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Associate of Science in Nursing
The ASN Curriculum
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Nursing program complete a rigorous course of study which includes classroom and clinical experiences that prepare students for practice as registered nurses. Upon graduation from the four semester ASN program, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX).
The nursing faculty believes that nursing brings to life the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through the promotion and restoration of health or the provision of comfort to the suffering without regard to social or economic status, person attributes or the nature of health problems. Students are educated to deliver patient centered care as members of interdisciplinary teams in a climate of patient safety, emphasizing evidence based nursing practice, quality improvement approaches and informatics. Students learn the art of nursing though experiences with real patients working beside faculty and hospital staff who role model how to connect with patients in a personal way in order to positively influence patient’s outcomes. The concepts of caring and Christ centered spirituality are viewed as integral aspects of these relationships.
Nursing education is supported by a foundation of sciences and humanities. The ASN curriculum is 72 hours, with 36 credits in the nursing major and 36 credits of general education. Of the general education credits, 15 credit hours of sciences must be completed or in progress before application to the program can be made. The entire program, including all required classes, is offered on the Springfield campus. Options for advanced placement students including LPN’s and paramedics are available.
The clinical portion of the curriculum includes both real and simulated experiences. Real clinical experiences take place at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Experiences are scheduled for students throughout all the areas of the hospital including specialty units. Mercy Hospital Springfield is an 866 bed medical center providing all levels of care including a Level 1 Trauma Center, the only regional burn center and one of six St. Jude Research Hospital affiliates just to name a few of the many specialty services provided to the community at Mercy.
Your Future in Nursing
Professional nursing practice is a rewarding and exciting career. The future of nursing is full of opportunity. There are multiple practice settings for nurses ranging from hospitals and clinics to community settings, administration, education and research for those with advanced degrees. Nurses function as integral members of the health care team because they represent the discipline that spends the most time with patients. Graduates of our program are prepared to enter practice as nurse generalists who begin practice in structured settings. Promotion of lifelong learning is an essential component of the program and students are encouraged to continue their development as professional nurses. The future of your nursing career is really up to you, you can achieve your dreams though hard work, study and perseverance.