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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Registered, ASN

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Nursing provides the student with the knowledge, skills, ability, values, and competencies required to practice nursing at the professional level. Through classroom instruction and clinical experiences this program prepares individuals to perform nursing skills and provide care to patients in all arenas of healthcare - from the acute care bedside to hospice or the home. Use of clinical sites will include acute care facilities in the Acadiana area as well as outpatient, home health, and hospice settings. Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be completed before enrolling into upper level courses and continuing in the program. Graduates will be eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which must be successfully passed before applying for licensure with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) to practice as a registered nurse (RN). A selective admission process is used to select candidates for enrollment in the program. As an ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) program, general education requirements as well as the core nursing courses may be transferable to a baccalaureate of nursing (BSN) program.

Program Goals

  • To enable students to acquire the general education competencies expected of an associate of science degree graduate
  • Teach basic scientific and clinical concepts which will prepare students for entry-level as RNs for safe and competent nursing practice utilizing the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains
  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop clinical skills necessary to function effectively in a variety of healthcare settings
  • To meet state and national expectations within the nursing profession

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate of Science degree in Nursing will

  • Identify current technology and safety factors in providing care to assigned patients. 
  • Exemplify the ability to function as an advocate for patients and families while providing culturally-sensitive patient care in a variety of healthcare settings.  

  • Demonstrate professional integrity and accountability within established legal standards and ethical principles.

  • Apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a beginning nurse generalist to improve the quality and safety of healthcare.

  • Evaluate the use of current evidence-based practices in making nursing judgments and clinical decisions to promote health and wellness.

  • Collaborate with the nursing team and interdisciplinary team members to provide safe, competent care for ensuring optimal patient outcomes. 

  • Perform safe and competent nursing care utilizing the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.

Specific Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing must:

  • Have been admitted to the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program. Program admission information is available here.
  • Have a degree program adjusted SLCC cumulative average of 2.0.   ​
  • Have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through SLCC courses.
  • Have earned at least a “C” in each course unless stated by a specific program.
  • Have no more than forty percent credit hours in required major courses and no more than 50 percent of credit hours total from non-traditional sources, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), to meet the degree requirements, unless required by a specific program.
  • Have completed at least the number of credits stipulated in the degree program.

Special Conditions

  • Employment opportunities may be limited for students with back problems or other medical or physical conditions which limit ability to lift or function in long periods of physical exertion (such as patient movement and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

Total Credit Hours: 72


Degree Plan

Associate of Science Degree Total: 72

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses. 

Before applying to the Registered Nursing program students must complete at least one course in Fine Arts or one course in Humanities.  Before graduation, students must complete at least one course in each of these areas (Fine Arts and Humanities).

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