About the Associate of Applied Science - Nursing
Application for Admission to the Nursing Program
Special application is required for admission to the nursing program. A Nursing Applicant Information Guide, available from the Advising Center and online at the Nursing website, describes program prerequisites and application process. Refer to the Nursing website: www.yc.edu/nursing for application deadlines.
Returning nursing students, graduates of state-approved practical nursing programs and students transferring from state-approved nursing programs may apply for advanced placement. The application procedure is described in the advanced placement Nursing Applicant Information Guide.
Students transferring from other regionally accredited institutions will have their completed general education coursework evaluated on an individual basis.
It is essential that nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program. At minimum, students will be required to lift clients, stand for several hours at a time and perform bending activities. The clinical nursing experience also places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting clients’ lives. Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application. The technical standards for the program are identified in the Nursing Applicant Information Guide.
All required courses for the A.A.S. in Nursing degree must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to prepare qualified students for beginning employment as staff nurses giving direct care to clients. The program is fully accredited by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and be eligible to make application to the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Graduation from the Yavapai College Associate Degree Nursing program is not the sole criteria for obtaining a license to practice nursing in Arizona. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the Arizona State Board of Nursing (Nurse Practice Act and Rules of the State Board of Nursing), and students must satisfy those requirements independently of their satisfaction of any requirements for graduation from the college.
See Nursing Applicant Information Guide for additional information.
Students intending to transfer courses toward a baccalaureate degree in nursing should consult the catalog of the school to which they plan to transfer. Materials are available in the Advising Center and through the Department of Nursing to assist students in selecting courses equivalent to those required in baccalaureate nursing programs in Arizona. Generally 64 credits from community colleges are transferable to Arizona public universities: specific articulation information is available through the Arizona Course Applicability System (CAS) website: www.aztransfer.com
Prerequisite - NSG 114 Nursing Assistant OR CNA licensure within the past 2 years.
Upon successful completion of the Nursing Degree program, the learner will be able to:
Clinical Competence: Synthesize knowledge and skills to independently provide nursing care for groups of clients with multiple health care needs and problems.
Critical Thinking: Synthesize knowledge and skills to formulate and implement decisions related to complex nursing practice situations.
Caring: Synthesize knowledge and skills, awareness of need, and uses of empathy to protect, enhance and preserve human dignity.
Diversity/Culture: Apply concepts of diversity/culture in the provision of nursing care to individuals, families or groups.
Communication: Incorporate evaluation and modification of communications skills in nursing practice.
Learning/Teaching: Use the nursing process to meet the learning needs of individuals, families and peers.
Accountability: Examine ethical and political issues within the healthcare system. Take responsibility and accountability for personal actions.
Management/Leadership: Collaborate with other personnel within the organizational structure to manage client care through supervision, delegation and coordination.
General and Program-Specific Requirements
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