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2016-2017 College Catalog

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Nursing–Accelerated - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

Application Code 08B

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

This is a competitive-admission accelerated area of study designed to prepare a person to become a registered nurse. This area of study requires continuous study to complete all required clinical coursework within fourteen (14) months. It is both a career pattern and a transfer pattern. Graduates are qualified for positions in hospitals, community agencies, long-term care facilities and other health care settings. Graduates are also eligible for direct transfer to selected baccalaureate nursing programs in Maryland. Learning occurs through classroom experience, simulated laboratory activities, and clinical assignments in a variety of health care settings. This area of study is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215, 410-764-5124, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. Graduates who successfully complete the courses of this program are eligible to be considered by the Maryland Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurse licensure. By law, the Maryland Board of Nursing may deny admission to sit for licensure for a variety of reasons. These include conviction of a misdemeanor or felony, if the offense bears directly on the fitness of the person to practice nursing.

General Education Prerequisite Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3

BIOL-107Fundamentals of Microbiology

4

BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II

4

CHEM-103Fundamentals of General Chemistry

4

HUMN-101Introduction to the Humanities

3

PSYC-101General Psychology

3

PSYC-200Lifespan Development

3

SPCH-101Introduction to Human Communication

3

-OR

SPCH-110Interpersonal Communication

3

-MATH-122, MATH-138, or higher core course

3

Summer Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
NURS-142Fundamental Nursing Concepts

7

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
NURS-143Concepts of Nursing

8

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
NURS-242Concepts of Nursing II

6

NURS-243Concepts of Nursing III

3

NURS-245Preparation for Professional Nursing Practice

1

Summer Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
NURS-244Concepts of Nursing IV

8

Total Credit Hours: 70

Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite courses must be completed within five years prior to admission to the first nursing course. If coursework exceeds the five year limit, a student may take an exam(s) to demonstrate competence or repeat the course(s). BIOL-107 and CHEM-103 prerequisite courses must be completed within ten years prior to admission to the first nursing course.

Admission to the Accelerated Associate Degree Nurse Education program is competitive. Eligible candidates must demonstrate successful completion of all required General Education Core courses, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. CHEM-103, BIOL-107, BIOL-203, and BIOL-204 must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Contact the office of Admissions and Advising to register for an information session regarding the Accelerated Associate Degree Nursing program.

Admission requirements also include a minimum overall HCC GPA of 2.0 and successful completion of a nursing entrance exam.

A grade of “C” or better is required in nursing, mathematics, and science courses.

 A grade of 850 or better is required on the HESI exit exam for successful program completion.

If considering transferring to a four-year institution, check the requirements of the receiving institution.

All procedures and requirements of the Accelerated Associate Degree Nursing program are subject to change.

A graduate should be able to

  1. 1. Promote patient-centered care that meets the patient’s health needs while respecting their culture, preferences and values.
  2. 2. Apply principles of teaching and learning, health promotion and reduction of risk potential to provide health education for patients across the lifespan.
  3. 3. Collaborate with patients and interprofessional team members in acute, long-term and community health care settings to advocate for safe quality care.
  4. 4. Communicate effectively to assess patient’s health status, and to develop and manage the plan of care.
  5. 5. Demonstrate leadership and accountability by utilizing legal, ethical, and professional standards to provide safe, quality nursing care.
  6. 6. Perform nursing interventions based on current standards of practice, policies and procedures to optimize the patient’s health.
  7. 7. Integrate professional knowledge, science and evidence to formulate nursing judgments.
  8. 8. Challenge traditional and existing nursing practices used to solve clinical problems by examining the evidence that underlies current practice.