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Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (A.A.S)

The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S) in nursing is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Students are required to complete a total of 70 credits for graduation which includes 40 nursing credits and 30 support, general education and elective credits. The nursing education program includes the study of the biophysical and psychosocial sciences as well as the nursing applications. The College prepare men and women for national licensure to practice professional nursing in  acute, chronic, ambulatory and home health care settings. The program requires concentration and a considerable number of independent study hours in addition to 24 to 32 hours per week of classroom, learning lab and clinical activities. Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S) in nursing, graduates will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.

To provide the health care community and the Northern Virginia Area with professional Nurses who are competent, qualified, caring and dedicated to practicing nursing in the culturally diverse and constantly changing population and the current health care environment.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S) in nursing, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize the nursing process to provide individualized, caring interventions to clients of all ages and developmental levels, and of differing cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.
  • Participate in the nursing process to promote, maintain and restore optimum health for diverse clients throughout their life spans and to contribute data which will enhance other nurses’ efforts to do likewise.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, groups, patients’ significant others, and interdisciplinary healthcare providers through the use of written expression, informatics, and verbal and nonverbal expression.
  • Practice nursing according to legal, ethical, and professional standards.
  • Use patient advocacy skills while managing care in such a way as to contribute to positive outcomes.
  • Comply with the Code of Virginia as it relates to nursing in the area of patient rights, prevention of patient abuse, neglect and abandonment.
  • Comply with scope of practice as stated in the nursing practice act of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing.
  • Competently provide nursing care according to accepted standards of practice and considering the dignity and privacy of clients and their families.
  • Collaborate with members of the health care team to coordinate the delivery of nursing care.
  • Seventy percent of students who enter the nursing sequence will complete the program.
  • Graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt at 80% pass rate or greater.
  • Eighty percent of new graduates who are available for employment will be employed as RNs within one year of graduation.
  • An overall rating of eighty-five percent will be achieved on the graduate satisfaction survey.

 

The nursing program integrates Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory as its conceptual framework. The person (or patient) is the central focus of nursing care. According to Orem, the person’s health state is mediated by his/her environment. A person, who is healthy, is capable of self-care. When there is illness in the person’s health state, the person is not able to complete all self-care requisites. When this occurs, nursing care is needed to assist the person in completing his/her self-care. Nurses must assess the person’s ability to provide his/her own self care and the environmental context of the person in order to overcome health-associated limitations.

The unifying concept that binds the concepts into a meaningful, holistic entity is the nursing process.  The nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation) is a systematic approach by which the nurse is able to assist the patient in maintaining his or her optimal level of health.  The nurse functions as an accountable member of the health care team in an independent, interdependent, or dependent role.

GENERAL ADMISSION STATEMENT
Enrollment in Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is open to applicants who have graduated from an accredited high school or have obtained their GED. Students must be 18 years old prior to taking the National Licensure Examination. All rights, privileges, programs, and activities in the program are made available to all students regardless of their religion, gender, race, color, and national origin.

 Application forms can be obtained at Saint Michael College of Allied Health at 8305 Richmond  
   Highway, Unit 10A, Alexandria, VA 22309.
Applicants will be considered for admission to Saint Michael College of Allied Health Associate of Applied Science (Nursing) after successfully completing the following requirements:

  • Provide an official, translated high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED
  • Achieve a Reading Comprehension Score of 75% or higher and a math score of 70% or higher on Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam.  
  • In order to be admitted directly to the nursing program, students must  provide an official translated transcript of  27 credit hours of  pre-nursing courses   listed below  from an approved/accredited college or university.  Submission of an official transcript  of 27  college credits will exempt  an  applicant  from providing an official high school transcript.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory (4 Credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory (4 Credits)
  • Microbiology with Laboratory (4 Credits)
  • English  Composition I (3Credits)
  • Research and Literature  (3Credits)
  • General Psychology  (3Credits)
  • Developmental Psychology ( 3Credits)
  • College Mathematics (3Credits)
  • Submit a completed application form and application fee.
  • Have all non-English credentials and transcripts translated and evaluated by SMCAH approved Credential Evaluation Agencies:
  •  Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE) PO Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203.  Telephone:  (414) 289-3400 Email: eval@ece.org Web: www.ece.org.
  • World Education Services (WES), Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087. New York, NY 10274-5087 Telephone: (212)966-6311. Web: www.wes.org
  • Submit two personal references from previous teachers or employers.
  •  Submit a current American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification card: Current certification is required for all clinical courses. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the certification current.
  • Supply complete documentation that Health Requirements are met: evidence of having received a physical exam, immunization for Rubella, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B series (or sign a waiver of decline for Hepatitis B immunization).
  • Supply proof of a negative tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray. These records must be on file within the first two weeks of classes. It is the student’s responsibility to keep this information current.
  • Health Insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Saint Michael College of Allied Health assumes no responsibility for any injuries and/or illnesses incurred while performing one’s duties as a student nurse.
  • Malpractice Insurance is provided by Saint Michael College of Allied Health for nursing students when performing duties on behalf of or under the direction of the College.
  • Complete a personal interview with the President /Program Director or his designee and/or the school Financial Advisor.
  • Submit to a drug screening prior to beginning clinical courses. Students must abide by the drug screening policies of each clinical agency in which they are assigned for clinical practicum.
  •  Saint Michael College of Allied Health (SMCAH) maintains a drug-free environment.
  •  Students who test positive for illicit drugs will be excluded from the program.  
  • Criminal background checks will be conducted on all students prior to beginning clinical courses.
  • If a nursing student is prohibited from participating in a clinical rotation based on his or her criminal background screening, the school will make every effort to place the student in a comparable clinical setting. If the school is unable to facilitate this placement, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program due to his or her inability to progress.
  • Students may be denied access to clinical facilities based on offenses appearing on their criminal records which may have occurred more than seven years ago.
  • Students should also know that having a criminal background may hinder future employment opportunities in health care facilities or home care.

 

 

The Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and documents for admission. Successful applicants who are granted admission into the Associate of Applied Science (Nursing) are notified in writing. The successful applicants are required to return a signed copy of the application form with the initial deposit to the school’s admissions office two weeks before the start of classes. Admission is granted to qualified applicants who have met all the admission criteria and standards published in the catalog.

Applications and documents submitted by an applicant for the admission process remain the property of SMCAH and will not be returned to the applicant whether or not the applicant is admitted.

 

                                                                                      TERM   I

Credit

hours

Math   111: College Math

3

ENGL101:   College Composition

3

PSYC   201: General Psychology

3

BIO   201: Anatomy & Physiology I

4

ENGL   102:  Research & Literature

3

Total

16

                                                                                   TERM II       

 

Credit

hours

NURS   101: Nutrition

3

PSYC   202: Development Psychology

3

NUR   101: Fundamentals of Nursing

3

BIO202:   Anatomy & Physiology II

4

Total

13

                                                                                   TERM III                                                 

Credit

hours

NURS   201: Medical Surgical Nursing I

5

PHR   101: Pharmacology

3

NURS   102: Techniques of Clinical Nursing

3

BIO3:Microbiology

4

Total

15

                                                                                TERM IV          

Credit

hours

NURS   204: Mental Health Nursing

4

NURS   206   Maternal Health/ Pediatric

8

 Total

12

                                                                                 TERM V          

Credit  hours

NURS   203:  Gerontology /Community Health   Nursing

3

NURS   205: Nursing Leadership

3

NURS   202: Medical Surgical Nursing II

5

Total

11

                                                                            TERM VI          

Credit

hours

NURS   207 Comprehensive (Capstone) Course

3

Total

3

Total Credit Hours   (Term I-VI)

70

  • Registration and Orientation activities are held during the first week of the term for each newly admitted class.
  • Registration procedure:
    • Students must complete all paperwork required for their record at the admissions office.
    • Students must complete and obtain financial clearance from the accounting office.
    • Academic and general orientation activities are held before the start of classes for the newly admitted class.

 

Provision of a late registration period to be determined by the Admissions and Academic Committees is made for students who are not able to register during the normal registration period. Students who must register during this late registration period will be assessed a late registration fee.

Coursework transferred or accepted for credit toward the nursing program must represent collegiate course work, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those students enrolled in the institutions own nursing program.
 Advance standing may be granted to an applicant who has withdrawn from an approved RN program or who has passed the National Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). To
be granted advanced standing, applicants must meet the requirements of the course and receive a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination. No credit will be given for work or life experience.
Transfer credits not to exceed 36 total credit hours will be granted for science and English classes in which students have received a “C” grade or above from an accredited college or university. However, SMCAH reserves the right to require validation examinations, especially for professional programs, before granting transfer credits, or to reject credit earned at other institutions. Similarly, SMCAH can make no guarantee that its credits will be accepted by other institutions.

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all course requirements (70 credits).
 Students must also:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Meet all other academic and financial requirements
  • Obtain a passing score of 75% on the SMCAH-RN-NCLEX Predictor Examination
  • Complete all clinical course work with a passing grade

 

The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is administered locally by NCLEX throughout the year.  Students certified by Saint Michael College of Allied Health as eligible for the licensure examination must submit application for licensure with their official transcript to the Virginia Board of Nursing.  Students are reminded that official transcripts can be issued only when all academic and financial requirements are met. Students must submit the NCLEX-RN application with the appropriate fees to the State Board of Nursing and Pearson VUE.  Students are reminded to use the school’s program name and code number when completing the NCLEX application form.

Each student will be assigned an ATI Review Counselor and required to take online ATI assessment for competency in all components of the program, Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical, Maternal Newborn, Nursing Care of Children, Mental Health, Community and Leadership.  In the review, each week, students will focus on a different content area moving through the following each week:

  • Complete pre-assessment assignment
  • Take online assessments
  • Complete individualized focused review
  • Complete individualized post-assessment assignment sent by mentor
  • Review weekly tips email sent by mentor
  • Weekly report will be emailed to the Program Director with student’s progress reports.
  • The College uses ATI report to identify students who have completed their assignments and received green light status

 Once the review is completed and the completion requirements are met, each student will receive a green light status from ATI. The green light status must be current in order to be eligible for on campus proctored NCLEX-RN Comprehensive Exit Assessment.
It is estimated that the program will require students to spend about 5-8 hours per week (1-2 hours per day) reviewing depending on individuals’ knowledge level.  Students are also required to take online ATI assessment weekly.  Each student will be given a total period of 10 weeks to complete the review and receive a green light status.

A Comprehensive Exit Examination/ NCLEX-RN Predictor covering all program course material
  will be scheduled at the end of NURS 207: Comprehensive Course.

  • To be eligible to sit for the Comprehensive Exit Exam /NCLEX-RN Predictor  the student must fulfill his/her financial obligations to the College and must  have also  completed all the course work satisfactorily  with a  minimum GPA  of 2.5
  • Complete  Virtual ATI NCLEX-RN  Review and  achieve  a green light status within 10 weeks of the Virtual ATI enrollment.
  • If a student fails the Comprehensive Exit Examination/ NCLEX-RN Predictor, the student must complete an individualized study plan based on areas of strength and weakness.
  • The student will be allowed to take the examination  once and if a student fails the Comprehensive Exit Exam/ NCLEX-RN Predictor on first attempt, the student will be asked to attend an external review class recommended by the College and then repeat the Exam on the 2nd attempt.  If the student fails on the 2nd attempt, the student will be asked to withdraw from the program or repeat NURS 207: Comprehensive Course if eligible.
  • The College administers its own  NCLEX-RN Predictor Exam using ATI online software. The passing  score for this exam is 75%.

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all course requirements (70 credits).
 Students must also:

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Meet all other academic and financial requirements
  • Obtain a passing score of 75% on the SMCAH-RN-NCLEX Predictor Examination
  • Complete all clinical course work with a passing grade