Nursing

As an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program, our curriculum is intended to develop individuals to function as generalists in the progression of registered nursing. Upon completion of the program, individuals are academically and clinically prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Completion of the program, however, does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN.

Special features of the College include valuable hands-on opportunities, outstanding clinical and educational resources and highly individualized instruction by scholarly and clinically adept faculty dedicated to the professional development of their students.

The primary clinical facility utilized by the College is Southeast Missouri Hospital, a regional medical center for health care. The Hospital is a member of the American Hospital Association, the Missouri Hospital Association, has been awarded accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and received Nursing Magnet Status.

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program has four tracks available.  These include an accelerated LPN to RN Bridge track, a full-time Basic track offered for students with no prior nursing education, and a part-time track offered during the evenings and weekends for LPN to RN Bridge students as well as students with no prior nursing education, and a part-time Paramedic to RN track offered Mondays and Thursdays.

Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. and has full approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for Basic Track

  1. GPA requirement (one of the following):
    • If 18 or more semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus completion of a high school diploma or approved high school equivalency exam
    • If less than 18 semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale or completion of an approved high school equivalency exam
    • If a current high school student, completion of at least the junior year with a high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Exam requirement (one of the following):
    • ACT composite score of 21 or higher taken less than 5 years ago
    • ATI TEAS score of 58.7% or higher (if age 23 or older)
  3. Completion of all immunization requirements
  4. Clearance on various background checks

Eligibility Requirements for LPN to RN Track

  1. National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Challenge Exam I (NACE I) score of 75% for higher
  2. Copy of LPN license (A current license must be maintained throughout the program. Students currently enrolled in LPN programs have 90 days after graduation to provide a copy of the license. License must be on file before beginning any nursing courses.)
  3. Completion of all immunization requirements
  4. Clearance on various background checks
  5. Official high school transcript showing graduation or completion of an approved high school equivalency exam
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and vocational schools attended

Eligibility Requirements for Paramedic to RN Track

  1. GPA requirement (one of the following):
    • If 18 or more semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus completion of a high school diploma or approved high school equivalency exam
    • If less than 18 semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale or completion of an approved high school equivalency exam
  2. Exam requirement (one of the following):
    • ACT composite score of 21 or higher taken less than 5 years ago
    • ATI TEAS score of 58.7% or higher (if age 23 or older)
  3. Completion of all immunization requirements
  4. Clearance on various background checks
  5. Minimum one year of Paramedic work experience
  6. Current Paramedic license

Goals of the Nursing Program

  1. Graduate nursing students who will achieve success on licensure exam with a first time pass rate equal to or greater than the national standard.
  2. Graduate nursing students who will be placed in a registered nursing position if they choose within six months of graduation.
  3. Graduate nursing students within 150% of the program length.
  4. Integrate best practices in nursing education to promote students success.
  5. Cultivate within students the desire for advanced study and inquiry.
  6. Educate students to become competent nurses who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, and apply ethical principles in practice.

Student Learning Outcomes / Graduate Competencies

Level One Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of year one of the associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize critical thinking and the nursing process to plan and deliver safe nursing care.
  2. Integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines, including the sciences, in the delivery of patient care.
  3. Recognize how the concept of relationship centered care is utilized to promote the optimal well-being of the patient.
  4. Begin to integrate core nursing values in the delivery of patient care.
  5. Describe how the nurse functions within nursing and inter-professional teams.
  6. Recognize how quality improvement methods used to improve system effectiveness and safe individual performance minimize risk of harm to patients and providers.
  7. Begin to develop personal and professional behaviors that enhance the profession of nursing.
  8. Work within health care systems to provide safe quality nursing care at a basic level.
  9. Foster communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care.
  10. Utilize informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making in nursing.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Competently practice entry level nursing in a variety of settings.
  2. Make sound nursing judgments in practice substantiated with evidence, utilizing nursing process, critical thinking, and nursing science, to provide safe quality care and promote the health of patients. (Nursing Judgment)
  3. Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and optimal outcomes. (Human Flourishing)
  4. Assume professional identity as an entry level nurse, reflecting integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context. (Professional Identity)
  5. Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care to patients, families, and communities. (Spirit of Inquiry) (NLN Model, 2010)

Basic Full-Time Nursing Curriculum Plan (Revised 2013)

SEMESTER CURRICULUM CREDITS

Summer (8 weeks)
FYS 101 College Seminar (1)
BI 151 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
MAT 150 College Algebra (3)

Fall 1 (16 weeks)
AH 201 Human Diversity (1)
BI 152 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
CH 100 Chemistry (3)
NS 101 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (2)
NS 102 Nursing Assessment (2)
NS 103 Nursing Skills (4)
NUT 200 Health and Nutrition (3)

Spring 1 (16 weeks)
BI 200 Microbiology (3)
ENG 100 English Composition (3)
NS 104 Pharmacology for Nursing (2)
NS 106 Mental Health Nursing (4)
NS 107 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (4)

Summer (8 weeks) No Classes

Fall 2 (16 weeks)
COM 100 Oral Communications (3)
NS 110 IV Therapy Course (1)
NS 201 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (3)
NS 202 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 (5)
PSY 100 Psychology (3)

Spring 2 (16 weeks)
NS 203 Nursing Care of the Child and Family (3)
NS 204 Medical Surgical Nursing 3 (4)
NS 206 Transitions to Professional Practice (4)
SOC 102 Sociology (3)

Total semester hours required: 72

Basic Part-Time Nursing Curriculum Plan (Revised 2017)

SEMESTER CURRICULUM CREDITS

Fall 1 (16 weeks)
BI 151 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
ENG 100 English Composition (3)
FYS 101 College Seminar (1)
NS 101 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (2)

Spring 1 (16 weeks)
BI 152 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
NS 102 Nursing Assessment (2)
NS 103 Nursing Skills (4)

Summer 1 (8 weeks)
CH 100 Chemistry (3)
COM 100 Oral Communications (3)

Fall 2 (16 weeks)
NS 104 Pharmacology for Nursing (2)
NS 106 Mental Health Nursing (4)
PSY 100 Psychology (3)

Spring 2 (16 weeks)
BI 200 Microbiology (3)
MAT 150 College Algebra (3)
NS 107 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (4)

Fall 3 (16 weeks)
AH 201 Human Diversity in Healthcare Delivery (1)
NS 110 IV Therapy Course (1)
NS 203 Nursing Care of the Child and Family (3)
NUT 200 Health and Nutrition (3)

Spring 3 (16 weeks)
NS 201 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (3)
NS 202 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 (5)
SOC 102 Sociology (3)

Fall 4 (16 weeks)
NS 204 Medical Surgical Nursing 3 (4)
NS 206 Transitions to Professional Practice (4)

Total semester hours required: 72

* Classes will be held Evenings and Weekends

LPN to RN / Paramedic to RN Part-Time Nursing Curriculum Plan (Revised 2017)

SEMESTER CURRICULUM CREDITS

Fall 1 (16 weeks)
BI 151 Anatomy and Physiology I * (4)
ENG 100 English Composition (3)
FYS 101 College Seminar (1)

Spring 1 (16 weeks)
BI 152 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
NS 105 Bridging to Professional Nursing Practice (3)

Summer 1 (8 weeks)
CH 100 Chemistry (3)
COM 100 Oral Communications (3)

Fall 2 (16 weeks)
NS 106 Mental Health Nursing (4)
PSY 100 Psychology (3)

Spring 2 (16 weeks)
BI 200 Microbiology (3)
MAT 150 College Algebra (3)
NS 107 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (4)

Fall 3 (16 weeks)
AH 201 Human Diversity in Healthcare Delivery (1)
NS 203 Nursing Care of the Child and Family (3)
NUT 200 Health and Nutrition (3)

Spring 3 (16 weeks)
NS 201 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (3)
NS 202 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 (5)
SOC 102 Sociology (3)

Fall 4 (16 weeks)
NS 204 Medical Surgical Nursing 3 (4)
NS 206 Transitions to Professional Practice (4)

Advanced Placement Nursing Credits (8)

Total semester hours required: 72

* LPN and Paramedic to RN students will be allowed to challenge BI 151 Anatomy & Physiology I.
** LPN to RN classes will be held Evenings and Weekends.
***Paramedic to RN classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays.

LPN to RN Accelerated Nursing Curriculum Plan

SEMESTER CURRICULUM CREDITS

Summer (8 weeks)
FYS 101 College Seminar (1)
BI 151 Anatomy and Physiology I * (4)
COM 100 Oral Communications (3)
MAT 150 College Algebra (3)

Fall (16 weeks)
First 8 Weeks

AH 201 Human Diversity in Healthcare Delivery (1)
BI 152 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
CH 100 Chemistry (3)
ENG 100 English Composition (3)
NS 105 Bridging to Professional Nursing Practice (3)
NS 106 Mental Health Nursing (4)

Second 8 Weeks
BI 200 Microbiology (3)
NS 107 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (4)
NS 201 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family (3)
NUT 200 Health and Nutrition (3)

Spring (16 weeks)
First 8 Weeks

NS 202 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 (5)
PSY 100 Psychology (3)
NS 203 Nursing Care of the Child and Family (3)

Second 8 Weeks
NS 204 Medical Surgical Nursing 3 (4)
NS 206 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (4)
SOC 102 Sociology (3)

Advanced Placement Nursing Credits (8)

Total semester hours required: 72

* LPN and Paramedic to RN students will be allowed to challenge BI 151 Anatomy & Physiology I.

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