Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program Overview

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree Program provides the student with the knowledge and skills essential for entry into nursing practice and success on the nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).  As an entry level nurse, the graduate is prepared to provide safe and effective care that promotes the health and well-being of patients and families, across the life span in contemporary health care environments.  This nursing care is given in collaboration with members of the healthcare team in a variety of settings according to established standards of practice.  Graduates of the ASN program have acquired the foundation for nursing education and continued professional development.  Successful completion of the two-year associate of science in nursing degree provides student eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam.

Accreditation and Approvals
The ASN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Contact information:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone:  1.404.975.5000

The ASN Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN). Contact information:

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN)
239 Causeway Street
5th Floor, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Phone:  1.800.414.0168

Admission Requirements
» Nursing Requirements

ASN Program Curriculum
The ASN curriculum is built upon a foundation that incorporates the College’s mission and vision, professional nursing standards and guidelines, and the nursing faculty’s experiences and beliefs concerning person, health, environment, nursing, and nursing education. The primary goal of the ASN program is to educate nurses for safe practice in contemporary health care environments. This goal is met through the achievement of the ASN expected student outcomes.

ASN Student Learning Outcomes

The ASN program student learning outcomes define the competencies necessary for safe and effective contemporary nursing practice across the life span. Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree in nursing program, the graduate is prepared to perform the following:

  1. Provide nursing care across the lifespan, adapted to the health care consumer's physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, development and spiritual dimensions of health (Patient Centered Care).
  2. Use critical reasoning and best current evidence to make nursing care decisions (Evidence-Based Practice).
  3. Establish effective relationships with health care consumers and members of the health care team in order to meet mutually determined health care outcomes (Teamwork and Collaboration).
  4. Employ effective and professional communication skills (Communication).
  5. Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors, evidencing integrity, legal accountability, ethical responsibility, advocacy, caring, and a commitment to lifelong learning (Professionalism).
  6. Use informatics and technology to manage information, minimize error, and achieve defined health care outcomes (Informatics and Technology).
  7. Demonstrate the ability to provide nursing care that protects health care consumers and health care personnel from health and environmental hazards (Safety).
  8. Apply the principles of quality improvement to achieve cost effective, patient-centered outcomes (Quality Improvement).
  9. Use leadership strategies to direct nursing care, promote change and foster achievement of health care goals (Leadership).
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of the overall components of the health care system through the effective utilization of resources in various health care delivery settings (System-Based Practice).

 ASN Curriculum Plan

Sophomore Year


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