Degrees and Requirements

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.

The Associate of Science in Nursing program (ASN) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC. (ACEN), formerly the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta GA 30326, 404-975- 5000.

PURPOSE

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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM

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 if taken prior to March 2016 (a minimum SAT verbal of 500 preferred). If taken March 2016 or later, a total SAT score of 1080 (with a minimum math score 530); or an ACT score of 22 is required. 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.

f. Mathematics 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. 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. If the potential student did not take a unit of chemistry in high school, a four hour college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better on the first attempt is required (CHEM 1001/CHEM 1003 or equivalent). Any chemistry course taken more than ten years of application date to La Roche College will not be considered. A chemistry course must be taken prior to admission to the program. The pre-requisite of chemistry may be waived for the applicant with a degree in science or health related fields, as determined by the Nursing Department.

c. 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. All science grades must be a "C" or better on the first attempt.

d. 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.

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

**Students who have failed in another nursing program will not be admitted into the program.

**Students who have attended and withdrew from another nursing program before completion must be reviewed by the nursing department for admission.
 

3. International Students: Applicants would need to apply directly to the International Admissions Office. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

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

b. TOEFL score on written exam of 600 or internet based exam of 100. Students from English speaking countries will be assessed on an individual basis by the Nursing Department.

c. Official High School transcripts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above or official transcripts from a college program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

d. 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. If the potential student did not take a unit of chemistry in high school, a four hour college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better on the first attempt is required (CHEM 1001/CHEM 1003 or equivalent). Any chemistry course taken more than ten years of application date to La Roche College will not be considered. A chemistry course must be taken prior to admission to the program. The pre-requisite of chemistry may be waived for the applicant with a degree in science or health related fields, as determined by the Nursing Department.

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.

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?"

Applicants must meet specific admission requirements which include:  a medical history and physical including current immunizations, FBI fingerprinting, PA criminal background, child abuse and drug screen.  Applicants that do not meet these criteria will not be permitted to begin the program in nursing. Further information and forms for submission will be discussed during summer mandatory orientation.  Accepted students will be notified of the date and time of orientation.


NOTE: A graduate of the Nursing program, who has been convicted of a felony, is or was involved in drug abuse or has violated other rules of the licensure body, may not be permitted to take the licensing examination regardless of the student’s ability to complete college educational requirements. The student is required to notify the Chair of the Nursing Department of any changes to the criminal record. The Nursing Program reserves the right to require appropriate documentation as requested regarding previous felonies or violations.

Summary of Requirements

Year One - Fall Semester:

  • BIOL1015
    MICROBIOLOGY FOR HEALTH SCIENCES |

    BIOL1015
    MICROBIOLOGY FOR HEALTH SCIENCES |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    The primary effort of this course will be to provide the student with practical and clinically relevant information about microbes through lectures and laboratory exercises. Students will be introduced to basic facts about the structure and life processes of microbes. Major emphasis will be placed on relationships between microbes and humans, causes and diagnosis of microbial diseases, common sources of infections, disease transmission, and the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. The tools and techniques for handling and identifying microorganisms will be introduced in the laboratory exercises.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: BIOL1015L

  • BIOL1015L
    MICROBIOLOGY FOR HEALTH SCIENCES-LAB |

    BIOL1015L
    MICROBIOLOGY FOR HEALTH SCIENCES-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Lab for BIOL1015: Microbiology for Health Sciences|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL1023
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I |

    BIOL1023
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A basic course concerned with the structural and physiological processes of the human body. Interdependence of structure and function is stressed to promote better understanding of the entire body environment. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: BIOL1023L

  • BIOL1023L
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I-LAB |

    BIOL1023L
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Laboratory for BIOL1023: Anatomy & Physiology I|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ISTC1005
    PRACTICAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS |

    ISTC1005
    PRACTICAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides the student with hands-on use of personal computers and Microsoft Office. Email etiquette and management as well as effective and efficient access and evaluation of information from the Internet are also introduced. Emphasis is on learning the concepts and skills necessary to complete the task at hand using the computer, related software, and the Internet. While learning the keystrokes is important, equally important is using the right tool for the right job. Word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphic presentations, and the Windows Operating environments including file and folder management are presented in this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • NURU1000
    INTRODUCTION TO NURSING |

    NURU1000
    INTRODUCTION TO NURSING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts and processes of the nursing profession and practice. Concepts in critical thinking, growth and development, communication, teaching and learning, and management of care are explored.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU1005
    FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING |

    NURU1005
    FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    This course provides the students with fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for the safe provision of care for patients with in the context of the nursing process. The course introduces practices of safety, infection prevention, physical assessment, and basic nursing skills in a patient-centered environment. Students are provided the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in both the classroom laboratory and clinical setting. The 90-hour clinical experience is structured to provide students the opportunity to practice foundational nursing knowledge, skills, and critical thinking in the clinical setting. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU1005C
    FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING-CLINICAL |

    NURU1005C
    FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills necessary for the safe provision of basic therapeutic interventions for patients throughout the lifespan within the context of the nursing process. The student will develop beginning competence in performing basic nursing and physical assessment skills in the laboratory classroom. Opportunity for the student to apply knowledge from Introduction to Nursing as well as basic nursing and physical assessment skills with adult clients and their families will occur in the clinical component of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU1005L
    FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING-LAB |

    NURU1005L
    FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL NURSING-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    PREREQUISITES:

Year One - Spring Semester:

  • BIOL1024
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II |

    BIOL1024
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    The second of two basic courses concerned with the structural and physiological processes of the human body. Interdependence of structure and function is stressed to promote better understanding of the entire body environment. Lecture and laboratory courses.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1023 & Concurrent: BIOL1024L

  • BIOL1024L
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II- LAB |

    BIOL1024L
    HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II- LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Laboratory for BIOL1024: Anatomy and Physiology II.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • NSCI1025
    NORMAL & CLINICAL NUTRITION |

    NSCI1025
    NORMAL & CLINICAL NUTRITION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course covers the fundamental principles of nutrition and their relationship to health. The role of diet in the prevention and treatment of representative pathophysiological conditions will be examined. This course is designed for students majoring in Nursing or interested in careers in the Health Sciences.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • NURU2000
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT I |

    NURU2000
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 6/6

    This course is designed to introduce students to the application of foundational concepts to the practice of medical surgical nursing of the adult patient. Issues related to health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration in patients experiencing common acute and chronic disorders will be explored. Skills related to safe administration of medication, intravenous therapy, oxygen therapy and care of the patient with wounds and selected orthopedic conditions will be presented in the classroom laboratory. Students will be guided in the application of knowledge and skills in the acute care setting with adult patients and their families. The 90-hour clinical experience is structured to provide students the opportunity to care for adult patients and their families. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only & NURU1000 & NURU1005

  • NURU2000C
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT I-CLINICAL |

    NURU2000C
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT I-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Clinical for Medical Surgical Nursing|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU2000L
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT I-LAB |

    NURU2000L
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT I-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    The focus of this course is the application of the nursing process to address adaptation to actual or potential health problems of the adult and their families with selected acute and chronic illnesses. Health promotion and disease prevention for young, middle-aged and older adults are also explored. Skills related to the safe administration of medications, intravenous fluids, and medical-surgical procedures will be practiced in the clinical laboratory and assessment skills will be further developed. The student will be guided in the application of knowledge and skills in the acute care setting with adult and elderly patients/families.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU2020
    PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING PRACTICE |

    NURU2020
    PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING PRACTICE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug therapy. The actions, interactions, adverse effects, and nursing implications of drug therapy are explored. Students will recognize evidence based nursing processes related to medication documentation, provider prescriptions, and legal considerations across the lifespan.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only & NURU1000 & NURU1005

Year One - Summer Semester:

  • NURU2010
    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING |

    NURU2010
    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of mental health-mental health illness across the lifespan. Utilizing the nursing process as a framework, students will care for patients experiencing mental health problems. Therapeutic communication, developmental theories, and changes in behavior patterns are presented and explored. Students will be guided in the application of principles from biologic and behavioral sciences and nursing to assist the patient and family to adapt to stressors and disruptions in mental health and mental health disorders. Health promotion and disease prevention as well as socio-cultural perspectives related to mental health will be reviewed. The 90-hour clinical experience is structured to provide students the opportunity to care for patients and families in the mental health setting. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only & NURU2000 & NURU2020

  • NURU2010C
    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING-CLINICAL |

    NURU2010C
    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Clinical for Mental Health Nursing|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY |

    PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This survey course introduces students to several critical areas of psychology. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the scientific method, its application to psychology, and the insights gained from scientific research. The interactions among biological processes, cognitive and emotional responses, sociocultural forces, and behavior are examined. Included are such diverse topics as: health, stress, and coping; consciousness, sleep and dreams; effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior and health; psychological disorders; social psychology; types of learning and behavior management, information processing approaches including memory, encoding and retrieval; and the relationship of the nervous system to thought, feelings, and behaviors.|

    PREREQUISITES:

Year Two - Fall Semester:

  • ENGL1011
    COLLEGE WRITING I |

    ENGL1011
    COLLEGE WRITING I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course engages students in the reading and writing practices essential to academic life by requiring students to read both with and against the grain of complex texts and to write in response to them.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL1012
    COLLEGE WRITING II |

    ENGL1012
    COLLEGE WRITING II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach concise and effective expository writing, focusing on various aspects of critical analysis and the documented research paper.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011(H)

  • NURU2012
    CHILDBEARING & WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSING |

    NURU2012
    CHILDBEARING & WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    This course is designed to explore the role of the nurse in family centered care of the childbearing family before, during and after birth. Concepts and issues related to health promotion, disease prevention and illness, and care of women throughout the lifespan will also be addressed. Application of the nursing process in caring for childbearing women and their families will be emphasized. The 90-hour clinical experience is structured to provide students the opportunity to care for childbearing women and their families in a variety of settings. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    NURU2010 Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU2012C
    CHILDBEARING & WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSING-CLINICAL |

    NURU2012C
    CHILDBEARING & WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSING-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Clinical for Childbearing & Women's Health Nursing|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU2121
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF TH EADULT II |

    NURU2121
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF TH EADULT II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    This course is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills required to care for adult patients and families experiencing selected acute and chronic disorders. Issues related to illness, health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation of selected disorders will be explored. The 90-hour clinical experience is structured to provide students the opportunity to care for adult patients and their families experiencing acute and chronic disorders.

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only & NURU2010 & NURU2010C

  • NURU2121C
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT II-CLINICAL |

    NURU2121C
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT II-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

Year Two - Spring Semester:

  • NURU2015
    NURSING OF CHILDREN |

    NURU2015
    NURSING OF CHILDREN |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the role of the nurse in health promotion of children and families during illness. Utilization of the nursing process will be emphasized in caring for children with acute and chronic health problems in a variety of ambulatory, community, acute and transitional care settings. The 90-hour clinical experience is structured to provide students the opportunity to care for children and families in a various pediatric health settings. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only & NURU2010

  • NURU2015C
    NURSING OF CHILDREN-CLINICAL |

    NURU2015C
    NURSING OF CHILDREN-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Clinical for Nursing of Children|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU2030
    TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO GRADUATE |

    NURU2030
    TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO GRADUATE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills necessary for the transition from student to graduate nurse. Students will utilize critical thinking, communication skills, and the nursing process to prioritize and provide safe, evidence-based nursing care to multiple patients and families in clinical settings. Principles and philosophies of leadership and management that enable the graduate nurse to safely prioritize and delegate care of patients to other members of the health team are examined. The 60 hour clinical component of the course enables the student to transfer theoretical knowledge to application in the clinical setting under the direction and supervision of a preceptor.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only & NURU2012 & NURU2015 & NURU2121

  • NURU2030C
    TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO GRADUATE-CLINICAL |

    NURU2030C
    TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO GRADUATE-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    PREREQUISITES:

    Nursing Majors Only

  • NURU2035
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT III |

    NURU2035
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT III |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    This course is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to integrate knowledge of pathophysiology and the nursing process to the care of patients and families experiencing complex health problems. The use of advanced technologies is integrated into the nursing process to provide safe, effective nursing care for patients as they adapt to these illnesses. The 90-hour clinical experience will provide students with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from the classroom setting to the care of patients and families with these complex health issues.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • NURU2035C
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT III-CLINICAL |

    NURU2035C
    MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING OF THE ADULT III-CLINICAL |

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PHILXXXX

    PHILXXXX

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