Program Type: Transfer Program

Program Total: 70 Credits

Program Description

The Nursing Program prepares graduates to provide direct client care in a safe, effective manner across multiple settings. The registered nurse (RN) is prepared to manage the care of clients in any setting to achieve an optimal state of health. The RN uses the nursing process to assess and analyze the health needs and/or problems of clients, plan and implement appropriate actions based upon nursing diagnosis or identified client needs, and evaluate the extent to which expected outcomes are achieved. Graduates of the Registered Nurse Program earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and are eligible to sit for the RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).

The RN Program articulates with bachelor's degree nursing programs allowing graduates to transfer or challenge credits.

The ratio of credit to clock hours is consistent throughout both nursing programs and both transition and is based on a 15-week semester. The credit-clock allocation in all NUR courses is as follows:

Lecture - one credit hour = one clock hour
Campus Nursing Skills Laboratory - one credit hour = three clock hours
Clinical Laboratory Experience - one credit hour = three clock hours

A grade of B or higher is required in all NUR courses. No NUR course may be repeated more than once. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for continuation in the nursing course sequence in both nursing programs.

Both nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the RN Program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; telephone 404-975-5000.

Students seeking admission to the Nursing (RN) Program should select this petitioner program for admission to the college.

Graduates of the Nursing (RN) A.S. will be able to:

  • Prescribe nursing activities within an environment which reflects ethical and legal standards of nursing practice
  • Manage the patient care environment in a variety of settings with regard to factors affecting safety across the lifespan
  • Evaluate the patient's adaptation to developmental changes across the lifespan
  • Evaluate the patient's ability for self-care and initiate activities that promote optimal functioning
  • Develop a therapeutic plan for patients/family members/significant others with psychosocial health alterations in a variety of settings
  • Evaluate the effects of culture, values, and the environment to develop a plan of care that facilitates coping of patients/family members/significant others
  • Evaluate therapeutic nursing interventions to reduce risks of patients' health alteration within a variety of settings
  • Collaborate with member of the health care team to modify the plan of care and promote optimal physiologic function for patients within a variety of settings
Required Courses

PAS-1000 First Year Experience Credits: 1 (Institutional Requirement)

EGL-1010 Composition I: Expository Writing Credits: 3 (English General Education Requirement)

EGL-1340 Writing About Technical Topics Credits: 3 (English General Education Elective) or

EGL-1020 Composition II: Writing About Literature Credits: 3 (English General Education Elective)

MAT-1250 Applied College Algebra Credits: 3 (Mathematics General Education Requirement)

COM-1090 Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective) or

COM-1010 Foundations of Communication Credits: 3 (Arts/Humanities General Education Elective)

BIO-2010 Microbiology Credits: 4 (Program Requirement)

PSY-1010 General Psychology Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Requirement)

SOC-1010 Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3 (Social Science General Education Requirement)

PHL-1330 Ethics Credits: 3 (General Education Elective) or

PHL-1010 Introduction to Philosophy: The Art of Questioning Credits: 3 (General Education Elective)

PSY-2070 Human Growth & Development Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

BIO-2050 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Credits: 4 (Science w/ Lab General Education Requirement; Critical Course)

BIO-2060 Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4 (Science w/ Lab General Education Requirement; Critical Course)

NUR-1010 Introduction to Nursing - RN Credits: 1 (Program Requirement; Critical Course)

NUR-1020 Foundations of Nursing Practice Credits: 7 (Program Requirement; Critical Course)

NUR-1030 Reproductive Health Nursing Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

NUR-1040 Physiological Integrity I Credits: 5 (Program Requirement; Critical Course)

NUR-2010 Nursing Care of Children and Families Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

NUR-2020 Physiological Integrity II Credits: 5 (Program Requirement)

NUR-2031 Psychosocial Integrity Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

NUR-2032 Physiological Integrity III Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

NUR-2040 Management of Care and Professional Issues Credits: 3 (Program Requirement)

Transferability

Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses.
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