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.