Nursing (Associates of Science in Nursing)

Program Description

The Nursing (Associate of Science in Nursing) Degree program incorporates theoretical instruction and clinical experience. The student must complete clinical and laboratory rotations in Maternity, Pediatric, Medical-Surgical Community, Geriatric, Mental Health Nursing Units, and Leadership and Management. This program is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the field of nursing.

Program Objectives

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as Registered Nurses. The program prepares students for work in Acute or Subacute Community and long-term facilities.

The following are the program objectives:

  • The student must be able to provide individualized comprehensive care based on the principles of nursing.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively.
  • The student will demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts.
  • The student will recognize and practice safety and security procedures.
  • The student will recognize and respond to emergency situations.
  • The student will recognize and practice infection control procedures.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of information technology applications in healthcare.
  • The student will demonstrate employability skills.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of bloodborne diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
  • The student will demonstrate and apply basic math and science skills.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing behavior.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing communication.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing assessment.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of the professional nurse-clinical decision making.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing-caring intervention.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing-teaching and learning.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing collaboration.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of professional nursing-managing care.
  • The student will demonstrate competencies in the core components of the professional nurse leadership and delegation.
  • The student must be able to demonstrate responsibility for continued personal and professional development through enrollment in graduate education, continuing education programs, professional reading, participation in professional organizations, and service to the community.

At the completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Become prepared to function in positions in Acute and Subacute facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s offices, hospice, health insurance companies, home healthcare, and other healthcare-related companies requiring skills in nursing administration, record keeping, quality management, human resources management, medical law and ethics, and communication.
  • Sit and Pass the Florida NCLEX RN credentialing examination.

Credential Awarded

The student receives an Associate of Science in Nursing degree once all program competencies and objectives are fulfilled and the required basic skills have been demonstrated. Students will also be eligible to take the Florida Board of Nursing Registered Examination.

Advanced Standing Students

Students approved for advanced standing status may be eligible to transfer general education courses and the following pre-nursing program courses.

General Education

Students must complete five general education listed on page 61 of the catalog or their equivalent for a total of 15 credits.

PRE-Nursing Courses

BSC108 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits
BSC109 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4 credits
HCC101 Basic Healthcare Worker 4.5 credits
BSC102 Health and Nutrition through the Life Span 3 credits

Length:

Residential – Day Program: 83 Credits completed over 64 weeks
Residential – Night Program: 83 Credits completed over 80 weeks
Blended – 1650 hours

Program Delivery

The Associate of Science in Nursing program is delivered using a combination of residential (on-campus) and blended learning (on-campus & online) courses.

Additional Information

Required: For Clinical Rotations, students must complete a Physical Examination, TB test, and an MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine or proof of immunity must be completed prior to the Clinical Rotation. Students are required to wear dark blue scrub uniforms at all times, while on campus and during clinical rotations.

Addendum May 15th, 2020: Probation

Last year (2019), Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay closed out the year with a 69% NCLEX passage rate on our first-time test takers. Example: out of 10 students taking the NCLEX for the first time, about 7 passed it. That was still ten percent below the National NCLEX average required. In February of 2020, we attended a meeting and were informed of the Florida Board of Nursing’s intent to put us on academic probation. Subsequently, in May of 2020, the school was officially placed Probation for the NCLEX RN program.

A school placed on probation is given two years to improve its Pass Rates. Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay is an institution that has never been on probation for twelve years of its existence. Our goal is to ensure we are removed from academic probation in February of 2021.

We have discovered numerous instances of cheating and academic integrity violations. We have made changes through our remediation program and changes to the testing process to ensure academic integrity. Furthermore, to ensure students become nurses who are safe to practice, we have submitted a remediation plan to the Florida Board of Nursing and The Florida Commission of Independent Education.

We will all work hard to ensure the success of the students and to ensure the community is receiving nurses who can practice safely. Academic Integrity in nursing programs helps to ensure public health and safety through providing nurses who are competent to practice.

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Theory Clock Hours Clinical/Lab Simulation
REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
ENC1101 English Composition I 3 45
MAC1105 College Algebra Math 3 45
HUM1100 Cultural Diversity and Elementary Logic 3 45
AHM1020 Modern American History 3 45
PSY1012 Principles of Psychology 3 45
BSC108 Anatomy and Physiology, I 3 45
BSC109 Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab 4 45 30
HCC101 Basic Healthcare Worker 4.5 74 16
BSC102 Health and Nutrition through the Life Span 3 45
MCB200 Elements of Microbiology and Lab 4 60 10
NUR200 Transition to the Registered Nursing 2 3.3 3
NUR220 Nursing Care: Fundamentals of Nursing 6.5 76 75
NUR211 Nursing Care: Pharmacology Math 1 21.5
NUR210 Nursing Care: Pharmacology and Lab 4.5 58.5 32
NUR240 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing and Lab 8 98 63
NUR241 Nursing Care: Maternity and Pediatric Nursing 5 63 39
NUR242 Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing 2 30 8
NUR230 Community Nursing 3 45 10
NUR243 Management and Leadership in Nursing 8.5 128
NUR250 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination I 1 90
NUR251 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination II 1 45
NUR252 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination III 2 45
NUR253 Clinical Competencies in Nursing and Examination IV 5 225
TOTAL 83 1047 691