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    Jan 27, 2023  
2020-21 RACC Student Catalog 
2020-21 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, AAS

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Division of Health Professions

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares students for entry level nursing positions in various health care facilities. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The graduate is then eligible to apply for the state licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. Nursing students attend classes on the College campus as well as at various health care agencies in the surrounding commumities for clinical learning experiences guided by expert nursing faculty. The clinical experiences provide the student with an opportunity to apply classroom learning to patient care situations in order to develop the skills and clinical judgement needed to practice as a professional nurse. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information regarding ACEN contact 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404)975-5000,

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  • Formulate clinical judgments, substantiated with evidence based practice, utilizing informatics in response to the evolving healthcare needs of clients, families and communities across the lifespan.
  • Implement risk reduction strategies through both system effectiveness and individual performance and offer insight to improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery.
  • Integrate professionalism as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team by fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality client care.
  • Integrate professional practice standards, integrity, accountability, responsibility and ethical comportment into the practice of nursing.
  • Function as an advocate by providing compassionate and relationship-centered care based on respect, preferences, values, and needs of clients, families, and communities.

New students for this program will be placed into the Health Science Transfer program until they have been admitted through the selective admissions process into the clinical program. Please visit our Enrollment Information page for details on the Selective Admissions process for the Nursing program.

Required Program of Study

Science Prerequisites

CHE 120  Principles of Chemistry or High School Chemistry w/lab with a minimum “C” grade

BIO 140  Essentials of Biology

RN Program Petition Prerequisites (10 Credit Hours)

BIO 250 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)

MAT 130  Math for Allied Health (3 credits) or MAT 150  Foundations of Mathematics

CSS 103  College Success Strategies (3 credits)

Semester 1 (15 Credit Hours)

NUR 100  Nursing I (8 credits)

COM 121  English Composition I (3 credits)

BIO 255 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)

Semester 2 (16 Credit Hours)

NUR 150   Nursing II (9 credits)

PSY 130   General Psychology (3 credits)

BIO 280   Microbiology (4 credits)

Semester 3 (13 Credit Hours)

NUR 200   Nursing III (10 credits)

COM 151   Fundamentals of Speech (3 credits)

Semester 4 (16 Credit Hours)

NUR 250   Nursing IV (10 Credits)

SOC 130   Sociology (3 credits)

PHI 275   Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)


* This course fulfills the natural/physical sciences requirement.

The required placement test result for math is Algebra II. If the student does not place at the Algebra II level, then he/she must take math through and including Algebra I prior to program eligibility.

BIO 250 - Anatomy and Physiology I  and BIO 255 - Anatomy and Physiology II  must be completed within five years of application to the clinical portion of the Nursing Program.

Total Credits=70

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