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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (AAS-RN) prepares a graduate to function as an entry level registered nurse, providing direct care to persons as individuals and as members of a family or group. The curriculum is designed to prepare the person for registered nursing practice, to be competent, self-directed, and capable of demonstrating leadership in the application of the nursing process in a variety of healthcare settings.
This program is designed for persons who are already licensed practical nurses (LPN) and wish to pursue their AAS-RN degree. Because they are already licensed, many of them are also already employed. This program of study is designed to provide greater flexibility by offering half of the nursing theory courses online, and half of the nursing theory courses in classroom lectures, giving the students an option to continue working while pursuing this degree.
This program provides a pathway for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to achieve an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing - which allows them to sit for the Registered Nursing examination, the NCLEX-RN. The program is also designed to provide a transition from LPN to AAS-RN, thereby allowing students to transfer seamlessly to the online BSN-RN program currently in place at Arkansas Tech University Russellville campus.
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the licensure examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is dependent on meeting standards in the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. You will be required to sign a statement, before beginning the nursing program, that states you have read and understood ACA §17-87-312 and the specific offenses which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or hold a license in Arkansas. You can access the information at http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/lawsRules/Pages/nursePracticeAct.aspx
Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Registered Nursing program, students must complete a platform of 37 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Registered Nursing program.
Students who speak English as a second language shall meet the same admission requirements.
In order to be considered for admission to the Registered Nursing program, each student must meet the following criteria:
The mission of the registered nursing program is to provide an intellectual climate that fosters the development of critical thinking to prepare a graduate who is professional, caring, competent, and self-directed in providing therapeutic nursing intervention and demonstrates an interest in life-long learning, as well as to assist the student to achieve personal and professional goals regardless of cultural, racial, or ethnic background.
Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.
Curriculum in Registered Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree
|Course #||Course Name||Semester Hours|
|1st Semester - Fall|
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
Survey of Chemistry Lab
A Survey of Chemistry
|ENGL 1013||Composition I||3|
|MATH 1113||College Algebra||3|
|PSY 2003||General Psychology||3|
|2nd Semester - Spring|
|ENGL 1023||Composition II||3|
|SOC 1003||Introductory Sociology||3|
|PSY 3813||Lifespan Development||3|
|Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the RN courses below.|
|3rd Semester - Fall|
|RN 2112||Pharmacology I||2|
|RN 2113||Introduction to Professional Nursing||3|
|RN 2115||Practicum for Registered Nursing I
(co-requisite: RN 2116)
|RN 2116||Theories and Concepts for Registered Nursing I
(co-requisite: RN 2115)
|4th Semester - Spring|
|RN 2212||Pharmacology II||2|
|RN 2215||Practicum for Registered Nursing II
(co-requisite: RN 2216)
|RN 2216||Theories and Concepts for Registered Nursing II
(co-requisite: RN 2215)