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Nursing - Associate of Science


The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program at La Roche College provides a pathway for students who want to become registered nurses. The Department of Nursing faculty have developed a curriculum that will give students the theoretical and practical knowledge they will need to work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, community health care sites and other facilities. Faculty believe that the curriculum of this nursing program will prepare graduates to serve as entry level staff nurses within the health care community.

PURPOSE
The purpose and philosophy of the ASN program are consistent with the mission of the college and philosophy and goals of the nursing division.

Nursing is a profession in evolution concerned with the health care of persons and their families within the larger context of community and society. Currently, nursing care needs are addressed by nurses at a variety of levels of educational preparation.

 The purpose of this ASN program is to prepare graduates to sit for the NLCEX-RN and to perform as entry level nurse generalists in a variety of settings. Graduates are provided the knowledge base for continued professional growth.

Retention of Nursing Students
In order to continue in the Nursing program, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

  • A grade of "C" or better is required in all nursing courses (at least 73%).
  • A grade of "C" or better is required in the following support courses: BIOL1023 &1024 (Anatomy and Physiology I & II), BIOL1015(Microbiology for Health Sciences), NSCI1010 (Normal & Clinical Nutrition)

    Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program

  • The applicant interested in entering the Nursing program must meet the following requirements and submit all the requested materials at one time to the appropriate admissions office by May 1.

    1. ASN admission requirements for any student without prior college credits. Applicants would need to apply directly to Freshman Admissions. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
    a. An official high school transcript or proof of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) high school equivalency.

    b. successful completion of a minimum of 16 Units including

  • 4 units of English
  • 1 Unit in Biology with related laboratory
  • 3 Units in Social Science
  • 1 Unit in Chemistry with related laboratory
  • 2 Units in Mathematics
  • 5 Units in academic electives
  • 1 Unit must be in Algebra

    c. Applicants from high school must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)

    d. Students who have graduated from high school within five years of application date must have an SAT minimum composite score of 1000 (a minimum SAT verbal of 500 preferred) or an ACT score of 23. A student who has graduated from high school over five years from the date of his/her La Roche College application will not be required to take the SAT or ACT.

    e. Completion of the TEAS exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills) with required score. Each applicant is permitted to take this exam only one time in order to be considered for admission. For an explanation of the TEAS exam and registration,CLICK HERE

    f. Mathematics and English classes will depend on placement testing scores and high school GPAs. Placement exams will be waived if the applicant has a bachelor's degree or associate's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0

    g. Completion of chemistry is required prior to acceptance to the Nursing Program. Acceptable chemistry courses include one unit of high school chemistry with a grade of "B" or better or a grade of "C" or better in a four hour college chemistry course (CHEM1001/CHEM1003 or equivalent). Any chemistry course must have been taken within ten years of application date to La Roche College. If it has been more than ten years, a chemistry course must be taken prior to admission to the program. The prerequisite of chemistry may be waived for the applicant with a degree in science or health related fields, as determined by the Nursing Department.

    2. ASN admission requirements for transfer and adult students. Applicants would need to apply directly to The Graduate Studies and Adult Education Office. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    a. Transfer or adult students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a transfer institution.

    b. Applicants must have achieved a passing grade of a "C" or better in all related science courses.

    c. Applicants must have achieved a grade of a "B" or better in a high school chemistry course or a grade of a "C" or better in a college chemistry course (within the last 10 years) or completion of ABC Chemistry with a grade of at least a "B".

    d. Transfer credits taken in the sciences BIOL1023 and BIOL1024 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II), BIOL1015 (Microbiology for Health Sciences), and NSCI1025 (Normal and Clinical Nutrition)must be taken within the last five years at the time of application to meet the requirements for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree.

    e. Completion of the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) with required score. Each applicant is permitted to take this exam only one time in order to be considered for admission. For an explanation of the TEAS exam and registration, CLICK HERE

    **Nursing Courses from other programs will not be accepted as transfer credits.

    3. International Students: Applicants would need to apply directly to the Graduate Studies and Adult Education Office. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    a. Students are admitted as "Undeclared Major"

    b. Completed college placement and ESL (confirmation in writing from ESL faculty that student has completed all ESL requirements).

    c. Applicants must have achieved a grade of "B" or better in a high school chemistry course or a grade of "C" or better in a college chemistry course (within the last ten years) or completion of ABC Chemistry with a grade of at least a "B".

    d. Completion of the TEAS exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills) with required score. Each applicant is permitted to take this exam only one time in order to be considered for admission. For an explanation of the TEAS exam and registration,CLICK HERE

    Admissions Processes (For All Students)

    Initial admission to the nursing program is in the Fall Semester only. All applications for the Nursing program must be received by May 1. Applications received after the deadline may be considered on an individual basis with exceptional circumstances.

    The applicant must meet all admission requirements as stated and the following materials must be submitted for review:

     

  • Completed La Roche College Application
  • Application Fee
  • High School/College/Nursing program transcripts (as applicable)
  • Results of TEAS exam
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal Essay: "Why I want to be a nurse?"
  • CPR Certification (LPN advanced standing student)

    Once accepted into the Associate of Science in nursing program, students must meet the health requirements before enrolling in any nursing courses. The health requirement forms will be sent to prospective students with their acceptance letter.

    The health requirements include:

    1. A physical examination is required. For patient safety, clinical facilities utilized by the Department of Nursing require proof of a satisfactory physical exam and current proof of immunizations. For assurance of patient safety, an initial drug screen is required and a random drug screen may be required at any point during the program.

    2. An FBI and criminal background check are both required*

    3. Child Abuse clearance is required*

    4. Serum Drug Screening is required*

    5. The applicant must submit documentation of the following:

     

  • Annual TB skin test (an initial two step skin test), if positive then a chest x-ray is required
  • Hepatitis B vaccine and immune status or evidence of initiation of series
  • Hepatitis C immune status
  • Documented history of Varicella or Varicella titer
  • MMR immunization/Rubella Titer
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)Vaccine
  • Any other diagnostic tests or examinations, which are deemed for the promotion of good health by a health care provider.
  • Students are encouraged to obtain the influenza immunization

    **Click here for link to background check instructions

    Once all documentation is obtained, all forms should be returned to nursing department staff/faculty.

    Students who fail to provide written documentation of the mandatory health requirements will not be permitted in any clinical area.

    Faculty reserve the right to recommend a student's withdrawal from the program for reasons of health.

    Each student is responsible for:

  • Personal health insurance coverage
  • Maintenance of good health practices and utilizing preventative care in common illnesses
  • Reporting any health concern to the Department of Nursing (including pregnancy) that could affect personal or client health safety.

     

     

Year I - Fall Semester:

BIOL1015 Microbiology for Health Sciences
BIOL1015L Microbiology for Health Sciences-Lab
BIOL1023 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL1023L Human Anatomy & Physiology I-Lab
ISTC1005 Practical Computer Applications
NURU1000 Introduction to Nursing
NURU1005 Foundations of Clinical Nursing
NURU1005C Foundations of Clinical Nursing Clinical
  Year I - Spring Semester:

BIOL1024 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL1024L Human Anatomy & Physiology II-Lab
NSCI1025 Normal and Clinical Nutrition
NURU2000 Medical-Surgical Nursing of the Adult I
NURU2000C Medical Surgical Nursing of the Adult I Clinical
NURU2000L Medical Surgical Nursing of the Adult I Lab
NURU2020 Principles of Pharmacology
  Year I - Summer Semester:

ENGL1011 College Writing I
NURU2010 Mental Health Nursing
NURU2010C Mental Health Nursing Clinical
PSYC1021 Introduction to Psychology
  Year II - Fall Semester:

ENGL1012 College Writing II
NURU2012 Childbearing and Women's Health Nursing
NURU2012C Childbearing and Women's Health Nursing Clinical
NURU2015 Nursing of Children
NURU2015C Nursing of Children Clinical
NURU2121 Medical-Surgical Nursing of Adult II
NURU2121C Medical Surgical Nursing of the Adult II Clinical
  Year II - Spring Semester:

NURU2025 High Acuity Nursing
NURU2025C High Acuity Nursing Clinical
NURU2027 A Cognitive Approach to Clinical Reasoning in Nursing
NURU2030 Transition from Student to Graduate Nurse
NURU2030C Transition from Student to Graduate Nurse Clinical
PHILXXXX Philosophy Elective